Intelligent Haunting 

Perhaps the most widely accepted kind of ghostly activity. Here the spirit or entity involved is an “intelligent” presence in a haunted location. It is there because of a connection to the site, or to the people, in the location. This ghost is best (and most simply) described as the personality of a person who once lived and has stayed behind, instead of crossing over to the other side.

Residual Haunting

Is believed to be caused by traumatic past events that leave an imprint on the environment. These imprints replay over and over. No spirit or ghost is involved, it’s just like watching a movie.  There is no interaction with the living.

The theory in this sort of haunting is that the energy expended during repetitive or traumatic events is absorbed and stored in the electromagnetic field at the site. Over time the energy builds up, when the energy can no longer be contained it is discharged, showing a replay of the traumatic event that once took place. Once the event is played out then the cycle begins again.

Some suggest that atmospheric conditions, such as storms, may initiate the playback. There is also a quantum physics-related theory that explains the energy as particles of light that are dormant until they are stimulated by an outside variable under the proper conditions.

Reoccurring Haunting

This type of haunting appears very similar to a residual haunting, except that there is some kind of intelligence involved. In this case, the activity is caused by a spirit trapped between realms, reliving a moment in the past, over and over until the pattern is disrupted.

Historical Haunting

Ghosts can be seen in more than one location, going about their business. Typically they are dressed in period clothing and often appear solid. They may interact with the living, but they believe they are living in their own time.

Portal Haunting

Portals are a link, or doorway, between our physical world and the spiritual world. Spirits can enter into our world through a portal. Portals can be created through a ritual or caused by a natural energy source coming from the earth, such as ley lines.


This is a spirit, usually mischievous and occasionally malevolent, which can manifest its presence by making noises, moving objects, and assaulting people and animals.

The term “poltergeist” comes from the German poltern, “to knock,” and geist, “spirit.”

Some cases of poltergeists remain unexplained and may involve actual spirits. In other cases the phenomena may be produced by subconscious psychokinesis on the part of an individual.

The most common types of poltergeist activities are: rains of stones, dirt, and other small objects; loud noises and shrieks; objects, including large pieces of furniture, being moved or thrown; and vile smells.

It seems that poltergeists have adapted to the development of technology. They are suspected to have caused interference in telephones and electronic equipment, and turning lights and appliances on and off. Some poltergeists are said to pinch, bite, hit, and sexually assault the living.

Generally poltergeist activity starts and stops abruptly. The activity almost always occurs at night and in the presence of a certain person. Typically this is the “agent,” an individual who seems to serve as a focus or magnet for the activity.

Malevolent (aka Demonic) Haunting

This type of haunting is usually caused by a malevolent, nonhuman entity or demon. Although human spirits can cause some of the same activity, it is rare.

They often start out with subtle and relatively simple activity, which then quickly increases in intensity. They can be very dramatic and violent in nature. There will be poltergeist activity (see description above), as well as vicious attacks on the living that result in psychological and physical harm.

Sometimes the attacks are sexual in nature, which can also include very vivid dreams of sexual acts. It will weaken its victim’s psychological and emotional state, which will influence his or her behavior.

The entity will wear it’s victim down until it can gain full control of them through possession.