Supernatural Magazine

Ghost Hunting on the Cheap

Needless to say the times that we live are tough. With gas prices taking another steep hike in price and food prices being on the somewhat ridiculous side, it’s no wonder that folks are slimming down, scaling back and choosing to spend the evening at home rather than painting the town red . Ah yes, America in the 21st century. But what if you have a passion for spending your nights in a haunted location hoping beyond hope that you can touch the other side? With a hobby such as this you need all the hope you can get, but then you discover just how expensive some of these gadgets are that you see on your favourite paranormal reality TV show.

Ghost hunting has become quite the industry over the last decade and has proven to be an amazingly expensive hobby. A decent EMF detector, digital voice recorder and one of those handy little camcorders with super sweet night vision can run into the hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars. So, what is a ghost hunter to do? Well my friend you are in luck, I’m here to show you that there are methods that will keep your measly little bank account in the black and food in your family’s tummy. All the while making it possible for you, to indulge in your love of spectre detecting.

Upon reading this some might say, “Hey man, how can you possibly obtain earth shattering evidence using such archaic methods?” While this may be a viable concern, these methods come from a time when paranormal investigation was in its infancy and more experienced base rather than evidence based. I hope you find this guide somewhat useful and remember, there is nothing wrong with thinking outside the box.

Water Bowl Ouija Board

Everybody is down on the mysterious Ouija board these days. It’s commonly believed that if you so much as touch one a tear in the fabric of space will occur and demons will be looked upon the world. While I may disagree with such superstition there is an interesting alternative to such blatant evil and all you need is a bowl of water, a cork and a straight pin.

A popular theory in paranormal research is that water is a conductor of spiritual activity, making water bowl Ouija board the perfect vehicle for spirit communication. With this method you fill a bowl with water and then float a cork with a straight pin imbedded in it. Tape the words Yes and No on opposite sides of the bowl and ask simple yes and no questions. The theory is a spirit can manipulate the cork guiding it to its answer. This method is very simple to do and has its origins in the old spiritualist’s days.

Points of a Compass

A popular tool among ghosts hunters is the oh so important Electro Magnetic Field Detector, EMF for short. Pretty much every one working in the paranormal field has some variation of it. The theory is that spirits are somehow capable of manipulating the EM field to either make things move or manifest. Although EMF detectors have stabilized in price the last few years a really good reliable one can cost a huge chunk of change. However, there is one simple tool that works just as well and is not given to false positives if your cell phone should ring with in close proximity, a compass.

Compass needles are guided by the naturally occurring magnetic field of the earth. However, a compass can be used in measuring disturbances in the EM field. If a spirit, assuming they can disturb the EM field, come close to a compass it could make the needle spin wildly. I have used a compass for years and they do work.

Footsteps in the Night

A commonly reported phenomenon among spirit activity is the sound of phantom footsteps. This phenomenon has always proved to be a thorn in the side for investigators because it’s so hard to capture. Except for one simple tool, baby powder. If footsteps are frequently heard in a haunted location spread baby powder on the floor where footsteps are commonly heard. If a spirit walks through you might just be able to see its footprints. It’s also an excellent way to disprove the reported activity by capturing the footprints of animals that might be causing the sound.

Detecting Motion

I’ll be honest I hate motion detectors. Anything, including dust, can set them causing an ear shattering alarm that is unbelievably annoying. But, what you can do is take some fishing wire, attach bells to it and string it across the threshold of a door. Instead of an ear piercing alarm you get the more pleasurable sound of a tinkling bell of a spirit should pass through. Bells could also be used as a means of communication by asking the spirits to ring the bells.

These are but a few of the old fashioned methods I use when I go on an investigation. And the great thing about these is you can also use the gadgets that we have at our disposal these days. If you’re interested in using these old school methods the materials are easily obtainable at your local store and the may even be found ready to go in your home. So try some experimentation and keep in mind that using these methods will not make you lose street cred among your colleagues and peers.

Rick Hale

Rick Hale

Rick Hale has spent his life in the pursuit of the unknown after witnessing an apparition at his grandparents’ house on the north side of Chicago.

Over the past 20-plus years, Rick has been on dozens of investigations with large paranormal groups to being completely independent. Rick began writing for Paranormal Underground magazine in May 2009, and a year later he became co-host of Paranormal Underground Radio.