A guide to (my) Paranormal Activity!

A guide to (my) Paranormal Activity!

Sam? A’ ye there Sam? What’s ‘ee sayin’, ‘ee wha’? Ask him again Sam…’ee wants to come through? No! Keep ‘im back Sam. I said n…

Cue eyes rolling back, reminiscent of The Undertaker, a rasping voice, uttering only semi-coherent sentences and a flurry of excitement and panic as crew members rush to remove the man from view.

What we have here folks, is a typical scenario in a past favourite ‘reality’ show of mine: Most Haunted.

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Fronted by a team of amateur, paranormal investigators (including an ex-Blue Peter presenter and her cameraman husband), the programme would visit various, notoriously haunted, buildings around the UK, in search of recording the dead, who still apparently resided within.

Their in-house medium, Derek Acorah, would (claim to) converse with ghosts with the aid of his spirit guide, Sam, often absorbing their spirits and chattering in tongues (albeit with a Liverpudlian twang!) before collapsing in an asthmatic heap! People screamed, doors slammed and objects moved of their own volition. In fact, spoons being lobbed out of the ether became a recurring theme. Perhaps this is where the idea came from for the audience watching The Room…

(Have a look. The quality of this is naff but it captures the chortle-worthy ‘possessions’ that made for compelling viewing!)

And it was all kinds of brilliant! Ridiculous and scary in equal measures. Even when it became cheesy and predictable, I faithfully tuned in, hoping to capture a real ghost on camera. My mum was an avid co-watcher, literally sitting on the edge of our sofa, waiting with wide-eyed enthusiasm to have the wits scared from her: My step-father however, was a little more cautious, ready to reject any ectoplasmic offerings with his down-to-earth, skeptical logical mind… from behind the safety of a cushion! It made for a whole load of family fun, so much so, that we decided it would be a good idea to become ghost hunters ourselves!

Fad number 666: Paranormal Investigation. (Do you see what I did there?!)

I’ve always believed in ghosts, as they naturally went hand-in-hand with my love of all things supernatural. However, it wasn’t until my Nana died suddenly that I began thinking about life after death more seriously, searching for answers. Along with watching Most Haunted, eagerly watching for evidence of another realm, I visited several mediums, hoping to reconnect. Of course, they were mostly vague, ambiguous in their messages from the other side, and just waiting to prey on any unfortunate, grieving individual. That’s not to say I don’t believe there aren’t some people that have a ‘gift’, I just don’t think I found them!

Yet, I can’t deny the experiences that I, and other family members had after she passed away. Her perfume would suddenly linger in the air as you entered a room. The family cats would screech and stare at the same wall in the middle of the night (something previously never done) and my grandfather is convinced she was playing around with the electrics, after returning home to an empty house one night. When she was alive, she would switch on the outside light when she heard my grandfather arrive home on his bike. This particular night, the house was in darkness, yet when he leaned his bike against the wall to unlock the door, on came the light…

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Armed with these experiences and because it sounded fun, my mother and I went along to a paranormal group meeting. Long story short, it was pretty much a money making scam. But after talking to other newcomers there, we set about creating our own group and began visiting locations around the country.

We stayed overnight on abandoned airfields, in underground RAF bunkers, mansion houses and theatres. We walked corridors by torchlight and became acquainted with more basements than I can remember. We got to see behind the scenes of some interesting historical places and most of all…  It was super exciting and scary!

I’ve witnessed orbs and light formations appearing out of nowhere. I experienced sudden, intense nausea upon entering a certain area. Unexplained voices and banging have been recorded, most notably in ‘answer’ to specific questions. I had something breathe on and growl in my ear and seen a card lift into the air and move several inches to one side. And this was in my own house. Terrified much?

Okay, yes, for all you skeptics, there are in some cases possible, plausible explanations for many of the occurrences. But when they happen without explanation, after we have accounted for draughts and outside influences, you do have to wonder…

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Anyone think third from right is channeling the spirit of Kirsten Dunst?

So, do you fancy being a paranormal investigator? Think you won’t scare easily? Then here’s some of the equipment and jargon you might need!

