5 ENCOUNTERS WITH GHOSTS
Absolutely true stories about shadowy figures, moving objects, strange voices, and other things that go bump in the night
HALLOWEEN IS THE TRADITIONAL TIME for ghouls and spooks to emerge, but for many of us, fright night is every night. According to a 2012 poll, nearly half—45 percent—of Americans believe in ghosts. Scientists have come up with many reasons for spirit sightings, ranging from the physical (low-frequency sounds, magnetic fields, thermal patterns) to the psychological (suggestibility, fear of mortality). But as sound as these explanations are, the existence of ghosts will most likely remain murky: While they can’t be proved to exist, they cannot be resoundingly debunked, either. Online you’ll find thousands of people’s firsthand experiences with the paranormal, and we’ve selected five of the most vivid. Read them, and then ask yourself: Do you believe?