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Welcome, cosmic warriors. I'm Aliza Kelly Faragher, your resident astrologer, and this is Allure Astrology, a column dedicated to astrology, esotericism, and all things magick. Do you think you're living in a haunted house? Before dialing the Ghostbusters, use these tips to detect paranormal activity on your own.

During the fall we spend more and more time in darkness, and there is an eerie, otherworldly energy. If you’ve been feeling a bit haunted lately, it may not be because your ex is texting you (though that probably doesn’t help). The spirit world is activated in October, so if you’ve been wondering whether there’s an otherworldly presence in your home, this is the perfect time to find out.

Autumn is the season when the cycle of life takes a symbolic turn towards endings. It’s no surprise that Halloween, Samhain, and Dia De Muertos all occur on October 31: This date is the halfway point between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. As we know from spell work, intersections serve as portals, and this seasonal threshold opens gates to other realms as the veils of the underworld grow thinner. Indeed, autumn is a playground for both the living and the dead.

So, if you’ve been increasingly aware of bumps in the night, it’s time to get real: Is your house haunted? It’s not always easy to identify paranormal presences, but here are a few helpful tips to help you figure out — once and for all — if you’re cohabitating with an otherworldly entity.

First, are even ghosts real?

Before we get started, let’s quickly review the question on the minds of many skeptics: Are ghosts real? While there is no scientific evidence to prove the existence of ghosts, nearly half of Americans believe that they exist.

It’s important to note, however, that there is a distinction between spirits and ghosts. Many spirits can only be heard and seen by experts, which is why professional mediums help deliver their messages. Ghosts, however, will often use any conduit available to make contact.

Ghosts are spirits that have not yet had closure with leaving.

According to Los Angeles-based psychic medium, Meghan Castro, "Ghosts are spirits that have not yet had closure with leaving." This process can take a long time and is often linked to location, which explains why some places — like a former battlefield or your dimly-lit attic — can remain haunted for centuries.

Ghost-busting 101

Just like humans, ghosts can be showboats. Since they’ll use any conduit available to make contact, it’s easy to interact with attention-seeking spirits. If your house is also home to a ghost, it should be somewhat easy to identify. Now, let’s explore five ways you can tell whether your house is haunted.

One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re in the presence of a ghost is by paying attention to the temperature. As artfully depicted in M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 classic, The Sixth Sense, characters would see their breath right before a dramatic paranormal activity occurred. Of course, this phenomenon was a bit dramatized for the film, as the temperature would likely not drop to below freezing in an instant. However, if you do experience unpredictable shifts in temperature, this could mean that you are indeed in the presence of an otherworldly entity.

The reason for this is somewhat straightforward. Ghosts require energy, and when they’re present, they pull energy — namely, heat — from our environment. Accordingly, their presence is directly associated with sudden drops of temperature. That’s right, cosmic warriors: Those shivers down your spine are not for naught.

Though it’s not often that our paranormal friends slide into our DMs, ghosts can definitely hit you up through technology. Have you picked up a ringing phone, only to hear silence on the other line? Do your lights flicker periodically? Does your television suddenly turn off, or switch channels on its own? These are classic clues that reveal a ghostly presence.

Ghosts exist within another dimension, so our supernatural roommates need conduits in order to make contact. As depicted in Stranger Things, electricity is a great way for otherworldly beings to reveal their presence. Accordingly, if you’re interested in communicating with a ghost, try setting up an audio or video recording device as a conductor, which can be used in real-time to facilitate a dialogue.

If something smells a bit funky in your apartment, it may be more than your kitchen trash. One of the most common ways to identify the presence of a ghost is through scent. Ghostly smells will usually be somewhat familiar, such as perfume, cologne, or the distinctive aroma of tobacco from a cigar. Sometimes, however, these scents are a bit less pleasant: The smell of sulfur has also been connected to hauntings.

How to find a ghost

You don’t have to wait for Halloween to use a ghost hunting app. It’s a thrilling thing to do if you’re stuck at home, and even more fun to do with friends. Whether you go down to your creepy basement to talk to spirts, or venture through the woods looking for apparitions, you never know what you might find lurking in the dark.

