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Stages, levels, or locations with a haunted theme are stages usually associated with an eerie atmosphere and is one of the reoccurring themes of the series.

Traits and features

One of the main traits of haunted stages is that the area takes place at night and often takes place inside of an old mansion. However, in several games, haunted stages take place in a creepy forest (Forever Forest from Paper Mario for example) or in an old ship or sunken ship (Deep Dark Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy for example).

As for the enemies, Boos are, by far, the most common and reoccurring enemies of haunted-themed stages. They often infest a mansion forcing the player to avoid the ghostly beings. Other enemies and hazards of haunted-themed stages include man-eating pianos, flying books and silverwear, and numerous of bottomless pits. The Boos and ghosts themselves will often mess with the stage trying to hinder the player's progress. In some cases, the player must find a way to stop the enemy from doing what it is doing in order to proceed through the game. This is very common in the Luigi's Mansion games where Luigi must vacuum up certain ghosts in order to proceed through the game.

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