Do Paranormal Researchers Attract Ghosts?

Do paranormal researchers attract ghosts? It looks that way...Different things can spark an interest in paranormal research.

For many people, it started with a childhood interest in ghost stories, or an experience that – as adults – they still wonder about: was it really a ghost?

That’s why they go looking for ghosts, or evidence that proves (or disproves) their existence.

But, now and then, someone asks me if ghost hunters live in haunted houses, or even attract ghosts.

People want to know if we “take ghosts home,” or feel uncomfortable if we move into a house… and later find out it’s haunted.

Attracting or Repelling Ghosts

I’m not sure how many ghost hunters attract ghosts. On my New Hampshire team, one person – the one we called “ghostbait” – certainly attracted them.

If he was part of an investigation and the site was haunted, weird things would happen. It was almost guaranteed.

Of course, this is a chicken-or-the-egg question: Did “ghostbait” attract ghosts because he was a ghost hunter, or did he become a ghost hunter because he naturally attracted ghosts?

At the other extreme, we sometimes included a friend who described himself as a “walking banishing ritual.”  If he was within a dozen feet of an anomaly, ghostly activity would halt.

The tragedy was, that latter friend was eager to encounter ghosts, and it rarely happened when he was there.

So, I’m confident that some people attract (and others repel) ghosts, naturally. In both cases, these people didn’t actively do anything to affect the ghosts.

Can one develop those qualities? I have no idea.

It’s possible that some experienced ghost hunters seem to attract ghosts, when they’re merely more observant. After a few dozen investigations, they know exactly what to look for, if the site is haunted.

  • That could be a sense of where the ghosts are, at a particular location.
  • It could be something they detect with their five (or six) senses.
  • Or, it could be a personal reaction – a “gut feeling” – that the site is haunted.

Living with Ghosts

Some – not many – ghost hunters live in haunted houses. Usually, they’re happy to share the space with a benign spirit who once lived there.

Some paranormal researchers aren’t so happy about that discovery.

In a January 2019 article, “This Paranormal Reporter Didn’t Find Her Next Story… It Found HER,” the reporter’s reaction surprised me. She said:

“[T]his is the kind of thing I ask for when out in the field,” she writes, “but sitting in my own living room, I’d rather not experience the unexplained.”

She finally called out to whomever it was, asking them to stop bothering her… and immediately, they stopped.

All seemed normal again until she went to bed. Once the lights were out, the noise returned… but this time it was coming from the living room. Something — or someone — was walking through the house.

Disturbed by the unseen intrusion, Roncace nevertheless does not want to know what’s causing it.

However, Ms. Roncace is a reporter.  At the time she wrote about her haunted house, perhaps she hadn’t investigated intensely haunted places.

I understand not wanting to live with a ghost. It can be unsettling… no pun intended.

But, as a homeowner, I’d definitely want to know more about the ghost – who’s causing that walking noise, and why.

At the very least, it might help me become a better paranormal researcher.

Choosing a Haunted House

Choosing a Haunted House?I’m okay with ghosts. They don’t scare me. I’m interested in their history, and if there’s anything I can do to help spirits “cross over.”

If they’re merely visiting, or keeping watch over the house – or those in it – that’s fine with me.

(I often joke that ghosts are great roommates – they don’t take my food from the refrigerator, and they never leave the toilet seat up.)

So far, I’ve lived in three haunted houses. Only one had an annoying ghost; we remodeled the house, and he left.

But, if I were house-hunting, I probably wouldn’t ask a realtor to show me haunted houses.

If I were, here’s what I’d look for:

  • A house with a documented history that supports its ghost stories. Let’s say the ghost is supposed be to haunted by one of King Henry VIII’s mistresses. I’d be certain the house – or at least the land it’s on – had a documented connection to that woman & her family.
  • Ghostly phenomena that aren’t entirely poltergeists.  Otherwise, when the previous tenants moved, they may have taken the poltergeist with them.
  • A price that’s a little (or a lot) lower than the estimated value of the house. Most people think of a ghost as a “defect,” so the house should sell for less than it would without the ghosts.
  • No malicious or sinister phenomena. No history of Ouija board use in the house, or rituals (however well-intended) that might summon a dangerous entity.
  • No history of extreme mental illness among recent residents. You don’t want them returning – in living form or as ghosts – if they were deeply disturbed. (And then there’s the question of what triggered the illness, and if the house’s spirits were involved.)

