When ghost hunting make sure you go in a group and preferably with those who are experienced in ghost hunting. When you are going ghost hunting to a location be it a graveyard or hotel have everyone meet at one location and if you decide to split up pick a leader for each group and always meet back at the same spot you first met at. When you enter the site in which you are hunting for ghosts ask for a blessing and it does not have to be a religious thing as not all people are religious and everyone has their own thing to do blessings. Also let the spirits know that you are not there to do them harm and that you mean no disrespect to them, that you are just there to possibly help them or get their message out to everyone.
Don't make the mistake in thinking that ghosts cannot hurt you or that they are stupid as they can hurt you and they are not stupid. Remember they were once a living person in life. Protect yourself with positive thoughts to keep negative ghosts from attaching to you. Walk around the area to get familiar with your surroundings, log in your start time, weather conditions and other information that is relevant. Also set up any equipment such as video cameras on tripods, rempods etc. Get some pictures/recordings and be sure to note anything unusual such as meters, temperature readings, sounds, sightings etc and make note of feelings or emotions that are out of place or odd, Rotate areas that you are investigating and compare notes to find similarities.
Ask the spirits to stay there when you are done in the name of Jesus Christ, Baal, The Great Spirit or who or what ever you believe in and tell them not to follow you and tell your team mates to do the same.When taking pictures refrain from smoking as this can interfere and making you think that you captured a ghost when it is in fact smoke. Watch out for reflections from glasses or other reflective surfaces such as windows, make sure your cameras, and video cameras lenses are clean, watch for dust particles, don't bother with cameras that have a view finder, remove all straps from cameras and other equipment, long hair needs to be pulled back to eliminate false positives etc.
Do not limit yourself to just cemeteries/graveyards, schools, old buildings, or battle fields; however, these are just some places to start and do not let the age of the place or area fool you as the land itself may have ghostly attachments. No whispering or talking as this can taint the evidence. Make sure you bring your ID so if police question you they will who you are and can identify you. If it's raining, foggy or snowing reschedule the hunt as these conditions cannot be done properly. Look for no trespassing signs so that you are not on private property, it is also a good idea to notify your local authority to let them know you will be taking pictures at a graveyard and if you are asked to leave then do so.
Be skeptical and try to see if there is a reason for the occurrence and see if you can debunk it, conduct experiments to see if it is man made or nature made. Make sure it will stand up to scrutiny. Do not wear perfume or cologne as some people might mistake it for a supernatural occurrence. Make sure to let someone know where you are going in case of an emergency. Keep an open mind and be respectful of the dead. Check the area out in daylight first to gain familiarity and to see any obstacles that you otherwise may not see in the dark. Do not smoke, drink alcohol or do drugs as alcohol and drugs can alter your perception.
The best times in the Western Hemisphere is between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am which is known as the psychic hours and photos are are better taken in the dark than in the daylight as cameras seem to work poorly.
Check with the Tax Assessors Office or historical society, town historians, local news, papers, books or the internet which can be good to find facts, or local folklore. Places like historical societies, town historians or Tax Assessors Office can also give you the history/background of the property, building etc.
Common Sense Do's and Don'ts in Ghost Hunting:
1: Be clear headed, meaning no drugs or alcohol
2: No smoking
3. Do not trespass
4: Keep and open mind and don't jump to conclusions
5: Let someone know where you are going in case of an emergency
6: Do the research on the area in which you will be investigating
7: Bring your ID for identifying yourself
8: Remove all straps form cameras and other equipment
9: Make sure your all of your equipment is working and that you have extra batteries, pens, pencils candles and matches
10: Bring extra batteries, matches, pens, pencils and candles
11: Dress properly according to weather conditions and shoes
12: Bring note books, pens and pencils
13: Never go alone, go with a group
14: If splitting up choose a leader for each group
15: Meet in the same place before going out and when you are done ghost hunting
16: Write down your observations, start time, end time, temperature etc
17: Do not take photos while walking or driving to avoid accidents
18: Do not take photos in rain, snow or fog
19: Be respectful of the dead
20: Ask for blessings to protect yourself, keep positive thoughts to ward off evil ghosts
21: Ask the spirits to remain behind and not follow you and tell your team mates to do the same
22: No Ouija Boards
23: As permission of the spirits to take their photo and tell them that you are not there to harm them or disrespect them.
24: Do not take pictures of things that have a reflective value such as head stones, be careful of windows, glasses, mirrors, pools of water and things of the sort have reflective value and can contaminate your evidence.
I hope this article was informative and an fun for you as it was me.