2a) How to Find Haunted Places

Eastern State PenitentaryIt’s usually easy to find good places for ghost hunting. Ask your friends, and people who’ve grown up in the area.

(However, remember that some people don’t like to talk about ghosts and haunted places. They think that it’s ‘bad luck’ or it’s against their religious beliefs.  If the person seems unhappy with the topic, drop it immediately.)

Most people are happy to talk — and joke — about ghosts, ghost-related TV shows, and haunted places they know about.  If encouraged, they might share their own story about a ghostly encounter, too.

Start the conversation with TV shows

Many ghost-related TV shows are popular now, so that’s usually the best place to start. Focus on any popular ghost TV show you’ve seen.

Ask, ‘Do you watch the Ghost Hunters TV show?’ (A lot of people have watched that or Ghost Adventures.)

If the person replies with a firm or icy ‘No’, drop the subject.

If the person has watched the show, you can ask if they’ve ever heard of a haunted place nearby. (If they seem interested, ask if they’d like to explore a few haunted places with you, so you don’t go ghost hunting alone.)

At Halloween

Jack o'LanternsThe week before Halloween, almost every local newspaper runs a story related to a local, haunted place. This gives you several opportunities to learn about haunted places.

Ask your friends if the location an the article is really haunted. Ask if they’ve ever heard of other haunted places nearby. Chances are, they’ll remember other spooky locations, or know someone with a haunted house.

Visit the place that was mentioned by the newspaper. The best time to visit – besides Halloween – is during a weekend afternoon. Other people are likely to be there, looking for evidence of ghosts. In my experience, those people are likely to be chatty and know a few other local places that are haunted. Take notes!

(Also ask if they know any local ghost hunting groups, and if those groups are good.)

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6 thoughts on “2a) How to Find Haunted Places”

  1. I absolutely love this website and what you’ve done, Fiona. I have not been through everything on here but did print out your famous haunts article for my speech class. Unfortunately, they were a captive audience and there were only 3 other students interested in hunting, but I am hoping that I planted a few spiritual seeds in the others. Thank you for doing this, there are people like me that appreciate knowing there are people that care about ghost hunters.

    1. Thanks, Kimberly C! You can learn more about me at FionaBroome.com. Mostly, I’m a researcher and I write articles & books about the things that intrigue me.

      I care deeply about ghost hunters, because there’s so much more to ghost hunting than a “good scare” at Halloween. This kind of research brings in history, geography, and genealogy. It makes the past far more real, and — for many people — it connects with spirituality, too.

      Once people get past the “Dude, run!” aspects of ghost hunting, it can be a rich, fascinating field. Thanks for sharing this with your students.

      Cheerfully, Fiona

  2. I’ve gone through to lesson 2 and asked a couple friends to help me or out if they’re interested (I’ve learned a lot thanks to you)

  3. I’ve always wondered when selecting a haunted location to visit, whether it’s better to not know the specifics of a haunting beforehand as, firstly, this can surely predispose you to hearing or seeing something you are expecting (a singing woman or a headless man for example) and secondly, if you DO experience something without a preconceived notion of what to expect, this can lead credibility to your evidence. What are your thoughts on this?

    1. Hi, Stephen!

      I’ve investigated enough locations to tell whether or not I’m predisposed to sense something paranormal at a site. It’s difficult to articulate, but — for me, anyway — the experience is very different when the stimuli originate from outside, as opposed to something I already knew about and was expecting, internally.

      But, when in doubt, I always lean in the direction of believing I may have been influenced by what I’d heard or learned ahead of time.

      It’s one reason I believe in the “baseline yourself” idea, so you know what’s normal for you… and what isn’t.

      Of course, it’s more convincing when something happens that practically blindsides me. That is, when it’s something I never expected.

      For beginners, it’s kind of a coin-flip. For someone highly sensitive (or anyone who’s “ghostbait”), it may be wise not to know any specifics about the site.

      For those who don’t want to miss any phenomena, and trust themselves to remain objective throughout the investigation, I think it’s fine to know the general history of the site and its hauntings.

      In other words, this is very personal, and not something where universal rules apply.

      Thanks for asking!

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