Looking for the book, “Ghost Hunting in Michigan”? Click here.
If you’re looking for information on ghosting huntin the Great Lake State, keep reading. On this page, we’re going to cover:
- Michigan ghost hunting groups
- Michigan ghost hunting tours, and
- Michigan’s most-haunted places
We’ll also provide you with a handy weather guide and give you a heads up on the best ghost hunting gear available to handle the state’s temperate climate.
Michigan’s Ghost Hunting Groups
There are roughly 150 paranormal societies in Michigan, some are more active than others. For instance, the book above was written by a member of the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (SEMGHS). They’re hardly the only paranormal society in Michigan however. If you live in the state and are eager to cut your teeth, get in touch with one of the ghost hunting groups listed here.
Michigan Ghost Hunting Tours
Our favorite ghost hunting planner is Odd Birds Travel. The mystery travel company will set you up in the right hotel with the right activities. They even help plan haunted cruises and tours of exotic locales. Definitely give them a call if you’re looking to book a bespooked trip.
“The coolest thing about haunted travel,” said OBT founder, Hilary Ferrand, “is that opportunities can be found anywhere. Every country in the world has its own ghost stories. Every town has its own haunted places.”
Some of her favorites are in iconic cities in Europe, like Rome, but there are plenty right here.
Here are the top ghost hunting tours in Michigan:
- Kalamazoo Haunted Tours
- Haunted Detroit
- Haunts of Mackinac
- Grey Ghost
- Lantern Light Ghost Walk
- The Haunted Old Mill of Dundee
- Farmington Hills Haunted Winery
A haunted tour in Michigan can include ghost hunting gear and leaders who teach you how it’s used, or it can be a quiet walk in a cemetery with actors reciting the perfect poetry to make your hair curl. If you’d like more information, contact OBT with the dates of your trip and details on your traveling party.
Michigan’s Most Haunted Places
So, you want to go it alone? We can’t blame you. There’s something extra spooky about whipping out an EVP when you’re on your own. Plus, it seems like people who are drawn to debunking haunts are the type who dance to the rhythm of their drums.
The truth is, you don’t need a formal tour or group to start ghost hunting or book your Michigan flights. And really, what an amazing activity to introduce yourself to a new area? Grab your gear, check local regulations and head out to one of the most haunted places in Michigan:
- Doherty Hotel in Clare
- Terrace Inn in Potesky
- The Whitney in Detroit
- Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver
- The Armory Arts Village in Jackson
- Mission Point Resort in Mackinac
Whether you go out with a paranormal society, a scheduled ghost tour or you’re doing a solo trip, keep the following in mind:
- Michigan has a temperate climate and four distinct seasons
- Cloudy days are common in Michigan due to condensation coming from the Great Lakes
- Michigan has high humidity for the same reason
- Thunderstorms are common in the Southern Peninsula
- Tornado season is late spring through early fall
In other words, would-be ghost hunters need to check the weather before planning a trip and again right before heading out. Humidity can absolutely impact your camera equipment. Lightning, tornadoes and flash flooding can put you at risk, and they can create risky conditions for hunting in remote (especially abandoned) places. As always, take proper legal and safety precautions and strive to be a pleasant guest.
We’re looking for people to review ghost hunting gear, so if you hit the Michigan haunts, please get in touch and let us know how your equipment prevailed in the state’s tumultuous weather.
Investigating what’s on everyone’s mind, “Is Ghosthunters Real?”
The recent surge in interest for ghost hunting was generated largely by the hit Ghost Hunters TV show, but is Ghosthunters real? Die-hard fans know the authenticity of production has been a point of contention for the entire cast. We saw the very beginnings of TAPS evolve from a highly controlled and measured exploration of supernatural phenomena to a collection of booty and breast shots taken while following the newest, youngest, hottest member of the team up the stairs in the dark.
The cast ultimately found this to be unacceptable and began breaking away from the brand, though The Atlantic Paranormal Society is still going strong. Members are still active in the community and online, and recently Jason Hawes hinted at a return to TV screens. We can only hope that doesn’t mean a return to the boob tube-ry.
Lessons from a Local Ghosthunting Group
The ghost hunting craze peaked in 2008 and 2009 after the GhostHunters had been on the Sci Fi Channel for several years. I remember because, while I was expecting our fourth child, my husband decided to help start a local group and go out on ghost hunts all night long with a group of people from his work. Off they went with new ghost hunting equipment to investigate some of the supposedly haunted places around town.
The local group he started took a very skeptical stance on paranormal activity, similar to T.A.P.S. ghost hunters. At least, they said they did. They used meters and records and night vision cameras to attempt to capture images or EVPs. The group’s experiences mirrored those of the real T.A.P.S. in early episodes of the Ghost Hunters TV show. They rarely picked up anything… but… there was one visit where they heard mysterious footsteps that couldn’t be explained, captured on tape, and there were “orbs” hovering in photos.
Orbs are basically balls of light, and while they can be made by dust or insects, the type paranormal investigators pay attention to are the kind that have purpose. They move alongside you or in accordance with other evidence. They don’t move in the same way a bit of dust or moth or fly would move.
Could orbs be explained by something we don’t know about yet? Of course. Nature itself is mysterious. Gravity? Dark Matter? Consider an iota of the things we know we don’t know, and it’s hard to say for sure that ghosts exist. What ghost hunting equipment really measures is the possible. Is it possible that the EVPs (ghost voices caught on tape) and photos and experiences really are energy left over from someone who has passed, or even a cognizant spirit that still exists?
