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Ghost Video: Real Ghosts Caught on Tape

Updated on May 1, 2014

Do you believe in ghosts?

Who hasn't asked someone else this question? The subject of ghosts has been going on for ages and it is still a hot topic of people, young and old alike especially when Halloween nears. The existence of ghosts as captured by cameras has led people to go on a ghost hunt in areas rumored to have ghost sightings to find some answers as to why they appear or if they really exist at all or just  figments of imagination. Growing up, we all love talking about ghosts. We tell each other scary stories at sleepovers, play games that involve contacting the spirit world, and have a blast going through haunted houses during Halloween. But every one of us decides at some point whether or not we actually believe in these haunted stories.

Just like most people have talked about ghosts at some point, many people claim to have had personal experiences with them. Some 30+% of Americans claim that they have seen a real ghost. Many others even claim to have taken photos and caught footage of ghosts on tape.

A Possible Example of Photographic Evidence of a Spectral Apparition

Alternate Explanations

There are so many things that can contribute to people's belief in ghosts that have absolutely nothing to do with the paranormal. When looking at an alleged ghost video there are any number of things that can interfere with the film that might seem to be "otherworldly", but are actually easy to explain.

In the reality TV series Ghost Hunters, a team of real-life Paranormal Investigators explore homes and other buildings where there have been ghost sightings. While on a ghost hunt, they spend hours researching the area, shooting film, and inspecting on foot to see what unusual experiences they might encounter. They even invite the ghosts to talk with and touch them, hoping to come up with hard evidence that there really are ghosts there. But the best thing about this team is that they don't just assume that an unexplained event is a ghost; they try to find a logical explanation for every sound, sight, and touch that they encounter. They'll go through theory after theory, trying to prove that whatever it was could have been caused by something other than a ghost. It's only when they can't prove this that they decide that it really could be a spirit.

A Great Piece of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) from Ghost Hunters

Finding Evidence of Ghosts

Proving that ghosts are around is so much easier than werewolves or vampires. Just a few mechanical toys that go wonky, and boo! There's Casper.

There are many methods that are used to try to prove that ghosts exist. Here are some of the tools that are commonly used on any ghost hunt.

  • EVP - Probably the most commonly used tool to show that a house is haunted, Electronic Voice Phenomenon refers to disembodied voices being caught on audio recording equipment. There have even been instances when voices allegedly answered the questions being asked by the people who are recording them.
  • Video - The most solid way of presenting ghostly evidence. If you're able to get a clear video of an unexplainable moving figure, it is pretty difficult to refute that! There are also various types of video and still image cameras that can be useful to find ghosts. These include infrared cameras and filters, which measure temperature, and have sometimes been found to show evidence of hot and cold spots where they shouldn't logically be found.
  • Photos - Far more easy to fake than a video, but they can still be prove to be a great piece of evidence. Or at least a great visual aid while telling scary ghost stories.
  • EMF Meter- It's a very common theory that the presence of a spirit will disrupt the surrounding electromagnetic field, causing drops and spikes, so an EMF meter is a very beneficial tool to help find ghosts. On the other hand, fluctuations in EMF can be accounted to many things, like exposed wires, radio towers, and cordless phones so be on the watch for explanations other than the paranormal.
  • Geiger counter - Measures fluctuations in radiation in any given area. This tool could be very helpful or not at all when it comes to ghost hunting. Like with the EMF meter, It's difficult to say whether the results will have anything to do with a ghost.
  • Personal Experiences - Keep all five senses open! You never know what you might hear, see, smell...or feel. Lets hope you don't taste anything too weird.

An Example of an Obviously Fake Ghost Photo (Check out the edges of the "glow" that surrounds her)

Fake Evidence of Ghosts

Ghost hunt specialists may use certain equipments to detect paranormal activities and prove if the ghost in a ghost footage is real or not. Unfortunately, many people who watch a ghost video online particularly in Youtube get disappointed because the said ghost footage is fake. With technology and cleverness, there are ways to fake a ghost shown during a ghost hunt documentary.

