Are ghosts real? People have been asking themselves this question for thousands of years. But despite widespread sightings and stories dating back over millennia, we still have no definitive proof that spirits exist.
Believers say the skeptics are blind to the evidence that’s right in front of them. Skeptics say any paranormal evidence has a rational explanation, and those who chase ghosts are fooling themselves.
Who is right, who is wrong, and where is the proof?
There has been a great deal of evidence collected over the past decade, and most it comes from paranormal investigators.
These are people who spend time at an allegedly haunted site with an array of equipment they’re hoping will help them acknowledge or even communicate with spirits.
Many are available by appointment and are happy to come out and help. If you have reasons to believe your house is haunted, you may want to give them a call.
What Do Paranormal Investigators Do?
Paranormal investigators use an array of scientific equipment to document hauntings and other paranormal activity. They are looking for proof that ghosts are present at a given location.
You may think of the movie Ghost Busters. A better example would be the team of parapsychologists from the movie Poltergeist. But, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so, you can probably think of an even better example than that.
The show Ghost Hunters appeared in the fall of 2004. In the first few seasons, they gathered some incredible pieces of evidence. Paranormal research organizations began to pop up around the country, and a new paranormal craze was born.
Ghost Adventures soon followed, debuting in 2007 with a documentary now called Ghost Adventures: The Beginning. This documentary features two of the most infamous pieces of paranormal evidence ever recorded: a full-body apparition following one of the investigators across a room, and a brick rising from the floor and flying away on its own.
Perhaps another half-dozen or so shows came along, each with its own take on paranormal investigation. Like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, some of them seemed to collect very compelling evidence using some interesting ghost hunting gear.
But they all have one thing in common, and one big problem: They’re on television.
As much as we like to trust in the integrity of people who are passionate about their work, it’s just too darn hard to completely believe something we see on TV. It's nothing personal, but this alone makes us suspicious of anything these researchers find
Nevertheless, some of the evidence they collect is interesting, though much of the validity also depends on the science behind what ghosts really are, to begin with. Here’s a look at the types of evidence and semi-scientific proof some of these groups have collected.
Are There Real Pictures of Ghosts?
Photos of ghosts have been around for about as long as photography itself. Even the ghost of Abraham Lincoln was known to photobomb his wife now and then. In recent years some fascinating photos have emerged from well-known haunted locations like Eastern State Penitentiary and Waverly Hill Sanatorium.
But examples of full-body apparition pictures are hard to come by, and many such as the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, and even Lincoln, are thought to be fakes.
In modern times it’s even tougher to distinguish fake photos from real ones.
The problem is, that pretty much anyone with a computer can edit an image, and some people are so good at it that no one but another expert would know the difference.
So does this mean we totally discount photographic proof of the paranormal? Not necessarily, but it does mean we need to strictly consider the source, and the motivation, behind each picture.
Far more abundant than pictures of full-body or partial apparitions are photos of mists, fogs, dark shapes, and orbs of light. Lighting conditions, atmospheric anomalies, dust, insects and even the condition of the camera itself can and does influence photos.
Sometimes it seems like paranormal researchers are seeing only what they want to see when it comes to light smears in photos or tiny orbs that can just as well be pieces of dust. Other times, they may be right to say that the appearance of a sudden mist has no reasonable explanation.
Unfortunately, there is very little to rely on when it comes to photos of ghosts and far too many variables at work. For this reason, except in very unusual circumstances where there is zero possibility a photo has been tampered with either accidentally or purposely, and the apparition is very clear to the human eye, most ghost pictures can at best be considered a piece of the overall puzzle, and no real proof.
Video Evidence of the Paranormal
Digital video cameras, night vision, and thermal imaging are all employed by researchers in order to catch ghosts in the act of being ghosts. Over the years, shows like the aforementioned Ghost Hunters (based around the activities of The Atlantic Paranormal Society) and Ghost Adventures (The Ghost Adventures Crew) have captured some amazing evidence.
Full-bodied apparitions, shadow people, objects moving on their own, and even the bizarre gremlin-like hooded spirit captured by Ghost Hunters at Eastern State Penitentiary are extremely compelling pieces of footage.
Like photos, there are tremendous problems with the validation of any video evidence. Even though researchers do their best to debunk any natural explanations, errors can still occur.
On the more nefarious side, video can be faked, altered, and doctored, and YouTube is packed with homemade clips of alleged ghosts, created for the sole purpose of duping people and getting a chuckle.
But at least video offers some perspective, which is lacking in still photography. With a video we can see not only the apparition, but what happened before and after the spirit appeared, and also hear any sounds associated with the activity. Really good paranormal investigators will have several cameras set up, along with different audio equipment, so we can also know what was going on elsewhere.
So what do we make of the heaps of video evidence collected by these paranormal investigation shows? Maybe these guys really are capturing footage of actual apparitions, and if that’s the case then this video has to be considered some of the most earth-shattering evidence of the paranormal ever uncovered.
At worst, we’ve all been duped by television producers who are only looking to put out an interesting show with little regard for the integrity of the investigators or the field of paranormal research.
EVPs and Voices from Beyond
Another huge issue revolves around the question of why ghosts are haunting us at all. Do they have a choice? Are they doomed to this Earthly plane for reasons beyond their control? So, let's ask them, and hopefully record their response in the form of an EVP.
EVP stands for electronic voice phenomenon. In a nutshell, EVPs are allegedly recordings of words and phrases spoken by spirits, often not heard by the human ear at the time of capture. Some researchers use white noise to give the spirits a little help.
To understand one theory of why this works, consider the application of white noise when used for sleep purposes. Because white noise is sound produced on a wide array of frequencies, the sounds that may interrupt your sleep get all muddled up in the white noise and become indiscernible.
For spirits it supposedly works the opposite way: Ghostly voices aren’t heard by the human ear because they are indiscernible from the many other frequencies and sounds in the environment, and the mind can’t pick them out. White noise, therefore, serves as a kind of filter. Only when the evidence is reviewed will the voice be evident, and often with the help of computer equipment and very careful analysis.
Many researchers are moving away from white noise and simply relying on digital recorders, which seem to get the job done all on their own. Spirits are apparently willing to talk to us if we only listen.
We’re still handcuffed by the possibility of tampering and errors, but EVPs are among the most widely reported pieces of evidence. They’re particularly compelling when words and phrases relate directly to questions asked, or when the voice references someone in the room.
There are a few other interesting methods of drawing out words from beyond such as the Ghost Box, which is simply a modified radio set to rapidly scan through channels thus creating a kind of white noise, or at least background noise, that spirits might communicate through.
Devices like the Ghost Box provide a medium for communication between the living and the spirit world. While most effective in the hands of an expert, anyone can use one to capture evidence of paranormal activity in their own home. However, the very fact that it’s a radio receiver means we don’t have to guess too much when it comes to possible errors with a piece of equipment like this.
The Ovilus is another fascinating piece of technology. This hand-held device takes readings from the surrounding environment and converts the numbers into words. While the manufacturers of Ovilus make no such claim, many prominent paranormal investigators have used the device to allegedly communicate with the dead.
Even though some of the results we’ve seen on TV are compelling, at best we can put this in the category of “Huh?”
Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Theory and other Energy Anomalies
Humans, like all living creatures, emit weak electromagnetic fields. As we surely remember from our Physics 101 class, energy can’t be created nor destroyed but only converted from one form to another.
So what happens to our bioelectrical energy when we die? Some people theorize it forms the makeup of what we call the human spirit. (Others say the energy simply decays into the environment.)
