Boo! Pew survey reveals 18 percent of Americans believe in ghosts

BY newsdesk  October 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM EDT

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A ghoulish devil, a deceased relative, the girl who was killed by a drunk driver. These are some of the phantoms that nearly one in five American adults claim to have seen at one point in their life.

Movies such as “Paranormal Activity” aren’t just fiction for a large chunk of the U.S. population. According to a 2009 Pew Research Center survey resurfaced just in time for Halloween, Americans are pretty superstitious:

  • 18 percent say they’ve seen a ghost
  • 29 percent feel as though they have been in touch with someone who is already dead
  • over one-third of Americans believe in spirits of the dead
  • over one-third of Americans believe in haunted houses

Have a happy Halloween, and if you see a ghost, know that you aren’t the only one.