Top 10 Famous Ghosts


Spooks, spirits and specters – the stuff of folklore and films for centuries. Don’t be afraid of this list, there are friendly ghosts and frightening spirits who are more famous in this life than in the afterlife. This list brings you the most famous fictional and non-fictional ghouls we love to scare us.

10. Casper McFadden


Everyone’s favorite friendly ghost was created in the late 1930s as a character in a story book, but was soon adapted into animation. Casper was created in the late 1930s by New York City native Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo, the former devising the idea for the character and the latter providing illustrations.The New York-accented ghost was desperate to make friends after he got tired of scaring people all the time, much to the annoyance of his pesky uncles, The Ghostly Trio. The film adaptation in 1995 featured Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman.

9. The Ghost of the Seven Gables


The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, or ‘The House of the Seven Gables’ in Salem, Massachusetts, was the birthplace of famous author Nathanial Hawthorne. Hawthorne’s ancestors presided over many of the witchcraft trials in 1692, and many say a hex was placed on the family – which inspired many of Hawthorne’s novels. It is believed that the grounds are haunted by Nathaniel and his son Julian, both cursed into walking the earth forever.

8. Jacob Marley


Marley, the deceased business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge, comes back at Christmas time to teach the protagonist some valuable life lessons, according to this Charles Dickens classic. Marley has appeared in many versions of this seasonal tale, played by Alec Guinness in the 1970s film, by Goofy in Mickey’s Christmas Carol and voiced by Nicholas Cage in the 2001 movie version.

7. Bloody Mary

Turn the lights out, spark a candle, stand in front of the mirror and say her name three times. This Western folklore declares that the image of Bloody Mary – said to be a mad widow, a bereaved mother or just a mad old hag – will appear in the reflection and in some variations, kill you violently or scratch your eyes out.  A mainstream variation of this legend featured in the 1995 film Candyman.

6. The South Shields Poltergeist


In one of the most recent real-life ghost stories, this naughty Northern poltergeist caused a real media furor. In the summer of 2006 in Tyne and Wear, Newcastle, UK, two paranormal specialists, Michael J. Hallowell and Darren Ritson were called in to investigate some extremely eerie goings-on. In an intricately documented year-long period, the family and investigators reported ghostly silhouettes, taps pouring blood, death threats sent to mobile phones and bloody scratches appearing on skin. You can find out more in the book: The South Shields Poltergeist: One Family’s Fight Against an Invisible Intruder

5. The Brown Lady


This infamous ghost set the bench mark for ‘ghostly photographic evidence’ of the supernatural back in 1936. According to legend, this ghostly lady, who haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England, is the spirit of Lady Townshend. The Lady of the manor was never allowed out of the house by her overbearing husband, Lord Charles Townshend in life, and so haunted the house in her death too.

4. Ghosts of the SS Watertown

Another famous photograph is the ‘proof’ that these nautical specters exist. The two ghosts in the picture are said to be two shipmates that were overcome by gas fumes whilst sailing toward the Panama Canal from New York City in December of 1924. Crew reported seeing the faces of their hapless shipmates in the water after they were buried at sea, and the Captain was quick to catch the phenomena on camera.

3. Abe Lincoln et al


Abraham Lincoln was renowned for his belief in the supernatural, so it was no surprise that his spirit appeared numerous times around the White House to prove his point. Residents and guests have reported knocks on doors, stomping down corridors and mooching round rooms. First ladies Abigail Adams and Dolley Madison, plus Andrew Jackson, David Burns and little Willie Lincoln are also reported to haunt the most famous house in America.

2. The Tombstone Ghosts


Tombstone, Arizona has been dubbed ‘The Town too Tough to Die’ due to its huge number of otherworldly residents. Such ghosts in this old mining town include the ones hanging around the Bird Cage Theatre, victims of the O.K Corral fights, such as Marshall Fred White, plus the various other cowboys and varmints – such as Virgil Earp – who were hung, shot, or deceased from disease in this historically violent town. Photo by hanneorla

1. The Amityville Ghosts


In November 1974, Ronald DeFeo shot six members of his family dead at his home in Ocean Avenue, Amityville. In December the following year, the Lutz family moved in but left after just 28 days after reportedly being terrorized by banging noises, oozing green slime and sinister eyes peeking through the window. Their experiences inspired the novel ‘The Amityville Horrors’ and later, two films.

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  1. Amityville was a hoax. The family finally said they could not afford the house and created the tale to get out from under the mortgage… look it up if you don't believe me…

  2. The Red Hen of Hoova on

    Gwen, while I would like to look it up, I'm also very lazy. Please provide a source.

    I personally don't believe in ghosts. If I saw one, I might have a different opinion. If there was any real evidence of ghosts, then scientists would study the evidence so we can revise the laws of nature and conclude that somehow energy can be transformed into a ghostly form. Every time people have tried to study it seriously, they can't find any evidence. (Part of that may be because ghosts refuse to put on a show when scientists are in a room, which makes studying them impossible).

  3. well idk about the amityville house anymore after reading all that info on that link so thank you for posting it and has anyone ever heard of the jersey devil

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    you know in the picture of freddie jackson their was a ghost in the back of freddie jackson pilot friend.

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