This article is about literal haunted houses. For simulated haunted houses, see Haunted attraction
. A haunted attraction or dark attraction is a venue which simulates the experience of visiting a structure or outside space that is inhabited by what appear to be
For other uses, see Haunted house (disambiguation)
. Haunted house may refer to A Haunted house, a building said to be the site of paranormal activity A Haunted attraction, a venue that simulates
The Winchester Mystery House
is allegedly haunted. The Winchester Mystery House is a well-known California Mansion that was under construction continuously for 38 years and is reputed to be haunted.
A haunted house is defined as a house that is believed to be a center for supernatural occurrences or paranormal phenomena. The term supernatural or supranatural ( Latin: super, supra "above" + natura "nature" pertains to entities events Paranormal is an Umbrella term used to describe unusual Phenomena or experiences that lack an obvious Scientific explanation  A haunted house may allegedly contain ghosts, poltergeists, or even malevolent entities. A ghost is said to be the apparition of a Deceased person frequently similar in appearance to that person and usually encountered in places she or he frequented (from German poltern, meaning to rumble or make noise and Geist, meaning " Ghost ", " Spirit "
Haunted houses are often regarded to contain the spirits of deceased beings who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. The English word " spirit " comes from the Latin " spiritus " (breath Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past. Violence is the exertion of force so as to injure or abuse The word is used broadly to describe the destructive action of natural phenomena like Storms and Earthquakes Amongst many cultures and religions it is believed that the essence of a being such as the 'soul' continues to exist. A religion is a set of Tenets and practices often centered upon specific Supernatural and moral claims about Reality, the Cosmos The soul, according to many religious and philosophical beliefs is the self-awareness, or Consciousness, unique to a particular living Some philosophical and religious views argue that the 'spirits' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy is strong. Entities which are said to 'haunt' homes are often believed to make noises, appear as apparitions, and shift or launch physical objects. This is sometimes manifested into 'poltergeist activity'; poltergeist meaning 'noisy spirit'. Traditionally an exorcism is the method used to remove unwelcome spirits from the property. Exorcism (from Late Latin exorcismus, from Greek exorkizein - to adjure is the practice of evicting Demons or other evil
Legends about haunted houses have long appeared in literature. A legend ( Latin, legenda, "things to be read" is a Narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to Haunting is used as a plot device in gothic or horror fiction or, more lately, paranormal-based fiction. A plot device is an element introduced into a story solely to advance or resolve the plot of the story Gothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. Horror fiction is broadly Fiction in any medium intended to scare unsettle or horrify the audience Roman-era authors Plautus, Pliny the Younger, and Lucian wrote stories about haunted houses, and more modern authors from Henry James to Stephen King have featured them in their writings. Titus Maccius Plautus (c 254–184 BCE commonly known as Plautus, was a Roman Playwright. Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo (61/63 - ca Lucian of Samosata (Λουκιανός ὁ Σαμοσατεύς Lucianus c Henry James, OM ( –) son of theologian Henry James Sr, brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American Author, Screenwriter, Musician, Columnist, Haunted castles and mansions are common in gothic literature such as Dracula. Gothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary Antagonist the vampire Count Dracula.
The actual structure of a fictional haunted house can be anything from a decaying European feudal castle to a newly occupied suburban ranch-style house of fairly recent construction, although older buildings tend to be more commonly used. A castle is a defensive structure seen as one of the main symbols of the Middle Ages. South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California. Ranch-style houses (also American Ranch, California Ranch, Rambler or Rancher) is an American domestic Architectural style (although
There is a popular dark ride at Disney theme parks called Haunted Mansion. A dark ride or darkride is an indoor Amusement ride where riders in guided vehicles travel through specially-lit scenes that typically contain Animation Theme park is the generic term for a collection of rides and other Entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a large group This article relates to the theme-park attraction For the film of the same name see The Haunted Mansion (film.
A haunted house may also refer to a haunted attraction usually open around the season of Halloween for entertainment purposes.
In Stambovsky v. Ackley, the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division ruled that a seller must disclose that a house has a reputation for being haunted when there is a fiduciary relationship or in cases of fraud or misrepresentation, because such a reputation impairs the value of the house:
- In the case at bar, defendant seller deliberately fostered the public belief that her home was possessed. Facts and prior history During the course of her ownership of the property at issue which was located in Nyack New York, Helen Ackley and members of her family The Supreme Court of the State of New York is New York State 's Trial court, and is of General jurisdiction. Having undertaken to inform the public at large, to whom she has no legal relationship, about the supernatural occurrences on her property, she may be said to owe no less a duty to her contract vendee. 
