If you have an interest in paranormal phenomena and you think it’s something you’d like to pursue, here are some tips to help you on your way. Honestly, the only thing you really need when getting started is a genuine desire to explore the field of paranormal investigation. Now, do you HAVE to be part of a team? No, not at all. You will find however that when you join the company of people who share your curiosity and passion for exploring haunted locations, the experience is greatly magnified. It will also serve to help you learn the ropes by surrounding yourself with people who have some experience in the field. You will also see that by having others with you in the course of your “ghost hunting”, you can often bounce ideas and questions off one another to debunk or validate any phenomena that may occur while you are on location. I will discuss a few things to consider when choosing a paranormal group to align yourself with.
Are they at least somewhat established in the paranormal community? The paranormal community is a constantly changing landscape. Groups are constantly forming and dissolving. By choosing a group that is stable and established, you are increasing your chances that you are dealing with a team has a good interpersonal dynamic and that the members are experienced and professional. (That’s not to say that a new group couldn’t have those qualities, but much like choosing any service; if you choose someone that’s been around for a while, there’s a good chance they are good at what they do otherwise they wouldn’t still be around.)
A big red flag for anyone would be a paranormal group that charges people for investigations or charges for anything beyond the fees certain locations charge investigators for access to those locations. Paranormal investigation really isn’t for anyone hoping to make a profit from investigating. Those of us who maintain paranormal groups do so simply because this is what we love. Avoid those who do this, and you will be sure to find a group that shares the same motivations you do.
Something else to consider beyond these factors, but possibly the most important is whether you feel that your prospective group is a good fit with your personality. If you are in it for the long haul, your team members will be the people that you will spend a huge chunk of your time with both on location and off. Ask yourself: Are these people I would enjoy spending fourteen hours with in a dark abandoned building? If the answer to all these questions is yes, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You’ve found your paranormal team.
I’m so very lucky in that my paranormal team is more than just a group of people who share a love of paranormal investigation. We are parafamily. We share our lives beyond the scope of ghost hunting. We celebrate birthdays, promotions, holidays…we pretty much use anything for an excuse to get together. If you can find such amazing people to surround yourself, you won’t regret it and you may find that you’ve made lifelong friends in the process.