15 Ghost Hunting Terms You Need to Know


This is the season when every bump in the night is believed to be evidence of ghostly activity. You may not feel very professional looking for ghosts in your closet at 3 a.m., but paranormal investigations are serious business. They’ve become so prevalent that the industry has its own lingo – and there’s nothing stopping amateur ghost hunters from learning it. Whether you’re planning to watch your favorite ghost hunting show or embark on your own paranormal investigation, these are the terms you need to know.

1. Orb

If you’ve ever noticed a bright, pale circle floating in your photo, you’ve captured what paranormal investigators say is evidence from the afterlife. The orbs that sometimes appear in the images are believed by some to be the spirits of the dead. Another explanation is that they are specks of dust illuminated by the camera flash.

2. Abnormality

An anomaly is something inexplicable, that is, many things attributed to paranormal phenomena.

3. Haunting

A haunting is a reported concentration of paranormal activity attached to a specific person or place.


EMC means “electromagnetic field”. Some paranormal investigators believe that ghosts disturb electromagnetic fields or emit electromagnetic waves themselves. An EMF meter can be used to detect such energy.

5. Ghost Box

A phantom box describes any device believed to allow spirits to communicate verbally through technology. Some tools scan radio frequencies, sometimes capturing snippets of speech that could be interpreted as the disembodied voices of the deceased. The Ovilus arguably puts a spookier spin on this concept. When it detects environmental fluctuations or EMF disturbances, the gadget translates them into “words” (or more accurately, noises) spoken in a robotic voice.

6. Physical manipulation

Evidence of spirits altering the material realm is called physical manipulation. It could be anything from a ghost creaking open a door to another throwing a chair across the room.

7. Cold spot

A cold spot is an area where the temperature drops in a supposedly haunted place. Ghost hunters often cite areas of cool air as evidence of ghostly activity.

8. Appearance

An apparition is a manifestation of a spirit that can be perceived by the senses. Although apparitions are often thought of as visual phenomena, they can also be heard, smelled and felt.

9. EVP

VPE is the abbreviation of “electronic voice phenomena”. Unexplained and disembodied voices that are captured using phantom boxes or picked up spontaneously on voice recorders are considered EVPs.

10. Event

Physical and sensory evidence of paranormal activity is considered ghostly manifestation. Physical manipulation, spawns, and EVPs all fall into this category.

11. Entity

Entity is a vague term that can apply to any distinct being. In paranormal investigations, the label is often given to ghosts that haunt an area.

12. Medium

A medium claims to use their psychic abilities to contact and communicate with spirits, whether they have moved on to a different realm or still haunt our world.

13. Psi

psi is a shorter way of saying “psychic phenomena”. Examples Psychic phenomena include psychic communication with others (telepathy), moving objects with the mind (telekinesis), and seeing the future (precognition).

14. Clearance

Cleansing is the process of purging a location of its ghostly entities. This may be the goal of a psychic or a ghost hunter when investigating a haunting.

15. Shadow Person

A shadow person can be a type of ghostly manifestation. He describes the dark, mysterious figures that some witnesses report seeing out of the corner of their eye.


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