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Types of Hauntings

In this section, we will list different types of hauntings. These are by no means exactly what happens, but only a sample of what might/can potentially occur. The information listed here is provided only as an explanation or to help define the type of problem one may be having. 

We suggest to anyone that if you are encountering any types of activity listed here and are tired of trying to handle it on your own to seek help from outside sources. 


Demons are one of the known inhuman entities out there. Fortunately, they are a rare occurrence.

They are easy to find when they don't hide. It is said that you typically can tell a demonic haunting by a horrible stench resembling dead animals rotted flesh. They often will make a growling sound, and they like to make contact by pushing, shoving, hitting, and scratching. The air will feel thick like fog and the temperature will drastically change.

These demons are very strong and they like to show it. Often people are thrown through the room or attacked. A demon wants to break down a persons free will in order to make will for a possession. They have been here a long time and will be here even after we leave.

They have a hatred for man kind that dates back to the days of God and Lucifer. So you can get these demons to leave, but they may just go down the road. They could go from your house to the west coast on a thought.

They can take any form they want, but mostly its half man, half animal. They will normally have a head of a animal, a body of a man, and hairy legs. When investigators approach, they sometimes feel threatened, and have a human form to keep them from blessing a house to run them out.

Most people see demons as black masses.


Residual haunts

This is my favorite type, and the most common style of human haunting. The spirit is in a time warp, and it doesn't know you are there, only its energy is there.

Typically the repeated event is whatever the person who left the energy behind did often. This will happen the same day at the same time every day, week, or month.  

Intelligent haunt

In this style of haunting the entity or entities are aware of their surroundings. Most of the time you will find that these spirits are not confined to one spot & they are able to move around freely. Also, they will acknowledge the existence of human beings and may even try to communicate in certain ways.

They are limited to what they can do. Most of the time they only move very light objects but  have also been known to move objects up to around 10lbs. They are looking for people to notice them but they end up scaring people a great deal instead.

Usually, between the hours of 11pm and 4am are the times that the entities can more efficiently manifest themselves, due to this time period being the darkest hours of the night. Most of the time they are not strong enough to show themselves during the daylight because it takes to much energy to make themselves visible. This is how spirits work as well. If they use too much energy during the day they will be too weak to show themselves at night.

These spirits can be benevolent or mischievous, depending on the reason that they are haunting a location, and there are several reasons. They may be haunting it because it was once their home and they want you to leave. They may be there because they've found that a child is able to see them so they feel noticed and are willing to stay due to this fact. There may be some kind of artifact that they are attached to and following due to some emotional bond to it. They also may be looking for something or someone. They may even not be willing to accept that they have died. Whatever the reason may be, they are there and they do not want to leave.


Is from a German word meaning noisy spirits. Reports of poltergeists date back to Ancient Roman times.

The activity that takes place will start off with knocks and bangs, furniture starting to move around by itself; then, the activity will become more intense, manifesting itself through voices and even the appearance of full-body apparitions. Furniture may slide across the room and beds may shake. Many shows are based on this style of haunitng because it tends to be the most terrifying and rarest type of haunting that occurs.

Most of the time, in the case of a poltergeist, the haunting circles around a female in her teen years. Some of these cases seem to be caused by the female unknowingly controlling the energy around herself. Some cases happen around people that are stable and in the right mind space.

This haunting is hard to classify due to certain situations. No two are ever really the same. Most of the time you will find that one person in the household seems to be more affected by the haunting than anyone else. It may seem that most of the activity doesn't happen unless that certain person is present. Usually, the activity appears to stop when that person leaves the home. The majority of the time poltergeists are experienced by several, but again they seem to center around one person. This person may be highly stressed as of late or maybe this person has gone through some type of extreme emotional situation. If this is the case, see that the individual involved gets some medical care, and soon afterwards the poltergeist will subside.

When it is not the teenager that is manifesting activity there are usually several spirits in the area. The spirits appear to pool their energy together in order to become strong enough to move larger objects and make more noises. In order to remedy the situation, you need to find the root of their anger so they can pass over and leave you in peace. On most poltergeist cases they will disappear without any warning, just as they appeared. Certain times it may stop within a few days, other times it may take years. You may never know the reason it happened. Most people are just happy to see it go and that's enough for them.

By understanding why it was there in the first place, it helps you to understand how to keep it from ever coming back again. Knowledge is the key in protecting yourself in this world.


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