housands of ghost hunters will set out this Halloween hoping to make contact with the dead.
The good news is there are plenty of steps you can take to increase your chances of nailing some evidence.
Ahead of a chilling week of paranormal programmes on TV channel Really, we’ve got the ghost hunting experts from the channel to spill their secrets.
Really – home to hit shows including Most Haunted, Ghost Chasers and Ghost Adventures – have shared a list of things to do and consider, including the importance of picking the correct location, the gadgets to take and what to say.
And it turns out many people get it wrong when it comes to speaking to the dead.
They explained: “You might consider talking to the spirit world whilst you’re investigating, encouraging the ghost to reveal its presence.
“Try to ask questions such as, ‘What is your name?’, instead of saying, ‘Is there anyone there?’ A lot of people might make this mistake.
“By asking ‘What is your name?’ you’re acting as though you know the spirits are there and this will increase your chances of making contact.”
Below are the rest of their top tips which are worth a read before you head out into the woods with your torch and night vision phone app…
Location is key
Ghosts can be found in almost any location so you will need to decide upon the type of spirit you wish to encounter.
From lost souls to murder victims, playful spirits to angry ones; pick a location where reports include the type of energy you’d like to investigate.
Do your research
Once you’ve chosen your location, do your research! It’s important that you know what to expect as this will determine the equipment you use, the team you’ll need, emergency procedures and any permission you may need to seek before embarking on your ghost hunt.
Find out as much as possible about the ghost(s) you may encounter. When do they appear? Where have they been spotted? Are they vocal?
It’s important that you don’t waste your time and plan as much as possible beforehand.
If you’re investigating on private property you will need to gain permission from the landowner, otherwise you’ll be trespassing and will be liable for any damage you may cause to the property.
Be very careful when investigating abandoned buildings. If they are cordoned off it probably means they are structurally unsafe and could be hiding hazards that could hurt, or even kill you. Consider starting out by investigating a public space such as a park where ghosts have been sighted.
Never go alone
Because haunted places are often in dark and secluded locations it is essential that you go with other people for your own safety.
You may also want to share the experience with a team and have other people there to verify any sightings. You should also tell other people where you are going and for how long, and if possible, take a mobile phone.
Take the right equipment
Always take a camera and a tape recorder in case you see or hear something supernatural and make sure all your batteries are charged and you have plenty of spares.
Snap photographs randomly in different directions as this can be a very effective way of capturing unexpected activity.
Pack a pen and paper to write down anything abnormal such as changes in temperature, flickering lights and unexplained noises.
Try using an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) with an external microphone to try and capture ghostly voices (a favourite with the Ghost Adventures crew).
Another piece of equipment is an EMF metre. Spirits can be detected by interrupting or creating their own electromagnetic fields and EMF metres can detect extremely weak static, electric and magnetic fields.
Scout out your location in the daylight
Your safety is of utmost importance so it is recommended that you investigate your haunted location before it gets dark, so that you can get your bearings and pinpoint emergency exits etc.
Be honest when analysing your results
It’s important to try and ‘debunk’ any seemingly paranormal activity as it is easy for your mind to play tricks on you, especially in a scary, haunted location.
Try to be objective and look for other possible reasons for the strange events that are occurring.