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The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Ghost Hunting


20140216-165016.jpg This post will tell you all you need to know about the ghost hunting hobby (you need to complete the ghost hunter quest available at level 20 to unlock this hobby)
1.Who can ghost hunt?

2. How can you be a ghost hunter?

You need to have haunted objects (red ghost symbol) in your house, the quest to get these items unlocks at level 20
3.Where can you ghost hunt?

In a house that has haunted items in
4.What is the ghost hunting option?

1 Star haunted objects= Search for ghosts- 3 mins 30 seconds

2 star haunted objects= Search for ghosts- 3 minutes 9 seconds

3 star haunted objects= Search for ghosts- 2 minutes 48 seconds

5.What are the ghost hunting levels?

  1. crackpot
  2. doomsday slayer
  3. spook seeker
  4. ghost aficionado
  5. paranormal investigator
  6. peter venksim
  7. ghoul whisperer
  8. master ghostologist

6.How do I collect ghosts?

Click on a haunted object and search for ghosts, a red ghost will appear above your sims head after the time is up, click on it and the ghost will appear- you need to click on the ghost 3 times to stop it running away, if it gets away you don’t get any reward
Haunted items need recharging, you have to wait before using them to search again (you can get around this by getting as many haunted items as possible in your house)

Time for recharging varies depending on the star rating the haunted object has:

  • 3 star- 10 minutes
  • 2 star- 20 minutes
  • 1 star- 30 minutes

7.What ghosts are there to collect?

Level 1 ghosts are:

  • Pimpernickel Scaresalot
  • Mr Flapsworth
  • Nanny Frightsmith

Level 2 ghost is:

  • Chewy Chewfinger

Level 3 ghosts are:

  • Warts Cauldron
  • Gruesome Gretchen

Level 4 ghosts are:

  • Cousin Flapsworth
  • Huffenstuf

Level 5 ghosts are:

  • Cackles
  • Hugo Argh

Level 6 ghosts are:

  • Flapsworth Jnr
  • Hoodoo
  • Horrible Helga

Level 7 ghosts are:

  • Ghoulio
  • Hack o lantern
  • Beetlegeist

Level 8 ghosts are:

  • Fright in shining armour
  • Lord of flapsworth manor

8.What do I win?

The first time you complete this hobby you unlock an item for each row:

  • First row: Spooky Stairs (stairs section- S40,000)
  • Second row: Frightening Flooring (floors section- S160 each)
  • Third row: Halloween Table (dining room section- S900)
  • Fourth row: Wicked Wallpaper (walls section- S15 each)
  • Fifth row: Haunted Elevator (stairs section- S250,000)
  • Sixth row: Teen Roman Costumes (free in wardrobe under outfits for teens)

The first time you complete the whole collection you unlock the ghost containment tank which can be found in the decorations section and costs S8,000

Further times you get 5LPs
9.I cant find one of the ghosts, any tips?
The only advice I can give you is to keep going, that is the only way you can find them- there is no trick to it, its completely random
10.It it worth using lucky spin?
I would say no, it doesn’t give you one that you need it just gives you one at random so really it is probably just a waste of LPs
11.How do I start the collection again?

Once you have completed the collection you can click start collection again at the bottom of the ghosts collection list to start again

Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

Hope this helps!

Thanks for reading!


Author: weightlessmagic

I'm a 21 year old from England who is passionate about being creative, I would like to say I'm good with words but I'm really not! Hopefully you will find my blogs helpful and entertaining! Enjoy! x

120 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Ghost Hunting

  1. Hello,

    My sim is stuck in a neighborhood while she is ghost hunting. I cannot get her back. Once I try to go and pick her up to, the game crashes, and it pushes me out from the game. what should ı do really ı dont know! It says search for ghosts in her mood, she completed searching but ı cannot go to the neighborhood. please help dear.

    • Try closing the game and turning off your device, then turn it on again, it should give you enough time to get her out of the neighbours town and back home

      • unfortunately ı already tried that twice. But the problem şs not solved. she is not coming back, once ı try game pushes me out :(:( ı really dont know ı hope she does not dıe there!!!