In fact, an October 2021 survey of 2,000 people conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Phantom Wines revealed that over 63% of respondents believe in the paranormal in some form, and 44% have even had a personal paranormal encounter of their own. A third of respondents said they’ve felt a vague “unexplained presence” in their home, whether it was due to flickering lights or doors closing at random. And for the 23% who said they don’t believe in the paranormal, they admitted that they still wouldn’t want to “provoke” anything. (Looking at you, Ouija boards.)

Whether you want to debunk these claims, or prove once and for all that your hallway really is haunted, a ghost hunting app will come in handy. Most of them have heavy disclaimers stating that they can’t actually verify the presence of ghosts. But you know what? That shouldn’t stop you from playing around with tools like EMF meters or EVP recorders — and having yourself a spooky time.

Here, the 13 best ghost hunting apps that might help you detect paranormal activity.

Ghostcom Radar Spirit Detector

This highly-rated ghost hunting app allows you to exchange messages with ghosts while locating where they’re standing. (Yikes!) It also provides “spiritual statistics” about the ghost’s emotional state, zodiac sign, etc. The creators call it spooky, mysterious — and a great party game.

GhostTube SLS

The GhostTube SLS app uses your phone’s technology to detect “humanoid bodies” in your environment by projecting a grid of infrared light. If your phone is new enough, it’ll also give you night vision capabilities. Open the app the next time the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and see if someone — or something — is hanging out in the shadows.

Ghost Hunting Tools

Ghost Hunting Tools, available for iPhone users only, includes an EMF reader that detects fluctuations in the electromagnetic field, and an EVP recorder, which picks up electronic voice phenomena — things IRL ghost hunters rely on to detect otherworldly spirits. It uses a 1000-word dictionary to help you guess the intention of the spirit. And while the app says it’s just for fun, the reviews claim otherwise: one June 2021 review is titled, in all-caps, “100% REAL.”

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iOvilus

This ghost hunting app produces speech from ghosts, called instrumental trans communication, based on changes to sensors on your phone. Who knows if it’s real, or if it just relies on what your phone already knows about you to send you scary messages? Either way, it’s sure to be hella creepy.

Spirit Board

Ask the Spirit Board questions, or input text, and then wait for a ghost to respond. To really set the mood, the creators suggest darkening your room and lighting a few candles. Then, place your fingers on the planchette, Ouija-board style, to initiate a ghostly convo. If a spirit responds to your questions, the planchette will move to show their answer. With four stars and over 30,000 reviews on the App Store, you know you’ll be in for a spooky time.

Ghost Detector — Haunted Radar

The Ghost Detector — Haunted Radar app claims to be the most accurate ghost detecting app. It works by picking up changes in electromagnetic fields to identify whether or not ghosts are present. Use it to search for spirits, or to scare your friends.

Ghost Radar: CLASSIC

If you’re a skilled ghost hunter, then you probably already know that traditional paranormal equipment can malfunction if “normal energy” interferes with the readings. Ghost Radar: CLASSIC solves that problem for you by analyzing the readings only when interesting patterns occur. So rest assured that you can go about your investigation without being fooled by something mundane, like the sound of wind or water messing with your reading.

Ghost Tracker EMF EVP Recorder

The Ghost Tracker EMF EVP Recorder is said to be one of the most accurate and veteran-approved ghost hunting trackers out there, according to a real paranormal researcher. In fact, in an interview with VICE in 2018, Kim Johnston, a paranormal researcher from Birmingham, Alabama, said, “I find that [app] useful because it’s built by genuine researchers and not people who are just trying to have fun or make an app that’s kind of a joke.” Rely on this one if you want to get good data.

Sono X10 Spirit Box

To switch things up, try the Sono X10 Spirit Box, which is another tool Johnston likes to use. To sum up what a spirit box is, the creators of the app made it simple: “It is not the spirit’s voice you hear, but the spirit can create words from the voice bank by manipulating the mobile’s sensors.” Um, creepy!

