If you’ve been on a ghost tour in a “haunted” city like Boston, New Orleans, Charleston, Savannah, et al, then you’ve probably been shown at least one hazy photograph that “proves” that ghosts exist. The thing is, the art of faking these photographs goes back as far as the technology to take them, and the advent of digital photography makes it much harder to spot the frauds.

Which is not to say that I don’t believe in ghosts and hauntings, because I totally do. Just last weekend, a couple took a picture of what sure as shootin’ looks like a young lady walking down the stairs at the Stanley Hotel (it inspired Stephen King’s The Shining)…except there was no one there when the photo was taken.

So you know, retain your well-earned skepticism, but also keep an open mind (you can do it!) as you scroll through these pictures that people claim captured something otherworldly on film (or card).

#8. “Abandoned.” Sure.

Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

“This photo was taken at the now-abandoned hospital where I used to work.” – mzm91

Maybe it’s just another tourist?

#7. I screamed.

Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

“My mom took this picture on her phone of my little brother and his girlfriend on the night of their homecoming. My brother pointed out the face in the window.” –samd48

NGL, that is some creepy shit.

#6. This little girl with no arms…and no face.

Photo Credit: Paranormal360

“The photo was made in 1943 Hungary, in Kaposfured. My mother is in the foreground, photo taken by my father. A little girl standing in the background…there are no arms, no face, it’s like a ghost or a demon.” – Szigeti Gyongyi

Could it be a trick of the light? Sure. But it’s pretttttty creepy.


Photo Credit: Reddit/yzbro

“I grew up in a small, rural town in between mountains. A couple of years ago, they were tearing down an old elementary school. A guy my mom knew went in and took pics with his cell phone. When he uploaded them, this was one of the pics. I don’t believe in stuff like this at all. I just really don’t know how to explain it since it was a cell phone pic and I’m pretty sure that no one in my Podunk hometown knows how to make fake pics.” –Inthelionsmane

I have feelings, and none of them are happy.

#4. That head should not be there.

Photo Credit: Reddit/Gdorf2

“This creepy face in between my great-grandparents’ heads.” – Gdorf2

My stomach legit just dropped.

#3. So much nope.

Hell to the nope.

#2. Wait for it.

Photo Credit: Reddit/bax101

“I am the kid with the braces in the picture and I can honestly say that is not my hand. My parents’ house is crazy haunted.” –Qbaxter77

Also those hands look all greenish and clammy. *shudder*

#1. *cue screaming*

Photo Credit: Reddit/TextReading

“An image caught in my former apartment in the upper floors of a centennial house on a cheap digital camera using timer shot on my PC, while I was at work in 2006. I was living alone at the time, second-floor apartment, and this is NOT my landlord. Nothing stolen, nothing disturbed, all doors and windows locked and intact. The thing that really creeps me out about this picture (aside from the image) is that it’s the only one of a time lapse that was set to take a photo once every minute. The camera was somewhat hidden – it didn’t have a ‘shutter sound,’ and yet the figure appears to be looking directly at the computer desk, where the camera was hidden, at the very moment it was taken.” –Lazlouderhill

Seriously, WTAF is that?!