The spooky apparition was caught on camera by pals Victoria Greeves and Kayley Atkinson, as they enjoyed a girl's night out.
The two young women had taken the snap while out drinking, but later noticed a ghoulish figure lurking over their shoulders
The picture of the girls was ruined when the ghostly figure of an elderly woman in Victorian clothing appeared to be sneering at them from behind.
The spooky apparition was caught on camera by pals Victoria Greeves and Kayley Atkinson, as they enjoyed a girl's night out in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Sunday evening. They had been enjoying a drink at the virtually empty Slug and Lettuce pub when they decided to take a selfie.
But after striking their best pose together the girls noticed there was a third person in the photo - which appears to be an elderly lady dressed in Victorian clothing.
Horrified by the chilling figure, nurse Victoria deleted the spine-tingling photo from her phone.
She said: "We took the picture in the bar as we usually would, we are both fans of a selfie.
"I uploaded the picture to Snapchat and thought nothing more of it but later that night Kayley rang me in a panic and told me to have a closer look.
"She said there was a figure in the background, and I am quite sceptical about things like that so I just laughed at the time.
"But when I looked back at the picture I could not believe what I was seeing. It is terrifying."
"I couldn't look at the picture at the beginning as I was too freaked out.
"It is so clear, and it looks like what can only be described as a Victorian woman, laughing behind us."
The girls, who have known each other for the past six years, are regulars at the popular riverside bar - but said they would think twice before going back in the future.
Local authority worker Kayley said: "The bar was dead when we went in. It was only when I got home later on that I noticed the photo. I couldn't believe it.
"I was absolutely terrified and Victoria was so scared that she deleted the photo off her phone.
"A lot of people have said we must have photoshopped the picture, and I can't blame them, but neither of us would even know how to do that.
"I didn't believe in ghosts at all before, but I'm not so sure anymore."
A member of staff at the bar said no-one who worked there had ever seen a ghost but Newcastle's city centre is alleged to be rife with grisly ghouls.