A particular TV Show that performed a poltergeist and ghost footage during a ghost hunt has spooked several of its viewers, but was later on exposed as fake by one of its casts. Apparently, the medium that they used, Derek Acorah, deceived people into believing that he was communicating with spirits. He even touched the wrong bed and “obtained” information about the ghosts.

Paranormal happenings during the ghost hunt like noises and poltergeist activities were also said to be acted out by the casts and then edited to make it look more credible. The cast who exposed this felt bad about doing a work that was so unprofessional and made to fool people. The show was accused of deceiving millions of people just to create a huge drama that will surely gather added ratings for the show.

Fake ghost video techniques like cellophane effect, video editing, motion blur and a lot more create fake ghost videos that are uploaded in video sites so it is better to be smart enough to tell which are real or not.

A few rules for deciding whether you have evidence of a ghost

You probably can't prove that you have a real ghost video if...

The first 20 seconds or so, the light and orbs looked pretty interesting. But keep watching for another 10 seconds to see how unreliable they are.

  • It's orbs - There are just WAY too many alternate explanations for floating dots of light. Dust, reflections, body heat reacting with the film... Don't bother trying to claim that orbs are spirits, because it's practically impossible to prove.
  • There is a strange light with no definable form next to you in a photo. Again, like the orbs, there are a million possible explanations that have nothing at all to do with real ghost sightings caught on tape.
  • There is a shadow. Come on people! You've got to come up with something that isn't easily explained. There's no way to prove that a shadow is actual ghost footage.
  • It looks fake. Trust your instincts. After all, how many photos of Bigfoot have we seen and summarily dismissed? Why? Because they look fake.
  • It's frightening. A scary ghost video probably isn't the real thing because in general, real ghosts seem to be mostly benign. They tend to either ignore us, not know we're here at all, or become mostly harmless pests. Of course there are exceptions to this, but if you've found some truly horrifying ghost footage, it's much more likely that someone created it to scare someone else.

An Example of "Orbs" which could be caused by raindrop on a camera lens, lens flare, or various other disruptive sources that are not supernatural.

Real or not, if this is happening in your house, you may want to consider moving. Or maybe finding a priest.

It might be real footage of ghosts if...

  • There is a recorded voice while no one is talking, or that doesn't match the voice of anyone in the room. Bonus points if you can clearly make out the words.
  • There is a strange light next to you with a defined shape in a photo or video, or an undefined shape in a video. On tape, it's much less likely for there to be light disturbance or many of the other explanations that could be used to excuse this in a photo.
  • Electronics are malfunctioning in unusual ways. I'm not saying that your house is haunted if your printer refuses to print; but maybe if that same printer is printing the words "I'm here" over and over for no apparent reason, you should really consider it.
  • Your pets are acting weird. You need to remember that animals have far sharper senses than we do (and sometimes I think they're smarter too) so it's entirely possible that they are more sensitive to the paranormal than we are. If fluffy is barking incessantly at air, add it to your list of strange happenings.
  • Objects are moving on their own. This is a very common way for people to become convinced that their house is haunted. This especially seems to happen if the house is being rearranged or renovated. The theory is that the spirit "living" there wants things to go back to how they were when they were alive. This one can be faked pretty well by someone who knows what they are doing, but if you're by yourself in your house and a chair pulls out from the table, a door slams shut, and a lamp is suddenly floating... well.. come to your own conclusions. And get it on tape.

Villisca Ax Murder House

Hauntings in America

In America alone, thousands of people have claimed to have seen or felt the presence of ghosts either during a vacation or in their own houses. Some are even fortunate enough to have a camera with them and this starts the ‘accidental’ filming of a ghost video. These paranormal activities became the sole focus of study of paranormal experts to get proof if real ghosts exist.

Do ghosts specifically look for a place to haunt? There is no concrete proof of that, however, it has been known that ghosts usually haunt places where they died especially if it involved brutal deaths.

