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Friday, 13 November 2015 15:39



As much as many of us think we know how we'd react if we saw a genuine apparition, we don't really know until it happens to us. Perhaps you like to think you would be brave, but you might just freak out. And that is not unusual. It's our instinctive fight-or-flight response in the face of the unknown kicking in. We have seen experienced ghost hunters scream and run out of a room at the slightest noise or movement.

Whether you are on a ghost hunt seeking spirits or you spontaneously encounter an apparition, fight the urge to panic and flee. After all, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not many people have this privilege.

Although your heart might be pounding and you mind racing, try to remain calm and still. Ghosts, for the most part, are completely harmless.



Yes, you might be able to communicate with the spirit, if this is an intelligent haunting. If this is a residual haunting then you probably will not be able to communicate with it. The ghost will not even notice you.

If this is an intelligent haunting, however, you might be able to get a reaction. The spirit might look at you, possibly as intrigued by you as you are of it.

Calmly talk to the spirit, just as if you are talking to a person you just met. Introduce yourself. Ask its name. Be calm and respectful. There is no guarantee that you will get a response, audible or otherwise, but it's worth a try.



If you have a camera in hand, by all means try to discreetly photograph the spirit. Even if it's just your cell phone camera, get some shots. But use the best camera you have available.

Take as many shots as you can while the apparition is visible. Also take some shots after the ghost and disappeared for comparison purposes.
If you have a video recorder, either a camcorder or as a function of your cell phone, that's even better. Getting movement and sound would be great evidence!


If you don't have video, at least try to get some audio. If you have a voice recorder, turn it on. Many cell phones also have a recording function or app that you can switch on. There are two reasons for doing this:

  1. You want to document your attempted communication with the spirit.
  2. You might at least get an EVP (electronic voice phenomena) from it. Even though you might not hear anything at the time of the recording, you might hear something on the recording when you review it later.


If you are alone but there are others nearby, call them in. This will help confirm what you are experiencing. Having more people as personal witnesses will also mean that they can additionally document the experience with their cameras and recorders. The more documentation, the better.

Be calm. Don't shout. And prepare them for what they will see. Keep them all calm and respectful. You want this to be a special, even reverent experience for all involved.



Simply see what happens. The spirit might be visible for just a few seconds or, if you're lucky, for a minute or more.

Do not leave while the apparition is still visible - not even to fetch someone else. Watch it. Take note of what it does and how it reacts. Even if it disappears, wait around for a little while. Perhaps it will return.



The importance of documenting this remarkable experience cannpot be stressed enough. Even if you have taken pictures, captured video and recorded audio, you should also make a written account. Your written notes should include:

  1. Where it happened (as specific as possible)
  2. When it happened - date and time
  3. Environmental factors - What was the weather, even if you were inside
  4. The duration of the event
  5. What the apparition looked like, again being as specific as possible
  6. Any movements - Was it stationary or did it move about?
  7. Where did it go? Did it simply vanish or did it move out of the room? Did it appear to walk or simply float?
  8. Did it try to communicate? What did it say, or what were the impressions or feelings you got from it?

Be as detailed as you can with your descriptions, and be completely honest. Encourage any other witnesses to do the same so that you can compare notes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:04