Therefore, something like an EMF detector, or gaussmeter, would be effective for locating human spirits. Gauss meters are devices used by electricians and scientists for measuring magnetic fields.
There are a few problems with this idea. For one thing, an EMF spike indicates a stronger field than we’d generally expect to see produced by a living organism. But many researchers theorize that human spirits draw energy from the surrounding environment, and even from batteries in devices like flashlights. This, apparently, accounts for strong, localized sources of energy that might very well be spirits.
But even paranormal researchers are quick to point out that electromagnetic fields alone are not an indicator of activity, and there can be any number of real-world explanations.
In fact, high electromagnetic fields in a home, originating from the building's electrical wiring, for example, might even contribute to feelings of fear and paranoia, leading someone to erroneously believe their house is haunted.
Unusual thermal readings are another alleged indicator of supernatural activity. Investigators use instruments like thermal imaging cameras to seek out anomalous readings that are hotter or cooler than the surrounding environment. Of course, heat implies energy.
Are Ghosts Real?
Do people live on after death as some form of energy? Are ghosts capable of communicating with us? Have researchers really documented spirit entities in the forms of video and photographs? Or, have we all been duped by unscrupulous television producers and networks just out to make a buck?
The so-called evidence is compelling but certainly inconclusive. Maybe someday a researcher will come up with indisputable proof of ghosts, but until that day we can, at best, only speculate.
Of course, if you’ve had your own paranormal experiences you already know the truth. Please take a moment to tell your story in the comments section below. Do you have reason to believe ghosts really exist?
Tell us why!
Do You Believe?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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brian from uk on August 02, 2020:
younger children generally are more open to things of a paranormal nature then as you get older it is breed out of you by conditioning or some other circumstance will stop you seeing or hearing like a fright
phill on July 31, 2020:
In the mid eighties I used to see a man in a hat in my bedroom my parents would have to carry me downstairs as I was crying my eyes out and this man would follow us down the stairs which made me even more hysterical.This happened maybe several times over a year or so,as I got older I never forgot this but thought I was just seeing things as maybe kids do.A couple of years ago I typed in my computer the man in the hat and now I don't think I was seeing things,quite shocked really
Addyson on July 14, 2020:
My great grandma passed away when I was in fourth grade. She was my best friend and when she passed away it was always hard on me. The night she passed away I was in bed and felt a warm feeling. I opened my eyes and at the end of my bed I saw my great grandma at the foot of my bed. I called for my sisters name, since we shared a room and asked her if she could see my grandma. she didnt. I assume it's because she wasnt as close with her. But about five minutes later my mom came into my room and told me that my grandma passed away. I think her spirit visited me to say goodbye.
brian from uk on April 21, 2020:
Magnetic echeos of the past can be heard by anybody whos senses are hightened due the nature of ones job or been alone doing it
Stephen P Marson on April 20, 2020:
I was a police officer for 31 yrs. Typical duties on midnight shift is to do property checks. One night while doing a property check of a party store just outside of the city, I was checking behind the store the last door I checked was near the dumpster. I started to hear a small cat meow. I started looking for the cat. I even looked inside the dumpster and under it. I continued to hear the cat. I finally gave up looking even though I could still hear the cat. While standing there I heard the cat get closer until the meow was between my legs. I looked down to hear the cat meow. The impression I got was as if a small cat not a full grown cat was sitting between my legs looking up meowing at me wanting attention. Naturally I didn’t tell anyone.
brian from uk on April 04, 2020:
I concur Kristen i was very much the same i was born in the late fifties it was very much a taboo subject i repeat myself children then were to be seen but not heard dont if you heard the expression
Kirsten on April 02, 2020:
I wasn't given the choice to NOT believe. I was around 3 or 4 the first time I encountered a spirit, and around 6 when I remember experiencing precognition. As I've gotten older (in my 40s now) it has waxed and waned, but has always been a truth I never questioned.
brian from uk on April 01, 2020:
Tell me about it ive heard them and seen them on a number of occasions if you get in the way of there prey they let you know
skp on April 01, 2020:
they exist but can not be seen in substantial form, however their presence can be felt
brian from uk on March 13, 2020:
Oh man you should never play with boards it opens a doorway up to spiritual realm theres always negs wanting to come and attach them selfs to energy my brother played with this and hes nevet had any good luck in his life
Luke Aplin on March 12, 2020:
I've has a few experiences in my life to do with ghosts but recently I've been trying to find out more for myself so. A couple of weeks ago I bought a quija board to see if it works and to surprise considering I was on my own playing it I had to end the game at least 10mins into the session as it wasnt a nice spirit and began to spell out these letters and 'Ki' and then i had to force the game to goodbye and every day since then the spirits who already resided in the house which my step brother had told me he'd seen and the quija board spirits have been trying to get my attention when I'm alone and the night two nights ago just as I was getting down to sleep something made a loud breathe in my ear and kept me up in the night with an ear ache and my scalp on the ear side felt like a burn on my head. when ever im alone I can feel all sorts of presence in the house I believe some may be annoyed that I interrupted and found them. now trying to collect all information about the paranormal as i find it facinating.
Chuck Pasternak on March 02, 2020:
A close friend purchased a turn of century home built around 1905. The day they moved , there was a young boy standing looking out the bay window. When she went to ask him why he was in her house, the image disappeared.. It all happened within seconds, leaving her baffled and her husband told her she was tired from the move and her imagination got to her. Two days later, her husband needed to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. The boy was standing next to the bed startling him he shouted and it again disappeared. No one felt threatened or frightened by the sightings, however they opted to have the house blessed, and it never happened again.. The boy was wearing knickers with suspenders , much like from that time period. Can they prove it? No, but they had nothing to gain from it, and hope the boy found peace..
brian from uk on February 12, 2020:
Sounds like your house is very spiritually active
Lisa Cameron on February 10, 2020:
I live in a house that has had strange things happen since we moved in 12 years ago. About a month after we moved into the house, I was lying on my bed watching t.v. when I saw something fly up above my ceiling fan and then start falling to the ground. As it fell, it spun around, and around until it finally hit the floor. When I got up to see what it was, it was a picture that I had stuck into the corner of my mirror above my dresser. Since then we have had at least 20 incidents happen since moving in here in 2007.
Ryan on December 08, 2019:
In Athens Ohio there is an abandoned insane asylum called the Ridges. I took my friend who is from Ghana. He told me not to go in because he could sense dark spirits. I found out later that he wears a bracelet that is passed down in his family, and it produces a vibration sensation when there are spirits. I laughed at him and said it was fine, because I didn't beleive in anything like that. I entered and after taking about 10 steps a whirlwind of notecards starts flying in front of me. Scared shitless I ran, but then thought, "nobody is going to beleive me". So i ran back in and picked up some of the notecards to save as evidence. Some or the notecards were held together by rusty paperclips, and had writing from an old typewriter. On the cards were dates (early 1960s) and descriptions of different strains of mushrooms. My guess is that they were experimenting on patients with these mushrooms. There is no way to have a scientific explanation for what I saw. How was I able to walk away having something tangible? How were these notecards still there? There is no way that out of all the people that have been in and out of there for over 50 years these notecards would still be sitting there right by the entrance, especially because it is a famous haunted site. I had previously explored the place before and there was definitely nothing like that left behind.
brian from uk on November 20, 2019:
Weres that id love to experience that
Jason on November 18, 2019:
I grew up in a house where lights would turn on, people were talking when nobody was there, and all the furniture moved out of a room when everyone was gone for the day. Many people that have stayed a night or two had experienced it. Objects moved by themselves all the time. My parents and myself had seen him/it. Since living there I have seen and heard things in places I have worked (health care) and other homes I have lived in. I'm not sure about all the TV "evidence" but I do believe.
