Whether you're spending the night in a drafty mansion or huddled under the covers of your own bed, one thing is clear: you’re sure you’ve just seen a ghost. It may be pitch black in your bedroom, and sure, you may have just finished a particularly spooky movie, but still — there's definitely something floating in the corner of your eye. You blink your eyes, but the figure’s still there. A ripple of fear runs down your spine — and maybe it should. Experts have revealed one reason why we think we see ghosts, and it’ll make it much harder for you to rationalize the things that go bump in the night...
Ghosts, ghosts everywhere!
Ghost stories have long rippled across the country – every state in America comes with its own classic tale of the supernatural. Some say that the spirit of Kate Morgan still traipses the halls of the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California. Meanwhile, The Stanley Hotel in Colorado has so many haunting occurrences that it gave Stephen King the idea to pen the classic horror novel The Shining.
What did they actually see?
Of course, for every potential ghost story, there’s a hypothesis devised to explain what actually happened. Because there's no way these people actually stumbled upon a real paranormal being... right? Well, experts have come up with a slew of conditions that might lead us to see or feel the presence of a supposed spirit. One entry on that list might indeed explain away a haunting, albeit in a very scary way.
Living in a haunted house
According to a 2012 poll conducted by HuffPost and YouGov, about 45 percent of people believe that ghosts can return from “the other side.” A similar survey led by Realtor.com found that nearly one-third of the population would be open to living in a haunted house. Luckily for them, plenty of properties across the country are alleged to have such spooky energy.
The Hotel Del Coronado
And it always comes down to the properties' dark histories. Take the Hotel Del Coronado, for instance. On Thanksgiving Day in 1892, Kate Morgan checked into the Hotel Del Coronado in California. She and her husband Tom had traveled from Los Angeles to the coastal city, but he didn’t accompany her to the ornate lodging. It’s believed the pair may have had an argument on the train ride there.