Types Of Ghosts

The Different Types Of Ghosts That Could Be Haunting You

Not all paranormal activity is equal. There are many different types of ghosts out there. You should learn about each one so you know what to expect if you come in contact with one.

Types Of Ghosts:


Type: The Poltergeist

Description: Poltergeists are ‘noisy ghosts.’ They have the ability to manipulate the physical environment. They can open windows and drawers. They can move chairs and push books off shelves. They can turn on bathtubs and turn off lights. They can slam doors and even start fires.

Poltergeist activity usually starts off mildly, causing occurrences that people mistake as coincidences. However, as time passes, the activity will intensify. Sometimes the poltergeist will leave on its own, but other times it will end with deadly consequences.

Type: The Interactive Personality

Description: These are the most common ghosts. They are loved ones who are returning to bring you comfort or to convey important information they believe you should know. These ghosts can emit a scent like perfume or cigarette smoke in order to help you sense their presence. They can also make noises and might even speak to you.

Interactive personalities retain the same personality that they had when they were alive and can still experience emotions. These ghosts are friendly and return because they know you need to see them again, they know you need their help.

Type: Orbs

Description: Orbs are the most common type of photographic evidence to support the existence of ghosts. They are either blue or white translucent balls of light that appear hovering over the ground in pictures.

Orbs are the soul of a human or animal that is traveling from one place to another. They appear as circles because they shape makes it easier for them to get around. However, the longer they exist in our world, the easier they can transform into a full-bodies apparition.


Type: Funnel Ghosts

Description: These ghosts are loved ones returning to visit. They most frequently appear in old historical buildings or inside of private homes where they once lived.

Funnel Ghosts cause cold spots and when they are visibly seen they look like a swirling funnel. They can also be caught in photographs as a spiral of light.


Types: Ectoplasm / Ecto-Mist

Description: These ghosts appear several feet off the ground. They take the shape of a swirling mass of mist in either white, grey, or black. They can move quickly, but they can also choose to remain in place and orbit. They appear outdoors, in graveyards, in battlefields, and at historical sites.

Type: Demonic Possessed Human Entity

Description: When an evil spirit infiltrates a living person, it controls their conscious energy. Since they are inhabiting a physical body, these ghosts have a greater strength than the rest. They can move objects, hurt people, and kill as they please. They are as dangerous as demons.

Type: Demons

Description: These are powerful, supernatural beings. They can invade homes, attach themselves to objects, and inflict mental and physical torture. These ghosts can morph into any shape. However, they are most commonly witnessed as black masses standing in doorways.

It is common for multiple demons to exist in the same location, because of energies that are blocking them from crossing over. These ghosts should never be challenged because they are capable of killing.


Type: Shadow People

Description: You can spot these ghosts out of the corner of your eye, but as soon as you turn to look at them, they will usually vanish.

If you happen to see them face-to-face, you will notice an extremely dark void. A silhouette of a person. They could be wearing a hood or a cloak. Soon after you spot them, they can retreat into corners, through walls, into closets, and into televisions. They could even fade into the darkness of night.

Type: Crowd Demon

Description: These ghosts are attracted to crowds. They only show up in locations that are occupied by large groups of people. When they are photographed, they take the form of distorted shapes.

Type: Animal Ghosts

Description: Although they can appear as full-body apparitions, animal ghosts are commonly heard rather than seen. They might scratch on the doors or on walls, make scraping sounds against the floor, whine, or bark.

Type: Inanimate Ghosts

Description: These ghosts are embodied by objects rather than people. They can take the form of ships, cars, trains, or even lamps. These ghosts create residual hauntings, which means there is no interaction between you and the ghost.

What you are seeing is only a playback of events that have already occurred. The event is imprinted in the area because of its significance. You are not in any danger, because you are not actually witnessing a ghost, you are only witnessing leftover energy.

Type: Doppelgänger 

Description: These ghosts can project themselves in multiple places at once so that there are multiple beings that look exactly the same. They can even mimic the look of someone who is still living, which is why you might swear you have seen a loved one when they were in a completely different location.

Type: Lemur

Description: These are angry ghosts who wander. They are associated with darkness, doom, and misfortune. The reason they are so malevolent is because they had their life cut short and did not have a proper burial. They might not have had family to mourn them, either.

Type: Artificial ghosts

Description: These ghosts are created from storytellers. When a group of people get together and put a name to a ghost, their spiritual energies can manifest that ghost into creation. This is the rarest type of ghost.

Ghost Encounters:

Eva Gutowski

The mystery starts when Eva sees a car outside with the headlights and taillights flashing without the engine running or the car alarm going off — and no one in the car. Then her cat starts behaving strangely. In certain parts of the house, it would make a creepy gurgling sound, which made Eva wonder whether there was a ghost in the house. But as time went by, it got even stranger.

Connor Franta

Shortly after Connor Franta moved into his new house, weird things started happening. Windows opened on their own (two nights in a row in two separate areas). Then, a voice activated device called Google Home went off in the middle of the night while he was sound asleep.

Gabbie Hanna


Gabbie believes in ghosts. She has a history of being haunted. That is why she was freaked out when she watched back a video of her and a friend (with the same name) and heard a strange voice whisper Gabbie in the background.

Colleen Ballinger 

When Colleen invites a psychic medium to talk to ghosts in her home, the camera loses focus, which suggests paranormal activity. Then the psychic tries to get in touch with a family member who passed away and presents information that causes tears.

Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson is known for his conspiracy theories. Lately, he has been visiting haunted sights like The Stanley Hotel, which Stephen King based the Shining off. When he visits The Queen Mary, a haunted ghost ship, he hears a mysterious tapping coming from the closet. He also takes pictures that are filled with strange orbs, which could be the soul of a dead human or animal.

Tana Mongeau

Tana explains how she got a bruise in the shape of a smiley face on her arm, which ends up having a supernatural explanation. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

January Nelson is a writer, editor, and dreamer. She writes about astrology, games, love, relationships, and entertainment. January graduated with an English and Literature degree from Columbia University.