      • She won’t die, does your game ever cancel all the actions your sims are doing when your game crashes? They should come back home when this happens

      • no my game never cancel all the actions when it crashes. ıt is not like the other crashes, it is really a neighbor crash. and really i cannot do anythıng i m so sad. ı cannot delete the sim, ı cannot see the sim, when ı tap ıt crashes always and always ı ve tried so much tıme!! please help me please

      • Sorry I don’t know what else to suggest, contact EA?

    • I think it takes a very long time to complete this hobby, and afterr playing the sims freeplay for about three years ive finally atttempted to complete my collection…. I have two sims ghost hunting in my haunted house. The problem is that i have to check on them every three minutes, and once you’re level 5 or so it takes thirty hunting sessions or more to actually promote to the next level! And indont really have the nerve for that…. Somis it smart tomhave more than one sim hunting or di you have any other tips??

      • when you are trying to level up having more sims won’t help you, all you can really do is just stay on the game and keep doing the 3 minutes over and over. I just leave one of my sims on this hobby all the time, even if I don’t check it all day, he is still going to level up a bit!

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  3. I just completed the 3rd set of ghosts, which unlocked the Halloween Party Table, but I can’t seem to find it in the store. Do you know where it should be? Thanks!

  4. Hi erm I’m on level 24 and I still can’t seem to find objects in the home store that are haunted as it doesn’t have that ghost symbol u described in the post. Hellpppp

  5. Hello
    Is anyone having a problem when you keep getting the same ghost everytime no matter how many ghost objects (have a whole house filled with just ghost items) and my sims are high level ghost catchers? (Level 6) I keep getting “nanny frightsmith” everytime? I’ve turned it of and on again, nothing changed! It’s been happening for a while now.

    • Sometimes it takes a while to get other ghosts, just keep trying I’m sure you will get them eventually- if not it may be a glitch so you might need to contact EA to let them know

    • Hello, I came across your comment now and was wondering if/how did you fix the issue ? I started ghost hunting a few days ago and for the last 2 days, all my 7 ghost hunting sims have caught Nanny Frightsmith and only her. I don’t know how to fix this issue.

    • I have the same problem. I’ve noticed that after ghost huntung, the hobby level bar goes up to some % but when I ghost hunt again it starts again from 0% so can’t reach 100%. I’m stuck on level 5 and I can’t go up.

      • This is a glitch in the game, I noticed this when one of my sims was cooking the other day it kept going up and down but she still got to the next level- so it is possible to still level up

  6. I’m having that same problem! Always getting Nanny Frightsmith, even tho my ghost hunter is lvl 5… I’ve tried moving them into a different house, and I’ve tried having another sim who was a ghost hunter do it & still, just that 1 ghost!

  7. Same here! I have found Hugo Argh about one hundred consecutive times! I’ve tried switching hunters, objects, and locations. My social task is to catch Mr. Flapsworth in a neighboring town, but whether in my town or a friend’s town all that turns up is Hugo! Just going to keep trying…. Nice blog, btw!

  8. I got frustrated that I always catch horrible helga, been doing hunting for almost 5 days.

  9. Hi weightless, great site you have here! I use it quite a bit to plan out my quests. Question for you… Right now I have about 14 Sims working on the fashion hobby to gain LP. Using all 14 Sims, I could usually complete a collection with about 2 or 3 turns on the fashion designer tables. Though it seems to take a lot longer ever since the fashion quest came out. Anyway, I just unlocked the ghost hunting hobby and I was wondering if it would be wise to switch over my fashion designers to goat hunters? My goal is to collect as much LP as possible. Thanks for the help and keep up the good work with the site🙂

    • Thanks🙂 I’m glad it helps!
      Yes I would, mainly because after you have completed the collection the first time you will get 5LPs for everytime you complete it instead of 3LPs in the fashion hobby, but you can only search for ghosts for 3 and a half minutes at a time so you have to be on the game more and it could take you longer to level up. Maybe keep some as fashion designers for now and get a few started on the ghost hunting🙂

  10. Is there an issue with the ghost hunting right now. I have only found Nanny Frightsmith for over 2 weeks. I even built the Haunted House to try and fix it but it didn’t work. I’ll never be able to finish collecting if this keeps happening.

