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Whether you consider yourself to be an amateur ghostbuster or just enjoy the tricks and treats associated with Halloween, there are 10 states that offer more haunted happenings than any other places in the country. According to a recent report by and findings by Ghosts of America, the spookiest states in America are Texas and California. Both states have experienced the highest number of paranormal sightings since 2005; there have been a total of 6,845 sightings in Texas (approximately 456 sightings each year!) and 6,44 in California. With over 28.7 million residents in Texas, that means that only .0238 percent of the population has said they've seen a ghost.

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If that's just a bit too scary for you, consider visiting Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois, each of which has about 2,000 paranormal sightings a year. Those states are followed by Indiana, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New York, and Virginia, all of which have had between 1,000-2,000 sightings in the last 15 years.

However, if you consider yourself to be a scaredy cat, then you should stay put in either Delaware or Puerto Rico, which have the least amount of paranormal sightings.

There may be some science behind why certain people claim to see ghosts. First and foremost, you have to believe that this activity is real. "Believers are a lot more likely to report anomalous sensations, and they're also more likely to conclude that those sensations indicate a ghostly presence," Chris French, head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, told Popular Science. Other explanations for ghost sightings may be as simple as being in the wrong place at the wrong time or mind-trickery or something as deep as a way for the brain to deal with traumatic or confusing events.

Next time you spot something mischievous, share your story with Ghosts of America, which keeps tabs on the eeriest happenings in each state.


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