We have to admit, when we found out that Selena Gomez frequently uses an iPhone app to determine whether different performance venues are haunted, we laughed. But when we really thought about it (and wrapped up a riveting discussion about the show "Ghost Adventures,") we realized she might be on to something. So we, ELLEDecor.com editors Bridget Mallon, Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, and Lindsey DeSimone, decided to go on our own paranormal adventure and find out if our homes are haunted...Selena style.
We downloaded Gomez's ghost-hunting tool of choice, the Ghost Hunter M2 app, and set out to make contact with the other side. Read on for our individual experiences.
Although I wholeheartedly believe in ghosts — sorry, not sorry — I don't necessarily believe in my phone's ability to contact them. Even so, I opened up the Ghost Hunter M2 app at around 9:50 p.m. on Sunday — not exactly "witching hour," but the sun was down so there was a slight air of spookiness — and immediately opened up the dashboard.
I was greeted with five complicated looking measures of paranormal activity that, to be quite honest, I had no idea how to use.
But after going back and reading the directions, I decided to hone in on the app's EVP function. For those who don't know, EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomena, are sounds that are recorded digitally that were originally inaudible to human ears...aka spirit voices. And the "spirits" in my apartment were apparently feeling quite chatty. After scanning the room for just a few moments, I was presented with my first two EVP in quick succession: "Walk" and "Someone." Shortly after I was presented with a name: "Tracy."
Now, I'm not sure if that means there's a ghost living in my apartment named Tracy, or if a ghost was just reminding me to watch this week's "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Tracy Morgan. The last EVP I received was just as perplexing. It was simply the word potato, and I had roasted potatoes as part of my dinner the night before. Coincidence? We may never know.
Like Bridget, I am also a paranormal aficionado (Sci-fi channel, I'm open to hosting my own show), and was excited to give this app a try. I chose to use the dashboard tool, sticking to Selena's style for contacting the dearly departed. I didn't really know what the numeric readings were trying to tell me, but I was fairly certain there would be no ghostly activity in my apartment. I mean, it's not even a pre-war building.
To my surprise, a few minutes into my first attempt – around 11:30p.m. on Sunday night – the app started beeping. So, like any sane person, I began asking questions and told my new spirit friend to make it beep to answer yes. After confirming the spirit with me was female, she then used the device to say the words "wonder," "wall," and "Libby." Tired, but pleased with my findings, I decided to try the app again the following morning. This time, the spirit was much chattier. And if the beeping from the night before really indicated a female, it meant the presence I encountered in the morning was a second ghost.
AFTER CONFIRMING THE SPIRIT WITH ME WAS FEMALE, SHE THEN USED THE DEVICE TO SAY THE WORDS "WONDER," "WALL," AND "LIBBY."
Using the "beep for yes" system I developed, he told me he was male and that he had died in the building. He continued to say a number of words, including "family." When I relayed the information to my roommate, the app started beeping like crazy, specifically when I told her I was talking to a male. When I reviewed the EVPs later, I noticed that while I was chatting with my roommate the name "Gearaldine" had been recorded. A third ghost, perhaps?
While I'm not 100% convinced this app is legit (can you blame me?), I would definitely use it again, if only for the entertainment factor. And if Libby, Gearaldine, and an unnamed male spirit are wandering my halls, I hope they, too, had a few minutes of fun.
My apartment ghost hunting adventure started a month or so before I heard about Selena's go-to app, when my babysitter told me she'd seen an apparition in our home. Maybe it was a hint that she was simply over this toddler stuff or maybe she really did have a sixth sense. Either way, this sounded like a perfect opportunity to confirm everyone's suspicions.
I turned on the app at dawn (when, I imagine, night-loving spirits would be making their way back to the other side) and oddly enough, the first thing I heard as it loaded was the faint sound of what seemed to be organ music.
Yep, organ music, permeating the walls of my Brooklyn apartment around 6:30 a.m. Things are getting weird here, folks.
The app's ghost hunting tools aren't immediately clear, and the experience itself isn't always eventful, but just a couple minutes in and the spirit world spoke.
"Ache," the app said.
Next, I moved to the hallway/kitchen area of of apartment, where the aforementioned apparition sighting is said to have occurred and a series of beeps, along with two more words came through: "Leta" and "fasten."
Fasten? As in "fasten your seatbelt"?
Not quite sure I was ready for this ride, I concluded two things: This ghost hunting adventure was over and maybe my babysitter did really see a spirit after all.