The three most popular ghost hunting reality shows on television, the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International, often spark debates among their most ardent fans over which show is better. While the premise is the same for the shows, going to locations and hunting ghosts, the methods and approach is generally worlds apart.
The differences start at the choice of locations to investigate. Yes, there have been locations in common, it’s bound to happen in this field, but the teams (or those who choose for the teams) have vastly different criteria for where to investigate. Ghost Adventures strictly goes to locations with a rich history of paranormal activity. The Ghost Hunters teams are more open to what kind of sites they investigate, sometimes being the first paranormal team at a location, or even choosing private residences to explore.
The methods vary greatly between the Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters crews. Ghost Adventures locks down on location, generally just the three team members physically locked into a location for the duration of their investigation. The Ghost Hunters teams are larger and have cameramen and soundmen following along with them for most investigations and depending upon the size of the site, the teams take turns investigating or spread out over large sites in an effort to cut down on contamination.
Their approach to each investigation is also very different. Since Ghost Adventures sticks to notably haunted locations, the team spends the majority of their time provoking in an effort to draw out activity while filming. The Ghost Hunters crew members like to debunk personal experiences and noises during their investigations. The approaches are not set in stone with each show, there have been times that the Ghost Adventures team has debunked something, and the Ghost Hunters team has used provoking when they felt it would help the investigation.
The goal of the Ghost Adventures and the Ghost Hunters teams are the same – to seek out evidence of the paranormal at a location. The basic equipment the teams use in their quest is the same from digital recorders, EMF meters, thermal image recorders, and various video cameras. (You can read the Tools of the Trade article here for more information on equipment.) Each team will use various other equipment from time to time as well as try different experiments to further their exploration into the unknown realm of the paranormal.
In the end, it doesn’t mean one show is better than another, just different, and thankfully for fans of both shows they are scheduled on different nights so they don’t have to choose.