July 21, 2016
A Guide for You and Your Junior Paranormal Investigator
By: Rebecca Genesis
children. In fact, my Ghost Seers Team is made up of my two kids, Aaron (age 17) and Aaleah (age 12) and I. However, that doesn’t mean all haunted locations are appropriate for children. When it comes to ghost hunting with kids, there are four basic factors to be mindful of: Encouragement, Education, Location, and Preparation.Paranormal shows are everywhere these days. People of all ages have become more and more interested in exploring the fascinating world of ghosts and other unseen entities, including many
It’s important to encourage a child’s interest in safely broadening their paranormal horizons. If your child is expressing an interest in the paranormal, and you feel they are mature enough, encouraging opportunities for them to explore their interest is a fantastic show of support. Even if you are a skeptic by nature, allowing your children to make up their own minds and develop their own beliefs is a great way to help promote their individuality.
abilities. So, they may be having experiences even without necessarily pursuing the paranormal realm. Always listen to your child when they are sharing their personal experiences and also be open-minded to the possibility that it’s not just their imaginations. This will encourage an open line of communication and trust between you and your child when it comes to the subject of the unexplained. My daughter, Aaleah, has shown exceptional abilities as a child sensitive which is very helpful during our paranormal investigations.Many children, including my own, are also sensitive, psychic, or have mediumship
There is no minimum age when ghost hunting with kids is deemed appropriate. However, if your child is asking a lot of questions and expressing in interest in the paranormal, that’s a good indicator that they may be ready. My son was just turning 13 when we went on our first ghost hunt together in a local cemetery and my daughter was seven at the time. It was mostly uneventful, besides a spirit orb caught on camera, but both of my kids definitely enjoyed being in a spooky place at night seeking out ghostly evidence with their Mom.
without adult supervision. I know this because that’s exactly what I did when I was a kid…I am also of the firm belief that children are going to find ways to satisfy their curiosity about the paranormal either with or
Ouija board and had a mind-blowing experience that confirmed that I could still speak with my Great-Grandpa even though he had been dead for a few years.I was an eight-year-old when I knew I had a desire to seek out answers about the supernatural. I always felt that ghosts were real and all around, but I wanted to validate this feeling somehow. I ended up dabbling with a neighbor kid’s
Although my first experience with a Ouija board was not seemingly harmful, I developed an unhealthy addiction to using them. When I was almost a teenager, I even made a homemade Ouija board one day. This resulted in a session where a negative entity harassed me and also attached to me at a young age. This is an entity that still reminds me that he is around, from time to time.
Ghost Seer. And, no, I will not ever use a Ouija board again.Even after swearing off the use of the Ouija, I still used it one last time as an adult. This was something I came to regret deeply, as it initiated a full-on active haunting in my home. I have written about all three of my significant Ouija board experiences in my book,
There’s also another side to the encouragement aspect of exploring the world of ghosts with children, especially if you are a paranormal investigator yourself. You don’t ever want to go ghost hunting with kids before they are ready just because it’s something you may desire more than them. Don’t bring your fearful child on a paranormal investigation just to use them as ghost bait. That’s never recommended…
Number one when it comes to the educational aspect of ghost hunting with kids is teaching them to always have respect for the spirit world. I will always maintain that having the correct mindset when interacting with spirits is very important. This means absolutely no mocking, provocation, or disrespecting words or actions, period. Even if you are a skeptic, you should never allow or encourage negative behavior from your children. This mindset will serve them well not only as they become junior investigators of the paranormal but possibly even as they become the next generation of adult paranormal investigators.
Also, helping your children to become familiar with age-appropriate equipment for collecting evidence like cameras, camcorders, digital voice recorders, and EMF readers (start off simple and then expand from there). If they have a smart phone with all these capabilities in one, even better! There’s even digital EMF reader apps that you can download from your phone’s app store. As intuitive paranormal investigators, we also use dowsing rods and crystal pendulums to communicate with spirits. These can be found online or in metaphysical stores.
hauntings (intelligent versus residual) as well as the various types of spiritual phenomenon one might witness or capture in photos or video (orbs, mists, apparitions, shadows, etc). You also want to educate them about debunking and distinguishing the “normal” from the “paranormal.” After all, not everything is paranormal. This will also help encourage critical thinking skills that will be helpful to your children in every aspect of life. In fact, my son has become so good at debunking, that if he is with me on an investigation I always seek out his opinion first before declaring something as paranormal.It’s also helpful to teach your children the basics of the different types of
Also, as with any activity, make sure before you go ghost hunting with kids that they are fully aware of the potential dangers associated with the paranormal like spirit attachment, possibility of being scratched, pushed, etc. Although my children and I have never had a really scary or negative experience during our paranormal investigations, we are very much aware of the dangers and know we need to vocalize to one another if anything bad ever does happen. Any physical attack to any of us would be reason to shut down the investigation immediately.