Paranormal EMF Recorder and Scanner

This app is aimed at anyone who has an interest in paranormal investigation and research. It offers “fun and easy to use” EMF detection, automated EMF recording, and the ability analyze your findings right in the app. Get ready to hear some

OVERNIGHT Ghost Hunt Toolbox

Here’s one that has everything you need to conduct a full paranormal investigation. You’ll get a spirit box, digital dowsing rods, an entity detector, and more. Once you’ve finished collecting data, go ahead and share what you found in the “community” section.

Ghosthunting Toolkit

This app supplies you with five powerful ghost-hunting tools, including an EMF detector, a vibration detector, power detector, an EVP recorder, and even an interrogation tool to interview intelligent haunts. Use the vibration detector to verify if your furniture is, in fact, shaking all on its own, and the power detector to “coax entities into revealing their manifestation strength.”

Ghost Detector Radar Camera

Beware: This app is horrifying. To use it, brace yourself and walk around using the screen to hunt for ghosts. If one pops up, use the app to ask them questions. It’s an “ultra-realistic experience” that might as well be real, especially if you’re using the app alone.

To find the ghost’s room in Phasmophobia, players will need to select the right starter kit equipment and split up once inside to cover more ground.

In Phasmophobia, the players’ goal is to complete objectives and collect evidence to correctly identify the ghost haunting the home or abandoned building. To do this, they are going to want to get as close as they can to the ghost and learn some things about it. Players have access to some professional ghost hunting equipment that can help them find and identify the ghost. If the players choose the appropriate equipment, they can find the ghost’s room and gather evidence at the same time.

While Phasmaphobia does offer a basic tutorial, it doesn’t really tell players how to look for ghosts using the right equipment. If players want to avoid being hunted by ghosts, they need to be better prepared and have the ability to remain calm to complete their investigations. Using equipment like a Spirit box or the thermometer can take Phasmaphobia players a long way and avoid being thrown around the room.

When players talk about the ghost’s room, they simply mean the room in the house or building that the ghost has chosen to occupy and spend the most time. This is the place where players can often gather the most evidence about the ghost and complete their secondary objectives to earn extra money in Phasmophobia. Finding the ghost’s room can be done in a variety of ways depending on play style, but there are a few strategies players can employ to find it more quickly or efficiently. The more advanced the players are, and the more equipment they have unlocked for purchase, the easier it will be to identify the ghost’s room, but even beginners can do this quickly with the lower-cost equipment. Here’s how to find the ghost’s room the easy way in Phasmophobia.

Find the Ghost’s Room in Phasmophobia

The three most important pieces of equipment every player will want with them in their starter kit upon entering the haunted building are the EMF Reader, Thermometer, and Sound Sensor. Because Flashlights are also essential to staying sane and alive in Phasmophobia, players will want to choose either an EMF Reader or a Thermometer and bring a Sound Sensor and Flashlight.

The players should split up after grabbing their equipment and take EMF and temperature readings of every room. Ideally, each player will take a few different rooms so the team can cover more ground quickly. As the players move around the house, they should place a Sound Sensor to pick up ghostly noises.

If there is a ghost present, the EMF Reader will start beeping, or the temperature in the room will drop to 10 degrees Celsius or below. These are both pieces of evidence players will use to identify the kind of ghost. If the EMF Reader hits Level 5, this is evidence for the kind of ghost haunting the location. Similarly, if the temperature drops below 3 degrees Celsius, then Freezing Temperatures is a piece of evidence for the type of ghost haunting the location. If there is a ghost present, but EMF is not a piece of evidence to identify that ghost, the Reader will not reach Level 5. And, if Freezing Temperatures is not a piece of evidence for the type of ghost haunting the location, the temperature will only ever reach between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius.

After all Sound Sensors have been placed, one teammate can return to the van and find out which, if any, Sound Sensors are picking up ghost noises. The areas players have covered from the Sound Sensors will light up, and, if one picks up noises, the Sound Sensor graph will show a red bar indicating which room the noise is coming from. If no sound is getting picked up, this can be a good indication players need to search the area they haven’t covered with the sensors.

