List of ghosts

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The following is a list of ghosts:



South Africa


East Asia[edit]


South Asia[edit]


Sri Lanka[1]

Southeast Asia[edit]



Middle East[edit]

United Arab Emirates


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
  • Pricolici, similar to Strigoi, but for worse souls
  • Samca, an evil spirit, said to curse children and pregnant women with illness
  • Spiriduş, a domestic spirit/familiar that when summoned, acts as an intermediate between the devil and the master of the home
  • Stafie, spirits of the dead who are bound to a place in which they lived in life; a poltergeist
  • Strigoi, troubled souls of the dead rising from the grave
  • Vâlvă, feminine nature spirits that control various phenomena. Can be good or bad
  • Vântoase, female spirits of the wind
  • Zmeu, a fantastic creature
Slavic folklore
United Kingdom

North America[edit]

United States
  • Ghosts of the American Civil War
  • Pedro Benedit Horruytiner, colonial governor of Florida. Alleged encounters with the Hurruytiner's ghost, as well as that of a cat that would have been killed in his house, have been reported there.
  • Joe Bush, a legendary 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 an Iroquois woman who allegedly 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 President Theodore Roosevelt, First Lady Grace Coolidge, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill.
  • Kate Morgan, a ghost which is said to haunt the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.
  • Minnie Quay, a legendary ghost of Michigan.
  • Old Book is the name given to a ghost or spirit which allegedly 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 said to appear 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 court trial, the woman's mother claimed that her daughter's ghost told her she had been murdered.
  • 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.
  • Blood House, located in Orlando Florida where 3 children were killed by their evil stepfather. Two were found in upstairs bathroom and third was found in the attic. Stories have been told of apparitions being seen walking the upstairs hall throughout the night going in and out of the bedrooms as if looking for something or someone. There have also been stories of residents waking up and finding small shadowy forms standing beside the bed but disappearing right away. The mother of the 3 children was found dead at the bottom of the bannister a month before their death but it was ruled an accident since there was never any proof of evidence otherwise. The stepfather hanged himself in his cell so the case never made it to the justice system.
  • 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.
  • The Wizard Clip was a ghost said to have clipped articles of clothing and visitor's hair at a home in Middleway, WV after a Catholic traveler died there in 1794 without receiving Last rites or other Catholic Sacrament. According to the story, the ghost was exorcised when Catholic priests performed a Mass at the house, and the grateful homeowner deeded about 35 acres of his land to the Catholic Church.
  • The ghost of Resurrection Mary allegedly haunts roads and buildings around Resurrection Cemetery near Justice, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
  • Lady in Red
  • White Lady
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.

South America[edit]

  • The Silbón, a legendary figure in Colombia and Venezuela, described as a lost soul.
  • La Llorona, a ghost of Latin American folklore who is said to have murdered her children.
  • Sihuanaba, a shapeshifting spirit of Central America who lures men into danger before revealing her face to be that of a horse or a skull.
  • Sayona, a Venezuelan vengeful spirit who appears to unfaithful husbands.


New Zealand


Popular culture[edit]

  • Boo (formerly Boo Diddley), an enemy in the Mario series of games.
  • Booboo, a young ghost and a regular inhabitant of the house, enjoys spooking but generally is not able to scare the other members of the household.
  • "The Whites", two mature and rather heavyset male ghosts, call each other by the name "Mr. White". They have some rank in the ghostly realm and are Booboo's superiors. Both wear sunglasses but one wears a tie.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ria Rameez (11 Jun 2016). "ලංකාවේ ජනප්‍රවාදයේ එන අවතාර 7ක්" [7 ghosts in Sri Lankan folklore] (in Sinhala). Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Weird NJ Stories, The Lady in White". Archived from the original on 2005-11-02. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  3. ^ Hui, kummituksia! Suomalaiskohteet, joihin liittyy hurjia aavetarinoita (in Finnish)
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  5. ^ "Urban Legends Reference Pages: Bloody Mary". Snopes.
  6. ^ "Bloody Mary, Mary Worth and other variants of a modern legend". MythologyWeb. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  7. ^ "Brown Lady of Raynham Hall - Castle of Spirits". Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  8. ^ Francis James Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, "Sweet William's Ghost"
  9. ^ "Monte Cristo".
  10. ^ Braunmuller, A. R. (1997). "Introduction". In Braunmuller, A. R. (ed.). Macbeth. The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 266. ISBN 0-521-29455-X.
  11. ^ Sylvan Barnet, "Shakespeare: An Overview," in Macbeth, ed. Sylvan Barnet, A Signet Classic, 1998, p. ix.
  12. ^ Nash, Eric P. (2001-12-17). "Seymour V. Reit, 83, a Creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  13. ^ Hendrix, Grady, "Little Ghost on the Prairie" Archived 2008-12-07 at the Wayback Machine, Slate, May 4, 2006.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Ghosts at Wikimedia Commons