I love ghost stories. Even funny things like the Ghostbusters movie are great. But, what really "tickles my fancy" as they say, is real ghost stories. Ya' know the ones. They're all over television lately (My favorite show is Ghost Hunters.), and since my hubby and I moved to these mountains from Savannah, Georgia...well, let's just say we've heard our share.
The Mercer House, made famous in the book/movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, is said to be VERY haunted. Ghostly parties are supposed seen and heard from the street.
And then there is Bonaventure Cemetery. The wonderful Bird Girl statue had to be removed to a museum after the book/movie made it so famous. But, there are plenty of other wonders, including, according to some, lingering spirits.
Closer to our mountain home, some say the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC is haunted. And Asheville, like Savannah, has ghost tours available. And check out this video. It was recorded by a security camera at Asheville High School on August 1st. (http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/wlos_vid_1136.shtml) I put it under the heading of "Things That Make You Go HMMM."
Whether ghosts are real or not, they certainly make history "come alive" so to speak. I have learned so much local history of many areas by just searching for their ghost stories. And what wonderful fodder for a writer.