    • Is that still an issue, I thought they had fixed that glitch:/

      • Yes. It is still an issue. Pretty frustrating.

      • Have you contacted EA to get it fixed?

      • I was just going through this until today. I have three ghost hunters, all working primarily in the haunted house. One of them hit level five, found Hugo Argh, and from that point on that is all any of the hunters found, no matter what. No matter the item searched, the house searched, breaks taken or anything else I could think of. Clearly it is a bug. That’s how I ended up in this thread, searching for a solution.

        Today, however, one of the hunters finally hit level six, and instantly that fixed it. The next ghost found was the first level six ghost, and it is now back to random ghosts each time. My guess is that there is a bug that manifests occasionally when you have found all the ghosts your level will allow, and it gets stuck on one ghost. When you level up and thus unlock more possible ghosts, then that breaks you out of the bug and it randomizes the finds again.

        I won’t be surprised if this happens again when I’ve found all the level six ghosts.

      • Thank you, I have added your comment to the glitches post as it seems like you have worked out a fix!

      • I keep getting beetlegeist it’s doing my head in as only need 2 more to complete the hobby

      • How many sims have you got doing this hobby? If only one, think about a few more to hopefully speed things up

    • I also noticed that, when I got to level 6 it seemed to be fixed but after a few searches, it went back to normal and I started again Nanny Frightsmith again

      • I found a fix online.
        1. Do a force close on the app.
        2. Reopen the app.
        3. Select your Ghost Hunter.
        4. Open their hobby so you can see which ghost they have caught.
        5. Use lifestyle points to randomly select a ghost.

        This worked for me. Good luck!

      • it didn’t work for me:/ I still only get Nanny Frightsmith

  11. Jay’sfix worked for me and was worth the 3LP, thanks for sharing. I’ve since caught eight ghosts and none were Nanny!

  12. for halloween, I got a haunted dresser as a gift, but I haven’t gotten to the quest that lets you buy haunted items. It says the dresser is haunted, and it has the little red ghost by it. Is there any way I can start ghost hunting, or do I have to wait for the quest?

  13. I have completed all the tasks. I’m lever 32. I have a haunted pumpkin & chest. I haven’t had any ghost quest or been able to find any to buy. Any suggestions please?? Thanks!

  14. Hi. This is a great as site. Maybe this is a stupid question but should I move a sim into my newly built haunted house? And if so any suggestions on which one?

  15. how can i unlock this hobby ?
    it has no botten of that:(

  16. When do I get the ghost hunter quest? I’m level 26 and doing the teen idol quest.. =)

  17. Hi, since I started the Ghost Hunter Quest my home store freezes and won’t let me buy the spooky painting or other object. It only lets me buy a stack of magazine and use my inventory. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!!!😦

  18. My ghost hunter used to get 7% experience towards the next level every time he hunted a ghost. I got to level 5 and it started only giving me 2% (sometimes it doesn’t even give me any at all). He has hunted 31 times during level 5 and is only 55% towards level 6. Is this a glitch, is there some way to fix this issue, or does it just take 50-75 hunts to level up in this hobby? Thank you🙂

  19. First of all, thank you for all your work! I have one question.

    I am leveling a sim in ghost hunting. She is currently at level 6 and stuck there. As soon as she gets to about 96%, her stats reset to 0% at level six. I’ve tried an embaressing number of times to get her past. Any suggestions?

    Thank you in advance! Hugs and happy holiday!

    • You’re welcome!
      This is a glitch in the game, I noticed this when one of my sims was cooking the other day it kept going up and down but she still got to the next level then it did the same thing at that level so it is possible to still level up, I would suggest you just keep going with the hobby and hopefully they will sort this out soon
      Happy holidays!

