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Old 07-22-2016, 06:39 AM
 
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It seems like every other or every third house is haunted in New England, especially Maine and Massachusetts. I also hear so many stories from people about their houses. It just seems so common for houses to be haunted in New England states.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:48 AM
 
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Well that is only if you believe in such things (I personally don't).

I'll suspend my disbelief and give a few reasons:

1. The housing stock is older than any other part of the country, old houses can sometimes just feel "creepy" and that might lead people to believe the houses are haunted.

2. Because the houses are old there is a greater chance someone died in them.

3. Before the modern medical system it was much more common for people to die at home than it is today. Many more of us die in hospitals or nursing homes now than in the past when many of these old homes were built.

4. It used to be common for funerals to be held in the home. These houses hosted dead bodies.

5. Sort of tied to #1, old houses tend to have a lot more sounds than newer houses. All of the creaking, groans, and moans of the old houses could be interpreted as paranormal activity.

Maybe not old by New England standards, but there is a house still in my family that was built by my ancestors in 1870. There is still a lot of old stuff in it that was passed down from generation to generation. It has sort of become the summer getaway location for my family. I always thought the house was cool, but when I was a kid it used to scare the $%*@ out of me. I spent a lot of sleepless nights in that place growing up!
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Anyone with a good imagination or that is fearful can proclaim something is "haunted". If theyre wacky enough, they'd proclaim their local Dairy Queen was haunted.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:19 AM
 
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1) Higher quantity of old houses than anywhere else in the country (in theory, the longer a house has been around, the more opportunity it has to develop a ghostly legend).

2) More houses that, frankly, look like they could be haunted, thus leading to a greater number of stories of the paranormal.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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Salem witch trials, native american legends, old architecture including churches etc. Naples, Florida doesn't make for a good setting of a ghost story
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Salem witch trials, native american legends, old architecture including churches etc. Naples, Florida doesn't make for a good setting of a ghost story
Haha, the Salem witch trials was the first thing I thought about. The cookie cutter housing developments in the south and west don't really make for a very good haunted house setting like the old New England towns do.
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