Other Considerations

Some paranormal researchers choose homes based on their eerie reputations or locations.

For example, some UFO enthusiasts want to live near where UFOs are regularly reported.

On the other hand, I don’t think I’ve ever met a cryptozoologist who wanted to live in a “triangle,” like the Bridgewater Triangle or the Bennington Triangle.

And I don’t know anyone who’s chosen to live near a Hum or a Mystery Boom.

So, if you’re looking for a haunted house to live in, be sure the sellers understand the difference between hauntings and other paranormal phenomena… unless you’re okay with Bigfoot howling outside your window.

What Makes a House “Suddenly” Haunted?

Can a not-haunted house suddenly become haunted? Maybe.

Ms. Roncace, the paranormal reporter, had lived in her home for nearly 20 years without evidence of ghosts.

So, why did a ghost suddenly show up? Had she attracted one, or brought one home from a haunted site?

It’s unlikely a ghost followed her home. It’s rare for a ghost to leave the site that he or she haunts. Hardly any ghosts follow people.

It’s possible that something concerned the ghost enough to make his (or her) presence known.  A good example is Ms. Roncace’s story about the ghost knocking on Ms. Roncace’s dresser, when her daughter was ill.

Also, poltergeist activity could explain the noises in the kitchen. The movie she was watching, The Omen, could have been a trigger.

The footsteps she heard might have been more poltergeist activity, or something different.

More likely, it’s a residual energy haunting. That phenomena was likely to stop after a week or two, or even sooner.

It’s possible that Ms. Roncace attracted a ghost… but that’s unlikely.  Most ghosts are trapped – or choose to stay – in the primary location where they haunt.

And, if you’re a ghost hunter, it’s an asset if you can attract ghosts at haunted locations. Unless, of course, ghosts frighten you. In that case, it’s best to find another hobby.



5 thoughts on “Do Paranormal Researchers Attract Ghosts?”

  1. There is more horror in living things than any paranormal entity.Like a paranoid schizophrenic or catatonic schizophrenic or megalomaniac or ocd affected or a sadist or an unmoral killer on loose or a nonchalant blackmailer or other persons of similar ilk.There are so many dreadful situations,so many repressed undercurrents in third world countries that any talk of ghosts seems an exercise in light hearted banality.

  2. I’ve heard Dr. Stephen Braude talking about how, a lot of times, it is the opposite of the title. There is all this great activity, but then it stops when the paranormal investigator shows up.

  3. The Mandela Effect Dilemma

    The Mandela Effect took me to a place unknown,
    One Step Beyond the Outer Limits of the Twilight Zone.
    There are other people who say it happened to them.
    They wonder how we came here and when will it end.
    Some say it was Cern that transported my soul,
    others say it was caused by the Devil below.
    There are many who think we are now Ascending,
    to another dimension, where life is never ending.
    I don’t understand where I am or how I came here,
    but my belief in my Creator will lessen my fear.
    I continue to work, supporting my family,
    and try to adjust to this reality.

