Residual Haunting:this is the most documented type of haunting. It is believed to be a psychic impression because the ghost is seen repeating the same event over and over again. Noises that appear to come from nowhere like footsteps, period music, running water; the list goes on and on, is considered to be a residual haunting. It is believed by most paranormal investigators that a strong emotion was placed on the place or object when the event happened, leading to it replaying like a movie throughout time.
Intelligent Haunting: this is where the ghost communicates with the living. It isn’t known exactly why there are spirits who seem to have “stayed behind”, but they are the ones who typically move objects, open and close doors, bang on objects, and give you the presence of cold chills or the feeling of being watched. They sometimes manifest into a form to be seen. They can draw energy from batteries and electrical devises to gain enough energy to be seen. They also have personalities much like they had while alive. Some are positive and some are negative.
Some people believe that intelligent hauntings occur because the person died an untimely death and don’t realize they are dead or have unfinished business here in the living world. Sometimes they seem to “relive” the tragic event in order to try and understand why it happened. Loved ones linger with their families as sort of guardians and in some cases it seems they just aren’t ready to leave this world.
Portal Haunting: these are believed to be where high activity areas are found. Many believe it acts like a door way between the worlds of the living and dead. Some investigators believe that apparitions of ghost figures that do not look human come from these portals. Vortex photos have been associated with this type of haunting.
Inhuman Haunting: these are haunting in which the “ghost” was never a human. These entities are malevolent and are believed to try to possess the person that they haunt. The smell of rot or burning sulfur is found at the site of the haunting. They manifest themselves as any form, but mostly half human and animal. People have been pushed, hit, and even scratched during these haunting. Their goal is to break the person’s will so that they can possess them.