Start by just searching online for local ghost hunters, paranormal researchers, paranormal societies, and anyone offering tours of your city or town. You might find a local ghost walk or haunted tour, if your town or city is big enough to have some tourist businesses.
The local museum and library will also know about houses in your area which have a history of ghosts and hauntings.
Look for online networks with people who photograph old houses, haunted houses or historical places. You can find a haunted house by networking with other people who are exploring, looking for the same things you are. (Urban exploration is a good way to find abandoned and/ or real haunted houses).
How to Stay in a Haunted House
First, decide if you really do want to do this. If you tend to easily freak yourself out, this probably isn’t a good idea for you. It’s too easy to convince yourself there is a ghost, either because you want there to be ghost or you just enjoy scaring yourself in some way.
Don’t go alone. For one thing, you will appreciate having a witness if you do find ghosts or something haunted. It’s also great to have a second opinion about everything you see. Not everything is a ghost just because you don’t know how to explain it.
Bring all the gear you need to navigate around. If you go at night, traditional but less sensible, bring a flash light.
Don’t forget to enjoy yourself.
You may get a spooky feeling, but isn’t that what you were looking for? Don’t forget the objective. If you’re frightened, calm down. Become more analytical than emotional. Think of yourself as a scientist.
Keep notes about what you see, feel and hear. Take along a digital camera.
Make plans for doing something afterwards. Get a coffee along the way home. Give yourself a time and place to wind down.
How do Places Become Haunted?
There are places you would expect to draw ghosts, or keep them. Places like hotels, hospitals and prisons, where tragedies, dramas and big, life changing events and crowds of people hustling and bustling through – those are the places you would think to find a few ghosts haunting the building and the grounds.
Yet, some common, every day and random places can be haunted, or have people who have seen something, felt something or reacted to something.
People leave an impact on a place, even long after they are gone and no one quite remembers what happened or who it happened to any more. That energy sticks to a place. Like walking into a room when people have been arguing, you can feel the charged atmosphere and the sudden drop when things go silent.
I think this is what haunts a place, the charge of energy and the sudden drop. It’s as if all that energies charged up, was never grounded or allowed to ease off and dissipate Instead it was frozen in place, as it waiting for something else to happen to let it release the charge.
Each place has it’s own story and it’s own mood. Just as no two people are the same, no two haunted places will be quite the same either. If you find a place you think is haunted find out what you can of the history of the place and it’s people. Don’t let what you discover bias you as you explore, however. You might only find just what you expect to find that way and completely miss something really unexpected and unusual.
Links to Get Started With
- How Do Places Become Haunted? | Paranormal Haze
- Flickr: Decayed yet Hauntingly Beautiful
- Flickr: Haunted Houses, Buildings & Other Creepy Places
- Haunted House Association
- Your Ghost Stories
- Haunted Houses
- Haunted Places To Go
- Haunted Society
- Haunt Jaunts