On larger maps, the Sound Sensors won’t be as effective at ruling out the ghost’s room. Instead, players should opt for the Parabolic Microphone as their starter tool in addition to the EMF Reader and Thermometer.

If players aren’t at a high enough level to access Sound Sensors or Thermometers, or don’t have enough money to buy them for every game, it is possible to forego these in favor of the Video Camera. Three teammates will each want to select an area, set up the camera in a back corner of the room where it has a good view of almost the entire area, and have one teammate begin asking the ghost questions. The fourth teammate should remain behind in the van and watch each different camera for several seconds, looking for signs of the ghost’s movement, or, in particular, Ghost Orbs. Once the teammate in the van notices some activity, they should let the rest of the team know. The other teammates can then scour the area with the EMF Reader or any other equipment to narrow their search and find the ghost’s room.

Another way to narrow the search when low on cash is to put down salt. This can be done before or after the teammate in the van identifies some ghostly activity on the cameras, and it can show players more precisely where they should be looking with the EMF Reader. This will not work if the ghost is a Wraith. Instead, the ghost will have a reaction to the salt and become angry. Still, it isn’t a bad way to more efficiently pinpoint the ghost’s location.

The final method to find a haunted room is using the Spirit Box. While it doesn’t work each time, it does let Phasmophobia players communicate with ghosts during the early stages of the game. The Spirit Box should be used in tandem with the EMF-5, Thermometer, and UV light to find ghost orbs in a room. Alternatively, players can also place a camera with the green light on and spot floating orbs from the camera feed in the truck.

It may seem simplistic, but players may also always just ask the ghost where it is. Sometimes, the ghost will respond or will perform some kind of activity in the building, which can help the team discover the ghost room. This can be dangerous if players try it outside the allotted setup time at the start of the match. The amount of time they get at the start of the game depends on the difficulty level. On an Amateur-difficulty match, players get 5 minutes to set up, during which the ghost cannot become active or initiate a hunting phase. On Intermediate-difficulty maps, players get 2 minutes, and on Professional-difficulty maps, there is no buffer, and the ghost can become active immediately. Asking the ghost questions is essential for players who don’t have access to the Thermometer or Sound Sensors and who are using the Video Camera method.

At an investigation of a supposedly haunted house in a wooded area an hour south of Richmond, Va., called the Edgewood Plantation, one ghost-hunting team recently used its high-tech tools to track down the spirits that always become of interest this time of year.

How to find a ghost

Paranormal investigator Noah Voss points a video camera at an electromagnetic frequency device to record any abnormal activity at the Sun Prairie Cemetery in Sun Prairie, Wis.

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How to find a ghost

Paranormal investigator Noah Voss points a video camera at an electromagnetic frequency device to record any abnormal activity at the Sun Prairie Cemetery in Sun Prairie, Wis.

With uneven floorboards and creaky doors, the house is prime real estate for a haunting. Its owner hired a private firm, Richmond Investigators of the Paranormal — or RIP — to scan her property for ghosts.

The RIP team’s tech manager, Chris Williams, lists off a few essential gadgets they bring along on investigations, like an electromagnetic field (EMF) detector and a temperature gun.

The EMF meter measures electromagnetic fields sent out by faulty wires and radio waves, but investigators insist the meter can also detect spirits. Temperature guns measure the air for the cold spots that, ghost stories say, mark haunted sites. Williams also recommends carrying night-vision cameras, surveillance devices, motion detectors and a couple of walkietalkies.

There’s one item in his toolkit that isn’t quite so techie, though.

“I always prefer everybody to have one bottle of either holy water or holy ointment,” he explains. “I’ve never had to use it and hope I never will.”

The team doesn’t encounter anything threatening, but it believes it found one ghost in the plantation’s old slave quarters — except it’s a cat’s ghost, which sort of complicates things.

