"when poor Mr. Dimmesdale was thinking of his grave, he questioned with himself whether the grass would ever grow on it"
The haunted grave of the fictional Master Gracey at the Haunted Mansion, Disney World, Florida, is appropriately free of grass
Creative Commons AttributionThe haunted grave of the fictional Master Gracey at the Haunted Mansion, Disney World, Florida, is appropriately free of grass - Credit: Joe Penniston
Haunted graveyard
Creative Commons AttributionHaunted graveyard - Credit: Andrew Gilmore

Folk wisdom holds that a failure of grass to grow on a grave results from the depraved nature of its denizen. The sins committed during that person’s life prevent him from finding peace in death, and his compulsion to haunt the earth as a ghost means that the ground cannot settle sufficiently for nature to take over.