Many people believe they have seen ghosts, many others are doubtful, but despite the rationalism of the present day, there has been no decrease in the number of sightings: old ghosts have survived for centuries and have been joined by modern ones, haunted houses retain their eerie reputations, apparitions are studied by parapsychologists, poltergeists still wreak havoc in homes, and ghost hunters seek proof of the paranormal. Halloween Hauntings is a wide-ranging guide to ghostly phenomena from all parts of the globe. It covers cases throughout history: many of them famous, others less well known. It examines malign spirits and gentle ghosts, apparitions, wraiths, haunted houses and spooky urban myths. Each entry gives details of the date, location and course of events, as well as providing a historical context and analytical assessment of the phenomenon. The book’s extensive appendices provide fascinating additional information, including the differing roles of ghosts in the world’s religions, an exploration of out-of-body and near-death experiences, and modern theories offered to explain ghosts by figures such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Halloween Hauntings is a thorough study of a subject that has intrigued, amazed and terrified mankind throughout history.