Pop Culture dictionary National Paranormal Day [nash-uh-nl par-uh-nawr-muhl dey] Published May 1, 2019 What does National Paranormal Day mean? Zoinks, Scoob! National Paranormal Day is an unofficial holiday on May 3. It celebrates and encourages discussion of paranormal activity and investigation. Related words National Bacon Day, National Hangover Day, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, National Wine Day, scary maze game, Spooky Scary Skeletons, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Where does National Paranormal Day come from? ssmyg / Getty Images Paranormal describes purported, supernatural phenomena that has no scientific explanation, such as ghosts, Bigfoot, UFOs, and ESP. While mythology has long attempted to understand paranormal experiences, the paranormal continues to fascinate us today, from TV shows like the X-Files and Ghost Hunters to countless films, such as 2009’s aptly named Paranormal Activity. National Paranormal Day, which occurs on May 3, is a novelty, unofficial holiday meant to celebrate and encourage paranormal phenomenon. Fittingly enough, the origins of National Paranormal Day are a mystery. So is why it is marked on May 3 each year, as no significant paranormal event appears to have happened on that day. The radio show Coast to Coast AM theorizes, however, this date may have been chosen because Charles Fort, an influential author and research of the paranormal, died on that day in 1932. National Paranormal Day was first mentioned on Twitter in 2009. At the time, people were observing the occasion on both May 3 and August 10, though the former date prevailed. The holiday was entered onto the website National Day Calendar in July 2014. Today (May 3rd) is National Paranormal Day, and National 2 Different Colored Shoes Day. So wear those two supernatural shoes! I am! — CrazyContagion (@Thaydra) May 3, 2009 Today is National Paranormal Day. Read a creepy ghost story, have a seance, or break out the Ouija board! — Heidy (@SelketXimenna) August 10, 2009 Examples of National Paranormal Day Today is National Paranormal Day! Someone get out the Ouija Board x) @ki_lee_johnson, May 2014 Today is National Paranormal Day. Spooky! Does anyone have a good ghost story or encounters in the Black Hills? @VisitRapidCity, May 2012 David Weatherly / Two Crows Paranormal SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses National Paranormal Day? Casual observers of National Paranormal Day may mark the day online with the hashtag #NationalParanormalDay on May 3. Activities on the day may include watching favorite scary movies or discussing various paranormal content, such as ghosts. There are ghosts in these photos! Happy National Paranormal Day! #NationalParanormalDay pic.twitter.com/o2TTer2pUe — Dr. Annette Bochenek (@Home2Hollywood) May 3, 2018 May 3rd is National Paranormal Day! What's your favorite spooky show or movie? pic.twitter.com/n9drwPbg8D — Pure Fandom™ (@Pure_Fandom) May 3, 2018 Just Added fictosexual, shacket, California sober, comfort character, grandfluencer Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of National Paranormal Day like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of National Paranormal Day that will help our users expand their word mastery.