BASIC EQUIPMENT:

  • Walkie talkies.
  • Torch.
  • Cameras (stills and video) – minimum of 2. Preferably with night vision.
  • A recording device (dicta-phone, retro cassette recorder!).
  • A laser thermometer.
  • An EMF (electromagnetic field) detector.
  • Candles.
  • An object to interact with (e.g. a teddy bear, a ball, piece of jewellery).
  • A protective talisman (whether that be something religious, such as a cross or another ‘blessed’ item).
  • Pens and paper.
  • Snacks, drinks, warm clothing and cushions / sleeping bag.

KNOW YOUR STUFF:
Baselines: These tests are conducted at the beginning of a session, to establish where there could be breezes, creaky doors or floorboards, electrical lines (causing EMF spikes) and where best set up a locked-off camera. Temperatures readings would be taken of each room too. It is said that if there are spirits a-lurking, then there will be extreme cold (and sometimes hot) spots, plus there will be an increase in the electromagnetic field).

Locked-off camera: This stays in one place to record any movements / manifestations independently. Needs placing in a high ‘ghost traffic’ area!

Asking out: No, not so you can take some ethereal creature on a date to the movies, but the stereotypical ‘Is there anybody there?’ scenario. Obviously, you can be more creative with your questions than this!

Acknowledgement: Apparently, like living folk, ghosts get a bit cranky if ignored. So should be lucky enough to have an encounter of any description, it’s polite to let them know you’re aware they are there. And that you’d just like to say hello, no nasty business allowed!

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Orbs: Considered the first manifestation of a spirit, these dancing lights can show up on stills and video cameras. Skeptics debate over whether they are simply motes of dust, so it is always good to bear this in mind, as some will be debris. Usually white in colour, we have seen other hues, including green -sometimes considered an evil spirit. :/

Candles: Used in conjunction with asking-out. Light it, ask some questions, watch to see if it blows about a bit or gets completely extinguished. Guarantee it will totally freak you out if it goes all dark!

Table / Glass Tipping: Personally, I don’t like doing these, as there’s too much room for human, sub-conscious intervention, but many investigators do indulge. Essentially, the glass is your typical Ouija board set-up – everyone puts one finger on a glass, asks a question and waits for the glass to move in response. The table is the large scale version where the goal is channeling the spirit to ‘lift’ the table spontaneously.

Ghost Baiting: Another one to avoid in my opinion, but again, a method frequently used to draw out the ghosties. What is it? It’s bullying. Of ghosts. Trash talk the spirits and provoke them into showing themselves. Works better for the cranky other-worlders but then why would you want to enrage a possible demon entity?!

Elephant Spirits: This is a personally used term, created by my mother, who is unable to say ‘malevolent’! So elephants are evil…but only in the world of paranormal investigation. I love elephants IRL!

A Seb Coe moment: Again, a phrase coined by my Mothership, Coe standing for ‘corner of eye’, the Seb was added as reference to the British athlete (and now Olympic ambassador). If you experience one of these, it’s likely you’re aware of something moving on the periphery of your vision…but it conveniently disappears when you turn towards it. Pesky little ghosties!

And there you have it.  A basic guide to tracking down residents from across the veil. So grab a camera, a group of friends and go scare yourself silly in a haunted house! I no longer take part (one too many scares if I’m honest) but mum still visits many places with things that go bump in the night!

In all seriousness, even if you’re not a believer, it’s not something you should take lightly, just in case. We always asked for guidance and protection from a higher order before embarking on an investigation and even though I felt a bit of an idiot doing it, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Still not convinced how awesome it is? Here’s the BEST footage (I think) from Most Haunted…a moving cross from inside a cell at Derby Gaol! If you have any experiences of your own, please share – I love a good ghost story!


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29 thoughts on “A guide to (my) Paranormal Activity!

  1. What a brilliant post! I do some paranormal investigating too; most recently it was on the RMS Queen Mary docked in Long Beach, California. It’s too difficult to dismiss so much inexplicable evidence, isn’t it? I found your blog via Donna’s Monster Meet & Greet Bash!! Thanks for a great blog! Cher xo

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments! Wow, I bet that was an amazing location to do an investigation!! Did you get any evidence?

      And yes, I agree that when everything plausible has been accounted for, there must be something more to it – even if the sceptics will still disagree!

