Marilyn is one of HJ’s Facebook pages most active commenters even though she also maintains her own Facebook group, The Unexplained and Paranormal Phenomena Group. She had made a comment on her group’s page recently about she hopes to go on a ghost hunt in 2011.
I know others feel like her. I get asked all the time: “I’m not part of a paranormal investigation group, but do you know how I could go on a ghost hunt like I see on TV?”
- Get connected with the paranormal community online. In my post about best paranormal social networking sitesI explained not only what an active, but what a helpful, community the paranormal one is. Make friends online with paranormal investigators in or near your area. Tell them you’d be interested in accompanying them the next time they go on a hunt. Many will be glad to make you an honory member for a night and have you along on a hunt. For example, my friend Donna Marsh of the Ghosts of Tennesseewill organize outings open to anyone who’s game. She makes it a Facebook event and sends out invites and often encourages everyone to spread the word. They’re very informal events and everyone just brings whatever equipment they have to contribute. Makes for a fun time.
- Watch for when paranormal investigation groups make their hunts open to the public. For instance, my friend Nate from Paranormal Research Association of Boston (PRAB) recently let me know his group is doing a public investigation of the Colonial House Inn on Saturday January 22, 2011. Find a group local to you and, if the information isn’t already on their website, ask if they ever do public hunts.
- Follow groups that organize public ghost hunts. This one is kind of a combination between numbers one and two above, except in addition to being paranormal investigators they coordinate paranormal events. Thanks to Steve from Ghost Eyes (aka @HauntedPlaces on Twitter) who is affiliated with Southern Ghosts, I lost my ghost hunting virginity on an organized public hunt to Old South Pittsburgh Hospital. They had all of the equipment, and even provided some, like EMF detetcors and K2 meters, for others to use. (And in my case a radio in case I got lost.) Other groups who provide similar experiences are Beyond Ghosts, Dark Encounters, and American Hauntings.
- Take advantage of ghost hunting packages offered by haunted places . In some cases haunted places themselves are now organizing and offering their own ghost hunting adventures. For instance, if you want to stay on property places like the Copper Queen Hotelin Bisbee, Arizona, and Thayer’sB&B in Annandale, Minnesota, offer ghost hunting packages. Here’s some other haunted places that offer ghost hunts: Smith-McDowell Ghost Hunt(Asheville, NC), Tennessee Ghost Walk (Morristown, TN – offers combo ghost walk and ghost hunt packages), Haunted Bissman Building Ghost Hunt (Mansfield, OH), or the ghost hunt of the colonial-era Powel House (Philadelphia, PA – organized by Ghost Tour of Philadelphia). In some cases equipment is provided, in others they suggest you bring along any devices you might like to use and they just make areas open for investigatation. (At minimum you’ll always be encouraged to bring your own camera.) Basically, if you’d be interested in investigating a certain haunted place, give their site a look to see if they offer any kind of ghost hunting deals. More and more they are these days.