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It’s unfortunate, but some homes have ghost problems. Most people believe hauntings occur when the spirits of the dead refuse or are unable to move on, and become trapped in a location. If that location is your house you might be a little nervous right now.
But just because you suspect you might have a ghost in your house doesn’t mean you do. There are plenty of explanations for events that may seem paranormal at first glance, but when we dig a little deeper we can see how, perhaps, our imagination had gotten the best of us.
Occam’s razor is a principle of logic that tells us the simplest, least complex answer or theory is usually valid.
In fact, those who refuse to believe in ghosts will tell you all paranormal events can be explained away in such a manner. Personally, I’ve seen too much to believe that’s true, but I do think it’s worth taking a step back and looking at all possible explanations for paranormal activity before deciding a house must be haunted. Aside from maintaining your peace of mind, it’s just good science.
This article will help you learn more about how to tell if you have a ghost in your house, or if your imagination and other factors are simply getting the best of you. Evidence that ghosts exist is hard to come by, and there may be a good reason for that.
We'll take look at five things people commonly report when they believe their house is haunted. Take them one-by-one, think about them, and try to decide if you really think your house is haunted, or if there could be some other explanation.
1. You Witness an Apparition
It is hard to dismiss claims of ghost sightings, and if you’ve seen one yourself you may need no further evidence that your home is haunted. But the human mind is a complicated machine, and in some cases, you can’t always believe what you see.
A friend of mine lost her husband at a young age, and for months afterward his spirit would visit her. She was terribly grief-stricken, as well as confused about how to get along without him on practical things like income and household maintenance. Only months after his passing, when she started to realize things would be okay, did the haunting stop.
If you are experiencing something similar after losing a loved one it is a good idea to talk to a professional about how you are feeling and what you are experiencing. But the question on the table is: Do such hauntings mean your loved one is visiting you after death or is it a coping mechanism developed by your subconscious mind?
On the other hand, if you are witnessing the spirits of people you don’t know that’s a different situation altogether. Lack of sleep, exposure to certain environmental contaminants, and a runaway imagination can surely explain some sightings away. It’s a good idea to think back and try to assess what you really witnessed.
Ask yourself a few questions and try to answer honestly. Did you get a clear view of the spirit? Was it a full-body apparition, a shadow, or some kind of hazy humanoid form? How far away were you? What was it doing, and what were you doing when you saw it?
Sometimes our mind can fill in blanks, where what we really saw wasn’t all that clear. Especially as time passes, and memories get murky, our brains may fill in details that were not really present. We can end up totally convinced of things we didn’t exactly experience the way we think we remember.
Does any of this sound like a reasonable explanation for apparitions you've seen in your home? If the answer is no, your house might be haunted.
Some people choose to use an Ouija Board to attempt communication with spirits in their homes. A successful session can help you understand why a spirit is haunting your house and what they want.
2. You Hear Strange Sounds or Voices
Like visual images, strange sounds can be the products of an overactive mind, or misunderstood stimulus from very worldly sources.
I once had a friend who told a story of when demonic growls started to emanate from the walls of his home. It was a horrible, snarling, wheezing, ungodly sound that continued for days. Obviously, he was terrified, but then, as quickly as they had begun, the sounds stopped. But a day or two later a horrible stench filled the room where the sounds had been coming from.
See, the sounds weren’t demonic at all. Something, maybe a rat or squirrel, had died in the wall. The demonic rumblings were just the poor critter breathing its last. And, by the way, if you’ve ever lived in a home where a rodent has died in the wall you probably know you’d prefer the demon.
Even field mice can make a racket in your walls, and sound like something is in there knocking. Appliances like refrigerators can make gurgling, hissing, and even knocking sounds you may not even notice during the day, but they sure get your attention in the middle of the night.
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Silly things like a radio, telephone, or baby monitor accidentally left on can scare the life out of you if you don’t figure out where the sounds are coming from. The point is it’s smart to consider all possibilities and investigate logical explanations before jumping to conclusions.
Remember Occam's Razor.
Voices that are speaking directly to you are another matter. Disembodied voices, real or imagined, are rarely on your side, so if they are telling you to do strange things you probably shouldn’t listen to them.
In fact, if this is happening to you, it’s a good idea to see a doctor and tell them what is going on. It doesn’t mean you are crazy, but it’s smart to be sure you aren’t suffering from excessive stress or other issues.
If you thoroughly exhaust all possibilities and can come up with no other explanations for the sounds you are hearing, you very well may be living in a haunted house.
3. Objects Move on their Own
Witnessing an object manipulated by an unseen force is an unnerving experience. I can think of a few times in my life where I’ve encountered appliances that turned on and off by themselves and objects that moved on their own, and it is a very uneasy feeling.
Coupled with the disbelief is the feeling that whatever invisible thing is moving the object is right there with you in the room.
But maybe not, or at least not in the way you are thinking. Naturally, the first thing to consider when an object moves by itself is whether there could be a breeze or a hidden slope that had caused the thing to go. But there is another, stranger idea that could be at work here.
Telekinesis is the manipulation of objects by the power of thought. Think of Luke Skywalker concentrating on his lightsaber and causing it to fly into his hand before that crazy snow monster could eat him.
There are some people in the real world who have allegedly done similar things, such as bending spoons or moving objects with their minds.
You may be thinking that those objects you’ve seen flying around your house aren’t your fault, and even if you did have such power you definitely weren’t concentrating on them to make them move.
This is where it gets really interesting. One theory is that it could actually be your subconscious mind that has the ability to move objects without you even knowing you are doing it!
This theory is often used to explain away poltergeist activity, and some researchers say that adolescents, in particular, may be able to cause such havoc without even realizing it.
So, could the objects you’ve seen moving in your home have been set in motion by your own subconscious thoughts or those of another member of the household?
Is the idea of telekinesis any less bizarre than the existence of ghosts in your house?
4. An Unexplained Sense of Foreboding
Years ago my family and I went on vacation and stayed in a small rental home. It was a beautiful house, cheerful and bright, and fairly new. But somehow something about it just seemed wrong. The entire time we stayed there I had flashes of dark, menacing feelings, like something bad was about to happen.
Sometimes I felt like there was someone or something watching, even when I was alone. Our vacation was a blast, but I was happy to leave that house for reasons I couldn’t really explain.
