May 22, 2019

Dangers of Paranormal Investigations

If you go down to the woods today...

Think about the dangers of paranormal investigations before you head into the woods with a flashlight and recorder

Happy Tuesday, dark passengers. As we approach Halloween, I imagine more than a few of you are planning paranormal investigations for Halloween weekend. I also imagine not all of you have been on a paranormal investigation before.

No, checking out the noises in your aunt’s basement doesn’t count. You told everyone it was the ghost of Elvis down there, but we all know it was a squirrel.

If you’ve read any of my previous writings on the paranormal, you already know how I feel about people running around with flashlights, hunting ghosts like they’re best pals with Scooby and Shaggy. I have the firm belief that – while we all have the ability to connect with the paranormal realms – it’s not something one should dabble in.

Don’t get me wrong, y’all. I’m not trying to imply that you can only participate in a paranormal investigation if you have a degree in parapsychology (it’s real) and thousands of dollars in equipment. What I am saying is that if you’re going to go off in search of ghosts and spirits, you should have someone with you who knows what they’re doing, at least the first time you go…preferably more.

Basically, dark passengers, I’m suggesting you be aware of the dangers of paranormal investigations. You’ve got more to worry about than a ghost saying “boo.”

Physical Dangers of Paranormal Investigations

When you think of being on a paranormal investigation, where you do imagine going? Dark attics? The woods? Scary old mansions?

You know what? Let’s say all these locations are exactly where you’re going. Even if none of them have any spirit activity, they all share very real dangers. These include:

  • Dust
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Insects
  • Mold
  • Other people
  • Spiders
  • Wild animals.

While you may not be particularly frightened of any of these things, they can still impact your health. Remember, living creatures can and do bite. Mold and dust can cause more than the sniffles. But more than the rest of these potential dangers, I want you to be aware of the danger of other people during paranormal investigations.

Yes, I’m talking about the clients AND the other members of your paranormal investigation team…

Let’s just call a spade a spade, shall we? Some people who report paranormal activity are heavy drinkers, drug users or even mentally unstable. And you want to go hang out at their house. Late at night. In the dark.

As for the members of your paranormal investigation team…How well do you know them? I mean…really know them. I don’t want to go out to the woods with someone suffering from delusions, or someone who could be violent. Do you?

But I should add that the very first paranormal investigation team I hooked up with was professional and all about safety, so the good groups are out there. Look for them.

Emotional Dangers of Paranormal Investigations

I’m going to let you in on a little secret of how so many fake psychics dupe regular people out of their money. It’s called the self-fulfilling prophecy. Basically, they tell you something’s going to happen, like there will be a sudden windfall. The next day, you find $20 in your old coat.

Wow. The psychic must have known about that, right? Wrong. A windfall can mean a lot of things. Because you were expecting a windfall, your subconscious started looking for hidden money. It’s the same thing with the “accident” prophecy. You start acting differently to avoid accidents and that’s what causes it.

But I digress. The point is that your mind is a powerful thing. If you aren’t 100% in control of your imagination, you have no business going on a paranormal investigation. Period.

Why? Because you’re a liability to the group when you start jumping at your own shadow. You’re also risking your sense of security.

Sometimes, when you go looking for the paranormal, it finds you. Other times, your mind can spin a paranormal tale from the typical creaks and groans of your house. The next thing you know, you think the shadows are moving. You think someone’s watching you.

Basically, you come unhinged because your mind controls you. If you can’t go to a scary movie without needing a nightlight for a week, skip the ghost hunting.

Metaphysical Dangers of Paranormal Investigations

Of course, I only wish that the emotional and physical dangers were all we had to worry about during paranormal investigations. Like I said before, sometimes you find exactly what you’re looking for during a paranormal investigation…and it hangs around.

Yes, ghosts and other entities can attach themselves to people and follow them home. I believe it happens more than any of us in the paranormal field would care to admit. It’s actually hit the point where many paranormal investigation team websites now include substantial warnings about dabbling in the paranormal, to the point that they warn against listening to EVPs at home. (We’ll cover that in more detail in a future post…)

Now’s the point where I have to ask you to think long and hard about your next ghost hunting party to search for the Goat Man or your town’s favorite ghostly legend. Are you comfortable having the entity you seek follow you home? What about an even darker, more menacing spirit?

If the answer’s no, please consider bobbing for apples instead of ghost hunting this Halloween.


“Let your dark passenger come out to play…Be your own nemesis!”

Photo Credit: Carl Jones, Flickr


  1. Paranormal Task Force
  2. Southern California Paranormal Research Society

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Jen Whitten is a paranormal researcher and writer, specializing in psychic development, Empaths, modern day vampirism and dealing with entities. She regularly discusses the paranormal realm, as well as the dark inner workings of the mind.


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