New ghost hunters always ask me, "Where do I find haunted locations in my area?"
The fact is, it's EASY to find haunted locations in your area – no matter where you live. Paranormal activity has been occurring for thousands of years, in all cities, and across all cultures. One of the best ways to find haunted locations is to join a local paranormal investigation group.
Find a Ghost Hunting Group on Meetup.com
To locate paranormal investigation groups near you, I recommend visiting Meetup.com and searching for "ghost hunting" in your zipcode. This will help you connect with local ghost hunters in your area.
Ask the Police
Another good way to find haunted locations in your area is to ask the local police. Surprisingly, policemen are a great source of information about hauntings. Police are usually hard-core skeptics, but they know which locations generate complaints about paranormal activity–noises, weird lights, sounds, apparitions–with no reasonable explanations.
New to Ghost Hunting?
If you're new to ghost hunting, I do NOT recommend starting with private homes. Dealing with an upset or frightened homeowner can be difficult, even for experienced paranormal investigators. On top of dealing with distraught or excited homeowners, many new investigators feel pressured to produce results (evidence of paranormal activity) to satisfy an anxious (or proud) homeowner. For these reasons, I recommend starting with the 4 locations listed below. After you have gained some experience, you can begin investigating private homes.
4 Locations That Are Almost Always Haunted
1. Cemeteries — Most cemeteries are mildly haunted. Older cemeteries (from the 1800's or earlier) are more likely to have ghosts. Explore the oldest sections of cemeteries first – these are more likely to have paranormal activity . Some cemeteries are closed from dusk until dawn, so be careful. Find out what the cemetery rules are, and follow them. You do NOT want to end up in trouble with the law.
2. Theaters — Look for theaters with stages that people have performed on. Older theaters often have a ghost who visits during rehearsals and can be seen sitting or standing on the balcony. These ghosts are usually playful and fun. Look for paranormal activity on the stage, in the audience, backstage, and just outside the auditorium doors. There's a reason why Phantom of the Opera is a highly popular musical.
3. Abandoned Buildings — Many abandoned buildings are often haunted. People don't walk away from a perfectly good building for no reason. If it's abandoned, it may be haunted. Caution: Do NOT trespass on private property. Be sure to get permission first. (You can ask the county real estate office who owns the abandoned building.) Be sure to explore the abandoned building during the daytime (before ghost hunting at night), so you know whether it has construction problems, holes, or other dangerous areas.
4. Colleges and Universities — University campuses (especially older buildings) usually have at least one ghost, and often poltergeist activity. Colleges are uniquely suited for residual hauntings – since many universities have had dramatic/traumatic events that occurred on campus. Colleges are also uniquely suited for poltergeist activity. In fact, most poltergeist events occur when there is someone aged 16-25 nearby. These young people do not normally know that a ghost is using them as an energy source. Colleges are home to many students who could be used as the "focus point" for poltergeist energy. Want to know which colleges are haunted? Paranormal investigator Daniel Barefoot covers university ghost hauntings in his book, Haunted Halls of Ivy. Another good book on university hauntings is Haunted Schools.