“Can you purr for us? Are you afraid of dogs?” a team member asks.

The EMF meter reaches a peak with the question about dogs. For them, this evidence paired with some curious pictures from around the house prove it is haunted.

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Suspicious Minds

Loyd Auerbach is skeptical of this reliance on technology. He’s a professor at a one-of-a-kind parapsychology program at Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, Va., and thinks someone with psychic abilities is better suited to ghosthunting than someone with a lot of gadgets.

However, Auerbach says technology can provide some clues, which he relates to tracking an invisible boat on a lake.

“We’re really using technology to detect the wake of the boat; from that, we can infer that some things are going on in the environment, provided we know there’s a boat there to begin with,” he says.

This gets at the crux of the matter. Many think ghosts are about as real as, well, invisible boats on lakes.

“Belief in ghosts is just that; it’s a belief. In fact, it’s a superstition,” says Joe Nickell, a senior fellow at the Center for Inquiry, an independent research organization.

Nickell’s job is to make scientific sense of what he sees at paranormal investigations. He’s found natural phenomena to explain all the evidence ghost-hunters have shown him on their various devices. Nickell says the high EMF readings investigators thought were from the supposed ghost cat are especially suspect.

“They’re surprised that they’re getting results in an old house, when in fact there are all sorts of non-ghost sources such as faulty wiring, nearby microwave towers, sunspot activity and so on. Even the electronic equipment — the walkie-talkies and TV cameras and all the other electronic gadgetry that they’re carrying with them — has electromagnetic fields.”

But not everyone needs scientific proof: A Gallup poll from a few years ago found that one-third of Americans believe in ghosts.

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Phasmophobia is a 4 player online co-op psychological horror where you and your team members of paranormal investigators will enter haunted locations filled with paranormal activity and gather as much evidence of the paranormal as you can. You will use your ghost hunting equipment to search for and record evidence of whatever ghost is haunting the location to sell onto a ghost removal team.

You can choose to support your team by monitoring the location with CCTV cameras and motion sensors from the safety of the truck or head inside and get your hands dirty with the ghostly activity that will get increasingly hostile as time goes on.

  • Immersive Experience: Realistic graphics and sounds as well as having minimal user interfaces will ensure a totally immersive experience that will keep you on your toes.
  • Cross platform: Phasmophobia supports all players whether they have VR or not so can enjoy the game with your VR and non VR friends.
  • Co-op multiplayer: Play alongside your friends with up to 4 players in this co-op horror where teamwork is key to your success.
  • Unique Ghosts: Over 10 different types of Ghosts all with unique traits meaning each investigation will be different.
  • Investigate: Use well known ghost hunting equipment such as EMF Readers, Spirit Boxes, Thermometers and Night Vision Cameras to find clues and gather as much paranormal evidence as you can.
  • Full Voice Recognition: The Ghosts are listening! Use your actual voice to interact with the Ghosts through Ouija Boards and EVP Sessions using a Spirit Box.

Системные требования

    Минимальные:

    • Требуются 64-разрядные процессор и операционная система
    • ОС: Windows 10 64Bit
    • Процессор: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 2600
    • Оперативная память: 8 GB ОЗУ
    • Видеокарта: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 390
    • Место на диске: 18 GB
    • Дополнительно: Minimum Specs are for VR, lower specs may work for Non-VR.
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      • Требуются 64-разрядные процессор и операционная система
      • ОС: Windows 10 64Bit
      • Процессор: Intel Core i5-10600 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
      • Оперативная память: 8 GB ОЗУ
      • Видеокарта: NVIDIA RTX 2060 / AMD Radeon RX 5700
      • Сеть: Широкополосное подключение к интернету
      • Место на диске: 18 GB

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      How to find a ghost

      In this installment of Practical Magic, Lisa Stardust shares the signs of a haunted home, and explains what to look out for when ghost hunting. Always remember that magic is for believers, but this column can also simply serve as a guide to getting in touch with yourself — magically or not.

