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A ghost that is seen by more than one person is known as a collective apparition.


Ectoplasm is a substance that is left behind by a ghost. It can vary in color, size, and texture. It is usually a liquid and has a distinct smell.


  South all has identified four reasons that a ghost stays in our world. They are:

The ghost doesn’t realize that it is dead.

The ghost has unfinished business in this world.

The ghost feels it needs to say goodbye.

The ghost wants to offer guidance to a loved one.


When a ghost is present, there is usually a cold spot or a shift in the magnetic field.


Ghosts are rarely seen in person. The most common sighting of a ghost is one that is captured on film.


Ghosts tend to drain the batteries of any equipment being used on a ghost hunt.


An orb is a ball of light that is considered the essence of a ghost. Orbs are rarely seen in person, but show up frequently on pictures. It is often hard to distinguish orbs from light reflections and dust particles.


Ghosts have been portrayed as being friendly and kind. However, ghosts can be very violent. Anytime an individual approaches a known dangerous ghost, the individual should use extreme caution. In some cases ghosts have actually been known to cause deaths.


Books mentioned in this section:

How to be a Ghost Hunter by Richard Southall

Ghosts want to be noticed.

Ghosts have no sense of passing time.

Often, they do not know that they are dead.

Sometimes they exist in a state of confusion, perhaps like being stuck in a dream.

Ghosts can smell things and love the smell of lemons.

Ghosts have a sense of humor and love to hear humans laugh.

Sometimes ghosts get bored with their surroundings

Most ghosts are happy, but some still cling to an emotional pain.

They can appear to the living in dreams.

They can leave behind certain scents, such as perfume.

They can make sounds that are audible.

They use their energies and ours to move things.

They are pranksters.

They usually appear as intense balls of light called orbs that are neon blue or violet.

Ghosts favor night due to the decrease in daytime energy use.

Ghosts may appear as mists or vapors.

A hooded black smoky figure is a dark entity and you should be careful around them. They usually appear at the foot of beds.

Some alleged hauntings are actually a "residue," which is a past event that replays itself over and over.

Certain places are portals or vortexes where ghosts transport themselves.

Hauntings are most intense around children entering puberty, as kids this age are emitting immense amounts of energy.

Ghosts can read your thoughts.

Ghosts retain all the memories and emotions of their lives.

Sometimes ghosts are trapped and need to be released. Let them know they can move on.

Noisy, troublesome ghosts are known as poltergeists.

Ghosts tend to be very temperamental.

If a spirit was a jerk while living, they will probably still be a jerk while a ghost.

Ghosts hang out in cliques with other ghosts.

Ghosts make friends with other ghosts from different eras.

If you hear a strange whisper in your ear when sleeping, it is probably a ghost.

Ghosts do not sleep.

Ghosts like to climb up and down stairs at night.

Most ghosts can't or won't hurt you.

Animals can see or sense spirits, that's why you often see them just staring intensely at what appears to be nothing.

If you are being haunted, if you simply ask them to leave, they will. Say something like "I know you are here but you are scaring me please leave."

When a ghost enters a room, the room usually gets cold.

Animal ghosts exist and have been sighted.

Ghosts who lived hundreds of years ago keep up with the trends.

Children perceive ghosts as imaginary friends.


People in the house are having bad dreams.

You hear footsteps, taps on the walls or voices.

Objects are mysteriously disappear only to return later.

Pets react to something others can't see. A dog might be growling at thin air or its hackles may rise. Pets may refuse to go in a particular room.

Electrical appliances and lights turn on or off by themselves. Tap water turns on or off and toilets flush of their own accord. Doors open and close with unseen hands.

Unexplained cold drafts or cold spots can be felt.

Small children talk to people who are not there.