Was that house haunted? Maybe. But there could be other reasons I was feeling that way. One of them has to do with electromagnetic fields.
High EMF readings in a home, or in certain parts of a home, can cause a whole bunch of negative reactions, including feelings of dread and paranoia, and even hallucinations.
This is often the result of old or poorly shielded wiring and it could be one of the reasons your basement feels so creepy. You can buy a gauss meter and test the EMF readings in your home yourself, or hire an electrician to come and check out your wiring.
When it comes to uneasy feelings there is also something to be said here for the power of suggestion. If you believe your house could be haunted, there is a much better chance you are going to feel like your house is haunted. If you’ve just seen a paranormal documentary where some kind of demon lived in a basement, all of a sudden you’re not so keen on going down into your basement by yourself.
Does this sound like what’s happening to you? If you can rule out crummy wiring and horror movies as the cause of your feelings, maybe your house really is haunted.
An EMF Meter is a modern tool used by ghost hunters to detect the presence of spirits. Strange and unexplained readings may indicate a ghost is nearby.
5. A History of Dark Events
Learning more about the history of your property can help you not only in trying to decide if your home has spiritual visitors, but it may help you discover why is it haunted.
I love history, and I recently acquired a map of my neighborhood dating back to 1869. It shows where houses and businesses were located, and even lists the names of the families who lived here. Of course, those houses are long gone, but it’s easy to see how the layout back then is still reflected in the way the landscape looks today.
I then referred to the 1870 census records from the time and got the names, ages, and occupations of all the people who lived in each house. It’s truly fascinating to realize those people, who now seem no more real than words on a page, existed on the same land where I tread today.
I’d love to go back and talk to them, and in my mind, I picture them all as kindly country folk who would invite me onto their porch and offer me some cider. In reality, they were probably just like people today. Some were nice and some were not, and some surely had dark secrets.
The land you live on has a history, and you can probably find out a lot about that history if you want to. People lived there before you, and other people before them. Most were normal people like you and me, but over the course of decades and centuries, surely some bad things occurred on or around the land where your home sits today.
If you think your house might be haunted it’s worth it to do some investigation and find out what might be causing it. You can possibly find some online sources that will help you, but if all else fails you can visit your county or municipal courthouse.
It is widely believed that hauntings are triggered by traumatic events such as murders, battles, or death by freak accidents. If you can uncover such an event that happened on your land, you may be closer to discovering if there could really be a ghost in your home.
What Do You Do If Your House is Haunted?
If you’ve gotten this far and still believe no worldly cause can explain the things you’ve been seeing and hearing you may very well be living in a haunted house. So now what are you supposed to do?
It’s important to realize there are a few different kinds of hauntings. One is an intelligent haunting. This is where the apparition appears aware of you or its surroundings and acts accordingly. This type of haunting is most closely associated with the idea of a human spirit lingering after death.
Another kind of haunting is called a residual haunting. This is where you witness an entity that appears to be acting out as though it were still alive and back in the time it lived. It won’t pay any attention to you and doesn’t appear aware of present-day objects or even changes in the layout of the home.
Residual hauntings are considered like recordings on the environment. It may be possible there is no human spirit present at all, but simply a scene that plays out over and over.
Finally, there is the possibility of an inhuman presence in your home. Inhuman spirits have never walked the Earth in human form. They are not the ghosts of people who were once alive. Some cultures call them demons.
Getting Help With the Spirits in Your Home
Each type of haunting requires a different approach for resolution, but it all starts with figuring out what is going on. You may wish to call a local paranormal investigation team and see if they are willing to check out your house and give their opinion. Once you know what you are dealing with, you can go from there.
In the case of an intelligent haunting, and depending on your belief system, you may call upon your faith to attempt to help the spirit cross over to a better place through prayer. You can look to religious leaders for help. Obviously, some belief systems are more open to this than others.
If the presence is deemed to be demonic you need to find a way to cleanse your home. Again, let your belief system be your guide. Catholicism has exorcists, but you may also wish to explore other options.
You must always exercise caution if you attempt any contact with the spirits, and often this is better left to people with more experience. You may have dear departed Uncle Joe living in your home, or you may have a demon from the seventh circle of Hell. It’s better not to open the door if you don’t know what is on the other side.
Above all, if you think your house is haunted, don’t panic. Continue to learn as much as you can and educate yourself on the paranormal, and seek expert help where you need it. Good luck!
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
brian from uk on September 09, 2020:
i be leave when your a very young person your sanative to these things for me they have never completely gone away all i can say if things that happened with my ma an pa and things got bad. I personally would have developed the way i should have. people have experiences even in everyday life for a time some of us experience things for most of our lives but never develop properly because of circumstance of life. but on the above subjects of ghosts I've seen them several times in my life like your going past them too turn and look a few seconds later and they are no longer there, this did not scare me but if it happened at night it would scare me has anybody seen dark shadow people these beings exists and have a purpose i have been told but not many people talk about them
Katherine on September 06, 2020:
When me and my boyfriend agrue wired things happen at the house
brian from uk on March 30, 2020:
The first house i lived certainly had ghosts but i only every saw two but the one was only visting as it stood there in one spot looking around a young man in his twenties all the other ghost i saw looked like orbs buzzing around the bedroom one night
Ilianna cajilema on March 29, 2020:
And before I gave my dog to somebody else,I saw he would always be barking at the wall,and then he would look at me then look back at the wall,I don’t know what he was barking at
brian from uk on January 10, 2020:
Young children are more sensative only a small portion of grown up hear or see ghosts or hear them but i know they exist as i ve experienced similar things in my childhood but id see full blown spririt in human form
brian from uk on January 10, 2020:
Its funny you mentioned grandma some years ago i doing a workshop in london college of pyschic studies we going for a break and i was following the others going down some stairs to get a drink i felt something go over me and thats when i heard a growl and it did not sound like a dog whats strange nobody else heard it except me theres been other occasions my advice is to increase your vibration in a positive way these beings feed on negative emotion and self dought personally i think i got in the way of its prey sorry to soundv scary but you can block these things
cryptid (author) from USA on January 10, 2020:
@Grandma - Unfortunately, I do not have the ability to help with your problem. Please refer to the section in this article under Getting Help With Spirits in Your Home. Good luck and please be careful!
