South Africa




Southeast AsiaEdit


Middle EastEdit

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
  • Strigoi, troubled souls of the dead rising from the grave
  • Vântoase, female spirits of the wind
  • Zmeu, a fantastic creature
Slavic folklore
United Kingdom

North AmericaEdit

United States
  • Ghosts of the American Civil War
  • 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.
  • The Blue Lady is the legendary ghost of a woman allegedly seen in and around the Moss Beach Distillery Cafe in Moss Beach, California.
  • Ghost of Queen Esther, the ghost of a 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 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.
  • 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 AmericaEdit

  • 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


Macbeth Seeing the Ghost of Banquo by Théodore Chassériau

Popular cultureEdit

  • Ezra, Phineas, and Gus. The hitchhiking ghosts from Disney's Haunted Mansion ride
  • 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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ Weird NJ Stories, The Lady in White
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Urban Legends Reference Pages: Bloody Mary". Snopes.
  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. (ed.). 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.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Ghosts at Wikimedia Commons