  20. Hi!

    I just wanted to let you know that on your quick link menu on the right, under hobbies when you click on Ghost Hunting it takes you to the quest and not the hobby. Not a big deal, since you also give the ghost hunting hobby link in the quest blog.

    Love your blog, I find it so helpful!

  21. I was wondering if I haven’t gotten the ghost hunter quest but I’ve already started hunting as a hobby will I still get to do the quest?

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  23. I completed the ghost hobby weeks ago and got the containment tank but before that, wasn’t I also supposed to get gladiator costumes? I didn’t think to check right away but I saw that that was the prize (I think) for completing one of the last sets. I’ve checked the costume shop, mall, inventory… Everything I can think of. Where are they or am I wrong that it was a gift?

  24. I didn’t see they were for teens. Found them! Thanks🙂

  25. All of this quest option just for 3mins? Its so short than other quest🙂

  26. Just a heads up, I decided to install a couple of haunted items in my cooking house, so that sims who get to level 6 could restart the cooking hobby by hunting a ghost. Bad idea. The ghost hunter was trying to find ghosts in the dishes another sim was cleaning up – and his action died. Back to diversifying through fashion.

  27. Hi! Just to let you know that Ghost Hunting was updated (I finished playing this hobbie on May 2015). Instead of winning XP you can win: floors, Halloween decor, wallpapers, a haunted elevator, a haunted stairs and Roman costumes.
    Because. I follow your blog I was searching for the Roman costumes and they aren’t in the costume shop, that’s why I wanted to let you know the update and probably someone knows about it?

  28. I’ve completed the hobby, where can I find the ghost tank?

  29. I can’t find the gladiator costumes anywhere. I checked the teen section. They aren’t there. But it said I got them and I got the containment tank. Where else should I look?

  30. Hey, is it worth it to unlock the hobby? The only option is only 3 mins and it’s so difficult to level it up on above level 5. I think the other hobbies always have short and long tasks, makes it easy to differentiate strategy. This is the first time I am having difficulty to level up. Oh well..

  31. Help!
    I want my sims to salsa dance but I missed the quest. Is there a way to get the hobby after the quest?

  32. Do you know how long it takes for a haunted item to become haunted again?

  33. i cannot see the haunted house, i want to build it but cannot find it even i have scrolled it to the right corner. Any advise?

  34. I have no idea if it’s a glitch or something but due to technical difficulties I couldn’t access my game. During that time most of my sims turned red. Except the guy who was ghost hunting – he was as inspired as he was the time I was there last time.

  35. I have a problem whith the Halloween table. I don’t know why but I have purchased the table and put it in my house. But when I click on “grab a plate” my sims won’t sit at the table instead they just stand up and eat. And of course I have put chairs around to but it won’t still work😥

  36. Your posts are helpful, but i need to leave my game to check this site, laptop has a virus.😛

  37. love your blog just a note there are only 6 levels of 3 ghosts each now. 2&3 are level 2. 4+ cackles is 3 etc.

  38. Hey, I finish the hobby but I didn’t get the customs. I can’t find them, what should I do?

  39. Is there a pet in the haunted house? It looks like a pet bed or something in the room with the Nosferatu’s chamber bed. Do I have to build the pet store and buy one for the house?

  40. This is definitely my favourite hobby! You unlock so many items and it takes such a short time to complete! It so reminds me of the old Sims Freeplay when there were only 2 hobbies!

    Your blog is very helpful, thanks for running it🙂

  41. Hi there! I completed this hobby a few days ago but I can’t find the roman clothes for teens anywhere? I got the message/notification saying that I had unlocked them and I checked both the shop and wardrobe for outfits for teens but they just aren’t there? I got all the other stuff just fine. Same thing happened when I completed the fashion designer hobby, I was supposed to receive the new outfits but I can’t find them. Can you help? Thanks!

  42. I bought the ghost containment tank bit it gone now…
    The tank that i have got as a prize have gone too.. Why

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