Ghost Hunting in the Daytime

alley-misty-veniceCan you go ghost hunting in the daytime? Yes.

Of course, ghost hunters will get the best research results after dark.

I’m not sure if it’s like radio stations that can be heard more clearly without interference from the sun.

Whatever the reason, most after-dark ghost hunts are far more successful than those in broad daylight.

However, daytime ghost hunts aren’t always a waste of time.

Examples of great Daytime Haunts

I’m reminded of Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, NH.

The haunted/psychic energy builds there each day, starting around 11:30 or noon. Put your attention — perhaps your ‘psychic radar’ — on the woods in back of the cemetery. Even in broad daylight, you may sense (or even see) some very odd things.

By night, eerie lights seem to flicker in those same woods. Animals are “too quiet,” or suddenly seem to panic. A few people see a hooded figure with glowing eyes. Compasses and EMF meters go haywire. Strange things happen.

The energy is gone by dawn. Around noon the next day, the cycle starts all over again.

In Texas, I like downtown Houston’s La Carafe wine bar at 813 Congress Street. Though the bar is closed in the morning, people who work there report odd discoveries when they arrive. It’s haunted enough to provide anomalies, 24/7.

How to Find Daytime Haunts

Fiona Broome's adviceLook for locations with a long history of power struggles or violence. Battlefields are a good example. (Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, NH, was the site of multiple Native American wars, as well as violent clashes with colonists.)

Check your daily commute. Look for roadside historical markers. Many indicate sites of violent clashes and intense, emotion-rich meetings of powerful people.

Something important happened there. The question is why, and did it at least leave some residual energy?

Former hospitals, funeral homes, and politicians’ homes are also good sites for daytime paranormal research.

If your only research time is during daylight hours, don’t worry. Somewhere nearby, at least one site is haunted, day and night.

Ghosts don’t only come out at night.

You may need to investigate several sites to find one that’s active in daylight. With enough patience and persistence, you’ll find one.

Carpe diem!

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Guidelines for Ghost Hunters

No one can enforce ghost hunting rules. Not for independent ghost hunters and ghost hunting teams, anyway.

Also, I cannot assume responsibility (or credit) for what happens during paranormal research. Ghosts aren’t as visible, dangerous and spectacular as the media portray them… but ghost hunting isn’t without risks.

Ghost batNever use movies or TV shows as guidelines for paranormal research. Many “ghost hunters” never really went ghost hunting, before they signed up for the show.

Also, TV shows rarely tell you what really goes on during ghost hunts. Don’t rigidly copy what they do.

Here are my strongest recommendations:

1. Above all, use common sense. If something seems risky or stupid, don’t do it.

2. Never go ghost hunting alone. Hunt with at least one companion.

3. Verify location, accessibility, and safety issues ahead of time. Check each site during daytime hours to identify parking, paths, and hazards. Carry a working flashlight, even during daytime ghost hunts.

4. Be sure you’re comfortable. Wear suitable clothing, including sturdy footwear. Don’t eat a heavy meal immediately before ghost hunting, but don’t arrive hungry, either.

Do not drink alcohol or use recreational drugs before or during a ghost hunt.  (If you’re on medication that might impair your judgment, talk with your doctor about “hiking, after dark” and how risky that might be.)

5. Never trespass on private or posted property. Get clear and specific permission from the owners or authorities.

If other ghost hunters have had problems with this, get permission in writing. (Bring your own form for the owner to sign. From my experience: include a clause that frees them from all liabilities connected with your research. That helps.)

6. Leave immediately and cheerfully if the police or owners ask you to, even if the property is not posted.

Provide photo ID if the police ask. Smiling helps. (Many of them are ghost hunters, themselves, in their off hours.)

7. If you become unreasonably frightened at any location — haunted or not — leave immediately.

Always follow your gut instinct if you feel prompted to leave.  You don’t need an excuse. Just leave.

8. Remember, you have more to fear from the living than from the dead. Many haunted sites are isolated. They attract people engaged in illegal activities. Use caution.

9. As your mother taught you, never speak ill of the dead. Avoid sarcasm and jokes in haunted settings. Sometimes, angry spirits seem to “get even.”

10. Ghosts are not likely to follow you home. Ghosts cannot affect your thoughts, against your will. (If something seems to follow you, it’s probably not a ghost.)

11. If you are troubled by unwanted thoughts after leaving a haunted location, relax. Eat some comfort food. Watch a happy movie or TV show.

If the problem continues, talk with a friend who understands ghost hunting. Spend some time in a church.

If the unwanted thoughts persist, get professional advice, in person. A minister or priest may be the best place to start. He (or she) deals with spiritual matters, and can provide answers.

12. Ouija boards are not inherently evil. However, you don’t know who or what is directing the platen, and if the entity is lying.

In addition, Ouija boards and related devices have a high incidence of “opening a door” to unpleasant and dangerous entities. For those reasons, many ghost hunters — including me — do not recommend investigating with a Ouija board.

13. Never rely on mobile phones in haunted settings. Often, they won’t work. (Step across the street and the phone is likely to work again.)

14. Remember, you’re visiting a location that a ghost considers “home.” Be as polite as you would in someone else’s home.

15. Ghosts do not “possess” people without their consent. If someone or something seems to be taking control, tell it to stop. Put up your spiritual shields. Think rude thoughts at it, and generally picture yourself as a bigger bully than the spirit is. This does work in most cases.

However, if you – or someone you know – seems “possessed,” consult a member of the clergy, immediately. The problem may not be a ghost. (Also see my article at, Possessed? Need help?)

16. Generally, you cannot help a ghost. Most ghosts are tied to their earthly locations because they want to change something that happened in the past.

You can’t change the past, and most ghosts aren’t really interested in anything else.

And frankly, some ghosts are like petulant children. They just like attention. Don’t take their ploys seriously.

If helping ghosts “cross over” is why you’re involved in ghost hunting, that’s a ministry. Keep that in mind, when working with a team that may not share your goals.

17. There are no documented cases of anyone being seriously physically harmed by a ghost. If you’re worried about this, choose a different hobby. Ghost hunting should be fun.

18. It’s reasonable to pay a fee to participate in a ghost hunting event or conference. However, on private ghost hunts, if someone is charging you money as if they’re providing a show… perhaps they are. Caveat emptor.

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