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Would You Dare Live in a Haunted House?

Tons of people, even celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Matthew McConaughey, believe they've lived in haunted houses. Are you one of them?
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Do you believe in ghosts? You certainly wouldn’t be alone if you said yes. There have always been debates about the existence of ghosts and what happens to us after we die. Some of those ideas have even led to classic horror films set in iconic haunted houses.

The question is, would you dare live in one?

A surprising number of people said yes.

Two Surveys Show People Believe in Paranormal Activity

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Phantom Wines partnered with OnePoll to survey 2,000 people 21 years and up about their beliefs in and experience with the paranormal. The survey showed that 57 percent believe in ghosts, and 35 percent have felt a supernatural presence in their homes. Some of those people mentioned seeing ghosts disappear and reappear, as well as seeing flickering lights with no source.

In a different survey of about 1,000 people from Rocket Survey, 55 percent said they would willingly buy a haunted house knowing it was haunted. The same poll asked how people would react to finding out the home they lived in was haunted. About 13 percent said they would try to get rid of the spirit, while 21 percent said they’d sell the house. Overwhelmingly, 65.6 percent said they would coexist with the ghost, with 48.5 percent saying they would try to get to know the spirit and their backstory.

People Share Their Stories on Twitter All the Time

One of my favorite videos of people walking through haunted houses comes from Lena Pringle (@lenapringle_). She was just as spooked as you’d expect.

Some others say that they wouldn’t ever dare live amongst ghosts in haunted houses even though they believe in ghosts and haunted houses.

Others have even shared their own stories and showed off the haunted houses that they lived in.

According to one study, anyone in New Jersey is likely to live in one. Anyone selling their NJ house for cheap? I’ll buy it.

Legend has it dogs and cats can see ghosts. I believed that even before I saw this tweet.

And I really can’t tell if this guy is being sarcastic or not. But I’m pretty sure my friends have said the same thing to me about our old college dorms.

Jenny Slate Lived in a Haunted House Growing Up

Can you imagine having lived in a haunted house for most of your childhood? Jenny Slate can. The most significant one she’s talked about in her standup is the Sea Captain. When they moved in, she said there was a dark atmosphere. Then, her parents found a ton of hidden letters under the stair runner.

They weren’t from the former owners but a sea captain. Slate said her father then saw the sea captain standing, pleading to be released from haunting. The family burned the letters, and they never saw him again. But he wasn’t the only spirit there.

Jennifer Aniston and Lucy Hale Had Haunted Kitchen Appliances

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Jennifer Aniston’s first Los Angeles apartment came with an extra roommate. Sadly, this spirit didn’t like her living roommate. “The dishwasher would start or go, or the coffee maker would start to go, or the stereo would turn on at full volume. And it was terrifying,” Aniston told James Corden. She had someone come to get rid of the ghost, but she had to move out because it wouldn’t leave.

In 2010, Lucy Hale told Hollywood Teen’Zine that her coffee maker would come on by itself in the middle of the night. “Doors close, not slam, but they close. And I have a motion sensor that lights up in my apartment, and I swear it lights up sometimes when there’s nothing under it. And my dog barks a lot. I don’t feel threatened, but it definitely freaks me out.”

Matthew McConaughey Had a Ghostly Roommate

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McConaughey’s Hollywood home used to be haunted by a ghost that he called Madama Bleu, and she was nothing like Casper the Friendly Ghost. He never revealed if he ever got her to leave or if he just moved out. Now, let’s hope his home now isn’t haunted or at least is haunted by a nicer spirit.

“I was not even under the influence, and she was there. She wasn’t that happy, it didn’t seem like she was going to be much fun to hang around or have in my house, so I went ahead and stood my ground. I opened the door and said, ‘You can move around all you want, but I’m not going anywhere.’”

Does Belief in Ghosts Contribute to Loving Horror Movies?

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There hasn’t been a study on the link between the belief in paranormal creatures and a love for horror movies. But, if you ask me, I don’t think I’m part of the group if that link is real. I have always believed in ghosts, but I rarely enjoy horror movies. The most horror I can take is American Horror Story, and even then, I can’t always handle what they show on the screen.

Regardless of what you believe in or how many horror movies you love, that genre will be around much longer than us. Some of the most haunted houses in film are available to live in, including the Nightmare on Elm Street house and the house from Scream. Would you dare a night in either of them? Or would you rather try your luck at another haunted house?