Rhonda Dyal on November 07, 2019:
I do believe in ghost good and evil. I seen an Indian Chief standing in front of my TV and then I saw a sinkhole in my yard the next day. And I saw a black shadow figure come through a closed window and started moving to the bed I was in and I backed out of my room scared. He didn’t have a face.
brian from uk on October 14, 2019:
Yes I'm an electrician and have had to go into many a residential protected blocks for elderly were my static voltage detector started playing up a place called Mendip house in Redditch at a certain spot in a hallway it started going crazy in a hallway in my pocket for no reason no local cables near by as I past further past that spot it stopped I thought what the matter with that it normally only buzz when you touch a live cable so I took it out of my pocket and passed the same spot yep it acted up again. I have an idea why this happened and it could a form of crude spirit detection
Mabel Shanahan on October 13, 2019:
I do believe ghost bad and good not all the people can see them only gifted people can see when I see them I just pray that’s all...
brian from uk on September 26, 2019:
An old house,i lived was very active i used to see strange things mainly at night and sometimes during the day when we moved to another house there was no spirits present
Jesse on September 25, 2019:
I went to a house I call creep house and when I tried to get in I saw a little girl in side the house and she looked about 8 years old that my story.
E.B on July 25, 2019:
Two properties in Wi I frequented as a kid had something paranormal going on. I'll cut to the chase. An old, old house by a marsh where there were hangings would feel wrong upstairs. Came to find out there was a place hidden in the wall right where I would feel uneasiness for hiding slaves. The trees felt the same way. One night in a tent by an old unused field with my friend and his dog we heard bipedal footsteps, chains rattling each lurching step closer and closer and loud enough to believe there was actually someone outside the tent but the moonlight showed nothing. Friends beagle peed himself and huddled in a corner in terror. We called out and the only replies were those steps retreating in the direction they came from as loud as before and clear as a bell. A year or so later we camped out with two other friends in a near field and throughout the night snapping, bouncing and twisting rope could be heard in that same sequence, over and over. It was terrifying. Friends dad (a skeptical man) told his wife he saw a shadow drop down from a tree and run off when the sun was about to come up. I'll add I dont have nightmares much but I had. Them every time I slept there.
The other property is a strange one and absolutely demonic one. I had heard of whistling in the loft and footsteps when there couldnt have been anyone up there but nothing I experienced was human. Playing oli-olioxenfree was a favorite nighttime occupation for me as a young teen. Childish, yes but it was FUN! One night while it was raining I was hiding in the shadows, up against an open, unused silo; in between that and a man made pond on the far side of the property. I was silent and my friends were actually so sick of me cheating and going too far out, had gone inside to eat something. I was waiting and echoing out of the silo from the barn and loft, I heard laughter. Soft at first but it became louder and louder until it sounded about like someone was inside the silo or barn/loft stairway just bellowing. Here is the demonic part: the laughter was different. It was like a cackle but powerful and something you never consider is how we all pause to breathe in everything until you hear demented laughter that grows in intensity every cackle, like the opposite of what you're used to hearing. The laughter defied what I consider human physiological ability and didnt pause for breath at all. It grew in intensity and died away only as it became distant. Seriously one of the most terrifying things I have ever heard. The worst yet to come was when we were again playing (I dont remember if it was that same night) I'll skip some fluff and just say there is a window in the barn and a street light illuminating the space between the barn and a shed. The window is very high up, almost to the roof and it is three stories tall. While playing the same game I felt something was watching me and my gaze was pulled to the window. I saw nothing but blackness- and then just before I could comfort myself and avert my eyes a bright white humanoid head panned into the window. I thought it might be an owl for a split second as it panned back behind the wall from view. I didnt know what to think and almost walked away from it because I didnt WANT to know. It was sudden and I was shocked. I stared for a moment and finally satisfied I had imagined the whole thing, turned to look for my friends. The same feeling struck me again of being watched and I looked back up again over my shoulder and just when I had gotten the window in view, the terrifying white face panned back into view. I noted it had big black eyes and could not make out any other features just because it was so white. We looked at each other and finally accepting the terrible reality, I turned and ran away to find my friends. They laughed at me and thought I was full of it when I told them what I saw. I told his dad about it and he went up there with a pump shotgun only to come back down and say nobody could have climbed up there because there isnt nearly enough hay in the loft to step on. I shrugged it off and chose to pretend I didnt just experience it. A testament to the power of denial, we kept playing and I went up there, into the loft to hide. I didnt see anything but moonlight through the boards making up the walls and began to relax as I heard my friends looking everywhere else because 'he wouldnt go up there.. in the dark, all alone..' well here is where it gets wierd and I apologize if this makes you wonder if I'm just pulling your leg: I'm not pulling your leg. I am still getting chills just writing this and I am almost 30 years old. My ease was stamped out quickly when in the darkness I FELT something getting closer. The doorway to the staircase became something I stared into in fear as I felt (and to my immediate horror) HEARD something slowly coming toward me. My eyes caught something in the dark and followed the burning sensation of insane malice. Every single step of the way, the floor creaked under strain and soon the support posts in the loft creaked as it climbed up like a spider toward me and sat in the center of the loft on a cross beam seemingly staring at me. I ran and long story short, when me and my friends approached the bottom of the stairs, we all heard the creaking travel to the rail overlooking them and we all knew it was time to stop pretending there was nothing there.
Doug George on June 17, 2019:
Several years ago there was a heavy ice storm in Mississippi and all electricity was lost. All of our heat was electric so we were stuck in the cold. My mother-in-law lived next door and had gas heat so we took the kids and went to stay with her a while. As night came we all went to bed, my wife, myself and the two kids were in the same room. I don't know what time it was but it was only a few hours after we had retired I heard someone walk down the hall (sounded like they were wearing boots) go to the fridge and open it. The fridge door closed , footsteps to the back door and heard the door unlock, open then close. The lock only worked from the inside. I told my wife I was going to check to see who left but she would not let me get up and leave the room. The next morning I went to check the kitchen lock and found it still locked. No one had been up before I went to the kitchen. The lock only work from the inside, no outside key access. My wife told me she would hear that same set of footsteps go down the hallway when she lived there as a little girl. Now, explain that one away.
brian from uk on June 04, 2019:
Thats what makes it so interesting
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on June 01, 2019:
I believe we don't know everything about our world and that ghosts are probably around. Good job. I enjoyed it.
brian from uk on April 28, 2019:
I visted my sister inlaws few days let me explain I lost one my younger brothers to cancer some 9 months ago well I pop down every week to see how they are coping without him they said some strange things have been happening in the house they moved my sister in law to the smaller room and redecorated the main room making it more space recently the put a decorative pot with artificially rushes in they said it suddenly started rotating round in a circle on its own the last incident blocks started flying off the sideboard on there own I now I like to see proof as well but I've had my own experiences nobody else could see except me but that was to do with something else
Sasquatch on April 27, 2019:
It's obvious that ghosts are real. If ghosts didn't exist, how would we have electricity or computers?
brian from uk on April 16, 2019:
Well the first bit I heard that the avatars of india who live in hidden desserts can materialise things out of thin air by using there throat chakra it is said if they entered city's pr town area populated that it would drop there level of ability to if you do if like me to say wonderful things as for the other there are a lot of things that happen that cannot be explained I have had things happen to my self and probably many others that defy logical explanation
vijay on April 15, 2019:
In the year 2005 I was working in a city in vidarba,india.On two occasions i witnessed a burning lamp rotating in the air for about 10 minutes,then disappearing in the bushes.There was a culvert and a lamp post .The lamp post bulb got fused and it was not burning.Later I was told that one accident took place near the culvert and one person died.Till now I could not understand what was the phenomenon.Subsequently when the bulb of the lamp post got replaced this activity stopped.Can anyone explain what it could have been?
