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Ghosts & Poltergeists

Hi hello and welcome to my spook-tacular Hallo-WE-en post! As someone who lives and breathes all things horror year-round, it’s no surprise that I’m writing a Halloween related post. Honestly, I shop in the Halloween decoration for every day home decor. No shame. So, when I saw that Melanie was hosting a spooky Halloween blogging event, I couldn’t resist signing up! Ready? Let’s get spooky!


With Halloween being just around the corner, what better time to talk about spooky things like ghosts and poltergeists? First off, what is a ghost and a poltergeist? Is there a difference between the two?

ghost [gohst]: noun- the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined, usually as a vague, shadowy or evanescent form, as wandering among or haunting living persons.

poltergeist [pohl-ter-gahyst]: noun- a ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises, knockings, etc.

Generally, you would associate the “things that go bump in the night” with ghosts. Typically harmless acts such as doors opening or footsteps around the house are more what you would think of when talking about ghosts. One thing that I’ve come across that really intrigues me regarding ghosts and how they “walk through walls” is shown in the following graphic:

Pretty cool, huh? So all in all, ghosts are pretty much just there essentially playing pranks on the living, which is how I like to think about it. No malicious intent, just giving people a spook here and there. Now, let’s get into some recommendations for some ghost related media! If you want to read some fun books about ghosts, try checking these out:

 My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.
All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.
Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Something freaky’s going on with Sunshine’s new house…there’s the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine’s always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort.

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can’t help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

 

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night. 

A dead girl walks the streets. She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan. Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as “Dexter” meets “The Grudge”, based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

 

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.


Yes, these are Young Adult books, but this is a (mostly) Young Adult book blog! Reading not really your thing? Never fear (haha) because there are plenty of movies about ghosts that range from silly to spooky and everything in between:

 

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

After marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe, young Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself swept away to his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille, Thomas’ alluring sister and protector of her family’s dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead, Edith tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. As she comes closer to the truth, Edith may learn that true monsters are made of flesh and blood.
For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true.
Soon after moving into a suburban tract home, Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) become increasingly disturbed by what appears to be a supernatural presence. Hoping to capture evidence of it on film, they set up video cameras in the house but are not prepared for the terrifying events that follow.

I ended with Paranormal Activity because that leads into my poltergeist discussion! Poltergeists are more on the violent side when it comes to how active they are. Usually poltergeists are angry or vengeful spirits compared to the somewhat harmless nature of ghosts. Personally, the thing I think of when talking about poltergeists is the film, both the original and the remake.

Both movies gave me some serious spoops! I’m not a fan of clowns so this one was a hard one to watch. But poltergeists are definitely more on the scary side and are definitely not ones that you want to bring out the Oujia board and mess with! Another good example of what could be a poltergeist can be found in both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. The spirits in these movies are violent and try to take over an innocent person with malicious intent.

 

Looking for a book about poltergeists? Check out The Poltergeist by William G. Roll. It’s a non-fiction book about a parapsychologist studying poltergeists and trying to understand them!
One bit a woman, leaving puncture wounds all over her body. Another attacked the contents of a warehouse full of glasses and mugs. Yet another lifted furniture into the air, then sent objects flying in another house. These are some of the strange and sometimes terrifying cases collected by poltergeist investigator William Roll. A parapsychologist, Roll studies these “noisy ghosts” to understand what they are and why they do what they do.

Alright, enough with the spooky talk. Let’s end on a fun note! Everyone is gearing up for Halloween and what better way to do that than with some diy ghost treats and ghost decor?
First up is this awesome ghost pizza! Since pizza is one of my favorite things to eat, I couldn’t pass up sharing this recipe. Check it out here and make your own spooky pizza pie!
Next up are these super adorable Boo-nilla Ghost Milkshakes from Lilluna. Aren’t these spook-tacular?! Check it out here and make your own shakes!
Consumer Crafts has this super cute (and easy looking!) diy cheesecloth ghosts project that you should definitely try out! Click here to find the instructions!
Hosting a Halloween party? Make these simple balloon ghosts to help set the table and the mood! Check out the diy here!

Thank you so much to Melanie for allowing me to take part in this awesome Halloween blogging event! I hope you all enjoyed this little bit about ghosts and poltergeists and maybe even learned something new. If you’d like to see more posts from me, be sure to visit my blog! Thanks for reading and have a spooky Halloween!

Megan

6 thoughts on “Ghosts & Poltergeists”

  1. Ghosts are an interesting challenge, from a storytelling perspective. They’re very open. A storyteller can do almost anything with them. I’ve often been fascinated by some of the eastern concepts of ghosts, like how some Asian myths feature ghosts that are not the spirit of one person, but rather a single emotion felt by many. The most common is a tool or location which is repeatedly used for the same purpose, until that recurring mental state gives rise to a spirit that is fixated on whatever desire or emotion most dominated the people involved.

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