Grandma on January 09, 2020:
We have a situation , we do know, for a,fact That there is entity in the home it has been seen, by my granddaughter,, and others But it has escalated! Books have been thrown at her and hit her in the back of her neck,, Now last night she and my daughter heard growling My granddaughter got really frightened It did it in her ear as she was talking to her mommy And no one else heard it Please respond ASAP! I promise with the bottom of my soul that this is not a joke!
Ivy on November 15, 2019:
I woke up in my second floor room in El Paso and saw a little shadow figure the size of my brother. NEXT TO MY BED.!
I screamed and when I looked again it was gone.
The next morning my mom asked if I was ok and I told her.
Jayne on June 30, 2019:
My 4 year was lying in my bed last night and sat up so quick saying there a man at the bedroom door with grey hair left it at that but this morning she woke up and said ir was not a dream he was standing there with hia head down and a long coat on its the panic in her voice that make me belive she as seen somwthing help
Helena Whelan from marysville, washington on June 23, 2019:
I've had reports of spirits who can cause a person to feel like they're suffocating.
brian from uk on May 18, 2019:
I had that happen a couple of times me an the wife was on holiday in a caravan by the sea we just gone to bed was not asleep I could feel the sheets moving on my side it made me jump our of bed and wake the missus
Tina on May 18, 2019:
I believe there is something in my room something movez under my covers it really gets so cold to freezing everone said i was crazy so i started video taping an i have proof, i need help im scared i cant sleep at night i might sleep two to three hours a night til i pass out its doing something to me i can feel it who do i turn to
brian from uk on April 16, 2019:
Exam things logically first before you jump conclusions impressions can be left in buildings areas objects that have been traumatic in life people can pick up on these things sensatives are more suceptable that does not mean there going to harm you and loss sleep like I said always rule out things logical first but if in dought consult a reliable and known psychic if things don't charm down all the best
Janet on April 15, 2019:
I took a photo of my yardsale ans posted it on social media to advrtise..someone messaged me and said there looked like there were spirits around all the clothes..they were on a rolling rack..It way grayish swirls and it was coming from where they were hanging and it wasnt in the same picture I took before..wish I could send pic..very odd..Im not afraid but would like an opinion...the man I lived here with passed away suddenly and some strange things have happened
brian from uk on April 09, 2019:
But you can get all sorts of noises outside could be an animal when I first visted my Bro in Australia I heard this horrible screeching noise outside my bedroom window around 1am 1:30am I told my brother nxt day he said it was probably a wombat a small 4 legged animal so you have to check the logical things first
brian from uk on April 08, 2019:
This sounds familiar to experiences I have had they are not human spirits they do not growl your not alone your not alone when I had my experiences nobody could here except me it's probably cause were sensatives. What can do is smudge the area plus increase your vibrational frequency by thinking of good things been positive if your thinking negative they feed off fear when I was very young I used to get it all the time when I went to bed I used to fear the night. Meditating also increases your frequency you have to make the intension to it that's it your home
Alana on April 07, 2019:
Well you see I’m currently cowering under my covers as my bedroom door is acting up and there’s a terribly loud growling outside that I can’t possibly explain. This was helpful, but I’d there any way to rid yourself of a spirit? Thank you.
brian from uk on April 01, 2019:
Yes I beleave when I was four years old we lived in a private house that had a long hallway even in broad day light it was quite dark and gloomy at the end of the hallway there was two doors one leading to backroom and the other to the ajoining kitchen it was still light so I had no fears coming down as the light was on at the opposite side of the hallway I was alway wary of passing the cellar door tucked in the corner next to the coat hangars but on this occasion I felt brave and ok as I began to pass this spot I'd normal kept my eyes facing down or looking at the other wall for some reason I glanced towards cellar door and coat hangars I saw this old lady dressed in an old fashioned like coat with a thick hat on her head and a cold stare which had no emotion l, there was no body else that lived in the house apart from my uncle and parents .I looked her up and down and realised her shoes were not touching the floor I suddenly felt this intense fear and screamed out loud and covered my eyes my mother came runing out of the living room to what was going on i would not open my eyes at first I told her what I'd seen but there was nothing there she said that was my first experience of an aparition
Armando on March 19, 2019:
Just moved a mobile home..after the third day my cat came up missing and we are hearing noises...some of men moaning some noises if kids playing and some noises of group of people talking..what is it
Susan on March 18, 2019:
It started when I was working 12 hr nights. It start with black tear drop shapes flying around a few times so I ignored it.
Then my daughter who was 16 years and left alone already 5 days at night time since I worked 3rd shift. We had 4 Labrador’s in the house with her . One night I had a call from my daughter to my work. All upset she told me my dog was in the hallway growling and the other 3 dogs were knarling at something in the house. I went home and all was well. I take my dog out to feed the horses and I walk out to get hay bale out my dogs starts knarling at the wall in the barn so I walked over to the wall and he stopped growling. Then in winter time I could hear women talking in my house. So I am filling up a bucket of warm water for the horses to warm up their water to encourage them to drink. I was done filling buckets and heard her say we will leave when she’s goes outside to feed the horses.
So I was seeing and hearing them talking and what scared me the most was One night I was having a hard time to get net flex to work. And I heard the front door slammed shut and ran out and no one was there. But my dogs started cowering on my bed and I heard loud breathing and I started singing “o magnify the lord and it left my room.
Then while working on days 12 hr shift everyday the front door would slam shut everyday and it happened so much I would just go back to sleep because I got use to it.
It still followed me to the barn and slamming door until I annoited my house and all doors and windows.
Now I have them upstairs over my bedroom and always talking . One day I was watching TV and I lowerd my TV and and heard them said when she goes down stairs you can take her down then, I saw the basement door open with no body I could see.
