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List of ghosts

List of ghosts

The following is a list of ghosts:

African folklore

  • Adze, Ewe vampiric being
  • Amadlozi, Nguni spiritual figures
  • Asanbosam, Akan vampire
  • Egbere, Yoruban malevolent spirit
  • Kishi, Angolan two-faced demon
  • Madam Koi Koi, Nigerian ghost
  • Mbwiri, Central African demon
  • Obambo, Central African supernatural being
  • Obayifo, Ashanti vampire
  • Obia, West African monster
  • Ogbanje, Igbo evil spirit
  • Tikoloshe, spirit from Zulu cultures
  • Zar, Ethiopian demon

Asian folklore

East Asia


  • Hungry ghost
  • Mogwai
  • Vengeful ghost
  • Wangliang
  • Yaoguai


  • Korean virgin ghost
  • Egg ghost


South Asia


  • Bhakolwa
  • Daayan
  • Chetkin
  • Churel
  • Challava
  • Manjulika
  • Naagin
  • Nale Ba
  • Pishacha
  • Preta
  • Pūtam
  • Vetala
  • Yakshini

Sri Lanka


  • Banjhakri and Banjhakrini
  • Kichkandi
  • Raakebhoot


  • Churel
  • Pichal Peri


Southeast Asia



  • Nat
  • Peik-ta
  • Thayé


  • Aswang
  • Kapre
  • Manananggal
  • Tiyanak


  • Krasue
  • Krahang
  • Mae Nak
  • Nang Takian
  • Nang Tani
  • Phi Pop

Middle East folklore

Egyptian and Arabic

  • Hatif
  • Ifrit


  • Div
  • Marid


  • Basty
  • Gelin
  • Hortdan
  • Kormos

Jewish mythology

  • Dybbuk
  • Mazzikin

European folklore

  • The Headless Horseman
  • The Wild Hunt
  • White Lady


  • Grey Lady, believed to haunt the Mustio Manor (Finnish: Mustion linna) in Karis, Raseborg


  • Genius loci
  • Shade
  • Vrykolakas


  • Black Knight, believed to haunt Fort Manoel
  • Blue Lady, believed to haunt Verdala Palace
  • Grey Lady, believed to haunt Fort St Angelo
  • Katarina, believed to haunt Mdina


  • 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


  • Knights of Ålleberg, are the ghosts of twelve knights that died in the Battle of Ålleberg in 1389
  • Landvættir
  • Myling, a child ghost

Slavic folklore

  • Baba Yaga
  • Countess Báthory allegedly haunts her former castle at Čachtice
  • Dhampir
  • Dvorovoi
  • Dziwożona
  • Kikimora
  • Sava Savanović


  • The ghost of Catalina Lercaro in the Museum of the History of Tenerife
  • Santa Compaña

United Kingdom

  • Agnes Sampson, known as Bloody Agnes, believed to haunt Holyrood Palace
  • Bloody Mary
  • The Brown Lady
  • Cock Lane ghost (called "Scratching Fanny") received massive public attention in 18th-century England
  • Drummer of Tedworth
  • Dullahan, similar to the headless horseman
  • The ghost nun of Borley Rectory
  • The ghost of Anne Boleyn, reportedly seen at the Tower of London
  • Grey Lady, a ghost believed to haunt Glamis Castle
  • Man in Grey of the Theatre Royal
  • Nan Tuck's Ghost, believed to haunt Nan Tuck's Lane, one mile from Buxted
  • Sweet William's Ghost

North American


  • Aeneas Shaw's daughter, Sophia allegedly haunts Queenston, Ontario
  • Alexander Keith allegedly haunts his brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Charles Melville Hays allegedly haunts Château Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario
  • The Dungarvon Whooper is a ghost believed to haunt Blackville, New Brunswick
  • Emily Carr allegedly haunts James Bay Inn in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Francis Nicholson Darke allegedly haunts Darke Hall in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • The Headless Nun is a purported ghost believed to haunt French Fort Cove in Nordin, New Brunswick
  • Lady in Red
  • Minnie Hopkins, wife of Edward Nicholas Hopkins, allegedly haunts Hopkins Dining Parlour in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Nils von Schoultz allegedly haunts Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario
  • White Lady


  • Douen
  • Duppy
  • Hupia
  • Jumbee
  • Lwa
  • Phantome
  • Soucouyant

United States

  • The Bell Witch was a poltergeist said to haunt the family of John Bell near the town of Adams, Tennessee in 1817. The spirit was said to have manifested itself as various animals and a disembodied voice and cited Bible scripture. The Bell Witch partly inspired The Blair Witch Project and the events of her story were depicted in the film An American Haunting
  • Emily, the ghost of a young 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
  • 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 ghost of Resurrection Mary allegedly haunts roads and buildings around Resurrection Cemetery near Justice, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
  • Ghost of Queen Esther, the ghost of an Iroquois woman who allegedly mourns the massacre of her village in Pennsylvania.
  • Ghosts of the American Civil War
  • 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.
  • Kate Morgan, a ghost which is said to haunt the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California
  • Lady in Red
  • 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
  • Pedro Benedit Horruytiner, colonial governor of Florida. Alleged encounters with his ghost have been reported there
  • 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 Winston Churchill
  • 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
  • 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 any Last rites
  • White Lady

Other urban legends

  • The Bell Witch
  • Vanishing hitchhiker



South American folklore

  • La Llorona, a ghost of Latin American folklore who is said to have murdered her children
  • Sayona, a Venezuelan vengeful spirit who appears to unfaithful husbands
  • 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
  • The Silbón, a legendary figure in Colombia and Venezuela, described as a lost soul



  • Frederick Baker ("Frederick Federici") of Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • Monte Cristo Homestead of Junee, New South Wales; allegedly Australia's most haunted house

List of reportedly haunted locations

  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
    • San Francisco
    • Washington DC

Ghosts by culture


  • Chinese
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Vietnam
  • Thai
  • Malay
  • Filipino
  • India
  • Bengali
  • Sri Lanka


  • English speaking cultures
  • Mesopotamian
  • Mexico
  • Polynesian
  • Maori
  • Spanish speaking cultures

Popular culture

Television and film

  • Adam, and Barbara Maitland from the 1988 film Beetlejuice
  • Agatha Prenderghast, a character from the stop-motion animated film, ParaNorman
  • Annie Sawyer and Alex Millar from the television series Being Human, and Matt Bolton from the spin-off Becoming Human
  • Archibald Corduroy, Ma and Pa Duskerton and the unnamed lumberjack from Gravity Falls
  • Billy Joe Cobra, a ghost from the French/British animated television series, Dude, That's My Ghost!
  • Carrie Krueger, an emo ghost from Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost and his uncles, the Ghostly Trio also known as of Fatso, Stinky, and Stretch
  • Danny Phantom
  • The Dead Men of Dunharrow in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Also the Nazgûl in the same work; nine former men resurrected as wraiths to do Sauron's bidding
  • The Flying Dutchman, a pirate ghost from SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Ghosts (2019 TV Series) includes the Captain, Mary, Robin, Kitty, Thomas Thorne, Julian Fawcett, Lady Fanny Button, Pat Butcher and Humphrey
  • The Grudge: Kayako Saeki, the onryo, and her homicidal husband Takeo Saeki, the evil yurei
  • Harry Potter series:
  • The Bloody Baron
  • The Fat Friar
  • The Grey Lady
  • Moaning Myrtle
  • Peeves the Poltergeist
  • Professor Cuthbert Binns
  • Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, aka Nearly Headless Nick
  • Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore
  • Ghost Princess from Cartoon Network's Adventure Time
  • High-Five Ghost, a friend of Muscle Man from Cartoon Network's Regular Show
  • Lonesome Ghosts from the Mickey Mouse series
  • Marty Hopkirk, in the BBC series Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) also known as My Partner the Ghost in the USA
  • Penny Halliwell, Patricia "Patty" Halliwell from Charmed
  • Phantasma Phantom, a laughter prone musically talented ghost girl from the 1988 movie Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School
  • Reverend Henry Kane and the other ghosts from the Poltergeist film series
  • Omiyo, or Ghost-chan, a ghost that haunts the Hinata family's basement in the anime Keroro Gunso
  • Ruby Gloom (Canadian TV series) ghosts:
  • 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
  • Sam Wheat, a character from the 1990 film Ghost
  • Slimer from Ghostbusters and its sequel
  • Spectra Vondergeist, daughter of the ghosts from Monster High
  • Tenkuuji Takeru, protagonist of Kamen Rider Ghost. The ghosts of fifteen significant historical figures also appear in the series


  • The Gay Ghost, later renamed the Grim Ghost, is a DC Comics superhero
  • Gentleman Ghost is a DC Comics supervillain
  • Ghost, the superhero from Dark Horse Comics
  • Homer the Happy Ghost, a fictional character published by Atlas Comics in the 1950s
  • Reimi Sugimoto, her dog Arnold and, later, Jean Pierre Polnareff from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, a comic book and animation ghost related to Casper
  • Timmy the Timid Ghost, a comic book ghost


  • Banquo from William Shakespeare's 1606 play Macbeth
  • The Canterville Ghost of Oscar Wilde's popular 1887 short story of the same name
  • Captain Daniel Gregg, a sea captain from the 1945 novel, The Ghost of Captain Gregg and Mrs. Muir, later adapted into a 1947 film and 1968–1970 television series
  • Charles Dickens 1843 novel A Christmas Carol which includes Jacob Marley, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  • Emily, a ghost from the single volume graphic novel Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • The Flying Dutchman, originally from A Voyage to Botany Bay (1795) by George Barrington
  • Hamlet's father from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet
  • Hugh Crain from the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, its 1963 film adaption and the 1999 remake
  • The Little Ghost Godfrey a Swedish children's book character
  • Marion and George Kerby, ghosts who haunt Cosmo Topper in the two novels by Thorne Smith, the film Topper and its sequels Topper Takes a Trip and Topper Returns, and the television series Topper
  • Nicky, Tara, Mr and Mrs Roland and Phears from the Mostly Ghostly book series by R.L. Stine

Video games

  • Boo (formerly Boo Diddley) and King Boo, an enemy in the Mario series of games.
  • LeChuck of the series of graphic adventure games Monkey Island
  • Pac-Man's ghosts Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), Inky (blue) and Clyde (orange) and Sue
  • Mettaton and Napstablook from 2015 video game Undertale. The former is a ghost inside a robot body and the latter is Mettaton's cousin, a musician/DJ who makes "spooky remixes".

See also

  • Fear of ghosts
  • Ghost films
  • Ghost hunting
  • Ghost ships
  • Ghost stories
  • Ghost trains
  • Haunted houses
  • Poltergeist


External links

  • Media related to Ghosts at Wikimedia Commons

Text submitted to CC-BY-SA license. Source: List of ghosts by Wikipedia (Historical)