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      1. It is one of the most haunted locations in the US and truly a majestic place! I absolutely love the Queen Mary’s energy! I recorded hours of investigating, so if I get any EVPs I’ll be sure and let you know! I don’t think any amount of evidence would convince a skeptic. I heard an audible voice on the Queen Mary last year at 3:00 a.m. in the morning when the only people around were those of us investigating (and an area restricted to the public). I heard a little girl’s voice and so did the others! I’d love to read more about your experiences! Cher xo

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  2. Great ‘Reality’ story for the Halloween season. I personally believe there are loose spirits that occupy certain areas. Well, since they occupy certain areas I guess they’re not really ‘loose’ at all.

    Anyway, I live in an apartment in a barn on 180 acres of land and when I moved here I was the only occupant of the property through the night. Sometimes I would hear voices behind my apartment and on several occasions, pistol in hand, I would quietlyexit my apartment and slither around to the back of the barn to catch whoever was there messing with the horses in the middle of the night.

    I never once found anyone, even when I turned on the floodlights.

    I also occasionally catch site of that movement at the edge of my vision, and even see shadows move across the living room. There is never an explaination for any of it.

    Now there are others living in the rooms to each side of me and I no longer see activity. Too bad, I rather enjoyed the occasional scare.

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    1. What a fantastic experience – although I’d have been terrified of I’d been alone. I still frantically run upstairs if I’m the last one to bed and have to turn the lights out!!
      Glad you liked the post, thanks for dropping by and commenting 🙂

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  3. I’m a cynic. I’d be more than happy to be proved wrong though. Our town has a Halloween ghost walk, one year it stopped outside our house. I was curious. I asked Facebook. One of my friends had done the walk, yep my house was featured! Apparently a small boy resides here.
    I will confess however that I do regularly get up in the night as I hear the kids walking around…they aren’t! A couple of other incidences too, I’m not convinced though….but maybe you should come ghostbust me just in case…. 😉

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    1. That’s amazing! Is there a history behind it then? Do you live in quite an old property? We’ll happily come along and try to determine what’s there. We only charge biscuits and a cuppa 😉 Can’t promise eradicating it though. You should leave a camera out with a toy, see what happens!

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  4. I would be right there, searching and hunting the haunted. I do believe in the paranormal, evil and all. I believe when we pass we leave a piece of ourselves behind.
    That first video, I couldn’t help but laugh, A lot! Great post, and wonderful add to the Prompt! 🙂

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      1. First aired in 2002. They’re on series 15 now I think, although I’ve not watched any since they revived it. Just found out from looking this up though that there’s a Halloween live event airing this year. So thanks, wouldn’t have known this if I hadn’t looked up the original date 🙂

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      2. Oh wow. Its been running a long time. I’m surprised I haven’t heard of it. I am definitely going to binge watch it if I can find it. That’s awesome you found the Halloween event. That should be interesting. Halloween, spirits. Awesome kind of spooky!

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      3. They did do a season based in the US – Most Haunted USA (original titles were not a strong point!). They investigated Waverley Sanitorium (Kentucky?) amongst others. There are definitely full episodes on YouTube, but not necessarily full seasons. Let me know if you end up watching any!

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  5. Oh wow, you’re so brave. I LOVED Most Haunted (and Derek, I saw him on stage) but you’d never get me actually hunting. I’m such a chicken. I’d be like the make-up lady and run screaming at the first noise. Hehe. Awesome that your mum came with you.

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    1. We saw him live too! My mum is so much braver than me – she still happily does lone vigils, completely fearless. You’d never catch me doing anything like that, I’m definitely the screamer!

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  6. This is a super cool post, and it completely fits into Halloween. I have went ghost hunting a couple of times but I have never seen anything. I do believe in spirits, but I don’t know if I have ever encountered one.

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂 I wouldn’t say I’ve fully encountered one (I’m sure I’d faint or something worse if I did!) but there have certainly been enough happenings that couldn’t be explained.

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    1. Haha, never cross the streams! I’d be straight out if anything like Zuul turned up. Reckon I could handle a marshmallow man though!
      I should have added ‘slow running friend’ to the equipment list 😉

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