Some of America’s Famous Haunted Places

  • The Bell Witch Cave in Tennessee – This cave was said to house an evil witch named Kate Batts who tormented her neighbors, the family of John Bell. Apparently, the dead witch continues to make her presence known in the Bell Witch Cave, which is now owned by Bill Eden. Until now, many people who asks Bill Eden to give them a tour inside the haunted cave and people who doubt that the ghost is not real personally experienced paranormal activities.
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky – During the 1800’s, this was the hospital that performed barbaric medical experiments on patients suffering from “white plague” (now known as Tuberculosis). There is no doubt that this place will be haunted with all the patients who died.
  • Villisca Ax Murder House, Iowa – A brutal mass murder happened in this house in 1912. The murder case was never solved and people claim that the dead family has been haunting this place ever since. Today, this place is a real picture of a typical ‘haunted house’ and its isolation only make it appear more haunted.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Ghosts All Around

Every part of the world is host to reports of ghosts in all shapes in sizes. Are these reports fake? Are the people just crazy? Are they mistaking the mundane for the paranormal? Are they just plain lying? Or could it be that ghosts really are among us?

There are many reasons why there are skeptics out there, and many them make some excellent points. However, there is so much evidence supporting the existence of paranormal entities that it is probably very arrogant to say that they definitely don't exist. Science has been proven wrong over and over again. After all, the atom was the smallest thing until it was split open and everyone was proven to be wrong. At the same time, there have been countless "paranormal" encounters that have been debunked.

Claiming that something is paranormal only to have it proven otherwise just hurts the credibility of those who could truly have had an experience worth sharing. So if you have had an experience that you believe to have been paranormal, do everyone a favor before announcing it. Step back, keep some objectivity in mind, and figure out if there is a logical, scientific explanation for whatever you have seen or encountered. If there is, don't be disappointed, just accept it and move on. If you can't think of an explanation, get second and third opinions. Then, after all of that, gather whatever legitimate evidence you can. If there is enough to support the possibility of an actual haunting, then and only then consider going public.


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      Ethan poop 

      2 years ago

      Can you Cech me up.

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      ELITE Paranormal of Kansas City 

      4 years ago from Kansas City

      I have investigated most of the places listed and most are active. Cannot comment on the Bell Witch Cave because that has never been open to investigators.

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      4 years ago

      I was in delhi since 2012 when i saw the first and last ghost in my life we are staying at a hotel which was built in 1990 later on after i researched i was came to know that this hotel has 15 deaths and in that room which i was staying that night i was sleeping nd i heared some slow voices "me tujjhe nhi chorungi nikal ja mere kamre se " i thought my friend is trying to fear me bt i was wrong it was a young girl's voice and after some time my blanket was carried down my feet i cnt get any feeling bt hearing the sound i wake up again and i saw a girl a cute girl bt her body was too scary filled with blood i ran out of my room to my friends room i told them evrything and we left hotel that night

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      adam smith99 

      6 years ago

      wow that last video and that guy photo has crazy

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      destiny baca 

      7 years ago

      i have had many encounters in the past yet i cannot debunk them . most of them i believed to be my 5 dead cousins in which died in 2002 and ever since then ive been hearing voices or seeing things . and once in a while my dog will stare at nothing or bark for no reason .

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      7 years ago

      orbs i see a lot of them i love on the beach in mexico and i take a lot of pic on the neer the water and hunders of orbs are everywhere . thay follow me to my house all the time and to vist my family the love my grandkids a lot . and i fill them near me all the time . i fill thay help me when i ask them 4 help and i pary 4 them to.

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      Matt Spence 

      7 years ago

      There still is not and never has been one single reliable piece of hard evidence that 'ghosts' exist. We've been around for thousands of years. We would by now have at least 1 piece of credible evidence. It would be splattered all over the news as it would be definitive proof of another type of existence. The truth is that we have zero proof. Most of it is in people's minds, tricks of the ears and eyes, sleep paralysis etc but people are very quick to associate these things with some sort of supernatural experience. People need to wake up and wise up. There are more important things to study now!!! Oh and whilst I'm on a rant, ALL 'Psychics' are massive frauds and use an age old cold reading technique to get the 'results' they think they are getting...

