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Why hunt for ghosts in the dark?


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#1    beelzebufo

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:23 PM

I've recently started wondering why investigations of supposedly haunted areas always seem to have to be conducted at night. Being in the dark tends to put people on edge and more likely to see things that aren't there, especially since they can't see clearly. Wouldn't investigating at night only muddy any visual evidence that might be found?
It's not like ghosts only come out at night. I once investigated a house in broad daylight and saw some very strange things. Admittedly, I am only a very casual investigator, but does anyone actually have a good reason for investigating at night other than "it makes it scarier"?

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:42 PM

It's so it's easier to fake things and pull the "I can hear footsteps" "something just touched my arm" without looking like a prize goose.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:17 AM

Probably has to due with campfire tales.  Hunting spectres in the dark just 'feels right'.  Try telling a scary ghost story in broad daylight, and you won't get half the reaction you would at night from your listeners.

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:47 AM

Ghosts are transparent, so they can't wear a paper bag to cover their ugly faces. So it's polite to turn the light off.

It is easier to claim it is paranormal than taking the hard route and find out what really happened.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:57 AM

I have no ideal except for effect.  When I saw a ghost it was day and sunny.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:28 AM

Often wondered this myself as many people ive spoke too saw ghosts in broad daylight. As many have said it must be for effect and atmosphere. I cant image a ghost hunting show for example going out at 12pm to catch a ghost it just loses something.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:01 AM

That's simply because at night and in the dark you reduce the chances of noises and lights contaminations. You usually don't have lots of cars passing by and people talking on the street nor the sun comes through the windows ect.

Also, there is a believe in the paranomral world that deadtime 3:00 AM is the time of the day in which spirits are most active and likely to try to communicate. But I've not seen much solid evidence of that to be honest.

Edited by sam_comm, 17 July 2013 - 02:02 AM.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 03:08 PM

You can investigate the paranormal in any time of day ore night. Investigators tend to investigate at a time when the apparition, spirit ghost has been reported.If the spirit is a residual haunting  it will almost certainly repeat it self over and over again at the same time of day or night. Most people report a haunting  that has happened at night only because most people are at work in the day and its only in the evening they are able to relax and hear or experience strange things.So if its reported as a haunting  at 1am it will be investigated at that time.So the trend is people see ghosts at night so they are generally investigated at night. I investigate day and night but i also follow the trend.  Hope this helps.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 03:59 PM

View Postsam_comm, on 17 July 2013 - 02:01 AM, said:

That's simply because at night and in the dark you reduce the chances of noises and lights contaminations.
Why is light a contaminant when looking for ghosts but not looking for other things?  Light is how we see things. Looking for something in the dark because light contaminates the scene makes as much sense to me as wearing earplugs when listening to music to block contaminating noise.

Looking for ghosts in the dark seems to me intuitively more difficult because shadows, objects not properly lit up, etc. are much more likely to be misidentified as something else than if the place were properly lit up.

I mean, how often do people actually search for things in the dark because light "contaminates" their search?

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:05 PM

Light is not a problem for paranormal investigations when using a full spectrum cameras .Visible light is only a very small part of the Electromagnetic spectrum that can be seen by humans. A typical human eye will respond to wavelengths from about 390 to 700 nm.When using the right equipment for the investigation,wether its night or day you will still get the same results from a paranormal phenomina.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:26 PM

I do not think that investigating at day make it less likely to find evidences of ghosts. But there is some aspects beside the ritualistic side of it that makes ghost hunting in the dark preferable to paranormal investigators.

For one there is some debunking work that can be done more efficiently the dark. For instance if there some kind of light that appears in a room, you are able to see if it's a car coming down the street or the streetlamp reflecting ect. In the dark, you may be able to be see where it comes from and if it can be explained or not.

Alos you while investigating in a room in the dark, you do not have all sort of visual distraction that might disturb you and restrain you from getting a feel of the room.

I would say that some orbs which can sometimes be a sign of paranormal activity are most likely to be caught at night.

Lots of paranormal claims happen at night. When there is no noises and all is silent.

These are some reasons, you may not agree with them but it's all about how you are confortable investigating and more efficient. I am sure some groups out there investigate at days as well.

Edited by sam_comm, 17 July 2013 - 09:28 PM.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 11:34 PM

View Postsam_comm, on 17 July 2013 - 09:26 PM, said:

I would say that some orbs which can sometimes be a sign of paranormal activity are most likely to be caught at night.
Orbs are indeed more likely to be caught at night (or in any poorly lit conditions).

That's because orbs are nearly always caused by camera flash, which is much more likely to be activated when taking photos in the dark.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:16 AM

They do it for the creepy factor if a place in haunted in the night then it haunted in the day


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 05:26 AM

I suppose ghosts sleep daytimes and work the night shift.


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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

Ghosts can be active at any time.. night or day - but if your looking at capturing evidence using the equipment we currently have available to buy, its better to use Full Spectrum Cameras, Night Vision (Infrared) - or even thermo cameras.. in the dark.

We've made contact with spirits in both.. but to try to 'prove it'.. or at least get some sort of evidence its best at night - when things are still and quiet. I did an investigation at the Edinburgh Vaults (Scotland,UK) during the day - but as it was underground it was just the same. Once we'd got the energies moving about a bit with some encouragement (music) - the invo was no different to being at night, even tho it was 10 in the morning.

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