Ten of the World's Most Convincing Ghost Photos

Frightening Phantoms Captured on Film: Ten of the World’s Most Convincing Ghost Photos


Hundreds of alleged ghost photos circulate around the internet every week. Most of the images that end up on our news desk can be chalked up to phony ghost apps, lens flairs, or plain old dust, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some spine-chillingly compelling ghost photos floating around out there. In fact, there’s probably a lot more than you might think. Some of them date back to the turn of the century, and some were taken last year, but either way, these are some of the most convincing ghost photos of all time.

The Addict’s Demon Dog




At the time that this photo was taken, Joe Martinez was in the grips of a drug addiction, but it was this image snapped during his in-law’s wedding anniversary that changed Joe’s life forever. Lurking over his shoulder is what Joe described as his “addiction’s demon” in physical form. For obvious reasons, the photograph horrified him, and Joe claimed to realize then that he had spent the past few years “walking with Satan”. From that day forward, he cleaned up and changed is life. He never saw the “demon dog” again.

The Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove


Bachelor’s Grove is known as being one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world, prone to some pretty incredible tales of mysterious phenomena, but it’s most well known for “The Madonna” ghost photo.

Captured during a paranormal investigation on August 10, 1991 by Ghost Research Society, this infamous image might be one of the most famous photos of a spirit ever committed to film. After getting her photos developed, GRS member Mari Huff was shocked to discover she had captured the image of a sad-looking woman sitting all alone on a tombstone. Some researchers believe the lonely phantom was mourning the loss of her child.

“Say Cheese” Ghost


This photo of two young ladies exploring Manilla has been creeping everyone out since 2000. Not much is known about the photo, aside from the fact that it was captured on a cellphone, and the ghostly guest who decided to join women for their photo wasn’t present when the shutter clicked.

Freddy Jackson Ghost


This photo, taken in 1919, shows a World War I squadron.. both living and dead. The men in the photograph believed that the ghostly face that appears in the back row is that of Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who died in a freak accident involving a wayward airplane propeller. Jackson’s funeral occurred on day the photo was taken, and it seems as if he was going to make an appearance no matter what.

The Ghost of Grandpa


The man hovering above the woman in the photo is believed to have been her husband.. who had died almost 13 years before it was taken. Astonishingly, the strange anomaly in this photo went unnoticed until 2000, when a family member happened to notice the strange man standing in the background.

Worsted Church’s White Lady Ghost


This famous photo was taken by Diane and Peter Berthelot in 1975, while on vacation to Norfolk UK. While visiting a church, Peter took a photo of his wife sitting and praying, but it wouldn’t be until weeks later, when the photos were developed, that the couple noticed the bright white figure sitting in the pew behind Diane, which both had remembered was empty at the time.

The Covent Garden Piazza Ghost


Photographed in 1989, the Covent Garden Ghost was captured on film by Mr. and Mrs Webb who had taken their two kids to the piazza for a day of adventure. Little did they know they’d capture one of the most famous ghost photos of all time. The mysterious legless woman in black has, to this day, never been identified.

Group Child Ghost


The only thing known about this image is that the group of ladies posing for the photo claim that there was only one child present when the picture was snapped, and judging by her reaction, she wasn’t happy about the ghostly girl who decided to photobomb them.

Chicago Window Ghosts


Posing for a picture in front of their new house, this family had no idea about who – or what – was peeking out of their front window. Often said to have been the previous homeowners, the “Chicago Window Ghosts” were, according to the neighbors, the spirits of the old lady who lived in the house before the current homeowners, and her little dog, who looks to be pictured right next to her.

Old Hag Ghost


One of the spookiest ghost photos of all time, and the most recent on this list, appears to show a hideously disfigured old woman covered in soiled shroud lurking around in the children’s section of a museum. The old hag’s arms are severely distorted and she appears to be standing inside a child-sized grocery cart, but that’s not even the weirdest part. The photographer has absolutely no memory of anything remotely resembling a terrifying old lady standing in the background of his photo at the time it was captured. More on “The Old Hag” photo here.

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  1. Mandy Smith

    06/25/2016 at 10:40 AM

    The Covent Garden Piazza Ghost lady….as well as her apparent missing legs, maybe its just me, but there’s a fuzziness to her face and outline, where as the little girl in front, and even the lady pushing a child behind, are very much clearer…?

  2. Chato73

    06/26/2016 at 12:56 PM

    Yeah, the supposed ghost in Covent Garden is a bit unnerving but that little girl up front??? Sheesh, that’s one creepy kid!!!!!!!

    • lacey

      06/27/2016 at 10:52 AM

      LOL. The girl in front almost looks like a doll (or black eyed child). Probably just underexposed. The “ghost” in the back looks like the product of shutter speed error. Movement can create the effect of body parts missing. Plus the post is blocking her other leg. I bet she’s just mid-stride. She looks too full-body/real to be a ghost (and in broad daylight!).

      Still a creepy and unsettling image.

    • Mel

      07/05/2016 at 6:41 PM

      Looks like the little girl could have Down’s Syndrome, so not so creepy after all.

  3. The Spectacled Eider

    06/27/2016 at 12:45 PM

    This will given anyone a fright!

  4. Rhonda Grimes-Vegas

    06/30/2016 at 6:08 AM

    What do you think of this weird photo that was taken in Shepardstown WV. On Saturday night. I thought it might be a bride w a vale on but not covering her face. I also thought why are her eyes white like that did she wear glasses.than I come across this photo so I want to share mine with you and get your opinion on.

  5. Rhonda Grimes-Vegas

    06/30/2016 at 6:10 AM

    The historian Dana Mitchell did some research for me and can up with this photo. Do you think it’s our lady in the chapel?

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