So I go downstairs and was playing Christian music on my IPhone and I was. Running up the stairs because I heard Darcy one of my dogs Crying and shaking like a leaf I dropped my clean cloths on my bed and Darcy was trying to dig a hole to hide in my tv room. I picked her and put her on the bed and we slept in my bedroom pretty sound even tho Darcy was attacked . My bedroom is very annoited
julie on January 31, 2019:
we shifted residence to top floor of a secluded house t was just a one room facility probably built to house occassional guest but was let out inorder to keep it clean. my room mate had left to his house which was located 60kms away for week end. i was awakened suddenly in the middle of the night on several occassion at sharply 12 pm. but dismissed as mere co inicidence but on the night of incidence i could feel someone groping me and trying to do imagine what. i was
Private on January 23, 2019:
Our home was haunted for years. We moved in, in 1993. The house was 1.5 yrs old, built in a new development, on what had been farm land. Things would happen like items falling off shelves, tv’s turning on and off. My daughter saw books fly off the shelves. There was never a feeling of anything bad, it never harmed anyone. Just wanted to let us know it was there. We got to the point when something would happen we’d say, hello! People would ask what just happened, we say, it’s just our ghost, it’s friendly. Years later, I learned our land had been part of the fields of the County or State Poor Farm. Living in Mn, our winters are brutal and several people coming or going to the Poor Farm died on their way in or out. Not to mention, I’m certain many could have passed working in the fields. Our next door neighbor still has their ghost. My father passed away in 2005. He didn’t believe in ghosts and whenever we’d say, it was the ghost, he’d tell us there’s no such thing. I know there is, as I saw my own grandfather, his dad, when I was 12. After dad passed, all kinds of things happened. The microwave would turn on, all kinds of electrical things would happen. I learned the microwave was usually a warning my teenage son needed some extra supervision as he was up to no good. Lol! I think my dad told the old ghost to move on, as we no longer have any activity from it. As for dad, he stopped visiting after my mother joined him. Once in a blue moon, they will let us know they’re there, but very seldom since mom died. Dad was here the entire time until mom passed. He was very protective of his family and loved us all very much. I was an only child so he had everyone all in one place to see. But our ghost we had before, no longer is here. No scary ghosts stories here. Only loving ones and we were never afraid.
stephanie booth on November 21, 2018:
we move into my house back in 1993 . when we first move in my house had a black out i wet to the next door neighbour to check eleictricity box and there was nothing wrong.This would happen a few times so call the eleictritiiy people in too take al look nothing was wrong with house wiies.i went to bed while my eldest son and my younger son slept in the lounge room and feel asleep i had fish tank light on the kids had a bed in lounge so they could watch movie i went to bed with my husband .I was woken up and wanted to go too toilet.Has i was going to the i saw something from the corner of my eye has i turned to look i saw a shadow i went in the look. Has i walked down the hall and went to see who was in the lounge with my kids.My kids was sleeping.But there was nothing i could see just like puff of smoke over the top of my kids.Has i turned to go back to bed i was pushed so hard into my tv in the lounge room but nothing smashed cause i had glass wear in the tv cupboard the black puff of smoke went into my kitchen and slammed the kitchen door closed shut.I went too open my kitchen door the door handle was hot when i had the door handle my feet was not on the floor i was risen and felt like i was held i started to pray has i felt this thing was going to throw me but then my kitchen door open i followed this large black thing with red eyes into my laundry and just faded and went away.when i told my husband and family they don't belive me .Now i have still have something here in my house off 30 years..
Justin b on November 09, 2018:
I woke up, between 5-6am in my king size alone with my 2 dogs. I look to my right and notice a white figure of a man... I looked and looked again and it seemed if he was looking out my window? Once I realized what I was looking at I jumped up and ran as fast as I could trying to avoid him. I thought I may be playing tricks on myself etc... I had a buddy sleeping in the living room one room over but he had already left for work. I go back into my room and lay down. I wake up once again but this time it was different the ghost was still there but he was across the room infront of a closet starring at me and I felt like he didn’t want me there? I got up and ran. Waited about 5 minutes and walked back into my room and it’s gone. I turned my lights on and laid in bed for the rest of the morning.
K on September 14, 2018:
I have had EVPs calling me by name. Husband 30 year cop heard it at well. Investigated intelligent spirit 45 minutes of contact. Left recorder on left house, voices walking and talking doors opening closing. Items moving and then reappearing. Items being taken never appearing again . Changes in personality and facial morphing observed by others. Changing of the house like an internal rot, health ailments .
Just want out!
Petra Robles on September 03, 2018:
my dogs are always barking or looking at the walls
jraabe on August 04, 2018:
I put a camera in the room in the bassment where I am moving into. About 2 days after I set it up I started getting motion notifications, I have orbs and lots of them that I can only see from my camera. now I am also getting sound notifications and the first said "hello" in a raspy voice. the second sounds like two people in a soft whispering voice was asking if they can come in the house, I have also felt a strang vibration on my upper back when I was down there. I don't want demons so I don't know what to do. The research on the house and area have many differant possibilitys, Many slaves died hidding in attics, many people died from masive floods and small pox. The historian said to ask them their name, that if I can get a name she can find them. I just don't think I should do that. I do have lot's of video of both the orbs "not bugs" and them talking. I just don't know what to do and what not to do.
Klove aleshinloye on July 15, 2018:
I know my home is haunted i was sitting in my living room i saw a tall man walking pass my window it look like he was trying to come throw my front door this spirit been on my front porch for 3 years just walk all the time on my front porch one day a ladybug land on me i was in my home i did'nt know how it got in all my door are close lot of time i be in my kitchen if i place a towel food or anything on the counter the spirit always move things
Hollie on June 16, 2018:
Something in my apt while me and my girls sleep have been cuting are hair while we sleep and its not just are mr friends the come over and stay the night it happend to her to idk my daughter talks to someone in my room and in the bath room mirror kinda creep idk what to do
Rachel on June 11, 2018:
I do believe in spirits I have exexperience sounds moving things there cold there fear but I've had there heavy body On my chest but my house isnt haunted but does that mean I could be visiting me
Ghost expert on March 13, 2018:
demons- evil spirits of the devil that never really existed in human life. it was always a demon. in short it is here to make your life hell. it just wants to see you scared and die. it is very difficult to get rid of and often exorcism's dont work on them. they can easily posses a human and can do alot of harm to a human. if bad enough is fully capable of killing a human. sorry for the long description. im very experienced in demon
Tracy on March 04, 2018:
I have photos, where CLEARLY something is in the CORNER of my bedroom and it freaks me out!! Since my sons birth this has happened at least 3 times, usually white ghostly images, but this last time consists of the white ghostly image and in the background is a pinkish DEMON figure
Natalia Rayne on February 14, 2018:
Obviously spirits exist in our world, but no my home is not haunted, based on the information in the article.
