For most people, Halloween is just an excuse to dress up in ridiculous costumes and eat chocolate.
But a YouGov survey of attitudes in the US revealed the spooky holiday may be far more significant for folks in the United States.
According to the stats, 45% of American adults believe that ghosts and demons really do exist.
And, interestingly, Trump supporters tend to believe in them the most.
Over half of the Republican voters that responded – 54% – said that demons either “definitely” or “probably” exist.
By contrast, 34% of Democrats responded the same way.
Looking elsewhere in the world of spooky creatures, 46% of Republicans believed ghosts – against 41% of Democrats – and exactly half of the Republicans believe in “other supernatural beings” (compared to 41% of Democrats).
Vampires fared worst in the survey, with just 14% of Republicans and 8% of Democrats expecting to get their necks bitten.
Christopher French, a professor of psychology and head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, told The Atlantic in 2014 that a belief in the paranormal is a natural development of encountering things you can’t explain.
“What we have is people trying to make sense of something that, to them, seems inexplicable,” he said.
“So you get the misinterpretation of noises or visual effects that do have a normal explanation, but not one that people can think of. People assume that if they cannot explain something in natural terms, then it must be something paranormal.”
He added: “The vast majority of us don’t like the idea of our own mortality. Even though we find the idea of ghosts and spirits scary, in a wider context, they provide evidence for the survival of the soul.”
While Republicans are also more likely to believe in alien visitors than Democrats, their party leader is more of a sceptic.
Dismissing the recent reports of UFOs from US Navy sources, President Trump said: “I think it’s probably… I want them to think whatever they think.”
He says he’s discussed the matter but isn’t convinced: ”They do say, and I’ve seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard, and I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs.
“Do I believe it? Not particularly.”
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