      You’ve heard noises, smelt weird odors, and experienced bizarre dreams. You’ve seen the movies. Does this mean your house is haunted? It’s that time of the year when the veil between worlds is thin, so it’s best to take precaution.

      Unfortunately, saying “Beetlejuice” three times can’t get rid of paranormal entities in real life. Below, check out the tools you’ll need to rid your home of spirits this Halloween — and learn whether your mind is playing tricks on you.

      Is Your Home Haunted?

      Note: In order to claim that a ghost is present in your living space, 5 or more of these signs must be crossed off your checklist. Keep in mind that for each of these otherworldly signs, there might be a simple, worldly explanation.

      1. You’ve experienced a strange, creeping feeling like someone is watching you. People who believe they’ve experienced paranormal activity often note a sensation that someone is watching them while they sleep. Eek!
      2. Putrid odors emerge from a localized area during a specific time of day.
      3. You smell familiar and comforting scents like perfume or essences that evoke specific memories.
      4. Weird sounds like whispering voices might indicate that another being is trying to get your attention — or there’s a residual haunting happening in your home. A residual haunting is when a spirit replays and relives a past event over and over.
      5. A flash of bright light occurs at the same time everyday in the same area of your home.
      6. Frigid cold temperatures in certain areas of a room, as well as a sudden drop in temperature (usually between 20-30 degrees) can mean there’s a ghost among you.
      7. Lights, TVs, or electronic devices turning on and off can be a sign that an entity is pulling its energy from your power source, or trying to communicate with you.
      8. You’ve had a peripheral sighting, which is a glimpse of a shadowy figure from the corners of your eyesight. Spirits tend to move fast, so they may appear to be dancing or look like a flickering shadow in the distance.
      9. Missing objects are found in strange areas of your home, in places other than where they were left or are usually kept. It’s safe to assume that you misplaced an item and forgot, but if it’s found somewhere you would never think of leaving it, then it may be a sign of paranormal hijinks.
      10. You have strange dreams you’ve never experienced before, and at night, feel a sensation of touch as though something or someone is reaching out to you.

      Ghostbusting 101:

      If you believe you’re being haunted by a ghost, here are a few magical ways to put an end to the spooky shenanigans.

      • Ghost them — literally. Tell the ghost to leave you alone or ignore them. If you stop giving the spirit attention, they will get bored and move on. Do not play with Ouija boards or have seances. Opening the gates to the spiritual world willingly invites energy into your home that you don’t want there.
      • Cleanse your living space. Burn lavender in every room, wash your floors with ammonia, and get fresh air circulating throughout the home. This will detox any residual ghoulish vibes.
      • Protect yourself. Place a black tourmaline stone in the corner of the room to ensure that you are out of harm's way. This stone will protect you from negativity — on both the spiritual and material plane.
      • Bring in positivity. While practicing fire safety, light white candles in the rooms you’ve sensed apparitions in to clear out the negative energies and purify the area.
      • Be salty. Pour black salt around your home and along the doorways. Make a circle of protection around your home with the salt to keep it secure from unwanted visitors.
      • Make your dreams sweeter. Before you go to sleep, cast a circle of protection with your finger in the air. This will help you enter and return from the astral realm safely. To further ensure that entities don’t mess with you while you’re asleep, place an amethyst crystal by your bed, or tuck a sachet of salt or lavender under your bed or in your pillowcase.

      Are Ghosts Bad?

      No, not all ghosts are evil! There are some malevolent poltergeists who are thirsty and want attention, and there are some spirits just like Casper, the friendly ghost. Most ghosts are benevolent, and some are simply energetically trapped in areas they previously inhabited.

      Historically, the concept of ghosts is rooted in the idea that a deceased person’s soul or spirit continues to exist after they die. In many cultures and societies around the world, believing in ghosts is a celebration of honoring deceased ancestors. If they are not given reverence, there’s a belief that the spirits will haunt the living as payback.

      Although there is no real scientific evidence to support the theory of ghosts, strange occurrences signify that they can exist. Whether or not you choose to believe is up to you. Happy ghost hunting!