******** on February 06, 2018:
I see him all the time!
Nickile on February 05, 2018:
Stuff keeps going missing in my house 2 tv remotes an air mattress shoes
Jinx on February 01, 2018:
I always feel like someone's behind me... watching over my shoulder. Maybe it's my anxiety?
Anthony on December 16, 2017:
will heres the thing i always feel like im being watched i cant sleep becuase i get woken up by something i see stuff out the corner of my eye and i seen something on my night stand setting there and the closet door wide open and i allways have it closed it was very scary looking thing and it was all black with black hair covering its face im strait freaking out i dont know what to do man i feel like im crazy lol
Riyansh jain on October 27, 2017:
I don't belive in ghost
if ghost is there how we can prove
Janet Parr on October 27, 2017:
I did see apparition on 3 occasions. Wide awake. 2 other people also saw it. Separate times. Always in my yard or driveway. I notice thi vs passing by in yard. Does not frighten me. Did frighten other 2 people
cody on September 26, 2017:
I have been living in my house for about 3 years and i am quite sure i have a spirit here. I cant tell if its evil or good or if it has its good and bad days . when i first moved in i had little furniture but i remember i was going to bed and i heard a phone start ringing, thinking it was my cell phone i check.. But the sound was coming from the basement. I just stared down the stairs until i could muster the courage to investigate i thought it could have been my dads phone or something since we spent the last month working on it so i can mive in. I find the phone its a really old one like the old spin dials i answer and its just static. I freaked out and hung up. Immediately it started to ring again so i tore the phone out of the wall. not much did happen since except the feeling of being watched and things occasionaly falling off counters with no possible wind
cryptid (author) from USA on August 30, 2017:
Hi robyn: Sounds very disturbing. I'd suggest getting in contact with a reputable, local paranormal research group for help. Good luck and I hope things get better.
robyn on August 29, 2017:
I rent out my parents house. My mom overdosed there in 2010. I have had three renters and each one has told me of strange things being moved or thrown. My last renter had a friend over who says they saw my mother. He described her to a t. There was no way for him to have known that. He claims she had long brown hair, glasses, and was wearing a pink robe. That's exactly what she was wearing when I found her. He said she looked right at him then disappeared. It's freaking everyone out... I'm at a loss. I don't want to believe this but his description was to spot on. Help?
jennifer on August 28, 2017:
Help I think my house is haunted and I have it on recording
Sam DuBois on August 01, 2017:
So we've lived in this house on a hill for about 14 years of my life and there's always been small things that puzzled us. When I was young I loved running into my parents bedroom and they'd hear my small feet on the tile floor, it was a distinctive sound. There was no one else in the home except my parents and I, so they wait for me to run into their room but I did not show up. My dad got up to check on me and I was still in bed. A few years after that a shadow caught the corner of my eyes but I didn't think of it again. We redecorated the room that resembled mine 5 years ago and that's when I started to get a vibe off of it as I hung out in there more. The closet scared me and the corners of the room were too cold, so I eventually stopped hanging out in there as I got older. There's been other small instances like the old stereo system going off, feeling someone watching me or looking over my shoulder, someone touching my hair, and the fear of passing the playroom at night. Last night as I was on the internet in my dark room, I heard my dogs toy go off. It's a loud monkey noise but she's older now so she doesn't play with. The only other animal that likes the toy was my cat but both of them were outside. It went off twice and then I heard something fall. I was plastered to my bed definitely not going to check out what the noise was now. And right now all three animals are sitting with me and I hear something scratch in the playroom, like dogs claws. I'm a little freaked out.
Ann on July 06, 2017:
I am a very scientifically minded person and will always find a logical reason for any occurrence. The last few weeks things have happenned in my family's house have left me completely at a loss to explain what is going on. My family bought the house new and for the last fifty years the home has been filled with many happy memories.Nothing bad or scary has ever happenned in the house and everyone is leading happy lives. Everyone is well and getting on with life. But over the last few weeks we have had some very weird events occur at night time. There is the sound of very heavy foot steps (very distinct footsteps) walking around our house at night. I have been woken by the noise of these footsteps and my family members (and even my dog) have been woken by the footsteps. The first time it happenned I thought we had an intruder and leapt up only to find everyone asleep and all the doors locked and windows shut. The noises still continue off and on at night, and one night I even had the footsteps walk down the corridor and right into my room...waking me only to find no one there. Strangely none of us feel scared by the noises, but it is hard to sleep. Recently it escalated and I was woken by something jumping on my bed...I thought my dog had got out of the laundry as it was the sensation of four legs jumping on my bed...only nothing was there and my dog was still in the laundry.It could not be a rat jumping on my bed as whatever it was felt quite big...and possums and cats could not get in to the house (I checked).I chose to ignore the incident only to have a similar occurrence happen a few days later. Now the series of events are starting to concern me as I feel they have escalated a bit more. None of the family are ever scared when these things happen but I will confess to some fear that the night events could get worse and possibly serious in the future...I hate this expectation of more possibly occurring and potentially worse occurring. I would prefer explanations and a course of action to have everything return to what it once was.
Donna Wolf on June 29, 2017:
I visited my friend at her place and I feel her house is haunted,her son is afraid to sleep in his room,I opened his room and it doesn't feel pleasant,her hustand was in that room and a couple of days before he passed he was saying leave me alone,why are you bothering me, she lives in Florida
Blake Zehnder on March 28, 2017:
ok here is an ongoing story, my house is haunted for sure. my ghost is malice filed and yet playful with tricks it scares me time to time by banging my downstairs door it also manphist in large shadowy mass form. it also does poke me when im watching about ghost in a playful manner on the back of the head to mess with me. but there is a room downstairs that must stay close at all time if the door is open if i go down their there is a great deal of malice that come from the room like something hates me with all there guts. thats it for now
Tabitha Harkins on February 13, 2017:
I am Still freaking out
Shelly turnau on February 03, 2017:
Me house is haunted wen I lived in a flat for ten years that was haunted saw thins an heard stuff then wen I moved in a house think I brought them with me cos I've heard stuff seen shadows an me 3 year dog Olly seen an heard stuff now me 19 year old daughter started hearing an seein thins
Giovanni (John) Battiato on February 03, 2017:
I believe that our family home is haunted and the funny thing is that I sense it and certain things happen when I'm here at home and I would love to know if this is true. Thank you
EX farm boy on January 14, 2017:
I grew up with a nice ghost in my house. She would actually clean but not put things back in the right place. There were constant footsteps when nobody but me was home, thinks that had been moved, and the rare audible voice that was just the tone of a stern mother but never angry if the kitchen was not left clean. The previous owner of the house told his granddaughter to ask my sister, a high school teacher/librarian to ask her "how is the ghost?"
