If it’s one thing people love more than ghost hunting, it’s short lists of inventive desires that kinda make sense but also entertain. Because I am love, I have combined the two for your reading pleasure. Here now are the top ten ideas, instruments, and people-as-instruments I honestly would love to see utilized in haunting investigations.
10.) Etch A Sketch
Forget EVP and EMF readings. Set an Etch A Sketch in the corner of the room and ask the presumed entity to draw something–even if it’s just to make a little line. This is something you could leave unmonitored in a locked room for as long as you needed, where the batteries wouldn’t drain and you wouldn’t have to strain to interpret the data like with EVPs. It may sound silly at first but think about it. It’s a simple non-electronic form of recorded communication.
9.) Blind Investigator
Blind people tend to have superior hearing, right? Could they pick up the EVP voices in real time? Or might the fact of their being involved mean the haunting intelligence turns up its sound component a notch for clearer recording? If there were a malevolent intelligence trying to scare people it would quickly learn that its visual presentation ain’t cutting the mustard. It might turn its audio component up.
8.) Deaf Investigator
Perhaps with a deaf person more amazing visual data will present itself.
Invite a skeptic from a skeptic’s organization already! If they refuse, at least you’ve got that ammunition when they whine about how you’re investigating it all wrong.
Do a blind experiment where you invite a member of a skeptic’s organization to come to a haunted house where one of the rooms is the center of activity. As this is a blind experiment, don’t tell them it’s a haunted room–ask them to partake in another experiment. Tell them you’ve decked out one room with subliminal messages to make the person hanging out in it to feel a certain way. Take them around the house, let them be alone in each room for an allotted time period and then ask them which room it was and which emotion(s) they felt heightened.
6.) Haunted Object from Other Location
Has anyone ever taken an alleged haunted object from a completely unrelated location and placed it in a haunted house? I think it’s high time we break out the popcorn for that horror show, don’t you?
Forget psychic mediums–strippers are where it’s at. Some hauntings have glaring sexual overtones, right? So why not invite a stripper of the gender most to the alleged entity’s liking to the investigation? This can be another blind experiment.
Call a stripper. Invite her/him over to your haunted place. Have them set up their pole or whatever in the rapey ghost room. Tell them you like to watch voyeuristically from the next room through a hidden hole in the wall or two-way mirror. Press play on the stereo and record on your camera and watch the fun! (Or ask them to dance without music so you can record for EVPs.) If you know the name of the alleged ghost have them say it all sexy-like. Tell them it’s your nickname if you have to.
4.) Reverse Psychology
What happens if you bring the haunt to a haunted location?
People report hearing whispers too incoherent to make out what is being said? You instruct everyone in your party to whisper to each other like that first.
Got reports of Civil War soldiers manifesting out of thin air? Everyone bring a costume, an accent, and get ready to role play–you’re his brigade or his enemy, depending on how the ghost is alleged to treat people. You must play to his ego needs as that is probably what a ghost is when it’s not a leaky faucet.
Does the phenomenon tap people on the shoulder or push them from behind? Instruct everyone to do that to each other often.
What happens when you beat a ghost at its own game?
Sure, plumbers are good. But imagine if they teamed up with a Catholic priest, a Buddhist monk, a Kabbalist, an atheist, a shaman, a medicine man, a theoretical physicist, an existential philosopher, a psychologist, a linguist, and a guru? What would they find intriguing about the alleged haunting?
This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Most if not all of the above can be found through your local Unitarian church.
Do your research. Find the longest-lasting psychedelic that has the least reported bad trips and negative side effects. Find people who take them often with respect and care. Then have everyone in the group take a hero’s dose.
Don’t forget to hit record on those cameras and have a good night!
Gather those same types of people who are well-experienced in a variety of psychedelics. What happens when one person is on mushrooms, one on ayahuasca, one on peyote, and so forth–in an extremely active haunted location? Let’s find out! (In a country where it isn’t against the law to use such substances, of course, NSA.)
1.) Bitchy Little Girls
Everyone’s got one in the family or has a friend with one. She rolls her eyes at everything adults say, she huff-sings, “Mooo-ooo-ooom!” at every little embarrassing thing that comes out of her mother’s mouth. She says “whatever” too much, blasts gangsta rap music to piss off Dad–even if she doesn’t have a dad–and blurts things like, “You always choose ________ over me!” before storming off to her room for some quality text-bitching to her BFF under the Austin Mahone posters.
Whelp, working off the hypothesis that angry pubescent girls are the culprit behind much poltergeist activity, let’s put that pout to work! Let’s give her something to shriek about! Let’s lock the girl who rattles the dishes and telekinetically stacks old books into impossible piles in for the night with Satan. I. Want. To see. That.
Get her parents’ permission first, of course–or if you’re as dysfunctional as they are, use your own daughter. Tell her it’s a sleepover with her besties. Put her alone in that house. Make her wait for the friends that never come. Watch the boredom boil over into anger when she realizes she must have misplaced her cell phone (that you confiscated while she wasn’t looking), and can’t call her friends to ask them, Like, where the hell are you?
That anger will turn to rage, rage to desperation, and with nowhere to turn, it will turn inward. And that’s when her new friends will arrive.
Demons. Everywhere, demons. Her own, some dead guy’s, the devil…. It’s psychic bum fight meets fallen-angelic-UFC cage match. And I’ll bet you it grows her up real fast.
Also, something about proving that incorporeal life forms exist and winning the Nobel. I’m not sure which is secondary anymore.