"The Red Room" is something of a ghost story – after all, it is about a young man’s stay in a haunted room – so the supernatural is certainly an important theme. The young man, (a.k.a. the narrator), is an adamant skeptic of all things supernatural, and considers all superstition to be he product of a bygone age and "dead brains" (like those of the old custodians he meets). He wants to prove there’s nothing supernatural about the red room. After the night is over, he still seems to stick to his story that there’s no ghost. Enough odd things happen over the course of the night that it’s possible to wonder if he saw a ghost after all. At moments, he certainly sounds as if he believes he’s seeing one.
The red room is really haunted by a ghost, as that’s the only explanation for why the candles are extinguished.
The narrator never believes at any point in the story that there’s a ghost in the room.