Those are the questions T.A.P.S. sets about answering. Given the actions and attitudes and words of the members when the show first started versus how they evolved over time, and I would say yes, it was a real experience in the beginning.
How the Ghost Hunters TV Show Lost Popularity
Once sensational shows like Ghost Adventures started, I think execs wanted TAPS members to go a little overboard. Member after member quit the production. Newbies were brought on who didn’t always seem to have the same level of experience as the rest of the team. The show was expanded with (highly enjoyable!) spin-offs.
Do the same fans like Ghost Hunters who like Zac and the Ghost Adventures crew? I’m not sure. The feeling of both productions is like night and day. The professional TAPS used to bring to the screen is definitely not there. It’s kind of like Norwegian Cruise Line (which has one of the most haunted ships at sea) vs. Carnival Cruise Line. One is more refined and mature. The other is total chaos, fun time!
Is Ghosthunteres for OLD PEOPLE? Ouch. In my opinion, this was the concern at the heart of the TAPS Ghost Hunters changes. The viewer base wasn’t the 20-something crowd with tons of money to spend on videos and branded gear and clothing and conventions. They were a little older. They were more established. That meant families … and BILLS.
That older set doesn’t have the same types of disposable income younger generations have, so I think a concentrated effort was made to change the audience. Younger, hipper, more able to spend. You need action to get them excited and watching Steve go through another 140 hours of video just to find a rock that mysteriously fell over wasn’t selling it.
Changing the shows demographic though, in my opinion, was the worst thing studio executives could have done specifically because there were already programs catering to those viewers. The Ghost Hunters crowd was annoyed and dissatisfied. The show drove off its target market for one that wasn’t really interested in it. Is that why Grant left?
Why did Grant leave Ghost Hunters?
When Donna x left the Ghost Hunters TV show, the fan community was ripe with speculation. Was she upset over being asked to fake responses? Did she not like the new cast members? Was this ageism and sexism at work? Did execs get rid of her to help usher in a new younger audience? Or was her health really to blame?
There was an understanding throughout the fandom that this kind of thing just sometimes happened. A favorite cast member has a right to leave and live their own life in peace, even if it makes the viewing experience less enjoyable. Donna was always one of our favorite members of the T.A.P.S. ghosthunting team, and she remains a good role model for young women entering the community. In fact, she is still involved and periodically offers haunted tours and the like in touristy spots around the globe.
But when Grant left – GRANT – things were different. It really signalled the death toll for the show. He was and will remain an integral part of the team. He balances Jason out and provides a different type of insight.
Of course, many assumed he’d simply grown tired of the program. They had been producing Ghost Hunters at that point for several years. Others thought it was taking a toll on his wife and family. Or maybe his writing or music or other ventures were becoming more important at this stage in his life. But there were always rumors it was an issue of faking the show.
The fact that it eventually ended makes me think the rumors were true, and that execs wanted to turn Ghost Hunters into a sensational shlockfest.
So, is Ghosthunters real? Yes, the early episodes. And if we’re lucky — the last ones too. 😉…
“Ghost” …. A few don’t believe in it, for a few it’s their passion to get deep into the darkness, to explore the unknown, to traverse the untrodden. Ghosts are always the best mystery starting from the beginning of the human civilization. These are considered as the soul of the people who are not so lucky as to receive a proper death.
With the advancement of the science, the 21st century the scientists & scholars are researching & investigating on this unknown part of our culture. Among them, a few are over courageous, and they take the lead to communicate with this invisible soul. These people take pride in one of the scariest hunting games of the Earth known as Ghost Hunting or sprit Hunting
A hunter has his own set of apparels, similarly, a Ghost hunter needs a much developed and advanced technology to take an upper hand on those invisible spirits. The instruments and gears that facilitates this purpose are generally considered to be ghost hunting gears. Paranormal researcher uses this type of equipment to find the paranormal activity.
The below mentioned few are the best of the gears that we have sorted and listed after multiple reviews & experiences from experienced paranormal activists.
Digital camera For capturing any visual displacement or activity maximum paranormal researcher uses a digital camera. It is very useful for a ghost hunter. But full of darkness area it is not useful. Digital audio recorder They also use the digital audio recorder for capturing the sound generating from any haunted place. Tablet/ PC Tablet PC is used to capture audio, video data or any electromagnetic fluctuations. Digital thermometers A digital thermometer is used to record the environmental temperature of a haunted place. EMF meters Some paranormal researcher uses EMF meters to detect any electromagnetic fluctuation because of a ghost. Night vision camera Some ghost hunter uses night vision camera which is able to capture video in darkness. Compasses Compasses are also used to detect the activity spot of the paranormal instances, to gather knowledge of the wind in the outdoor locations, as well as its principal purpose of locating directions Giger counters It is used to detect the fluctuation of radiation. Infrared and ultrasonic sensors It is used for any paranormal activities in given areas. The main difference between both of them is the environments they are used. Infrared sensors fail to act in the absence of light while the ultrasonic ones succeed. Air concentration detecting equipment Ghost hunters use to determine the concentration of air in given areas. These handy tools are also known as PCE meters or air quality checkers. These devices show the percentages of the components of the air, pollution level, toxicity & whether it is the researchers could survive in that environment or not. Ghost Box Some ghost hunter uses an electronic device naming ghost box to communicate with spirits. Torches & Illumination devices Ghost hunters mostly start their work from evening to midnight, so they must need lights, torch etc.