Someone asked me the other day, “So you like to hunt ghosts. Have you ever had any experiences?”
“Really? What kind of equipment did you use? Did you capture it at all?”
“I’m not that kind of ghost hunter. I’m what I refer to as a Haunt Jaunter.”
“A Haunt Whater?”
I went on to try and explain the difference, but I could see they didn’t get it. (This particular person wasn’t really into ghosts. I think they mostly just asked me about it to be polite because they’d seen the signature line in my emails and some notes about it on my personal Facebook page.)
However, it gave me a good blog idea. Because it’s not the first time I’ve run into this sort of question.
I decided to make a list of both the differences and similarities between ghost hunters and Haunt Jaunters. Here’s what I came up with:
- Both ghost hunters and Haunt Jaunters like to seek out and explore haunted places.
- Ghost hunters conduct formal investigations of haunted places. They hope to find evidence. Haunt Jaunters do not. They simply like to take in the atmosphere, be that spending the night there, eating there, checking out the history, etc.
- Both ghost hunters and Haunt Jaunters hope to have paranormal experiences, though, and purposely seek them out by traveling to and visiting haunted places.
- Both use equipment, but it may be for different purposes. This sort of goes back to #2. Ghost hunters are more apt to use fancy gadgets like EMF detectors, K2 meters, cameras and video cameras with night vision, thermal imagers, motion detectors, etc. in order to document evidence. Haunt Jaunters often have digital cameras, maybe even a video camera or voice recorder, and they may use some of their fancier gadgets out of curiosity, but they’re not really trying to capture evidence. Mostly they’d be trying to enhance their experiences.
- Ghost hunters often, but not always, belong to paranormal investigation groups. Haunt Jaunters either haunt hunt alone, or, like me, con their loved ones into turning family getaways into excuses to stay in haunted hotels, eat at eerie eateries, or visit historic sites with haunted histories.
- It’s not uncommon for both ghost hunters and Haunt Jaunters to enjoy researching haunted places and to have lists of places they’d like to visit.
- Both ghost hunters and Haunt Jaunters like ghost tours, but ghosts hunters would be more likely to be a ghost tour guide whereas Haunt Jaunters would be more likely to just be a ghost tour goer. (Not always. Plenty of regular ol’ non-ghost hunting ghost enthusiasts run ghost tours.)
- Both ghost hunters and Haunt Jaunters enjoy paranormal conferences.
- Haunt Jaunters may not put the latest investigation techniques into practice, but like ghost hunters they enjoy watching TV shows about ghosts, ghost stories, and/or ghost hunting.
- Halloween is likely to be named the favorite holiday of both ghost hunters and Haunter Jaunters.
Based on the above, which would you classify yourself as: a ghost hunter or a Haunt Jaunter?