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It’s that time of year when ghosts and goblins begin to pop up around town. 

Are they just fun Halloween decorations or are they the stuff that urban myths and haunted tales are made from?

A poll by the data website YouGov found that 45% of Americans believe ghosts exist.

Author Chris Woodyard would agree. She is no stranger to the paranormal. Woodyard lived in a haunted vintage clothing store in Columbus and says she has inherited her family’s ability to see ghosts.

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She’s the author of the Haunted Ohio series that tells the tales of paranormal sightings and places throughout the Buckeye state including in Stark County.

Woodyard can’t say if Ohio – and Stark County – have higher incidents of paranormal activity, but she admits there are some states that have fewer ghost stories.