brian from uk on April 07, 2019:
My story is i was stopping in a hotel in Llandudno wales it was only for four for a break id got a single room it was only basic sufficient for my needs i got to the reception to check in the receiptionist said oh its on the top sea view room i thought not see great if have to struggle with my case up all those but not to worry has they got a lift. So i was given my key i got into the room and was looking around small but clean and tidy inwas just runing my eyes around the when i suddenly became partly en tranced have you heard as humans we have a third eye inside our head well id not done much research on this till recentltly, like i said i beame partly entranced looking through my normal eyes and glancing into my third eye at the same time well there was this bright spsrkling light in my third eye and like some sort of a feeling of been greeted but on a non verbal level the feeling was of great peace and tranqulity and a feeling of it was happy to see me, but i was caught off guard and i dismissed it at first that night i dreamt of a young girl falling to her death from the window off same room i was stopping i still did not cotton on till morning i was going down to breakfast, i spoke to the cleaning staff on the landing about what i had experienced i never mentioned the dream they oh that the room a young girl feel to her death. I said oh she must be an earthbound spirit
Jb on March 31, 2019:
Verily, ghosts are not spirits of the dead, but rather, they are from among the many creations of God. From among them, there are goodly ones. And from among them, there are evil ones. I know for a fact that they're true. Only a fool would deny their existence. (It's like showing a flat earther that the earth isn't flat from space, and they still deny what they see). My mother has had many possessions and I am a witness to it. One day she got possessed and phoned her neighbor who lived next door. But when the neighbor spoke to her, she could see in the voice that it wasn't my mother speaking. But she couldn't really understand what was going on. So my mum told her "you're going to have a baby) and then she immediately cut the call. And guess what. A few years later, she had a baby! Moving on to another incident... We had evil spirits in our house once not long ago. Hence, we went to a person who has" the gift" and deals with these things. He exorcised my mum and I could see her choking and gasping for air. One time, he asked her what's her name and an evil voice spoke from her mouth saying the name is Sarah. But her name is not Sarah! All these things are clear evidence to their existence. Scientists can never disprove them.
Lily on March 20, 2019:
In Tenerife Island resort hotel room, getting ready to sleep, I had covered the window with the curtains so the room was pitch black. I went to sleep but it wasn't long before I started feeling goosebumps on my back creeping up towards my neck, then my heart started to race. I couldn't understand why it was happening and I felt very afraid suddenly. I quickly got up to open the curtains so the light from outside spilled in. I did not feel the goosebumps anymore after there was light in the room, but that night my dream was terrifyingly violent. My husband also saw the same violent dream. I believed that the room had negative energy or then it was a spirit.
Erin Norwood on March 12, 2019:
Those of us with peticularly strong connections to the spirit world already KNOW the answer to this question, but I do understand why those who are Not connected, doubt it's existence! I am really eager to see the day when science can Prove, without doubt or manipulation, what I've known all my life. Althought I would never wish this odd 'gift' on my worst enemy, I would be fascinated to find out what makes some us more sensitive to spiritual things than others.
isitwendsdaymydudes on February 14, 2019:
I have had some experiences with ghosts. I have felt cold areas around my house and i have heard some humming at night... CrEePy owo
spooky boi on January 14, 2019:
I believe they're real because I don't think that books can fly off my dresser when there is no wind also my brother named our "ghost" gorge yet we were looking at the history of the home and an old man named gorge died there I think it is not a coincidence
Doug on January 11, 2019:
I have had several experiences involving paranormal. One winter we had a severe ice storm and all of the power lines were down, this meant that my family having only electric heat was going to get really cold, however my mother-in-law lived next door and had gas heat. So all gathered at her home and when bed time came we were assigned areas to sleep. My wife, me and kids were in one room. It was late when we went to bed so the kids went to sleep quickly and my wife and I were talking. We heard some one in boots walk down the hall, go to the kitchen and open the fridge door, close the fridge door, walk to the kitchen door and unlock it, open the door walk out and close it I wanted to get up and check on the door but my wife was pretty emphatic when she said NO. I checked the door the next morning and the lock was locked. It was a dead bolt that could not be locked or unlocked from the outside. My wife told me she had heard similar sounds there when she was a child. Now, explain that one away!!
Carol on January 07, 2019:
I purchased a pack of socks. When I did my laundry, I was missing of my new socks. The next laundry day I washed another pair of my new socks and again I had 1 sock missing. I search everywhere for the missing mate. I couldn't find it. The next week the same thing happen. I was so upset I went into the bedroom and started crying. After I stopped crying I left the bedroom and to my surprise my missing socks was hanging on the bedroom door knob. I was at home alone our children are grown and gone. The only thing I can say a ghost placed the socks on my door knob after I cried
John on November 24, 2018:
I was hiking in Northern California and came across an old copper mine... I camped there for the night and I saw ghost like figures walking around the opening... I never believed in such things.. but I know what I saw... and nothing will ever change my mind!!!!!
Dave Nelson on November 19, 2018:
I had orbs show up on my night vision cameras. They are real. One strong orb landed on basement steps, tried to manifest, jumped off steps ,ran across basement as an orb with fire like legs. Got good pictures from video of faces which formed while trying to manifest. One is a man like face the other was a afghan dogs face. Awsome!! Took me 2 years to determine that this was an angel. After recognizing this and apologizing for thinking he was evil. He and all orbs left. WOW ! I still have great video of the experience.
Joyce on October 01, 2018:
During the Lenten Season, to be specific, Holy Monday, I slept early because I was tired. I just came in from a travel. I suddenly woke up and I saw a figure of a beautiful young lady walking towards the door of the comfort room of my room. She just appeared, I don't know where she came from. She went direct inside the comfort room. I could vividly describe her features including her attire but not her face since when I saw her, it was side view. But I'm sure she is beautiful. And she has movements like mine. I could see myself in her. She wore a white blouse and a checkered red, white and black shorts. Her hair was long and wore it in a ponytail style. That lasted for quite a number of seconds and I lost glimpse of her when she entered the comfort room. I did not dare see if she was really inside the comfort room because I was overtaken by my fear. I leave the light on in the comfort room during nighttime when I go to sleep. Now I sleep with the room fully lighted. I can't believe it but I have seen that apparition with my two eyes wide open.
Jim on September 01, 2018:
I grew up in an old triple decker in Boston. My small bedroom was in the front of the house and the other 2 were in the rear. All my years of living there I was uneasy sleeping due to various noises I would hear during the night. But, twice I was grabbed my my ankles and pull to the foot of my bed. One of the times it happened I had a very hard time trying to get out from under the covers as if they were being held down. One night I was sleeping and for some reason I woke up. Then I looked at the foot of my bed and there was a figure floating in the air dressed in white and it looked like the garments it had on was blowing in the breeze. I could not bring myself to look at the face. I was very wide awake and it was not a dream. I got the nerve up to scoot down to the bottom of the bed kicking in the air trying to find anything solid but felt nothing. I thought to myself that I was stuck and no getting away. I was defiantly not getting out of bed. I laid down and pulled the covers over my head and after a long time I fell asleep. When I woke up in the morning I looked all over the small room trying to understand what I saw and tried to debunk it as maybe a blowing window curtain, but I had no curtains. I still think of that experience after 60 years.
cryptid (author) from USA on August 16, 2018:
Those are excellent questions Barry, and I've pondered such things myself. These are some of the things that make me think hauntings might be more scientific than spiritual, but who knows.