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      There are 20 different types of Ghosts in Phasmophobia – Banshee, Demon, Goryo, Hantu, Jinn, Mare, Myling, Obake, Oni,Onryo, Phantom, Poltergeist, Raiju, Revenant, Shade, Spirit, The Twins, Wraith, Yurei, Yokai – and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as Evidence they will leave behind.

      Unfortunately, as of this writing, the Ghost models in Phasmophobia do not indicate which type of Ghost your are searching for. Instead, you will need to use all the tools in your disposal to identify what type of Ghost is haunting the location. Also, don't neglect your Journal, as it will give you tips about each Ghost, and what to lookout for.

      How to find a ghostImportant Ghost Information

      Each Ghost will have a random combination of a First Name, Last Name, Gender, Death Length, Age, Shyness, and Chosen Room, and a lot of information about the Ghost can be found on the Whiteboard in the truck.

      It's also very important to remember that, no matter if you have push-to-talk on or not, the Ghost can always hear you talking. Furthermore, it will get very upset when you say its name, so be careful what you say.

      How to find a ghost

      Depending on the difficulty, when you start a round, you will have either 5 minutes (Amateur difficulty), 2 minutes (Intermediate difficulty) or, no amount of time (Professional difficulty) in the Setup Phase. This is the perfect time to split up and use your equipment to try to find out what type of Ghost is in the location. After the Setup Phase, the Ghost will randomly go into Hunt Mode, and this is when they will become visible and can kill you.

      If you are to die, you will see some Ghostly hands coming to strangle you and you will lose any additional equipment you have bought. However, you are still able to walk around and help you team in certain ways. Everything is blue, but you can still see everything in the truck and the location. If you are using game chat, you will not be able to talk to your alive friends, but using another service like Discord will help you still be part of the fun and assist in the limited ways you can.

      How to find a ghost

      How to Identify Ghosts

      Your main mission in Phasmophobia is to identify what type of Ghost is haunting the location you are in. Each Ghost is linked to three types of Evidence – EMF Level 5, Fingerprints, Freezing Temperatures, Ghost Orb, Ghost Writing, and Spirit Box – and these are key to figuring out which Ghost is present.

      As you confirm each type of Evidence, make sure to record it in your Journal. As you enter the Evidence types, it will automatically narrow down the Ghost Types, making it easier to determine which one it is.

      We've made a handy table that can help you determine exactly which Ghost may be haunting a particular location

      You come into the kitchen to find dirty dishes piled everywhere. You thought you turned off the lights when you went to bed, but, when you wake up, they’re all still on. You try to dispute your alarmingly high electric bill by claiming that it’s your ghost’s fault, but you had this problem at your last place, and there’s no way it was haunted, too—right?

      Self-Involved Hollywood Ghost

      Whenever you leave your laptop out, your browser somehow ends up back on that same Rotten Tomatoes page. Communicate that you care by respecting your ghost’s extensive body of work and, just to be safe, play your ghost’s greatest films on repeat.

      The Ghost of Your Ex

      You went through a breakup in your kitchen months ago, and now, whenever you make breakfast, the stove mysteriously turns on. This definitely doesn’t mean that you left it on the night before, when you were drunk and tried to cook eggs. No, the ghost of Brian is haunting you for eternity.

      Down-to-(Haunt)-Earth Stoner Ghost

      If Tame Impala songs spontaneously start playing through your speakers, don’t panic. Put away the sage you bought to banish the ghost and try getting high with it instead. Transcend the ghost’s plane of existence, or just have some deep conversations about why fingers, like, even exist.

      Motherly Ghost

      Every time you walk into the bathroom, there is writing on the mirror telling you to floss more. Braces are wildly expensive, and this ghost wants you to remember that, every single day.

      The Ghost of Amelia Earhart

      The channels on your transistor radio are always going haywire, and you didn’t even know that you had a transistor radio. It is unclear if you can still get NPR.

      The Ghost of Christmas Past

      Before you head out to your work Christmas party, the Ghost of Christmas Past will swing by and remind you not to get as drunk as you did last time, by showing you, in excruciating detail, how drunk you got last time. You will stay away from the punch bowl at all costs.

