Six Tools to Carry Out a Successfully Spooky Ghost Hunt

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Halloween is just about here, but that doesn't mean you have to wait a week to go ghost hunting. Those things scare the shit out of people year round. That's why we've picked six essential tools to help you prove they exist.

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EMF Meter

The common belief amongst ghost hunting experts is that ghosts emit an electromagnetic field. How do they know? Those equipped with an EMF meter frequently report a rise in levels when they believe they see a ghost. Then again, electromagnetic fields have also been said to cause hallucinations. In either case, the Trifield 100XE model will not only measure EMF, but also radio- and microwaves. $130

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Parabolic Microphone

Gathering sensory evidence is arguably the biggest priority whilst ghost hunting. People aren't going to trust secondary readings and personal accounts without something a bit more, ummm….objective, to latch onto. Record the audio of the environment around you with an ultra sensitive parabolic microphone, because who knows what sorts of weird things might happen when you're in a paranormal hot zone. They're expensive, yes, but nobody said becoming legend would be cheap. $1100

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Infrared Thermometer

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People who say they've encountered ghosts always yammer on about a feeling of coldness in their presence. Having a thermometer around to measure dips in temperature can help provide at least some empirical evidence in support of your ghost sighting, thin as it may be. $85

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Ghost Box

EVP is a term that frequently comes up amongst ghost hunters, founded around the idea that voices are being transmitted through electronic bits and radio frequencies. Paranormal enthusiasts believe that ghosts, who might also give off electromagnetic radiation, can communicate through these means. So what do you know, some electronically inclined fanatics began tweaking AM radios with the idea that we could initiate two-way communications with ghosts. Whoa. $80

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Full Spectrum Camcorder

Ghosts are hard to spot with the naked eye. Apparently however, ghosts are more visible in the infrared and ultraviolet visible light spectrums. Equip yourself with a 1080p video camera capable of capturing both of these frequency ranges and you won't be kicking yourself for missing your big photo opp. $260

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Holy Water

You're hunting ghosts. Weird shit might happen. People in the movies tend to turn to the holy water. Not saying it will work, but you know, it doesn't hurt to try. $13

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DISCUSSION

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Having watched over 6 years of Supernatural, I think I know a thing or two about ghosts, and while some of those items could be useful, none of them will actually help you when the ghost is trying to murder you. "The EMF says he's coming from this way." "Yeah, of course he is, he's ripping out my guts as we speak, you idiot!"

What you need is salt. There are other items that are handy, but the number one item is salt. Salt is defensive, offensive, and conclusive. Under attack from a ghost? Form a circle of salt on the ground and step into it: you're untouchable. Want to fortify a house against a ghost? Pour salt across all entry points. These have the added bonus of also working on demons (not, however, angels or most monsters—you have been warned). Want to go on the offensive? Toss some salt at the ghost, chances are it will dissipate (though it will return shortly, so do not let your guard down), and to really ensure that it will, load shotgun shells with rock-salt and shoot, that will deal considerable (though not permanent) damage to ghosts and demons alike. Finally, when it comes time to finish the ghost you will need salt, lighter fluid (or something similarly flammable), and fire. Find the bones of the ghost (this will require you to discover who the ghost was in life and then dig up their grave, without the ghost catching on and trying to kill you), salt and burn them. Note: occasionally burning the bones will not kill the ghost, or the ghost will not have bones remaining. In these instances, the ghost is connected to some object special to them in life, perhaps a doll, this will require further research into the ghost's life. There's also a chance of a ghost being attached to a person... but, uh, that's pretty uncommon, so don't go salting and burning living people since they seem to be the link to a ghost.

Iron also works on ghosts in a manner similar to rock salt. Striking a ghost with an iron object will call it to dissipate temporarily. Ghosts can occasionally also be dispatched by "scaring them to death", a concept so ridiculous I would not recommend attempting it.

Finally, while holy water can be effective on demons, it is not known to be on ghosts. Do not attempt to take on ghosts armed only with holy water. Also, do not pay $13 for holy water, don't pay anything for it. Just get some water and bless it yourself, you don't have to be a priest or anything. But seriously, don't take on anything that goes bump in the night unless you're a trained hunter, the monsters that are out there will kill you without a second thought.