Ghosts, spirits and ghouls have been the centrepiece for many horror stories. We humans are very curious about the unknown and we hardly lack imagination. From late night horror stories to calling off spirits and communicating with the dead, we all have been fascinated with the life beyond dead. If you are somebody who loves watching ghost movies and gets all excited with the sudden silence and screams and wish to discover the dark side, these facts about ghosts would give your nightmares. Here are some interesting facts about ghosts that will send chills down your spine.

1. Spirits become more active late at night, possibly due to a reduced electronic disturbance from appliances and other devices, which compete with or drown out ghostly apparitions. For this reason, you’re more likely to detect ghostly disturbances when your house is quiet.

2. Spirits can manifest in various ways, including orbs, streaks of light, dark shadows, mists and strange blurs. Full-body apparitions are possible, but highly unlikely.

3. Children and animals are more likely to ‘see’ a ghost. Some children perceive ghosts as imaginary friends. They are most likely to see and experience the presence of ghosts since they have higher levels of energy which draws Ghosts to them.

4. If a candle flame burns blue or suddenly goes out with no apparent draft or breeze, it’s a sure sign that ghosts are present.

5Spirits can often be helpful, and even protective of the families they ‘haunt’. However, most of the spirits and ghosts don’t really know that they are dead and often live in a confusing state which feels like being stuck in a nightmare.

6. Albert Einstein himself may have postulated a scientific basis for the existence of ghosts. Since energy cannot be created or destroyed but only change its form, what becomes of our energy when we die? Could it somehow manifested as a ghost?

7 Albert Einstein wasn’t the first. The concept of ghosts as a form of life after death goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, where people believed that death was merely a transition from one form of existence to another.

8.The White House is haunted by a number of ghosts, including that of Abigail Adams, who has reportedly been seen hurrying toward the East Room, where she used to hang her laundry.

9.During Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, the incoming first lady ordered the gardeners to dig up Dolley Madison’s prized Rose Garden. It’s said that Dolley’s spirit turned up and put such a fear of ghosts into the workmen that they fled without turning a single spade. The garden has continued to bloom for nearly two centuries.

10. Psychics believe that President Abraham Lincoln has never left the White House. For more than 70 years, presidents, first ladies, guests and members of the White House staff have claimed to have either seen Lincoln or felt his presence. Lincoln’s ghost was particularly prevalent during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, as the country struggled through a devastating depression followed by a world war.

The Netherlands’ Queen Wilhelmina was a guest at the White House during that period, and was awakened one night by a knock on her bedroom door. Upon opening the door, she saw the figure of Lincoln, top hat and all, standing in the hallway. The queen fainted, and upon recovering consciousness, she found herself lying on the floor. The apparition had vanished.