Kate on January 13, 2017:
I hear weird things and they scare me
cryptid (author) from USA on November 29, 2016:
Hi rj: Your theory is interesting, but doesn't account for events where the apparition is witnessed by more than one person. Or, the scant evidence where ghosts reveal themselves through photography, video and sound recordings. For those things to occur there must be a physical presence, not simply mental imagery. It seems there must be some scientific explanation beyond hallucinations or energy that manifest only in our minds.
cryptid (author) from USA on November 27, 2016:
Hi Shellsea. I certainly wouldn't jump to the conclusion that you or anyone you know is about to die, or even that there was a supernatural occurrence. You are smart to assume there was a critter or some other reason for the dress to move and I would continue to seek reasonable explanations. Once those are exhausted, perhaps you may have a haunting in your home, but without further incidents I wouldn't decide that's true either.
Try not to freak out, and see where things go from here. Don't expect the worst! Good luck and let us know how things go.
Shellsea on November 26, 2016:
This morning when I awakened I observed a dress in my closet moving. I watched as this black linen sheath dress that was on a padded hanger moved in the underarm/chest area. Ok, so I'm not fully awake yet. I pinched myself. Yes! I am fully awake. I reached over and got my glasses and put them on and the dress is still moving. I then got up on my knees to be more aligned with the area of the movement. I could not believe what I was seeing. The dress is still moving. I thought how could a critter possibly have gotten in, made it's way to the most distant closet, in my furtherest bedroom and select this particular dress or any other article of clothing for that matter, and climb up inside of it.
Finally I got two words out of my mouth. "Oh God"!!! The movement stopped instantly! I then ran to the kitchen pantry, got an opaque trash bag, gingerly removed the dress from the closet hanger and all, folded it over twice bagged it and tied a knot in it. So far nothing has emerged from the dress in the opaque bag. I'm pretty distraught over this incident. Any opinions, ideas? As an aside I will tell you that this is my dress that I wear to funerals. Am I about to die? Is someone I know about to die? Is someone I love who has passed over visiting me?
cryptid (author) from USA on October 29, 2016:
Hi Madison. I'm sorry to hear about your cat. It's always very sad when we lose a pet. Sightings of ghost animals are not uncommon, but of course I have no way to know if that is what you are experiencing. You may wish to document your encounters so you have a written record of what is happening. It's probably a good idea to talk to someone if you are experiencing grief over the loss of your pet as well. Good luck!
Madison on October 27, 2016:
Hi, my cat Raven just died 1 month ago, and I have heard strange noises, and have even seen him around the house. We have two other cats, but I his meow was different than theirs. I was wanting know if he was haunting my house and why I can see him. I am going through a bit of grief. I was wondering if you can tell me a little more about the ghosts. Thanks, Madison.
dee on September 26, 2016:
I just bought a house i have seen a shadow in the shape of a person every nite around the same time my tv shuts off lights go on and off now doors open and close im freeking out after i bought it i found bottles of holy water in all the window seals i thought maybe the previous owners was religious now i wonder why it was there more things keep happening im ready to sell
cryptid (author) from USA on September 05, 2016:
Hi Karis! My advice is: Don't freak out! Despite the odd feelings experienced by your brother, it sounds like you have absolutely nothing to fear from your new house. If weird things start happening then it might time to freak out, but until then why stress yourself out? There is no reason to worry so far, so enjoy your new house.
Karis on September 04, 2016:
Ok so I'm meant to be moving to a house and it was built in 1800s and my brother thinks it's weird how people moved in and like left its been abandoned for 5 years and my brother says he finds it sketchy I was never worried about it but since he said to me I've actually become really scared but I mean I don't think there's anything wrong with it and it doesn't help all the horror movies I've watched lol but I would like I don't want to be left home alone there but I will be anyone got any advice for me ?????
Alex Lamott on August 15, 2016:
Ever since my grandpa past away my Grandma and papaw/ there son. They have been hearing his laugh footsteps and him breathing on us this all that has happened so far. I only think it is him because it's been happening ever since he died
harley on June 12, 2016:
I recently moved into a new house with my dad and step-mom long with siblings.But the reason we got the house is kinda creepy.we got the house because the husband of the family before us had had a heart attack and died
when i found out i was sure that my house was haunted and a couple weeks later i was convinced because from my bedroom window i could see a milky white figure ( it did not look human just a strand of white) glide right past my window and now i am scared i am not sure but i do beleive in ghosts.
Beppie on May 03, 2016:
I believe ,I have a ghost in my apartment. At first I heard someone calling my name at night,then I felt someone touch my back and now Someone or something pushes my left foot that wakes me up and now this morning I felt someone poked my left foot while I wasn't sleeping. Each time I felt my left foot being touched my foot was under the blanket,I even asked my husband if he done it but it wasn't him because most of the time he isn't in the bedroom.
cryptid (author) from USA on January 25, 2016:
Hi Bonnie. Sounds really scary and strange, but it also seems like things that can be easily explained away. Try to think it through and find any reasonable explanations for what you are experiencing. If you can't find explanations, and if the activity intensifies, you may wish to contact a local paranormal investigation team to check it out. Good luck and try not to freak out!
bonnie on January 24, 2016:
We recently have been mostly feeling things and I have seen what looks like someone walking to the bathroom and recently we had a friend stop by and she kind of confirmed what we have been feeling . our house we rent is dated 1825 to 1920 also was housing for mill workers. My 11 year old has recently started acting strange and her room is one area of feelibgs not bad but not good either what should we do?
cryptid (author) from USA on October 09, 2015:
Yikes, Melody! That does sound scary!