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      7 years ago

      iam suraj of 16 studying in one school out of my city which was built over 50 years

      one of the ghosts asked me as friend iam feared i asked who is that i saw the ghost of an unknown person

      i asked who is that

      replay was in the sound of a harsh voice iam feared a lot and went into coma for 2days


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      7 years ago from United States

      I know ghost aka spirits exist. I have a ghost who has waken me every morning since Feb 21, 2012. There's no lights, orbs, images, smells, cold air or anything like that. However, I do talk to it and record our conversations. Therefore the only proof is audible. I'm not afraid of spirits. I know it's the next level of existence after this one. I've tried to take pictures/videos of my "friend," but it remains to be transparent. This is actually going to be an upcoming hub.

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      deanna williams 

      7 years ago

      omg very scary

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      7 years ago

      I don't believe in any of the things are posted here..sorry..I do believe there are ghost, spirits, the supernatural..I believe souls get stuck in between worlds when they have a sudden death..I don't know if you guys ever saw the Maury Show where the mother heard and contacted her deacesed 18 yr old daughter..I believe the name of the website is Bigcircle.

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      8 years ago

      if ghosts where real, someone some where, would have taken a clear photo or video, yet they all are un clear and look blury , considering the amount of people in the world,you would think there was more real evidence , i think its all crap , just to pray on the weak minded ,same as u.f.o's

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      8 years ago

      My family rented a 135 year old house in Leavenworth, KS for two years. On two occations, my husband forgot to set the alarm. On both occations, ALL the lights on the second floor (where our room was)were turned on. There was no physical way for even us to do such a thing. However, both times he was not late for work! Obviously the ghost was helpful. The children would never go upstairs without us. When we did move, it was evident the ghost didn't want us to go. We were all packed up, and waiting for the movers, when the kids ran into the kitchen - one crying, the other laughing. The laughing one explained that, "water came out of the ceiling, out of nowhere and covered David!" True to his words, his brother David was completely drenched - head to toe in water. Interestingly, nothing else was wet, not the carpet, boxes, furniture - just my son. I guess the ghost just didn't want us to go. Later, a medium told me that the ghost was a woman, and realised when we were moving that she couldn't go with us and became upset. We were always aware of her presence, and was pleased she "helped" my hubby get to work on time, never showed herself to us, and watched over us. I still wonder if other renters ever had the same experiences in that house.

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      8 years ago

      It's obvious the 1st vieo is a fake. :( The still frame image with the red circle shows many of the objects in movement at the same time but, when you play the video they have very dif. times of movements proving the video has been altered. Also, who leaves their oven open when they leave? Someone who is expecting it to close, that's who. I guess it was easier to make it look like it was closing rather than opening. Also, I'd like to know what the dark circular spot on the paper towl roll is. I find it odd that only the objects in the camera's view moved. There were no sounds suggesting or proving any movement from behind the camera. I heard what sounded like mice traps popping off when the silverware flew out of the drawer. I believe in the supernatural but am VERY sceptical of live humans' actions. While, I give the maker props I just don't buy it.

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      Psychic Hecate 

      8 years ago

      I like you hub it's informative. People who thinks 'TAPS'/Ghost Hunters' are real Parapsychologists are very much mistaken.

      Parapsychologists are highly educated and experience professionals who don't research the Paranormal because they think it's cool. Their research is a science to them they are trying to prove the existent of all things of a Paranormal nature, not just prove the existence of ghosts or shadow people.

      With 'Ghost Hunters' every creak or noise that wood makes is a ghostly footstep. But, every Carpenter/Joiner knows that there are many natural things that can create noises at night in a house with wooden floors, doors etc. You see when people walk all day on floors the wood swells and it doesn't decrease until people stop walking on the floor which is usually at night. The swelling decreases and has all kinds of creaking noises that can sound like footsteps, when it is nothing more than a natural occurencr

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      8 years ago

      I am Kayla I am 11 years old and I feel like every night when I go to bed there is something in their with me! I am pretty sure there is some one in there with me because I always hear COME HERE COME PLAY WITH ME!

