Ghosts! Are they real?

What you can expect from a ghost walk

Ghost hunting events have increased in popularity over the past few years, thanks largely to the number of paranormal-related TV shows and films that have appeared. Programs such as Most Haunted, and films such as Paranormal Activity tap into the desire to feel the adrenaline rush that being scared creates.

If you go to virtually any historical site in Britain, there is likely to be some story of paranormal activity, from the Moddey Dhoo (Black Dog) at Peel Castle in the Isle of Man, to the many apparitions said to haunt the Tower of London. Britain's rich history makes many of these sites a magnet for ghost hunters. Not only can you get the adrenaline rush that comes from being scared out of your wits, but you may also learn something about the history of the place you are visiting.

Ghost hunts can therefore be educational, as well as scary, and a fun way to meet new people.

There are hundreds of websites devoted to the paranormal and the methods used to track and record it. There are also many companies these days that operate ghost hunts, so it is always best to do your research and make sure that you are choosing a reputable company which uses experienced mediums and ghost hunters. Look for celebrity mediums, as they quite often conduct ghost hunts, and are an indicator of a quality ghost hunting company.

  • You should expect to stay awake all night, as many venues do not have sleeping facilities. Not that you would be getting much sleep anyway! Hot drinks and snacks are often provided, although some companies run "Ghost Hunt Suppers" where a meal is included in the ticket price.
  • Don't forget to bring a camera or other recording equipment. The professional ghost hunters and mediums will provide some equipment, but you may want to bring your own. You might catch something you didn't even realize was there.
  • Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. Venues often get very cold, and you may find yourself investigating cellars, gardens or caves. It is important to stay warm.
  • Choose your venue wisely. Some places are much more haunted than others, which will increase your chances of successful ghost hunting. Supposedly very haunted places include the Tower of London, Nottingham's Galleries of Justice, and the Shrieves house in Stratford upon Avon. Sadly, there is no way to predict paranormal activity, so the more reputedly haunted, the better, as far as ghost hunting is concerned.

Helen Laird writes for Dusk Till Dawn Events who specialize in Ghost Hunts and Paranormal Events