How to Test a House (or Location) for Paranormal Activity
Would you like to test a house for paranormal activity? Today's subscriber question covers testing for paranormal activity.
Can you tell me how to test how paranormally active a house (or location) may be?
This is a great question, although to fully answer it, I would need to write several hundred pages. :-) In fact, entire books have been written on this subject—so it's tough to give you a short answer. However, here are some basic tips to get you started…
Interview Witnesses & Research the History of Your Location First
Before you begin testing for activity, I suggest interviewing witnesses. Find out if there have been reports of strange activity, what types of strange activity, and where the sightings/activity took place. Interviewing witnesses will give you a good starting point, and provide clues about whether you're dealing with a residual haunting, an intelligent haunting – or no haunting at all. Be careful, though. Don't believe everything you're told (stories are often exaggerated) — just listen with an open mind.
Other ways to research the history of a location include searching for information online, talking to past property owners, calling the local police (I'm always surprised at how much information the local police can tell you about a property — they really are great sources of information), or chatting with the neighbors.
Video Tape the Area
If apparitions (ghosts) have been sighted, set up a video camera (on a tripod) to document the strange activity. Doors that open and shut by themselves can usually be captured on video tape. Other strange visual activity (such as faucets and TV sets that turn on-and-off by themselves) can also be captured on film. A digital infrared camera can be used to capture images that are invisible to the human eye.
Check for Extremes in Temperature
Unexplained cold spots are classic haunting symptoms. If you discover cold spots (or hot spots), a thermal scanner can be used to prove that cold/hot spots are real (and how much they differ from the surrounding temperature). A thermal scanner (pictured at left) uses infrared technology to instantly detect temperature differences at a distance. It can tell you the exact temperature, and in what direction the cold spot moved.
If apparitions (ghosts) are reported in a certain area, take photos of the area. You may find orbs or apparitions in your photos. CAUTION: Sometimes orbs can be caused by dust or light reflecting off the camera lens or flash. Be sure to account for natural, man-made causes before automatically assuming that all orbs are paranormal.
Capture EVP Audio Recordings
You can test for paranormal activity by capturing EVP audio recordings. Start recording, ask questions, and see if you hear voices during playback. You may not need a separate voice recorder if you are using a video camera. The video camera will record EVP. However, it certainly doesn't hurt to use a voice recorder along with your video camera.
Use an EMF Meter to Check for Moving Fields & Unusual Readings
Areas with high paranormal activity generally have strong electromagnetic fields. Use an EMF meter to measure the electromagnetic fields at your target location. EMF's that move (through walls, around a room, or up-and-down stairs) are very good indicators of paranormal activity. You may also discover EMF's that appear, and then disappear randomly. This is very unusual, and can be a good indicator of paranormal activity.
Monitor Movement With a Motion Detector
Motion detectors can alert you to movement in an area where there should be none. An entire room or hallway can be easily monitored with just one device.
These are just a few ways to test for paranormal activity—but they should get you started. Have fun, and thanks for the great question, Mike.