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      Cedartown, Ga 

      8 years ago

      i lived in a house back off the highway (didn't stay long). it was just me and my 2 very small children. on many occasions i would wake up in the mornings and go into the kitchen to find all the cabinet doors open. even the ones i could barely reach! and on 2 occasions i had walked out of my room (didn't leave the house) and walked back in a little while later and my curtains were tied in a knot. weird. and i hated walking down the hallway. it always felt... strange.

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      8 years ago

      I have pictures with some weird things on them.It was caught while my daughter was taking pictures.Is there anyone who can explain to me what's on these pictures.If so let me know and I will email them.

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      Kitty Fields 

      8 years ago from Summerland

      notes on the last video of the "poltergeist caught on tape" is very believable, but i have to be a skeptic in the fact that if it was proven real (or not proven fake), it would probably be all over the television and one of the most famous poltergeist happenings in a very long based on those facts, i am going to have to discredit it to a certain degree. all of the items that fall off of the shelves or are thrown seem to be coming from the sides of the never see the coaster in the middle of the table move...which makes me believe it is wired and being pulled from the other side in some way. super interesting hub though...wonderfully written! voted up.

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      Real Ghost Pictures 

      8 years ago

      Excellent Hub Page a good read certainly taxes the brain. Have you tried creating a Squidoo Lens?

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      8 years ago from Salem, MA

      Orbs are not widely accepted as evidence of the paranormal. Mainly because the idea of a genuine paranormal investigation is to rule out the likely possibilities before you label it as paranormal.

      That being said, orbs, mists and anything like that can be explained with a number of down-to-earth possibilities.

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      8 years ago

      ahhhhhh ghosts!!!!

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Great Hub.... Thanks

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      jason reldson 

      8 years ago

      ghosts only exist in one's mind. People who aren't afraid, don't scare themselves into thinking it's there. Unlike a believer, someone who wants it to be there will force it's self, an image or a noise.

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      9 years ago

      Its really unbelievable thing. I've never seen such thing happening ever.

      Thanks for sharing

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      9 years ago

      yeah i believve in ghosts and i always will.ihave never had my own expierience but i believe in everything paranormal

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      9 years ago from Salem, MA

      A shadow can be paranormal activity if it's moving independantly of anyone who is currently present.

      You have footage from Ghost Hunters, so you've probably seen their first investigation of Eastern State Penetintiary with the footage of a "shadow person" manifesting and walking away from the camera.

      To this day they haven't been able to debunk or explain that phenomenon.

      But yes, you do have to be one hundred percent certain that what you're seeing is paranormal before bringing it to a client.

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      Ghosts Caught on Tape  

      9 years ago

      yes i believe in ghosts


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      9 years ago

      I Once Saw A Ghost When I Was Young, Not A lot Of People Belive Me But Everyone Has There Own Opinion, I Was Only 7 Or 8 At The Time, It Was A Figure Of An Old Lady Standing At The Bottom Of My Bed, My Dad Said He Thinks It Was His Gran Checking On Me As She Never Seen Me, She Died Before I Was Born, But As She Seen I Was Scared She Disappeared, Never Seen Her Scince. My Dad Has Also Had Experince Of Her Coming To See Him In His Dreams, & My Uncle Said Next Time You See Her Tell Her Am Sorry, & None Of Us Have Seen Her Scince, Rather Freaky :)

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      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Awesome hub and great videos! I think it might be possible.

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      ashley brown 

      9 years ago

      i didn't belive in ghost until one day when the dogs started barking but there was nothing there i went back to bed then i heard a noise from then on i was afraid I Hope you don't go through what i did because itisant nice love you all from ashley and amy

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      9 years ago from Spain

      I did a ouija board once - I've believed in ghosts ever since. It scared the devil out of me!

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      Diane in Atlanta 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      If you read Dan Brown's latest book, he talks about a theory called Noetics - which is an attempt to measure the "matter" of the soul, thereby proving it exists separately from the body. Since electical impulses seem to rule our world, why couldn't the soul be composed of same?