    The Mandela Effect Conundrum

    The Mandela Effect made E.T. home phone,
    and turned my life into the Twilight Zone.
    Now I’m driving a Ford with the curly Q.
    It’s been here a long time. Can that be true?
    That pigtail makes no sense to me,
    but they say it’s recorded in history.
    Berenstein had some delightful bears.
    When the stain appeared, that drew some stares.
    Ellis Island had a statue called Liberty,
    But she moved to a new locality.
    This new Earth is a mystery,
    time to learn new history.
    Did Forrest say is or did he say was,
    the internet is all a buzz.
    Chartreuse was red as I recall.
    but now it’s green and that’s not all.
    The stop light had green on top before,
    now I see red there and so much more.
    J.C Penney has an extra e.
    Came from Febreeze, I do believe.
    The map of the world is not the same.
    Svalbard to me is a strange new name.
    If your memories don’t match what you see,
    you’re in the Outer Limits, just like me.
    New Zealand moved south. That’s so lame.
    The North Pole is gone. Now that’s a shame.
    The Mandela Effect is disturbing to me.
    Captain Kirk did say ” Beam me up Scotty.”
    The Wizard of Oz was so much fun,
    before the Scarecrow got his gun.
    People say I’m obsessed, and that might be true,
    though I can’t believe Hitler’s eyes turned blue.
    The sun is white and very bright,
    I wonder where the moon will be tonight.
    The lion stopped lying with the lamb,
    the big bad wolf put us in a jam.
    Celebrities die and live again,
    I just can’t see how that’s happening.
    South America shifted to the east they say,
    now the Panama Canal goes a different way.
    Australia moved north, what a blunder ,
    there is no way that’s the land down under.
    Cuba is bigger than it was before,
    and the Arctic Ice Cap is no more.
    Sally Fields was the Flying Nun,
    now her s is gone, like our yellow sun.
    Tom Cruise lost his shades, and that’s not right,
    I remember his shirt color was white.
    Fruit Loops went away one day,
    and Cap’n Crunch is here to stay.
    Darth said no, but that can’t be,
    Luke is what he said in that movie.
    The Monopoly man lost his monocle,
    so I have to wonder, where did it go?
    Mona Lisa got a name and a smile,
    the Thinker moved his hand for a while.
    Dolly had braces, that’s a fact.
    Maybe a flip flop will bring them back.
    The Wicked Witch says fly, fly, fly,
    when her scary monkeys fill the sky.
    The Mandela Effect took a hold of me,
    altered some things in my reality.
    Land masses out of place, here and there,
    people once deceased, now alive I swear.
    Movies I saw many times before,
    have changed and shocked me to the core.
    Songs I listened to in my youth,
    are not the same, that is the truth.
    What is this place, what put us here?
    We must be strong, not give in to fear.

    The Mandela Effect Quandary

    There is a phenomenon taking place around the world.
    Some people see what others don’t and secrets are unfurled.
    Others say that can’t be so and go on about their lives.
    The truth is so elusive, some believe it is disguised.
    Reasons have been given for this extraordinary change.
    Theories come and go, although they are quite strange.
    Some claim memories are frail and cannot be relied upon.
    So evidence is gathered and displayed for everyone.
    My past is now no longer what I thought it once to be.
    So I begin to wonder, where is my lost reality.
    Sleepless nights I have been anxious, trying to discern,
    how conflicting memories are not what I have learned.
    Friends and family defend their lack of interest,
    because they think they know what’s really best.
    As I look around me and gaze upon this place,
    I have to come to grips and put a smile upon my face.
    Knowing as I do, my memories are true,
    I must find others, who see things as I do.
    I implore all who recognize this world is not the same,
    to join me in my quest to find an ending to this game.

    Mandela Effect Tribulation

    The wolf trespassed on my soul,
    when he replaced the lion.
    People say the Devil has a goal,
    a truth I’m not denying.
    Changes all around me now,
    have me so confused.
    I pray to God that somehow,
    my soul, I will not lose.
    Pastors tell their congregation
    the Great Deception has begun.
    Christians sense the Tribulation,
    Apocalypse for everyone.
    I remember where I used to live,
    in a place that I called home.
    There is nothing I would not give,
    to feel I’m not alone.

    A Change For All To See

    The Mandela Effect trending now.
    Simulated reality changed somehow.
    Nightly dreams more real than life.
    Anatomical alterations causing strife.
    Universal shifting a possibility.
    Consciousness expanding reality.
    A.I. manipulating digitally.
    Supernatural involvement magically.
    The greatest change, soon to appear,
    will either diminish or increase our fear.

  4. Wolf is the alter ego of Jack London,a living dog is better than a dead lion said the preacher,but then Buck died too,and that made London go for wolf in a big way,though the Wolf died too,of lupus nephritis at only 40,the quantum immortality says death is always objective never subjective.We all may have shifted to a world envisaged by London,though he himself shifted to a yet another world,these facts are courtesy:The Sea Wolf.

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