IMG_1872I’m sure every paranormal investigator out there has what they consider the essentials for investigations – cameras, digital recorders, etc. However, have you considered other, unconventional and inexpensive items you could use?




Try small-medium sized Christmas bells on a string.  Just tie a bell to each end and drape the string over something so the bells hang free away from drafts or open windows.  This is an inexpensive alternative to motion sensors. Lightweight wind chimes will do the same thing.




If you have clients that say items have been moved, just whip out a piece of construction paper and a piece of chalk. Place the paper where the event happens and tape down the corners with painter’s tape. Use the chalk to draw a circle around an item you hope is going to move.



A compass is a great inexpensive EMF meter. They say that a spirit will make the arrow move if they are in the vicinity. It’s a great gadget too if you happen to lose your way while out investigating.




Spread flour out thinly on construction paper to see if the spirits want to communicate with you or if they will just want to put their hands in it. You can also spread out some flour on the floor to check for footprints.




Painter’s tape is great for taping down those pieces of construction paper without damaging clients’ furniture. You can also write on it, which solves the problem of writing experiment information on sticky notes.




Just because there is not enough juice in your batteries to power your equipment doesn’t mean they’re dead.  Bundle a few together to use as bait and try to draw spirits close with the energy that’s left in them.  Try putting them near those Christmas bells.




Roll out some wax paper on the floor before you start spreading around the flour. You can see the footsteps if any appear and it will make clean-up a breeze.


Do you have any favourite cheap add-ons in your kit?


These paranormal investigation tips and tricks provided by Joanne Schiavoni, Paranormal Research & Investigation Society of Manitoba (P.R.I.S.M.)