Anyone who has invited people around for a Halloween fancy dress party may wish to check first if they are afraid of things that go bump in the night.

According to a new survey by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, 57 per cent of people would be put off a house if they discovered it was haunted.

With 13 per cent of homeowners saying they believe their property does actually have a ghost, this could result in quite a few partygoers being prompted to leave their pals' houses in a hurry this October 31st!

However, a more brave 46 per cent said they would be curious about a property if they discovered it was haunted.

Pouring cold water on supernatural superstitions, Clydesdale Bank's Steve Reid commented: "In reality, 99 per cent of noises and seemingly strange occurrences have perfectly reasonable explanations - like loose floorboards, birds nesting in the loft or a dodgy boiler."

That may be so - but you could have a lot of fun wearing ghost fancy dress and jumping out on party guests nevertheless!