South Africans are more afraid of "real" issues than they are of ghosts and goblins, a recent poll has found.
Respondents cited unemployment (24 percent), debt (22 percent), Julius Malema (13 percent) and Hurricane Sandy (eight percent) as scarier than things like ghosts and ghouls.
So, if you are planning your Halloween costume, perhaps opt for a more non-traditional scary character, such as Julius Malema.
Although Halloween is primarily celebrated in the USA, the Halloween spirit is catching on here in South Africa. The poll of 645 South Africans found that 20 percent are excited to celebrate Halloween, while four percent admitted they were totally freaked out by the spooky holiday.
The vast majority of respondents said they weren't bothered by Halloween at all, and when it comes to superstitious beliefs, most said they just weren't superstitious. However, 37 percent said that they were slightly superstitious and four percent saying they were throw-salt-over-your-shoulder superstitious.
The online survey was conducted by Columinate to get to know a little about the way South Africans celebrate Halloween and their thoughts on all things spine-chillingly scary.
While most said they weren't superstitious, South Africans admitted they did believe in traditionally scary creatures from the underworld. More than half believe in ghosts, 50 percent believe in witches and a third believe in the Tokolosh.
Respondents are more skeptical about the existence of scary creatures that we see extensively in popular culture today, with only 11 percent believing that zombies really exist and nine percent believing that vampires exist.