Not all cemeteries and graveyards are haunted. In most cases, a ghost is energy that’s bound to an area it frequented in life. When a cemetery is haunted, it’s usually because the spirit is lost and seeks its body. In some cases, like Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, vandalism has caused the spirits to become restless. It may also happen because the person didn’t like their funeral arrangements.
Ghosts may haunt cemeteries because someone, like a ghost hunter, is looking for spirits. The dead want to communicate with the living and a hunter is a perfect candidate.
Best Practices for Ghost Hunting in a Cemetery or Graveyard
Dress appropriately for the weather
It’s ok to use bug spray to keep mosquitoes away.
Respect the dead
No one wants to be insulted in their home, not even the dead.
Focus on the evidence, not the why
You’re in the cemetery to get evidence of a haunting. Don’t focus on why the graveyard is haunted. Get the haunting evidence! If you did your research, then you already know the why.
Focus on the haunting hotspots from your research
You’re not going to be in the cemetery all night. Go to the activity.
Set your voice recorder on a headstone to record EVP and become still
Mark the time and check it every 5-10 minutes. There will be a lot of background noise out in the open. Make it clear if something makes noise and mark it on your audio recording. Move the recorder around to different hotspots.
Stay in the line of sight of your ghost hunting crew
You could get lost or fall into an open grave, and need a rescue.
Leave when the time comes
Most cemeteries have visiting hours. Unless you have permission, leave when the cemetery closes. If you have permission to investigate at night, check it out during the day to make a map of hotspots.
In most cases, you’ll collect evidence within the first 3 hours, if you get any at all. Cemeteries can be hit-or-miss.
Be patient. Hit the hotspots. Thank the dead on your way out.
Jacob Rice began investigating and writing about monsters in 2007. He has published 3 books on ghost hunting, ghost stories and paranormal protection. His podcast, Ghostly Activities, dives into these topics even more. You can also watch his ghost hunts on the Ghostly Activities YouTube channel. He lives in Olympia, Washington.