Just in time for Halloween, personal finance website Credit Sesame has compiled 11 ways different cultures around the world design their homes to keep evil spirits away.
Some ghost-proofing methods may sound familiar (avoiding the 13th floor, nailing a horseshoe to a door), but others are not as well-known.
For example, curving roofs or curving driveways are believed to ward off malevolent beings in some cultures.
In the South, porches are sometimes painted "haint" (another word for ghost) blue because it is believed ghosts are afraid of water.
In some Southeast Asian cultures, people build "spirit houses" (shrines) filled with goodies to lure spirits away from the main building meant for the living.
Infographic courtesy of CreditSesame.com.