Barry on August 14, 2018:
Why/How do Spirits/Ghosts wear clothes?...
Why?How are there "Ghost Trains/cars/boats/?,...Did the train die?
Te on August 02, 2018:
Tell truth im not posting any of my pics or anything to much hassle mines actually clear at night in my room. But people are ignorant tell the truth.either way it will get debunked either way probably evening living on indian revolutionary civil actually every war graveyard at my house less than mile away. We just hang with them tell truth.
Alby nicolas on July 06, 2018:
I was once saw a ghost standing at the back of a big tree .
It was a little bit grayish,no hair, no face and it sims looking to me,i was afraid at that time so i called mother and when she arrived the mysterious creature disappeared.
cryptid (author) from USA on June 25, 2018:
@Angie - Hang on to those pictures. There is no way you can send them here, unfortuately. Only share them with someone you can trust and you know won't exploit them. Maybe there is a local paranormal research organization that can take a look at them. Good luck!
Angie on June 24, 2018:
I have ghost stories to talk about but today I took a picture in Virginia of a abandoned house and I believe I saw a spirit on the top balcony and an orb and some other mist and a shadow figure in first floor window I would like to send pictures but I do not know who to talk to .
Zammbee Ray on June 03, 2018:
Ok so that picture with Lincoln is old so how could they got a picture of him put it to the right angle and photoshopped if it’s old. It wasn’t a painting and it looked like Abe.
aahana on April 27, 2018:
all the pictures look like they are paintings......not a picture clicked by a camera
Fayleen on April 20, 2018:
I disagree with anything to do with physics I think it's a balmy subject . I created 3 kids with lots of energy. The photo of Abraham Lincoln is possibly real. It was obviously taken while photography was in an early stage. It would have taken a photo expert ahead of their time to create it. It's one of the most comforting ghost photos I've seen. Science attempts to explain the mystical but I prefer to be led by beliefs that help. I have personal evidence of the paranormal. Who would believe me though eh. Good article.
Eken on March 13, 2018:
A once heard some scratching. I went there but found only a wisp of steam.
Helen Dunn on March 06, 2018:
It first occurred some years ago in the 1990's. I was sitting in the living room looking at a magazine when I became aware of the scent of perfume in the air, and the feeling someone was there.
It occurred again within the next several days, not all the time - but the perfume scent would last for several minutes then be gone. It was in various rooms of the house at different times.
One evening, we smelled 2 different perfumes and at the same time the scent of cherry tobacco was with them.
My partner's late brother in law smoked cherry tobacco. The perfumes I have no idea at all.
Now we have nothing in the house with those scents and no cherry flavoring or anything cherry scented nor any tobacco. Furthermore, we live way out in the countryside, no nearby houses, and as I recall, the windows were closed at the time.
A couple of times, we have smelled something baking when nothing had been baked, and one time the baking was accompanied by the scent of hot cocoa - no chocolate in the house - in fact - it made me wish I had some.
It was several years later, after the passing of our friend, Carole. Several weeks or perhaps it was a month or two after Carole's passing, my partner and I were upstairs making the bed, when we both caught a whiff of flatulence - not bad, quite faint, not unpleasant. Neither of us were guilty and there was no animal up there. It was the sort of mischievous thing Carole would do.
I went back downstairs and was immediately assailed by a VERY strong scent of cinnamon in the air around my head. (Yes, we have cinnamon in the house, but it is tightly sealed in a bottle, and I have never smelled it in the air before or since.) I said: "Is that you, Carole?" And the scent was gone completely. It didn't gradually fade away - it was very strong one minute and the next gone.
Other experiences have happened--but not enough room in this message box to share all of them.
My theory is that this house being so old enables those on the other side to locate it - that it is some kind of portal, or landmark.
My main regret was that I did not think of any method to try to communicate with these spirits, if that is what it was. If it ever occurs again I will try to communicate somehow - perhaps by seeing if the scent could be different for a yes or a no.
Amy on February 13, 2018:
From my peripheral vision, I can see my other two dogs watching EXACTLY what I am seeing--sometimes a mist, sometimes a mist with a light in it, sometimes a solid form of my recently passed dog T-Bonius Monk aka Felonious Skunk.
Also, I also once saw the complete form of a woman in an old farmhouse I had bought. She appeared before me for several minutes and her form never varied nor did the intensity of her image. I will never forget it.
The hell of it is is that I come from a science background. My entire family committed their professional lives to the sciences. I couldn't have been more than three or four years old when it was made very clear to me that neither ghosts nor Santa Claus are real. Needless to say, I'm in a rather bad place right now.
highrider on January 26, 2018:
The SS Missouri is grounded in the bay in Hawaii. I was exploring the lower deck when I noticed a fascinating model of the ship inside a glass enclosure. There was a narrow hallway about 50 feet in either direction and the area was deserted except for myself. As I leaned over the glass enclosure I was bumped hard from behind. Thinking I was being pick-pocketed I immediately spun around, no one was there. I could see 50 feet in both directions, no one any where to be seen. The bumping was not in anger, simply a "here I am" or "I exist" motion. I was not afraid or angry.
Andrew Dexter on January 03, 2018:
'' The ghost of Gladstone villa''.
My family and I lived at a property in Wales during the 1970's and we experienced things that defied rational explanation, we had minor poltergeist activity, the occasional sighting but this was very rare and we heard footsteps that would occur regularly every evening when we'd all be downstairs watching television.
Jessi on December 15, 2017:
Me and my family moved up to Washington in this 2-story house, But.. it wasn't good....not even nice. I woke up one night to get a midnight snack but when I got to the kitchen, it was like a chaotic mess! food was everywhere and the cabinet doors were on the ground. I put everything back together and organized but hid the broken cabinet doors.. the paranormal stopped for 2 weeks.. but started up again with a more bad approach. I came back from school and went inside my house. I called for my dog, Toby, but heard no response. I literally looked everywhere and eventually found him, dead. He had fresh 3x3 scratches that were deep all over him!.. I knew when I was younger I messed with an ouija board. I tried burning it but it wouldn't burn at all! It's now black because of all the burning I did on it! My last approach was to talk to the spirit. I had put down the Ouija board and I did say like,"Why are u doing this?" and,"Who are u?". My only response was,"die". I'M SO TERRIFIED!
Haunted ghost family on October 05, 2017:
me and my family have just moved into a new house and every night we hear glass break and chairs move. When we wake and we go down everything is broken. Then last night a awoke floating in the air with my head dangling it was exactly 3:00 PM and at 4:00 Pm i was dropped feeling nausius (I am only 7 so i dont know how to spell) i went to my parents room seeing all their things broken their lamp tossed across the room and the floor carpet ripped up we had no pets. I tried awaking them and they woke but when the looked at me there faces were all scratched. We have just moved into a new house and i hope it isn't the same...
Nathan Sturley on October 03, 2017:
Myself and some friends have experienced moving objects which 4 of us watched in shock.
I think you make the afterlife what you want out of it. If you want catholic heaven you join similar spirits and have that and if you want a hindu thing you do that with other like minded spirits.
Just like moving to a new area and house and joining the local church with like minded people.
You make of it what you want. If you are limited as a spirit you can opt for a human birth to gain more spiritual ability.
Thats my thinking.