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      Rick Hard 

      10 years ago

      If ghosts are real, why do they appear clothed? Do their duds have an after life also?

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      10 years ago


      Growing up, everyone who has been to my grandparents house has had things happen. When my dad was a kid, his friend came over and heard a voice tell him "Get out of my house". He never step foot in the house again. My dad used to see an old man with a hat go into his closet and disappear. My cousin's chair in the kitchen started bouncing with her in it. Scared her pretty bad from what I heard about the story. When I was there, I saw a mist at the end of the hallway. It was late at night and all the doors were closed so there was no way for the light to be there. It was just a mist with light coloring. I was fine until it started to move in my direction. I freaked and ran. We all later found out the house was a passthrough for ghosts going on to the next world which is why there was so much activity there. A few years later they had the house cleansed and the doorway closed. House has been quiet since. Never belived in ghosts till I had my own experience. These days, I can't see or hear them, but I surely feel them. Some more than others. The most common thing I hear from people that can feel them is the feeling of being watched. Like there is someone else in the room. I find it also interesting that my cats are always looking up by the ceiling at odd times as if they are watching something. When I look there is nothing there, but they stair for awhile. Strange world we live in. :)

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the hub. Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! I totally believe in hauntings and the paranormal, I had a few enounters that would take too long for me to explain here. I will tell you that when we were in Job Corps, I moved into a single parent dorm with my son, from that night on (until we left)this one toy would go off by itself in the middle of the night and william would talk to somebody named Suzy. It was weird, freaky but I never felt threatened by it.

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      10 years ago

      I have actually done ghost hunting myself and it is exactly like they show you on Ghost Hunters as far as the technical aspects. The ghost hunting I did also incorporated blessings and more of what some people might call the airy-fairy aspects of sensing ghosts. But there's nothing airy-fairy about the paranormal. Loved your post.

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      Meaningful Minds 

      10 years ago

      I believe in all that type of stuff. We lived in a house that was haunted when I was a baby, everyone in my family attest to the horrible things that went on. I guess it's stronger if someone died before their time. Well 2 owners before my parents, one was brutally murdered in the basement...Need I say more. I also believe from when my best friend died the weird type of stuff that happened as far a year afterwards it went absolutely, I believe!

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      10 years ago

      I have always believed in and have been afraid of ghosts? Or anything scary for that matter. When I was younger every time we drove by Elm Street, I would think I saw Freddy Crougar. Corny? Yeah, but hey I was like 9.

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      Litany Notch 

      10 years ago from South UK

      The house I live in is an old inn in the UK over 400 years old and I haven't seen a ghost yet (probably because I talk to them and tell them I don't want to see them!)but I have definitely felt their presence and heard them.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      I must admit I am not sure about ghosts, but I am more likely to believe EVP, as on the tape, more than photo's, because a voice is a different vibrational field than an actual vision of something. It makes more sense. good hub.

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      Ted Waggoner 

      10 years ago

      I do not know one way or another if there are ghosts. I have been in place that I felt that I need to get out and I was glad later that I did. I do feel that there is a power out here that we do not fully understand. Good site.

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      Alex ONeill 

      10 years ago from Sweden (But I'm from Colorado)

      I knew someone that had a ghost and tried getting real ghosts on tape. She lived in Wisconsin and left the house and came back with all the taps on and the doors not opening.

      And once her 6 year old son was talking to someone in bed.

      It's like a movie but apparently a child had been kept in a closet in the house. Totally spooky.

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      Mike O'Hara 

      10 years ago from Kent, UK

      I live in an old house in a small village and people sometimes ask me if the house is haunted. I don't think it is but you never know....

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      10 years ago

      The last video was interesting. I'm torn to try and decide it's validity but I've almost totally decided that any video I see from Youtube is always fake or falsified somehow. That one, though... That's quite amazing.

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      Anne A. 

      10 years ago

      Really cool! I love that Ghost Hunters show. Now, you've inspired me to go out ghost hunting myself.


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