Melody a on October 08, 2015:
Me and my 2 teenage children have seen dark shadows in my bedroom and closet even herd growling noises one night I was really tired was half asleep when it felt as if someone was layn on bed beside me I felt bed sink down no one was in house but me really scarey always filling like im being watched
Brayden on August 09, 2015:
Im not crazy butI hear things, my story is while sleeping I woke to glass breaking I jumped up and hid I peeked to see n one so when I walked to the door to tell my mom the door shut as I got flung up to a corner and the furniture stood in midair as like time stopped please Help!
Meow on April 24, 2015:
I have a haunted house.........Its a she...She don't hurt me or my mom she just messes with us like she will use my voice and my moms she loves my kittens and my one dog but i not very sure i just moved in and she scares me a lot....my mom heard her last night talking...the other day i heard a little girl singing like she was very sad....How do i know if they are bad....im very scared.....I read something that near where i live a lot of ppl seen a devil...Its a man with wings.....Very scarey looking...
lea on April 07, 2015:
Ok ive seen and heard things i know there (ghosts) real but my niece is hearing growling noises foot steps and knocking also hot and cold spots in her house oddly she can touch a doorknob and one side is hot enough to make a mark on her hand and the other side be cold as ice she keeps freaking out and i don't feel anything or hear anything when i walk in her house
cryptid (author) from USA on April 06, 2015:
Hi Lynn. It's impossible to definitively say if your late father had anything to do with the playing card. However, reports of recently departed relatives making themselves known after death are not uncommon. Sometimes it seems like they stick around to make sure their family is okay before they move on.
I'm sorry for the loss of your dad. Whether or not he had anything to do with the card I can't say, but wherever he is I'm sure he's not far from your heart.
lynn on April 03, 2015:
Hi my dad past away on march 31 2015 the next day there was know one in his house except my mom and myself. she was getting ready for bed that day and went from her bedroom to the bathroom goinh past my dads bedroom when she came out of the batroom she found a playing card on the floor in front of the bathroom door it was the Queen of Diamonds. i was just wondering if anyone can tell me if this was from my dad and what it may mean....thanks for any in put
cryptid (author) from USA on February 03, 2015:
Hi Andy. That certainly sounds like some strange goings on. I think you are onto something as far as needing to write things out. Maybe keep a journal. This will help you keep your head clear, and also give you an accurate history of events as they occur.
Andy on February 03, 2015:
Ok, I consider myself to be very reasonable. I think 99.9% of things can be explained. Not that I don't believe in the supernatural but most of the time there is probably a good explanation. That being said, we have been in our house a year and a few months. Built in 1949. Original owners lived there for a bit and the next owners lived there for 50 years. They died (not sure if they were in the house or not but maybe that is a start) and their kids sold it to us. At night I hear lots of noises. I pretty much write most of it off to "house sounds". Wood expanding and contracting. A fair amount of thumping. Although I will say it is a lot of noise for house sounds. Again trying to use the most logical explanation. We recently just prior to the winter (November in MD) we noticed my sons winter coat vanished. Frustrating. We tore the house apart as it was a gift and a pretty expensive patagonia coat. Never found it. We purchased him a new one. Fast forward to this morning and it was missing. Not in the closet. I am religious about hanging coats as it drives me crazy that my kids just toss them around lol. We have a small closet with maybe 4-5 items coats/jackets hanging. I checked it 3 times. Checked everywhere in the house. My wife checked it twice. I told her it is not there. I physically removed all the hangers/jackets. We ended up putting him in a different coat (not the best on a cold day) and started our day. On my way to work my wife called and said she opened the closet and his coat was hanging directly in the center of the closet. Not tucked off to the side. Not on the floor. Right in the center. There is 0% chance I could have missed it 3 times and my wife 2 times. She was a bit freaked out. This stuff happens from time to time there. Something is missing and it appears exactly where you left it in plain sight. Maybe I just needed to write this out and have someone listen but any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you.
cryptid (author) from USA on December 19, 2014:
Sounds terrible, Tanya. I'm sorry you have to go through this. You may want to think about contacting a local paranormal expert to come and see if they can help you. Good luck.
tanya on December 18, 2014:
my 2 yr old and one yr old cry st night most at 3 am. Knocking in the kitchen wall. same time..sometime in the day time. Feeling of being watched from bathroom and closets, ny kids have had unexplained medical conditions. I sometime hear my name. Paralyzed in my sleep. Been going tbrough bad evet since i moved here. Car accidents two in Four monthd. no relationship last.
cryptid (author) from USA on November 30, 2014:
Thanks some freaky business there Ginge. Thanks for sharing your story. If you ever decide to take action, the first step I always advise is to find a reputable local paranormal group to come in and do an investigation. Good luck!
The Ginge on November 29, 2014:
I think that my house is haunted. Lights will turn off and on randomly doors that are shut will be found open. Some of the scarier stuff is that we left for a week long vacation when we came home every single door was open, all the lights were on and in our basement a power sander and been taken off its shelf the cord unwrapped and plugged in and it was running. From there on my father believed in ghosts. The man who had owned this house before us had lived in it for years, he raised his kids in it. While neither him nor his wife died in the house they both died owning the house. My little brother has always talked about how he was talking to 'the man' this man was in his room and would stand over his bed and talk to him. My brother would see this man throughout the house. There's nothing wrong with imaginary friends but my stepmother pulled up a picture of the owner before us and showed it to my brother. He told us that's the man from his room. My brothers bedroom was the mans old office where we think he must have spent a lot of his time. At this point we've been living in this house a couple years now and have decided to ignore the lights and footsteps because the man seems nice and hasn't caused harm. But sometimes it is scary to hear footsteps when you're the only one in the house.
the duck on November 10, 2014:
Well last night i herd a female screem no plan as day but the kids where asleep and all the tvs was off i jump up and checked the kids and thay was still sound asleep so i was loking around and vould not see any thing wint back to bed and felt like i was bing woched
cryptid (author) from USA on October 24, 2014:
Hi Kayla. It often seems to be the case that dogs and cats are hypersensitive to paranormal activity, and they will notice something strange in the house before people do. Of course there may be many other reasons your cats are acting as you described which have nothing to do with the paranormal. I would not take odd pet behavior in itself as evidence of a haunting. Unless they are levitating and floating around the room or something like that. :-)
Kayla Hollingshead on October 23, 2014:
Hello. My cats have been acting very weird. My two younger ones won't be as playful as they usually are, and my oldest one is constantly meowing at the door. Sometimes they run away from me. Could this be a sign?
cryptid (author) from USA on October 23, 2014:
Hi Lisa. Sure could be a ghost, but I wouldn't presume that until you have a bunch of experiences that point to a supernatural explanation. Not that your husband would lie or be easily confused, but perhaps there is a more worldly explanation. I can understand why he'd be freaked out!