On the other hand it could all be a load of b?!"ox
Stitches on October 02, 2017:
There is no such thing as ghosts, but there is such thing as demons haunting you after a loved one died.
ShadowHunter107 on September 11, 2017:
Speaking of experiences, I've got a ghost who's kinda friendly.
He sits in a corner of my bedroom, near the ceiling, and communicates in Morse code (figured that out two days ago) through my bedside lamp. When the bulb dims, I see a vague patch that's a bit darker than normal, like a shadow of something. sometimes it's a hand, sometimes it's a part of a wing or feathered tail. (don't ask, my eyesight is a lot better in areas the size of my room than anywhere else.
I sat at my computer a few nights ago when I caught the light flashing "hi" to me. It repeated twice, then stopped for ten minutes. Actually, 9 minutes and 47 seconds (I have a bedside clock too).
Instead of talking out loud, as my parents were home (I live with my parents' at the minute), I attempted to send a message with my mind, like I was broadcasting my thoughts. Low and behold it worked, as the light started flashing. I'd asked what the entities name was. I got "Rhyec" which I think was supposed to be Rhyce, but I was open minded.
He usually sits on my desktop monitor (which I'm going to be selling soon) at night, making it creak at completely random times after I've unplugged it (it consumes a lot of energy) for the night.
Anyway, it usually creaks only when he sits on it. Want to know something? He sometimes toys with my by either moving my bedside light (it has a flexible arm thing) or my professional microphone when I'm not in the room. I've also seen objects (way before I figured I had an entity in my room) being moved within seconds of walking out and then into my room.
He actually hasn't been around for five days now, so I'm hoping whatever I did to my room five days ago will keep him away, even though he was nice.
PotatoSpuds on August 23, 2017:
I've certainly had many experiences. Too many to even try to tell. I'll say this though, with ones that are seen from our eyes and from another person's eyes at the exact same moment and time, cannot just be a pigment of imagination, especially if it's claimed to be a detailed human being. Obviously people could lie about it and what not, but the consideration of what if they're not? Also, I've realized that not all people who die take place as a ghost. Considering energy is neither created nor destroyed, I do believe in some sort of reincarnation. The energy is portrayed as our souls, which move from one living, breathing being, to the next. We humans all have different personalities and so do animals. Obviously our brains provide instinct, but what if our "soul" controls our brain to show it's personality? Also, considering it being an energy, I believe that "ghosts" are just lost in the process in between and trying to take a new different form of life but is stuck in it's last form's after life.
Bertski on August 14, 2017:
There's always those who piggyback off others. Look at Mtn. Dew and generic types that use similiar color and patterns for their product.
Same way with spooks. One upmanship?
Which those who know of people with special abilities won't tell others unless they could confide 100%, then only under certain conditions. Just to protect those that know from others that might taunt them to death.
Science is ignorant in its'own way. Looking for explanations void of simple mysteries of life. Or as with other things, they know, they simply avoid telling. Maybe social ramifications.
There's hoaxes, means of creating illusions. But like Coca Cola, there's the real thing.
Which if others attempt to observe a person, they may very well thwart natural knowledge and experiences that would be. It plays on selfishness, where another is so obsessed desiring what they don't have. Wanting to believe, sometimes denying events as kind of reverse psychology. Then there's others who know, but wouldn't say anything for fear of being called crazy. But that again is probably a trait of governess itself, where person doesn't have, even phenomena or ghostly experiences, so they deny it to invalidate a person who has. Jealousy, envy, which the intangible may be desired but it isn't something that can just be bought or found. Though the kabbalah states some people do have more experiences. Then there's liars.
But 200 years ago, who would have believed radio transmission could occur?
Or look at the Virgin birth of Christ. Any number are so shallow and narrow minded they believe an egg has to be fertilized. But contrary to this, look at honeybees that lay sterile eggs that hatch into drones. It's called Parthogenesis. Which science can tell about. Which I guess would be extremely rare in humans, but just because one never witnessed something doesn't mean it can't be.
Like those who say there's no Sasquatch, who of these have seen Sasquatch not exist? This their foolishness as they have no basic to deny what they know nothing of.
ghostbeliver on August 09, 2017:
I have had many encounters ever since i was a young boy. the most exciting and convincing, was in my thirties. I was walking from a friends house which was at a trailer park in the country surrounded by woods. on my way home one clear and cold winter night. beside me walking was an orb of light not a shadow. the hair on my back stood tall. when i reached the front door of my trailer it was gone. a few nights later my trailer was nearly burn to the ground. Awaken from choking from the smoke engulfing the trailer, i awoke to find in the living room, a pair of jeans was laid over the gas wall stove inflamed fire climbed the wall and made its way to the ceiling. I turned off the gas and tossed water on the wall and ceiling fighting the smoke and heat. After making sure everything was o.k. left and returned to the friends but when they came to the door not knowing my face was covered in blackness and scared the hell out of them. the next day we went to check the house. how did my jeans mng. to get draped over the stove i moved
RONALD on July 28, 2017:
I am not 100% convinced there are spirits, ghosts, apparition or whatever one want to call it, even though one night in bed, 2-3 months after my parents died, I saw a figure that woke me up in the middle of the night. I wonder if it is the sub-conscience of our minds that wants us to think we see and/or hear something like a ghost or a spirit.
Bertski on July 17, 2017:
There's placed where I never heard of anyone experiencing ghosts, then there's other places where it's riddled with stories, then some, a few. Which many things can be explained, IF you know things that can cause things to be seen, heard. Reflection, refraction of light, ground moving or rocks etc.
But the real I suspect are there and such, many can be explained, not with off the wall explanations though.
Think about fossil fuels, said to be from thousands of years of dead animals and foliage. What if electricity is the remains from all the people and life that's ever existed? Lol, we know heat, friction, energy is never used up but transformed.
Though I believe in spirit life, I'm a huge skeptic of other things.
Argonoth75 on July 02, 2017:
@Marc Hubs Hey Marc Hubs! if you would be so kind, i'd very much like to know where you got all the information one parapsychology and the nature of consciousness and how you went about doing things.
anon1012 on June 30, 2017:
okay, i am not exactly sure about if this 'evidence' makes ghosts seem real or not, but i do believe that they do exist. think about it... a ghost/spirit is just the negative energy. we have negative energy surrounding us right now. this is just my opinion, as i am still researching and paying close attention...
Mussie Afeworki on June 26, 2017:
One morning of May 1993 about 5:30 in the morning, I was awaken by a strong wave. The wave changed into some one, feeling like holding on my back and I cannot move as if I was paralised. This is normal to me especially when I was a kid and sleeping facing up the celling. What made this time different though, he forgot to leave me alone long enough after I awoke. Sleeping on my tommy, facing away from the wall, then A lot of things came to my head, in that 15 to 20 seconds paralised moment, such as he cannot leave me so no one will know that I am in trouble, as my girlfriend visit me every now and again. He left and felt as if there was cold water poured on my back. When I turned on to the wall, I saw a man (possibly Jamaican less possibly African) picture.
aswanth ck on May 25, 2017:
the second last paragraph well expalined. very well executed words . this article was really amzing. as newton said 'every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction ' if god really exist we would probably have to belive in something else opposite to that . thank you ...
gurinderjitsingh on May 20, 2017:
yes i strongly believe in paranormal actyvity. And i experienced many times their existence.
Bishal on April 28, 2017:
TO the non believers plz go out to a haunted place and find out yourself
cryptid (author) from USA on April 16, 2017:
Hi Marie: Firstly, I am very sorry you had to lose your son at such a young age, and under such tragic circumstances. As you surely know better than anyone, this is an extremely difficult thing to try to make sense of.
