A haunted house can be one of two things, either a house that is believed to be inhabitated by ghosts or spirits or a house in which people create an enviroment with the intent of scaring people as they walk through it. The latter are common around Halloween.
A haunted house is a house or other building often perceived as being inhabited by disembodied spirits of the deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Parapsychologists attribute haunting to the spirits of the dead and the effect of violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide. More parsimonious explanations for the perception that a house is haunted include misinterpreting noises naturally present in structures, waking dreams, suggestibility, and the effect of toxic substances in environments that can cause hallucinations. In 2005, Gallup polls conducted in three countries_the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom_showed that more people believe in haunted houses than any of the other paranormal items tested, with 37% of Americans, 28% of Canadians, and 40% of Britons believing. In the case Stambovsky v.
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