Lisa on October 22, 2014:
Hi, my husband said he saw the curtain open and a person with white on look out. He asked he if I were the one up there and I said no which was the truth. He then came back near me and his face was white as heck!!! Could this be a ghost?
cryptid (author) from USA on September 24, 2014:
I've experienced things like your makeup incident and it is indeed unnerving. Not makeup. I don't wear makeup. I mean with other items. As for the calls, I'd look to a more worldly explanation before jumping to conclusions.
scared on September 23, 2014:
once when i left my house i put my jewelry and makeup in the closet. When i came back it was on my bed i was scared because i was the only one in the house and i was keep getting calls from unknown numbers. When i pick up the phone they say DON'T LEAVE THE HOUSE SOMEONE IS ABOUT TO COME! Should i be freaking out because this happens every time i leave the house
Helen Gallo on September 19, 2014:
On 911 Was out having a ciggarett and saw what was a young guyy appear walking up the sidewalk near a church my eyes never left him he turned around and looked at me from a distance for a few secounds turned back around started walking again and disappeared behind a palm tree.
cryptid (author) from USA on September 17, 2014:
Yikes! That's some freaky stuff there, Travis!
Travis on September 16, 2014:
Ok this is a long shot but I believe I know that my house is haunted we had just moved in a few weeks and while I was exploring I was playing a hide and seek game I went into the upstairs walk in closet when I got the feeling I was being watched I look up and I see a skeletal skull figure looking down at me I freak and try to open the door but it won't open and my brother opened it I ran out and he was behind me when he himself was also pushed down in the middle of the night while everyone was down stairs you could hear music upstairs but there was no electronics upstairs this house used to be a school but the downstairs was built into an apartment there was always foot steps shuffling across the upstairs floor when no one was up there even my 7 month old daughter is afraid to sleep in her crib she screams and cries horrifyingly and just keeps looking in this one corner of the room so one night I had enough I was going to call for a ride to come get us I could not find the phone I ran everywhere looking then I started to hear a devilish chanting from and unplugged radio behind the song stay from sugar land me and my family instantly left the house running outside the door slamming shut behind us only to find out there was two suicides on the house the next by while talking to the neighbors
CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on August 26, 2014:
Creepy yet very interesting! Ghost and other mystery stories fascinates me. We just moved into this new house couple of months ago and although it's fairly new (11 yrs old), I still insisted to know about its background and I diligently have to dig more about its history.
So far, 3rd eye is not seeing anything and no strange feeling as well--good sign! In fact, we all like the vibes in here.
Terry on August 20, 2014:
Wow,that is freakish!
cryptid (author) from USA on August 20, 2014:
Jasmine: Have you spoken to the person who appeared to you so see if they have had any weird experiences? I'm thinking about phenomenon like bi-location and astral projection.
Jasmine on August 19, 2014:
I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of a entity or ghost appearing in the form of someone you know? Someone still living and trying to communicate? I know it sounds weird but I haven't been able to find anything on the internet like this.
cryptid (author) from USA on August 17, 2014:
That's some scary stuff Jennifer and I'm sorry you have to go through it. I encourage you to find a local paranormal group that can offer some advice. You may wish to turn to your faith for help, or perhaps local investigators can put you in touch with the right people to solve your problem. Good luck and don't give up hope!
Jennifer on August 16, 2014:
I live in a haunted home. They move with us. I am now having insomnia nd failing health bc of this. I am being slapped when I sleep.my name nd or others being called loudly. Lights dishwasher water microwave blender being turned on in the middle of night. Screams. I've tried to protect my daughter as we don't mention any of this to her nd she screams that someone is watching her bathe,sleep,eat play. Growling can be heard. Crashes during day. Items missing nd we accuse each other nd item will b Wer we know it wasn't. Water overflowing in tub with no one being home. Doors open that are locked. We wake up with oven on nd stove eyes. Piano bein played very badly. Going crazy. Need help.
cryptid (author) from USA on August 03, 2014:
@ Laura335: I know what you about moving into a new home. Every time I've ever moved I've wondered in the back of my mind if there might be another tenant there already. In a few place I think there may have been!
@carrir Lee Night: I agree most supernatural occurrences can be explained, but like you I've run into a few that had be baffled!
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 02, 2014:
Interesting hub :). I always try to find the logical explanation to strange events before jumping the gun. I can tell you most occurrences can be explained, but a few have left me puzzled especially when I have been touched and there is nothing there. I am sensitive to energy so I feel things all the time but it is hard to pinpoint what I am feeling :). I just live life and excuse things I don't understand and i do a lot of praying :). Thank you for writing this very organized hub
Laura Smith from Pittsburgh, PA on August 02, 2014:
I've never had a paranormal experience myself, but I do believe a lot of the stories that are out there. It was a minor concern for me when I moved into my house three years ago, but so far, so good.
cryptid (author) from USA on July 27, 2014:
Wow! Thanks for sharing that amazing story Jamie!
Jamie on July 26, 2014:
I am a funeral director and my family lives above the FH in the apartment provided by my FH. My family was nervous moving in because of the location so I played the odd things happening in our home off because I've never been one to believe in ghosts but after 2 years living here I am finally a believer, I've personally not experienced but a couple of incidents but what made me a believer was I was walking down the hall and a full size adult male walked out of the wall and passed right in front of me it all happened so fast and was so vivid that out of habit I said excuse me because it was like I cut someone off walking by them. The thing I seen had a full body but it's face was a blur, no facial features at all. We are not scared or frightened anymore because they never harmed us or been mean to us. They do seem to try to annoy us at times but it's not harmful in anyway. Our cats also always seem to be playing with things that aren't seen but sometimes they get spooked and run and hid. I'm a believer now.