I had a friend lose her husband at a young age and she went through some things similar to what you are describing. She would confide in me and I'd try to help her understand, but I quickly learned that making sense of it yourself is almost impossible. It seems more like you can only watch and absorb what is happening, and try to learn whatever lesson is being presented to you.
Her experiences stopped only when she was ready to move on from the grief, and she received a message from her lost husband in a dream instructing her to do so.
I have no idea if that is what has happened with you, but it is something to consider. Maybe that final dream was a message to you that he lives on, and he's just fine, and he wants you to be fine too.
Again, have no idea if that is what really happened, but as I said sometimes it seems all we can do is pay attention to what we are presented and try to learn from it. I hope you've found some solace over the years, and that you are doing fine.
Marie on April 15, 2017:
I've always been torn between whether ghosts are real or not (as most of us are). However I have had some unexplainable incidents over the years. My youngest and only son..Brandon..died at the age of 29..Sept 8th 2013. He died of accidental prescription overdose. Earlier that year I lost my father. I have a clock in my kitchen above the sink. For each number there is a picture (pictures I cut out of my son when he was 4 amd as an adult. ones of my daughter as a baby and as an adult along with pics of other loved family members. One day I was doing laundry in the basement a few months after my son had died. The pain of grief when u lose a child is a pain like no other and it comes in huge waves..As I was folding laundry I started thinking about Brandon ..seeing him as a little boy at Christmas...different images passing through my mind and I went down on my knees the pain of losing him was just overwhelming and the tears started to flow. After a few minutes stopped crying..tried to find my strength and went upstair with my laundry basket. As I was coming into the kitchen I happened to glance at the clock and the little hand was pointing at Brandon as an adult and the big hand was pointing at him as a little boy. It was 2:40pm. I stopped dead in my tracks as the tears started to fall again. Afterwards I told myself .."it was just coincidence." Over time...this type of thing has happened again and again at the exact moment that I was thinking about him.. It can't just be "coincidence" anymore. I also wanted desperately to have a dream about him ..but for the longest time...(if I did dream anything I don't remember any of them) Then one night..I did. This dream was very clear..bright...It was beautiful day and I was going for a walk along a path towards a forest...I could see my son coming out of the woods..I even remember what he was wearing. He had on a white sleeveless tshirt and these gold sports shorts I remember him wearing when he was alive...he looked so good...his face..I ran towards him crying and I said "But Brandon...you died!" In the next moment I remember him sitting down on a large boulder and looking up at me..with this smile...and he said "but mom...I didn't die.". I woke up after that ...crying. I have never dreamed of him since.
Kira on April 05, 2017:
Wow nice job
cryptid (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:
@julsgolden: Like most things paranormal, this is tough one to explain away. Have you asked anyone else who lived in your household if they have ever seen this phantom man?
julsgolden on March 17, 2017:
when I was nine my mother had a bunch of women over. They were looking at pictures on the table. I could not get around them to see. When they went into my mother's bedroom, I looked at the pictures. I looked up from the table to walk into the living room and I saw a Man Standing there with an old suit on and a hat just staring at me with no expression on his face. I could see through him. I rubbed my eyes and looked up he was still there. I turned to go through the kitchen to my brother's bedroom, and he was standing there. I turned around to go through into the living room again, and he was there still staring at me. I ran through him with my arms over my eyes turned around and he was gone. I did not want to see him. I tried not to see him. But wherever I looked he was there. So please explain this to me!!
Dave on March 04, 2017:
I always ask when I see a young child die of a disease, why , why be born to die within a year or 2. All of that energy goes somewhere. My mother told me things after my father died, things that only became normal in the 2000's when we watched "most haunted" etc
She would say she had a vivid dream of my father and that he sat at the end of the bed reassuring her , she would wake and see a dimly lit ball ( size of a golf ball or smaller) travel out of her bedroom.
Did my father visit? Is this just a figment of an imagination that wants to see this type of phenomena. I don't know , but I would love it to be true , that someday we all get to see our departed loved ones. I personally miss my granny and would love a cuddle from her again.
Bryn on February 27, 2017:
I've had a few incounters starting from a young age seeing ghosts, but more recently had some very weird things happen I just put it down to my brain macking it all up or I would go mad, I had just gotten into bed so I was wide awake and a bright light was shining through the window blinding me the curtains where closed, and a human shaped figure appeared stood in my room and then sat at the end of my bed I was unable to move at all, then the light went and so did the figure, other times I've heard growling, talking, a lot of walking around another night I was held down by my neck unable to move lasted around 30 seconds. I haven't had anything happen for a while now I put it down to ignoring it and not being scared, as they like fear and you connecting with them.
an on February 12, 2017:
we dont know whether ghosts are real . articles photos or videos can be true or false . even researchers can be cheating only for money. i say who knows ? i prefer not confirming that they exist until we have proof that is honest and is meaningful .
jeff on February 06, 2017:
That picture is real with Abraham Lincoln and that was took by William Mumler who is a spirit photographer
Armando on January 27, 2017:
Yes yes yes ...I have personally experienced both loved ones communicating with me very recently as well as others I did not know in a home I loved in in Connecticut ...those of you who doubt it get ready in the end you will see and know ...YES yes yes ...absolutely true
Jason on January 26, 2017:
I had encounters with ghosts. I seen a ghosts in a black hooded cloak and appeared as a old person. I seen a civil war ghost in a haunted Graveyard. In a "Hobo-Jungle", I've seen a group of orange, human-shaped figures. The last time I had a paranormal encounter was when I returned to the "Hobo-Jungle", I said a prayer to Saint Micheal and the wind picked up like you wouldn't believe. Weather you believe in ghosts or not, I would strongly recommend that you bring your faith with you; Whatever that faith may be.
CatKitty30 on January 10, 2017:
My dead cat visits me as a ghost
Cortney on January 07, 2017:
Hi cryptid i also dreamed a couple wanting my help as of i saw them crying because a soldier wanted to kill them when i runned towards them i woked up.I feel there touches and there breathes as if there beside me.But seens i pray for them they stop disturbing me.
Alexa on January 07, 2017:
Thank you for posting this but the other camera experts says these are not true i didn't say your doccument is not true but i believed that ghost do not exist.cryptid i'm sorry i don't believed
Sid7 on December 28, 2016:
Yes you must believe that there are ghosts
velvet on December 19, 2016:
one week after my husband died, very unexpectedly, i was in bed and felt the bed sink like someone had sat down on the bed and then i could feel something against my back. i got the most relaxed feeling i had in days. whether he was there or not i dont know but something knew i needed help. i put all of his toiletry items in a sealed case because i could not stand to smell them, i cried all the time but at times they can be smelled all over the house, my sister will not come in my house because of it. there have been several times when i was having a hard time that something would happen like the bed thing to make me feel better. there have been six ocassions where i would wake up because it felt like someone had gotten in my bed and the next day i feel so good. my dog plays with something or someone i cant see. my husband played hide and seek with her and they are still playing, so i would have to say yes i believe there is something, not sure what but something.
