The setup phase is when the timer in the truck is non-zero:
- Amateur has 5 minutes of the setup phase
- Intermediate has 2 minutes of the setup phase.
- Professional has 0 minutes of the setup phase.
- Ghosts cannot enter the hunting phase during this time but will instead be sent straight to their favorite room.
- "Hunting phase" starts immediately after the setup phase, but this merely means a regular phase and not a true hunting phase.
- Entering a recognized phrase into an Ouija Board has a 1-in-3 chance of ending the setup phase.