and hauntings are popular topics today. Many people want to know how to
find places where they can encounter ghosts, too.
It's best start ghost hunting near your own home. Here are
ways to find local haunts:
for your city, town, state, and region, using words such as "ghosts" and
"haunted." Many websites list every location that is even rumored to be
haunted. In our experience, only a small percentage of these will have
ghosts. However, if the sites are near your home, it's worth checking
Check recent news headlines
for reports of
hauntings. Some websites, including
list the best regional news stories about ghosts.
at the library. Most public libraries have a section about the
paranormal. Also look among books describing your local area.
Libraries usually have a section specifically about their town or
city, and the region in general. While "ghost" books can be
unreliable, they are a good place to start.
You may be surprised by how many believe in ghosts, or at least know a
few places with ghost stories. Generally, college, high-school and
middle school students know rumors about local haunted places.
Check back issues of local newspapers.
Most newspapers feature haunted sites in their issues the week before
Ask the police.
You may be surprised that the police are often the best resource for
hauntings. Generally skeptics, the police know which places
generate complaints about odd activity--noises, weird lights, and so
on--but have no reasonable explanations.
Some of the classic clichés can help you to locate
places that are haunted. Here are "tried and true" choices for ghost
are usually mildly haunted. Older cemeteries--from the 19th century
and earlier--are more likely to have ghosts. Explore the oldest
sections of cemeteries for the best results. However, many cemeteries
are closed between dusk and dawn. Be sure to observe local laws
whenever you go ghost hunting.
sites are often haunted. People don't usually walk away from a
perfectly good house or building unless there is something
significantly wrong with it. What's wrong may be a ghost.
kind that have a stage the people have performed on--are almost always
haunted. Usually, these are fun ghosts. Look for ghosts around the
stage, in the audience, backstage, and just outside the doors to the
Most colleges and some schools
usually have at least one poltergeist. However, you'll probably have to
ask the students for help in finding them. An EMF meter can be especially
useful for locating poltergeist activity.
Avoid investigating private homes when you are new to ghost
hunting. In addition to issues of safety and the law, people who are
troubled by ghosts--or proud of them--have expectations that you may not
be able to meet.
These should be a enough ideas to get you started when you
are new to ghost hunting or are looking for some good local haunts.
However, also rely on your gut instinct. If a location looks haunted, it
might be a good place to investigate.
Ghost hunting can be a fun hobby, and even more exciting
than TV shows about
Almost every community has a ghost or two. Use common sense and observe
local laws, and you may return home with ghost stories to impress friends
of America, updated June, 2016