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Is your house haunted?
So how do you tell if your house really is haunted? The first step is one you’ve
already started… learning a little about the subject. Next, you’ll want to do a little
of your own debunking. For any unexplained activity you may have noticed, try to
find a possibly logical explanation. You might not eliminate all of the haunting
symptoms, but you might find causes for a few.
There’s an interesting psychological effect of living with an unseen roommate. At
first most people don’t think their house is haunted so they tend to write off odd
occurrences as either explainable or just their imagination. Then finally things
either build up or something undeniable happens and the idea of a possible haunting
is born. Suddenly every little thing comes into question as being a possible ghostly
manifestation and the scales tip in the other direction.
So let’s talk about some of the most common haunting symptoms. No two hauntings are
exactly alike, and the symptoms can vary quite a bit from one case to another. Many
hauntings involve totally unique manifestations as well. But here are some of the
most common haunting symptoms:
Full bodied – or partial bodied – apparitions, sometimes solid, sometimes transparent.
These can be in living color (so to speak), in softer faded shades, or predominately
Dark apparitions often described as blacker then black, either with crisp clean profiles
or with softer edges, or shadow people, often child-sized, but not always.
Shadowy movements, often in corners or near the floor.
Dark clouds, often near the ceiling.
Orbs or floating lights, seen with the naked eye. Dark streaks or black orbs are
also sometimes observed.
Mists or misty white apparitions.
Disembodied voices, from your name being called to soft conversations where you can’t
quite make out what’s being said, there are countless possibilities.
Rapping, knocking, and other odd sounds.
Growling sounds coming from anywhere or seemingly everywhere, often considered a
sign of a demonic haunting.
Any other unexplainable sound, such as doors being opened, furniture being moved,
or unseen items being dropped.
Again, anything unexplainable, but often the whiff of perfume or the smell of a cigar.
Putrid smells, which can sometimes indicate a demonic presence.
Anything from a comforting hand on your shoulder in a time of need to a shove down
The feeling that you just walked through a spider’s web.
Cold spots or, more infrequently, hot spots.
Physical attacks such as scratches, punctures, welts or being slapped.
The feeling of being watched.
Onsets of unexplained emotions such as sadness or anger.
Electronics that go on or off by themselves
Pets noticing things that we don’t.
Items disappearing and reappearing.
Young children talking with someone not physically present.
Constant mechanical issues in the home.
Constant quarreling, especially if it stops outside the home.
Obviously many of these symptoms can have natural explanations as well. It’s important
to look at your situation as a whole, which is why a little insight from professionals
is often quite helpful. It’s difficult to be unbiased in your evaluations when you’re
living in the middle of it all. For this reason alone it’s often worth contacting
a paranormal investigation team. If you’re not ready for an investigation, let them
know up front that you just want someone to talk to about what’s going on in your
home to get their insight. Most teams will have no problem doing this, and don’t
hesitate to contact several teams and talk to as many of them as are willing.
A good source for paranormal teams in your area is Paranormal Societies, found online
at http://www.paranormalsocieties.com/. There you’ll find a significant listing of
paranormal teams organized by state, with links to their websites. I highly recommend
checking out several team’s websites before contacting one.
Many teams are small and have a full caseload, thus may not have the ability to help
at any given time. For the vast majority of paranormal investigators, this is something
we do in our spare time, after our day (paying) job and our family commitments, so
unfortunately most teams have limited bandwidth. Thus one other option is to use
the “Haunting Assistance” link on the Paranormal Societies website. A Tweet will
go out to all of the paranormal research teams that follow the site and your request
will be forwarded to a local team that responds with availability and a desire to
If you do think your house is haunted, you’ll probably want to take the next step
and learn more. My own book, I Think My House is Haunted!, is an excellent resource,
- More on how to tell if your house is haunted,
- What ghosts are and why they are here,
- Psychological aspects of living with the paranormal,
- How to identify a negative haunting,
- What to expect from a paranormal investigation team, and how to find a good one,
- How to investigate on your own if you'd prefer (and what risks you take if you
- What to do if your house really is haunted: advice on taking verbal control, cleansings,
crossing spirits over, and other ways of living with the paranormal.
Living with spirits doesn’t usually have to be a negative experience, and the more
you know the better.
Two of three photos taken seconds apart in this haunted attic looked like this first
one...the third photo showed an unexplainable dark cloud. The orbs in the second
photo can’t be proven to be paranormal - or not to be paranormal - but are possibly
just dust reflections and thus can not be considered as potential evidence of the
paranormal. Photo courtesy of PCINJ Co-Founder Mike Pabian.
An interesting daylight orb is caught in a photo near the third floor of this beautiful
old home where much activity has been reported... is this house haunted? Photo courtesy
of Debbie McGee
So you’d like to
know if your house is haunted…
Usually is starts with the small things… maybe you’ve heard unexplained knocks or
seen shadows, felt as if you were being watched, heard or seen doors opening or closing,
or noticed your pet obsessed with something no one else can see. Maybe you heard
your name being called when you were alone, or your electronics seem to have taken
on a life of their own.
It’s very possible that the things you’re experiencing have a perfectly natural cause.
It’s also very possible that something outside of the normal is going on. Be it an
earthbound spirit, a visitation from someone crossed over, or something entirely
different but equally as supernatural, this world is full of energy and manifestations
that are just on the other side of explainable. So if you’re experiencing something
along those lines, the first thing you need to know is that it’s not all that unusual
or uncommon. In fact, the experience itself may be life changing in many positive