Once you feel they are ready…
It’s important when starting out ghost hunting with kids to pick age-appropriate locations. My recommendation would be taking them places you would feel comfortable taking them for non-paranormal outings and historical lessons, for instance. Keep in mind, you don’t have to wait until nighttime to conduct an investigation, as spirits are active during the day, too. Here’s some suggestions for where to go ghost hunting with kids…
- overnights at haunted hotels
- haunted cities/towns
- haunted restaurants
- haunted museums
- battlefields and old military forts
- ghost tours
cemetery at night, make sure you have permission to be there. Some cemeteries close down at night because of trespassers or vandals. Others, however, are open to the public 24/7. Just do your homework first to avoid any potential run-ins with cemetery security or police.When taking your children to a
Tripadvisor.com even has many reviews from individuals who have stayed at these reportedly haunted hotels so you can gauge what kinds of experiences people are having and some information about the background of the haunting(s).Haunted hotels are everywhere. One could easily do an internet search to find haunted hotels in and around your area.
Here’s an idea: why not skip the trip to Disney and take a haunted family vacation to a city or town with a ghostly reputation like Savannah, Georgia; St. Augustine, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Virginia City, Nevada; or Tombstone, Arizona to name a few? Not only will it be fun and spooky, but these places can also be quite historically educational.
Captains Anchorage in Big Bear, California. I found them with just quick internet search.Haunted Restaurants are great because you can not only collect ghostly evidence, you can get a bite to eat, too! I would always recommend contacting the restaurant ahead of time to let them know that you wanted to do some ghost hunting with kids while you are there. A fantastic place I recently investigated (although my kids weren’t with me) is the
museums, battlefields, and military forts are also said to be haunted. Once again, these places are steeped in history, so ghost hunting with kids at places with historical significance has much to offer your children than just potential paranormal evidence.Many
Ghost tours are always fun and there are often both children and adults present at many of them. Some even provide you with ghost hunting equipment to use during the tour. These days, ghost tours are just about in every major city and undoubtedly in the towns and cities with haunted reputations. Just be aware that sometimes the “haunted history” told during these tours can be tailored more for entertainment purposes only.
When it comes to choosing a location to go ghost hunting with kids, you want to avoid going to any place where you would be potentially trespassing. For example, an impromptu investigation at a place like an old, decrepit, abandoned building or house. Not only would you be risking breaking the law, you also run a risk of injury for you or your children, especially at night. Researching into who owns the property and then seeking permission to investigate would always be the correct course. And even if you get permission, many condemned buildings will still have safety issues to be aware of.
Finally, any location with possible demonic or known aggressive entities would obviously never be appropriate for a minor. That’s why it’s important to always do your research when considering locations to go ghost hunting with kids. Once again, a quick internet search can be quite informative. It’s also safe to say that any kind of overnight lockdown in a prison or insane asylum is not the best idea, either.
Once you have picked a good location…
When going ghost hunting with kids, you always want to make sure you are fully prepared. When it comes to your equipment, be sure to bring along enough spare batteries and/or fully charge up any gadgets or your smartphones. If you are going somewhere dark or doing a nighttime investigation, bring enough flashlights for everyone. Unseen entities are known to drain batteries and equipment, so bringing along extras is always smart. Keeping a first aid kit and bug repellent along with your ghost hunting gear is never a bad idea, as well. Boo boos, scrapes, and insect bites do occur, and it’s always better to be prepared.
Also, be sure everyone is wearing weather-appropriate clothing and sneakers. I would never recommend anyone to wear flip-flops, even in summertime, as they are a tripping hazard and they can also be quite noisy which contaminates audio evidence. If it is cooler weather, be sure you and your kids are dressed warmly enough for the ghost hunt. Nothing spoils a perfectly good paranormal investigation like an underdressed kid complaining of being too cold.
Always make sure there are safety guidelines in place – for instance, if you have younger kids, everyone should stay together with an adult and no running off on your own. If you have teenage paranormal investigators and you feel comfortable letting them split up and explore a bit on their own, just have a game plan in place. Everyone have cellphones on and/or walkie talkies and then meet back up within a certain time. But, I am a strong believer of safety in numbers and everyone staying in a group, for the most part.
here.Finally, if you are doing a nighttime investigation, it’s always smart to become familiar with the location during the daylight hours. This is so you can be aware of any potential dangers or tripping hazards that should be avoided at night. For example, my children and I investigated the haunted Yellow Jacket mine and miner’s cabin in Virginia City, Nevada last year. The nearby mine entrance was roped off with warning signs, so that was easy to stay away from. However, there was at least one deep hole on the property which wasn’t roped off, so I made the kids aware of this during the day so we didn’t trip and get hurt later on at night. It was a great investigation, you can check out the full gallery
To any critics who don’t agree with kids being involved with paranormal investigating for safety reasons, I would say that potential danger is everywhere we go. In our homes, in our vehicles as we’re driving, even at theme parks. And, honestly, my kids would choose an awesome ghost seeing adventure over a trip to an over-priced theme park every single time. I don’t let fear of danger prevent us from exploring something we all have such a deep passion for. And, I think it’s truly a wonderful thing that my kids get to grow up doing something they love. We wouldn’t have it any other way…
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