JIMMY on December 15, 2016:
GHOSTS REALLY DO EXIST. IT SOUNDS CRAZY BUT YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT. IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS STRANGE IN YOUR HOME. USE A COUPLE OF OUTDOOR HD CAMERAS WITH NIGHT VISION THAT GOES ON WITH MOVEMENT WHEN NO ONE IS HOME TO ACTIVATE IT. IT WILL SEND ANY MOVEMENT TO YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU MIGHT BE VERY SURPRISED EVEN IF YOU NEVER BELIEVED. MODT OF THE TIME YOU WILL NOT SEE WITH YOUR EYES BUT WILL SE THREW YOUR SMART PHONE ANY TIME ONE IS AROUND MOSTLIKELY AFTER DARK. CHECK YOUR MIRRORS AND BLINDS ESPICIALLY. AND BY THE WAY YOU MIGHT EVEN SERE A GHOST DOG IF YOU LOST A PET. DO NOT EVER MESS WITH A GHOST BOARD YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO OR WHAT COMES THRU.
Dyco on December 08, 2016:
I believe....when I was 4 years old me and my brother only a year n a half older then me were sitting on a couple logs stairing into the woods talking....my mother was curious and asked us who we were talking to....we looked at her and said grandpa Sam....but he had passed away just after I was born so I had no idea he even excisted....and I'm not saying others have to believe but dont just disbelieve in it.
Marius Dejess on December 04, 2016:
The question I am always asking is what and how do ghosts and all such entities impact on our daily life, like making money, getting food, getting well from sickness, getting rid of troublesome neighbors, etc.
And my own answer is that they serve basically for amusement, though people are not aware of it.
Now, in regard to religion, this theme can be employed by advocates of religion which has to do basically with invisible entities who we hope to be helpful to us: as we keep hoping on their existence, ghosts and etc. - consequently also we keep hoping with all so much as any signs at all that they exist.
Aside from our hoping, ghosts and etc. are in effect amusement, that is why they get to be put on the stage of tv and movie and also theater stage, and also in the print media - AND we get entertained.
In my own case, I am a Christian of liberal protestant persuasion, and I know God exists, in concept as first and foremost the creator and operator of the universe and man and everything with a beginning.
Ian Spike from Cebu, Philippines on November 19, 2016:
thank you for that insight. always your fan:)
cryptid (author) from USA on November 19, 2016:
Hi PinoyWitch: That's a good question. There are certainly many accounts of animal apparitions from all over the world. How this is possible seems highly dependent on the scientific explanation of what a ghost actually "is", which of course we do not know.
It could be a residual haunting. Or it could be that the animals themselves are attached to a human apparition in some way, or even a living human. Maybe animals fall more into the category of "object" rather than spirit.
Ghostly "objects" are spotted regularly when apparitions are seen. Clothes are an easy example. Almost all ghosts are reported wearing clothes. Surely a dress or a pair of pants and a shirt aren't part of the human soul or spirit, and there is no reason their energy should live on after death. So by what mechanism are ghosts so attached to their clothes?
Maybe animals are attached to human spirits in the same way. Or, maybe they have their own spirit energy. It's just impossible to say, but definitely interesting to think about.
Ian Spike from Cebu, Philippines on November 19, 2016:
Hi cryptid, thanks for the reply. I have another question for you. I came across some theories(while others are outright matter-of-factly statements) that animals, especially dogs and cats have spirits(not necessarily souls) and some people even claim to experiencing animal spirit hauntings. What is your opinion on this? I grew up believing only human beings are capable of having these things, but as an animal lover with great respect and appreciation to nature, I'm a little inclined to believe its possible. Or maybe it's just what some are calling a "residual haunting", right?
cryptid (author) from USA on November 15, 2016:
Hi Aditya. That's an interesting story. Those questions your asking have been asked by thousands if not millions of people since the beginnings of humanity, and like anyone else all I can do is speculate.
1. How can ghosts make physical contact with objects? We don't know that they can. For example, they may use some form of telekinetic energy that lives on with them after death. Or perhaps they can manipulate their own energy in some way to alter the magnetic field around objects and move them. Who knows? Physical manipulation in the way we perform an action like flipping a switch may be performed in a very different way for them.
2. Aren't they from different dimensions? Again, who knows? But being from a different dimensions doesn't preclude them from the laws of physics.
3. What give them the right to interfere with objects in our dimension: You'd have to ask them. :-) Most people haunted by ghosts would say they don't have the right, and they should leave us alone. But, maybe there is something going on we are unaware of.
Good luck with your situation. I suggest getting a notebook and documenting occurrences, and of course gathering photos, videos and recordings if possible. You'll either get some great evidence, or figure out your house isn't haunted after all and feel better about things. Good luck!
Aditya on November 15, 2016:
Hey cryptid I really liked your article on ghosts.i want to share an incident and would also like to ask a question. about 2 years ago (I am 21 yrs old) I was completely home alone my home,my parents had gone to visit some relatives.while my sis was away at a friend's place.i was just relaxing and playing some games on my PS3 when suddenly when suddenly I heard our TV switch on on its own(I actually freaked out as I was a quite a believer in ghosts) I went closer to the TV,and stood near it for a couple of minutes and I had the feeling of someone watching me.i switched off the TV and made sure that the main switch was off and went back to my room .few minutes later the TV simply switched on again.and the main switch for some unknown reason was in the on position it just did not make any sense.i immediately called my parents and asked them to come home as soon as they possibly could.m gnna end it rut here just don't want to make it that long.and this is a true story although it may sound a little fictions.
Here's the question
I knew that the unknown force that switched on my TV had to be a spirit
My question is how can ghosts simply make physical contact with objects? Aren't they from a different dimension ?what gives them the rights to interfere wid objects of our dimension?
I would really love to know about ur opinion on this question
Ian Spike from Cebu, Philippines on November 12, 2016:
haha, when you put it like that, it does make sense. looking forward to reading your other hubs, have a nice day.
cryptid (author) from USA on November 12, 2016:
Hi PinoyWitch! Thanks for the kind words! I have heard similar theories, and on the surface they seem to make sense but I don't know how well they are grounded in actual science. (For example, a carrot is a living thing that has has atoms too. There are no ghost carrot reports that I am aware of.) To whittle things down a bit more, if a theory like this does turn out to be factual someday I would think it would have be more closely related to our thought processes and the electrical energy of our nervous system. Perhaps this energy somehow carries on after death in the form of the human spirit.
However, if ghosts are scientifically proven some day I suspect science behind them will be something we aren't even suspecting right. It's quite a puzzle.
Ian Spike from Cebu, Philippines on November 12, 2016:
I've been reading some of your hubs and I gotta say you are one of my favorites here:)
In relation to the scientific aspect of the ghost phenomenon, I'd like to share the earliest theory about ghosts I learned from my high school biology and chemistry teacher.
According to her, when we die we never really leave. It coincides with the "Law of Conservation of Energy", that somehow what we call the spirit or consciousness or whatever, stays,but not in the same form as before..changed. The human body is made up of matter, and as we all know matter is made up of atoms. When atoms are heated, they expand, but when cooled, they bond and that's why we usually see the so-called ghosts when it's cold or at night. Sometimes we don't see the full apparition( headless/ legless/faceless)because the temperature is not cold enough for all the atoms to tie together completely.
It stuck with me all these years because that was the first explanation of this mystery with scientific basis. Just thought of putting it out there. Hope you post my comment and I'll be waiting for your reply. thanks
cryptid (author) from USA on November 07, 2016:
@Bplugwire: Sightings by two or more people do occur, and as you seem to have realized it is much harder to write off an experience when more than one person agrees on what happened. This is one of the reasons many paranormal investigators work in pairs - so there is another person around to verify what actually happened.
At least you know you aren't imagining things when another person has the same experience as you. Is that better or worse? I guess it depends on your perspective. Remember there is always the possibility that you both incorrectly interpreted the same sound as paranormal when there is a normal explanation. So, just because you both had the same weird experience it doesn't mean your house is haunted.