List of ghosts

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Painting: The ghost of Banquo

The following is a list of ghosts:


European folklore
  • Iele, feminine mythical creatures
  • Moroi, a type of vampire or ghost
  • Muma Pădurii, an ugly and mean old woman living in the forest
  • Strigoi, troubled souls of the dead rising from the grave
  • Vântoase, female spirits of the wind
  • Zmeu, a fantastic creature


United Kingdom
New Zealand
  • Brian Boru Hotel, Thames, New Zealand
United States
  • Ghosts of the American Civil War
  • Blue Lady, the ghost of a woman reported in and around the Moss Beach Distillery Cafe in Moss Beach, California.
  • Joe Bush, a ghost that allegedly haunts the Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon. He is said to leave wet, bare footprints on the decks of the dredge, cause lights to flicker, and doors to open and close.
  • Ghost of Queen Esther, the ghost of a Iroquois woman who mourns the massacre of her village in Pennsylvania.
  • President Abraham Lincoln's ghost has been reported in the White House numerous times, many of those by prominent people such as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill.
  • Minnie Quay, a legend in the paranormal circles of Michigan.
  • Old Book is the name given to a ghost or spirit which haunts a cemetery at Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois.
  • The Red Lady of Huntingdon College is a ghost believed to haunt the former Pratt Hall dormitory at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • The Ridgeway Ghost of Wisconsin Folklore, is believed to terrorize people along a 25-mile stretch of old mining road.
  • Slag Pile Annie, a ghost appearing as an elderly woman working in a remote and hard-to-access location in the former Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation mill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Greenbrier Ghost, the alleged ghost of a young woman in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. In a murder trial, her "testimony of a ghost" was accepted as evidence.
  • Emily, the ghost of a high school age girl who supposedly haunts a covered bridge in Stowe, Vermont. The bridge is dubbed "Emily's Bridge" and she is said to be seen only at midnight.
  • The Girl in the White Dress, who resides on the swingset at Camp Judaea, North Carolina.
  • The Bell Witch was a poltergeist said to haunt the family of John Bell near the town of Adams, Tennessee starting in 1817. The spirit was said to have been witnessed by Andrew Jackson although this is highly unlikely and has manifested itself as various animals and a disembodied voice mocking John and citing scripture from the Bible. It was also said to have tormented the family violently but seemed to have a fondness for daughter Betsy as she grew older until she fell in love with a man the witch despised. Eventually the ghost was blamed for John Bell's death after it was said it left a poison disguised as medicine. The Bell Witch partly inspired The Blair Witch Project and the events of her story were depicted in the film An American Haunting.
Latin America
  • La Llorona, a ghost of Latin American folklore who is said to have murdered her children.
  • El Silbón, a Venezuelan ghost, said to have murdered his father and been cursed by his mother.
Main article: Japanese ghost story
Other urban legends
  • Vanishing hitchhiker
  • Deogen, or "De Ogen" or "The Eyes", is a ghost believed to haunt the Sonian Forest in Belgium. It is often seen as figure in the form of fog followed by smaller shadow figures.


Popular culture[edit]

  • Boo, an enemy in the Mario series of games.
  • Booboo, a regular inhabitant of the house, who enjoys spooking but generally is not able to scare the other members of the household because he is a young ghost and mostly quite seems cute to them.
  • "The Whites" are two fully mature and rather heavyset male ghosts. They call each other by the name "Mr. White". They have some rank in the ghostly realm and are Booboo's superiors. Both wears sunglasses and but one wears a tie, who seems to be the highest rank.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weird NJ Stories, The Lady in White
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  4. ^ "Bloody Mary, Mary Worth and other variants of a modern legend". MythologyWeb. 
  5. ^ Brown Lady of Raynham Hall - Castle of Spirits
  6. ^ Francis James Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, "Sweet William's Ghost"
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  8. ^ Braunmuller, A. R. (1997). "Introduction". In Braunmuller, A. R. Macbeth. The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 266. ISBN 0-521-29455-X. 
  9. ^ Sylvan Barnet, "Shakespeare: An Overview," in Macbeth, ed. Sylvan Barnet, A Signet Classic, 1998, p. ix.
  10. ^ Nash, Eric P. (2001-12-17). "Seymour V. Reit, 83, a Creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  11. ^ Hendrix, Grady, "Little Ghost on the Prairie", Slate, May 4, 2006.