Some of the phenomena generally associated with haunted houses, including strange visions and sounds, feelings of dread, illness, and the sudden, apparently inexplicable death of all the occupants, can be attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs after the inhalation of Carbon monoxide gas Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include listlessness, depression, dementia, emotional disturbances, and hallucinations. Carbon monoxide, with the chemical formula CO is a colorless odorless tasteless yet highly toxic Gas. In the fields of Psychology and Psychiatry, the terms depression or depressed refer to both expected and pathologically chronic or severe Dementia (from Latin de- "apart away" + Mens ( genitive mentis) "mind" is the progressive decline A hallucination, in the broadest sense is a Perception in the absence of a stimulus.
In one famous case, carbon monoxide poisoning was clearly identified as the cause of an alleged haunting. Dr. William Wilmer, an ophthalmologist, described the experiences of one of his patients in a 1921 article published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology is the branch of Medicine which deals with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways including the Eye, Brain "Mr. and Mrs. H. " moved into a new home, but soon began to complain of headaches and listlessness. They began to hear bells and footsteps during the night, soon accompanied by strange physical sensations and mysterious figures. When they began to investigate, they found the previous residents had experienced similar symptoms. Upon examination, their furnace was found to be severely damaged, resulting in incomplete combustion and forcing most of the fumes into the house rather than up the chimney. Combustion or burning is a complex sequence of Exothermic chemical reactions between a Fuel and an Oxidant accompanied by the production of  After the stove was fixed, the family fully recovered and did not experience any further unusual events.
A report published in 2005 described a 23-year-old female victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, found delirious and hyperventilating, who claimed to have seen a ghost while in the shower. In Medicine, hyperventilation (or overbreathing) is the state of Breathing faster and/or deeper than necessary bringing about lightheadedness and other A new gas water heater had just been installed in her home, apparently improperly, which flooded the house with carbon monoxide when the victim closed all the exterior windows and doors and took a shower. 
Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs after the inhalation of Carbon monoxide gas 
- The Face in the Window and Other Alabama Ghostlore, Alan Brown, University of Alabama Press (1997), ISBN 978-0817308131
- The Vermont Ghost Guide, Joseph A. The Vermont Ghost Guide is a comprehensive paranormal guide published in 2000 that documents all of the major Hauntings and ghost-sightings in Citro, University Press of New England (2000), ISBN 978-1584650096
Short stories and novels
- The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole
- The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) by Ann Radcliffe
- "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe
- The Haunted and the Haunters (1857) by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
- The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James
- The House That Was (1907) by Jacques Futrelle
- The House on the Borderland (1908) by William Hope Hodgson
- The Beckoning Fair One (1911) by Oliver Onions
- The Rats in the Walls (1924) by H. P. Lovecraft
- The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson
- Hell House (1971) by Richard Matheson
- The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1973) by John Bellairs
- The Shining (1977) by Stephen King
- House of Leaves (2000) by Mark Z. Danielewski
- From the Dust Returned (2001) by Ray Bradbury
- House (2006) by Ted Dekker
- The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red (2001) by Ridley Pearson
- Even Angels Fall (2002) by Sherry A. The Castle of Otranto is a 1764 Novel by Horace Walpole. It is generally regarded as the first Gothic novel, and it was indeed the Horace Walpole 4th Earl of Orford ( 24 September, 1717 &ndash 2 March, 1797) more commonly known as Horace Walpole, was a politician The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe, was published in the summer of 1794 by G Ann Radcliffe ( July 9, 1764 – February 7, 1823) was an English Author, a pioneer of the gothic novel. " The Fall of the House of Usher " is a Short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe (January 19 1809 – October 7 1849 was an American poet, short-story Writer, editor and Literary critic, Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton 1st Baron Lytton ( May 25, 1803 – The Turn of the Screw Henry James, OM ( –) son of theologian Henry James Sr, brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James Jacques Heath Futrelle ( April 9, 1875 - April 15, 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. The House on the Borderland is a Supernatural or horror novel by British fantasist William Hope Hodgson. William Hope Hodgson ( November 15 1877 &ndash April 1918 was an English author George Oliver Onions, (pronounced by his family as in the vegetable not oh-NY-ons) (born 13 November 1873; died 9 April 1961 "The Rats in the Walls" is a Short story written by H Howard Phillips Lovecraft ( August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 Novel by author Shirley Jackson. Shirley Jackson ( December 14, 1916, San Francisco California - August 8, 1965, Bennington Vermont) was an influential This article is about the 1971 novel For other uses of the term see Hell house (disambiguation Hell House is a Novel Richard Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American Author and Screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror The House With a Clock in Its Walls is a gothic horror novel directed at child readers John Anthony Bellairs ( 17 January, 1938 &mdash 8 March, 1991) was an American author best known for his well-respected Fantasy The Shining (1977 is a horror Novel by American Author Stephen King. Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American Author, Screenwriter, Musician, Columnist, House of Leaves is the debut Novel by the American author Mark Z Mark Z Danielewski (born March 5 1966 is an American author He is the son of Polish Avant-garde film director Tad Danielewski and the brother Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22 1920 is an American mainstream, Fantasy, horror, Science fiction and mystery House is a 2006 Christian fiction horror Novel co-authored by writers Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker Ted Dekker (born 1961) is an Indonesian born American Author of several Fiction novels The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer My Life at Rose Red is a 2001 novel by Ridley Pearson published under the Pseudonym Joyce Reardon Ph Ridley Pearson, born on March 13, 1953 in Glen Cove New York, is an American writer Mauro
