Just For Fun: Zogby Poll on Ghosts and Halloween

October 29, 2010 -

With Halloween right around the corner, I found this Zogby poll about ghosts, the supernatural, and Halloween interesting. According to the pollster, 37 percent of Americans believe in ghosts (human or animal), with 23 percent saying that they have been visited by the dead. Spooky. Around 29 (3 in 10) percent have an interest in the supernatural. Another 20 percent say they have seen or heard a ghost.

Moving from the land of the dead to the living, 87 percent of people with children say their kids dress up in costumes and 71 percent trick-or-treat from house to house. Serial killers (such as Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers) costumes are called the most scary by 35 percent, with the walking dead and zombies next at 22 percent.

Other spooky findings:

* If they could come back as a ghost, 47 percent would come back as themselves

* 58 percent say they or their children take part in Halloween activities

* 12 percent do not participate in Halloween for religious reasons

* 67 percent say their children go to school or community Halloween functions

* 75 percent say candy is their favorite Halloween treat

* 38 percent believe in aliens

* 33 percent believe creatures such as Bigfoot do exist, but have managed to elude mankind

* 35 percent enjoy horror films

The interactive poll consisted of 2,100 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of +/-2.2 percent.

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