Life’s more exciting when you embrace the unknown, though, so it’s really good to know the difference between ghosts, poltergeists, and demons for a number of reasons. Firstly, because, well, it’s really freaking fascinating. Secondly, you’ll be able to make way more sense of horror movies when you know exactly the type of supernatural entity the characters are dealing with. And thirdly, it could be helpful in case you ever get… haunted by one? OK, sorry, not trying to put that kind of energy into the universe for you or anything, but I’m just saying. Hey, you gotta protect yourself — it’s a vast n’ wild paranormal world out there.
It’s easy to clump all of the most well-known notable supernatural entities together — like “oh, check out that ghost/demon/poltergeist thing.” But c’mon, it’s almost Halloween, and we can do better than that! These entities are all fully unique from each other, and a haunting from any one of them comes with a whole different (and freaky) bag of tricks. Let’s get super clear on these three types of supernatural entities — which ones are maybe chill, which definitely aren’t, and what makes each distinct from the others — as you allow me to explain ghosts, poltergeists, and demons, once and for all. Read on.