- ^ http://parapsych.org/glossary_e_k.html#h Parapsychological Association website, Glossary of Key Words Frequently Used in Parapsychology, Retrieved February 10, 2007
- ^ Knauf, Allan. For the 1913 film see The Haunted House (1913 film. The Haunted House is a 1921 short comedy film starring comedian The Cat and the Canary ( 1927) is a American silent Horror film adaptation of John Willard 's 1922 Black comedy play The Cat Creeps is a 1930 crime / Mystery film, and a sound remake of The Cat and the Canary (1927 The Ghost Goes West is a 1935 British Romantic comedy / Fantasy film starring Robert Donat and Jean Parker and Lonesome Ghosts is a 1937 Disney Animated cartoon featuring the Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy trio as The Cat and the Canary is a 1939 comedy horror film remake of the 1927 film The Cat and the Canary, which was based on the 1922 Hold That Ghost is a 1941 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The Ghost and Mrs Muir ( 1947) is a romantic Fantasy film starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. Scared Stiff is a 1953 comedy film starring the team of Martin and Lewis. House on Haunted Hill ( 1959) is a Horror film directed by William Castle, written by Robb White, and starring Vincent Price The Innocents is a 1961 Horror film based on the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry The Haunting is a 1963 horror film directed by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House The Ghost and Mr Chicken ( 1966) is a Universal Pictures Feature film starring Don Knotts as Luther Heggs a newspaper typesetter The House That Dripped Blood is a 1970 British horror Anthology film directed by Peter Duffell and distributed by Amicus The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 horror film by Academy Pictures. Burnt Offerings is a 1976 horror film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. The Amityville Horror - A True Story is a best-selling book by author Jay Anson, published in September 1977 The Shining is a 1980 horror Film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Stephen King 's novel of the same name The Poltergeist movies are a trilogy of Horror films produced in the 1980s Zuul redirects here For the videogame see Zool. Ghostbusters (titled on-screen as Ghost Busters) is Beetlejuice is a 1988 comedy horror film directed by Tim Burton. A ghost is said to be the apparition of a Deceased person frequently similar in appearance to that person and usually encountered in places she or he frequented The Sixth Sense is a 1999 Psychological horror film written and directed by M House on Haunted Hill is a 1999 Horror film, directed by William Malone and starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, The Blair Witch Project is a low-budget American Horror film released in 1999 Thir13en Ghosts (also known simply as Thirteen Ghosts or 13 Ghosts) is a 2001 Horror film directed The Others is a 2001 psychological horror Film by the Spanish / Chilean director Alejandro Amenábar Session 9 is a 2001 Horror film directed by Brad Anderson. The film takes place in and around the Danvers State Mental Hospital Rose Red (also known as Stephen King's Rose Red) is a Television Miniseries scripted by horror novelist Stephen King Darkness is a 2002 Horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró. Tagline: Some secrets should never come to light The Haunted Mansion is a 2003 Fantasy film based on the ride of the same name, directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Eddie The Grudge is the 2004 American Remake of the Japanese film Ju-on The Grudge. The Grudge 2 is the 2006 sequel to the 2004 American Horror film Remake The Grudge. Monster House is an American 2006 computer animated horror film released on July 21, 2006. An American Haunting is a 2006 Horror film written and directed by Courtney Solomon. Stay Alive is a 2006 Horror film directed by William Brent Bell and written by William Brent Bell and For the TLC series of the same name see The Messengers (TV series. Ghost hunting is the process of investigating locations said to be haunted. For other uses of the name see Ghosthunters (disambiguation. Ghost Hunters is a Reality television series featuring Legend tripping, also known as "ostension" is a name recently bestowed by Folklorists and anthropologists on an Adolescent practice (containing A US paranormal guide is a book that gives information and directions to places in the United States where such Paranormal phenomena have been reported as Ghosts Stigmatized property is a term used in the Real estate business which describes possible detrimental features of a property or home all the result of unfortunate occurrences Events 1355 - The St Scholastica's Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. After New York's Property Condition Disclosure Act. Retrieved on 2007-02-15. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor
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- A house that is believed to be a center for supernatural occurrences or paranormal phenomena.
- (US) A Halloween amusement attraction in which a building or series of rooms is decorated to frighten the people who pass through the attraction.
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