In many countries around the world there are artificial haunted houses, attractions set up for the purposes of fairground entertainment, featuring over-the-top ogres and spirits that are often more amusing than scary. But in parallel to this industry, there’s a persistent belief that haunted houses are real.
Fifty-two per cent of Americans surveyed in 2017 believed that spaces can be haunted. Brits are more likely to believe in ghosts than a divine creator. And Taiwanese landlords are apprehensive about renting to elderly tenants for fear that their deaths could lead to hauntings.