When is the best time to go ghost hunting?
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“Historically, the most active for ghost phenomena are between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” says Tom Ogden in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ghosts and Hauntings. But, he notes that spirit behavior can happen at any time.
In The Paranormal Investigators Handbook, editors Hope & Townsend recommend ghost vigils at night. This is not because ghosts are necessarily more active then, but because it’s easier to observe unusual phenomena at night. You’ll have fewer distractions.
Witch Patricia Telesco observes in Ghosts, Spirits and Hauntings, “Ghosts are more readily seen and contacted at midnight (the time in between day and night), and on the anniversary of their death.”
MY ADDITIONAL ADVICE
I’ve encountered ghosts during the daytime as well as after dark. I prefer the hours around dusk through early evening, but in some cases — such as my investigation of The Myrtles Plantation — activity increased dramatically after 8:30 p.m.
Solar interference decreases after sunset. Just as distant radio stations are easier to pick up at night, it seems like ghosts can create more dramatic effects with less energy after the sun goes down.
I also believe the popular idea that “between” times are great for ghost research. Perhaps a door opens between the worlds when conditions are slightly unstable.
The “between” times include:
- Dusk and dawn.
- The Equinoxes and the Solstices, when the seasons change.
- Since Halloween (Samhain) is the traditional end of the agricultural year, more hauntings occur on that night.
- I’ve had good luck at the opposite end of the agricultural calendar, at the last day of April.
Also, I receive increased reports at the end of December and start of January, when the calendar changes.
Some people believe that it’s easiest to contact the other side while the clock is chiming midnight. That’s another “between” time.
(See my article, Ghost Hunting and the ‘Witching Hour’ for additional information about planetary hours and their possible effects on research. But keep this in mind: I’ve tested it and — so far — results are inconclusive. If planetary hours work for you, let me know by leaving a comment, below.)
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Planning an investigation? Find out the times of day when others have success at that location.
- I’ve heard few stories from normal morning hours, or even early afternoon. (See my article, Ghost Hunting in the Daytime.)
- Generally, manifestations are reported after 3 p.m., and most seem to be after dark. (But, is that because people are looking for ghosts then? If the same thing happened during the day, would they explain it as “a trick of the light”?)
Keep a diary of your encounters with ghosts. Look for patterns of hauntings that you witness. If so, it may be a characteristic of the ghosts in your area. Or, you may have heightened sensitivity to the paranormal during certain times. (Compare this pattern with planetary hours — mentioned above — and your biorhythms, too. Every factor, no matter how unlikely, must be considered.)
There will always be exceptions. Ghost hunting is still trial-and-error for most of us. No one can claim that one hour is always better than another for general ghost research.
Keep testing. Compare results with others, even after you’ve found a consistent pattern. It may help you fine-tune your conclusions.
Share what you learn. Yours could be a breakthrough discovery that will help all ghost researchers.
Also see my 2017 video, When to Go Ghost Hunting. In it, I’ve shared my latest insights and tips about the best days & times for ghost hunting.