Drawing of Witchcraft, summer 1992, The Issues Magazine

The term "paranormal" has existed in the English language since at least 1920. The word consists of two parts: para and normal. The definition implies that the scientific explanation of the world around us is 'normal' and anything that is above, beyond, or contrary to that is 'para'.

Paranormal events are phenomena described in popular culturefolklore and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation. A paranormal phenomenon is different from hypothetical concepts such as dark matter and dark energy. Unlike paranormal phenomena, these hypothetical concepts are based on empirical observations and experimental data gained through the scientific method. The most notable paranormal beliefs include those that pertain to ghostsextraterrestrial lifeunidentified flying objectspsychic abilities or extrasensory perception, and cryptids.

Different forms of paranormal events include: