Are Ghosts Friendly?

Are ghosts friendly?

Hearing ghost stories will always leave you with a slight sense of unease, so it’s only natural to want ghosts to be mostly friendly.

Stories about ghost sightings and haunted houses have become so common that there’s very little doubt that people from the other side are around us all the time. However, can they really be trusted, and should you be communicating with them at all?

Delving into facts about ghosts reveals a spectrum of behaviours and intentions, illustrating why some spirits appear friendly while others might harbour more malevolent motives.

Are Ghosts Friendly?

The reality is that ghosts exist. Ghost hunters like Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures have proven time and time again that it is possible to communicate with a deceased person and even deceased ancestors. While the idea of communicating with someone you once knew and had a connection with is heart-warming, this doesn’t mean all ghosts are good.

“Traditional ghosts have varying motivations, or “unfinished business”, which influence their temperaments, and are the ultimate reasons why they remain among the living. Obviously, there are ghost and ghosts and all kinds of ghosts, but only a section of them are evil.” – Helen (The Haunt)

Not all ghosts who live in a haunted house are evil. They are simply stuck and don’t know how to move on, which is when paranormal investigators step in to help. They often do this by trying to gain an understanding of their hardships, trauma and unfinished business before guiding them towards the light.

On the other hand, there are entities with unearthly malice who choose to remain behind to cause harm and spread negative energy. These are the types of spirits you want to avoid.

Unfortunately, this is not always possible as a demonic ghost will often portray itself as friendly and may even present itself as a child. This is why it’s important to protect yourself before, during and after any ghost-hunting expedition.

How To Protect Yourself From Evil Spirits

If you think your house might be haunted or if you want to give ghost hunting a try, there are a few things you can do to better protect yourself.

  • Use nature to cleanse your home: Use sage and sea salt to cleanse your home if you feel that unwanted entities may be present. Light a sage smudge stick and wave it around your home while verbalising that any evil entities are not welcome in your space. You can also leave small piles of pure sea salt in the corners of your home.
  • Wear a protective talisman: Whether you are religious or spiritual, you can wear some sort of talisman for protection. This could be a cross or a crystal necklace. Once you bless it and set its intention, it can serve as protection against a malicious dead person.
  • Turn to prayer: Prayer is still one of the most powerful forms of protection. Whether you pray to a specific God or regularly call on your angels and guides, prayer can help you cleanse a space and protect you before, during and after you communicate with any spirits.
  • Usher in light with candles: Candles are another way to protect your home and yourself when communicating with people who have crossed over. White candles are particularly powerful as they represent purity.

How To Tell If Your House Is Haunted

If you already have a scary story or two to tell, but you’re still not quite sure whether your house might be haunted, here are some signs to look out for:

  • Temperature changes: Spirits are capable of altering the temperature of the room they are in using the surrounding energy. If you often experience cold spots that show up out of nowhere, it may be a ghost.
  • Weird smells: Unpleasant smells are often associated with demons and evil spirits. If you can’t explain a weird smell in your home, it’s time to cleanse it.
  • Feeling like you’re being watched: We are more in tune with the other side than we realise. If you often get the feeling that you’re being watched, trust it.
  • Strange and unexplained noises: If you’re dealing with a noisy ghost, you may encounter unexplained sounds quite often. Doors closing or opening, strange footsteps and objects breaking for no reason could all be signs that your house might be haunted.
  • Your pets are on edge: Animals are very in tune with energy, so if they’re acting strangely, they may be trying to tell you something. Pets will often stare at a corner of a room or bark at a bedroom door for no reason.
  • Missing objects suddenly appear: Have you ever lost an object for days or weeks at a time, only for it to show up somewhere unexpected? A ghost may have moved it around.
  • Electronic devices turning on and off: Ghosts can manipulate electromagnetic fields and radio frequencies, which is how they’re able to turn electronic devices on or off. This can be another clear sign of a potential haunting.
  • Seeing something out of the corner of your eye: Peripheral ghost sightings are common. If you’ve ever seen something move out of the corner of your eye, you may have someone around you.


What was the first ghost story?

According to Smithsonian Magazine, a tablet that dates back to 1500 B.C.E is said to contain one of the earliest mentions of ghosts. The tablet, which was made in Babylon and is now housed in the British Museum, guides people on how to exorcise ghosts. The play Mostellaria, by Plautus, is also one of the earliest known works to feature a haunted house.

What is a flesh-eating demon?

Fleshing-eating demons, also referred to as Pishachas, are said to haunt cremation grounds and graveyards, and have the ability to shape-shift and feed on fear. Stories of these malevolent beings first originated in India, but there are also mentions of them in Hindu and Buddhist mythologies.

Are most ghosts dead ancestors?

Not necessarily. Dead ancestors are often spoken about in different cultures, like African folklore, but this doesn’t mean they’re the only ghosts who are wandering the earth. The ghosts people encounter could be anything from family ghosts to people who died tragically and haven’t crossed over.

Should I respect ghosts?

There is no rule that says you need to show ghosts respect, especially if they are making you feel uncomfortable in your home. You have every right as a living being to respectfully ask ghosts to leave, especially if you feel their intentions are evil.

Even if you don’t mind sharing your space with other entities, it’s still important to set boundaries. A ghost should understand that this is your space and that they aren’t allowed to damage it or make you feel unwelcome in your own home.

How do I know if I am dealing with a friendly ghost?

How a ghost makes you feel is the first way to tell whether it’s friendly or not. Turn to your intuition when communicating with a spirit to decide what its intentions are. Friendly ghosts won’t make you feel uneasy or damage your property.

Keep in mind that demons and evil spirits are sometimes known to use friendly conversation and imagery to convince you they mean no harm. Often, they just want you to welcome them in. This is when things can turn sour. It’s essential to always protect yourself when communicating with ghosts and to never invite them to stay.

Final Thoughts

We never know what type of entity we might encounter, but there are friendly ghosts around us more often than there are evil ones. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t approach ghost hunting with caution.

In the end, with a little preparation, respect and an open mind, we can continue to explore and learn from the spirit world. And, who knows, you may even be able to connect with friends and family who have crossed over, giving you both the closure you need.


Sam Ashford
Sam Ashford - Author

Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!