      The Ghost of Your Math Teacher, Mrs. Shapiro

      Each morning, you wake up in a cold sweat, having dreamed of a pop algebra quiz that you knew you’d fail. Luckily, Mrs. S. visits only once a year, when she knows you’ve been avoiding filing your taxes.

      Party Ghost.

      He is the best beer-pong partner you will ever have, and the worst wingman.

      A new production in collaboration with the Manchester Royal Exchange’s Leigh Ambassadors group at Spinners Mill for family audiences, inspired by real historical events.

      In addition to support from King’s College London and Sussex University, this production is made possible by a generous commission from the Manchester Royal Exchange, and will feature as part of their Den pop-up festival.

      Listen to an episode of the Exchange’s podcast Connecting Tales discussing the show, with Tom, Elliott, and Leigh Ambassador (and part time ghost) Mike Burwin.

      Emma Bradburn, intern for the ‘Civic Theatres: A Place for Towns’ research project wrote an account of the show on her blog.

      What is it?

      • A mixture of coding education, Augmented Reality and live performance in an immersive storytelling experience.
      • An ordinary Year 5 assembly is interrupted by the arrival of Undersecretary Quill, asking for their help. This begins a Ghost Hunter apprenticeship, a series of four coding challenges given to them by Professor Bray. They stress thinking like a programmer – learning to read and debug code, think about the steps of an algorithm, and basic logic structures – through coding their ghost detector in Make Code.
      • Two weeks later, they explore a haunted Battersea Arts Centre in an immersive live performance. The show is structured like an investigation: Students split into teams, studying artifacts for clues and going out into ‘the field,’ using their devices to find evidence of the spirit’s activity.
        With the evidence they uncover, students learned about the building’s history, who the ghost is and why she is haunting it, unmask a villain, find a stolen a necklace, clear the ghost’s name and set her free.
      • The Digital Ghost Hunt was featured in Immersive Arcade’s Best of British since 2001.

      The Story

      The Digital Ghost begins when a normal school assembly was interrupted by Deputy Undersecretary Quill from the Ministry of Real Paranormal Hygiene, there to recruit the school’s Year 5 class into the Department’s Ghost Removal Section. She tells them it’s due to their unique ability to see and interact with ghostly spirits.

      Under the tutelage of Deputy Undersecretary Quill and Professor Bray, the Ministry’s chief scientist, the young ghost hunters must track down the Battersea Arts Centre ghost by learning how to program their own paranormal detectors. Their devices – made from two microcomputers, a Raspberry Pi and a Micro:bit – allow the children to identify objects and locations touched by the ghost. Each has different capabilities, forcing the classmates to work together to discover ghostly traces, translate Morse code using flickering lights and find messages left in ectoplasm, or ultraviolet paint. Meanwhile, the ghost communicates through a mixture of traditional theatrical effects and the poltergeist potential of smart home technology. Together, the pupils unravel the mystery of the ghost’s haunting and help to set it free.

      Notable Hauntings

      How to find a ghost

      The Battersea Arts Centre

      A scratch of The Digital Ghost Hunt was performed at the Battersea Arts Centre in November, 2018, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Next Generation of Immersive Experiences program.

      How to find a ghost

      York Theatre Royal

      The project was given further funding from the AHRC for impact & engagement in 2019 to adapt the show into a family experience, in collaboration with Pilot Theatre. A limited, sold-out run of the show premiered at the York Theatre Royal’s 275th anniversary in August 2019.

      How to find a ghost

      The Garden Museum

      On All Souls Day 2019 the project performed a museum-late experience in partnership with the Garden Museum in London. This new format sent young ghost hunters up a medieveal clocktower and digging for clues in the gardens of the 14th century St. Mary at Lambeth church.

      What’s next?

      The project is now working on combining the learning from our three pilot shows into a multi-year, scaled-up version of the Digital Ghost Hunt experience for theatres and schools.