Going Ghost Hunting? Here's the Essential Paranormal Equipment You'll Need
If you're inspired by our ghost shows, be your own ghostbuster with these actual tools ghost hunters use in the field and on TV.
Happy Ghostober! We’re halfway through our chilling month of haunted programming but that doesn’t mean the ghost party has to stop. If you’re obsessed with shows like Ghost Adventures or Portals to Hell, you’ve probably noticed the teams use a lot of tech in their investigations. But you might not know that a lot of the equipment is totally accessible, less than $150 and just a click away on Amazon. Seriously. Check out the items below and gear up for your own paranormal investigation.
How do you watch for something that’s invisible? Many paranormal investigators use an infrared thermometer to monitor a room’s temperature and any sudden changes in temperature. An isolated, particularly cold spot in a room can be a sign of an otherwise invisible spirit. Just make sure you check for drafty windows or AC flow in a room as these common occurrences can make it seem like a sudden rush of activity!
You don’t need a fancy lab or thousands of dollars of equipment to start investigating. One of the easiest, cheapest ways to monitor paranormal activity is with a voice recorder. These days, digital pocket recorders can even pick up a great deal of ambient background noise.
An electromagnetic field detector, or EMF detector, is one of the most common tools used by paranormal teams. While it sounds like something from a campy sci-fi film, it’s actually a nifty tool used by electricians to locate the source of excess electromagnetic radiation in a room. Usually the source is something like appliances or even a cell phone, but if there’s not an obvious source and you have a huge amount of electromagnetic radiation, experts say something paranormal could be messing with the electromagnetic fields!
Most of our paranormal shows conduct their investigations at night when there’s less light and noise pollution. There’s just something about a haunted house at night that makes it ten times more scary, right? If you’re exploring at night, a normal camera won’t help much other than capturing audio, but cameras with night mode or night vision can capture crystal clear footage even in total darkness.