How to Get Rid of a Ghost in Your House

Getting Rid Of A Ghost

This follow up to How to Talk to a Ghost in Your House will discuss ways of getting rid of a pesky ghost who does not want to leave. A common problem for people is having a ghost hang around with no real purpose of goals in his life, or should I say death. This hub will give you the tips to help you get your ghost to move out, or at least start respecting you if it decides to stay.  Stop fearing your ghost and start acting like your house is yours.  Be strong and get rid of your ghost today.

Disclaimer: If at any time you are reading this and believe that I am describing a ghost that you know personally, rest in peace I am not. All ghost references are purely fictitious.

Ghosts once lived in run-down haunted houses like these.  Photo by Night Fate
Ghosts once lived in run-down haunted houses like these. Photo by Night Fate
What ghost wouldn't want to live here?  Photo by marganz
What ghost wouldn't want to live here? Photo by marganz

History Of Haunted Houses: Where Ghosts Live

After World War Two, many soldiers came home with the notion that they were going to make a better home for their ghosts than they had when they grew up. When they were children, ghosts lived in the typical "haunted house," which were mostly described as dark, scary, old, broken-down abandoned houses. These parents to the baby boomers came home and wanted to live the American dream right away. Quonset huts and moving in with parents were necessary modes of living until new houses, such as those in Levittowns, being built met the housing demand. Luckily the builders were able to eventually meet the demand and everyone eventually was able to buy their dream house thanks to overly generous bankers.

The problem came when people started building these houses in the suburbs that were so nice that ghosts started moving out of their decrepit old haunted houses and into very nice comfortable houses where they had their own room with a t.v., computer, and plenty of food in the fridge. These ghosts were being spoiled so much that they never bothered to find purpose in their lives, and they just expected to have nice things all the time. Theses ghosts are lost souls with no direction, just floating around in the comfort of modern day suburban houses. Some ghosts have become so spoiled that they are not willing to work at all. They don't see why they need to start out working a graveyard shift or expect too much from their employers.

Lingering ghosts hate chores.  Photo by raflowers.
Lingering ghosts hate chores. Photo by raflowers.
Stocked refrigerators attract ghosts.
Stocked refrigerators attract ghosts.

Tips For Getting Rid Of A Ghost In Your House

A variety of strategies can be used to get rid of an unwanted ghost lingering in your house, and your ghost may respond to some better than others. You know your ghost best and should choose the strategies that seems best suited for your situation.

  • Ask the ghost to help out around the house. Giving the ghost chores will provide it with some responsibilities and teach the ghost a better work ethic. This may be all that is needed for some of the more lazy ghosts
  • Stop providing free meals. As long as the ghost has free food in the fridge, theres no reason to leave. Ghosts are known for GOBLIN up food. Forcing your ghost to buy food will lessen its reason to stay. You may ask your ghost to share other costs also, as they are known for turning on lights and leaving the room. You may have what's called a Hungry Ghost.
  • Set ground rules. Most ghosts don't like the idea of having GROUND rules, and none seem to stay in the ground where they belong. If your ghost is to live in your house, it must follow a few rules in order to respect you.
  • Write your ghost a letter. Jim Fay creator of Love and Logic gives a great example of how to write your ghost a letter in order to encourage it to become more independent and move out. It's all about respect for everyone involved. For some reason it starts "Dear Son." It should be useful for your ghost anyway.
  • Help your ghost. Maybe your ghost has no direction. Your ghost may need education to better itself. This will give your ghost the tools it needs to make it outside your home. Be careful though, there's a saying, "you can't teach an old ghost new tricks."
  • Encourage your ghost to get out more. If you are able to get your ghost into a relationship, it may be more likely to want to leave your house. Be especially careful that your ghost doesn't invite more ghosts to your house.


Communicate Better With Your Ghost

Keep in mind that your ghost may get angry when you attempt the above strategies. It is important to stay strong, communicate assertively, and work through the conflict with conflict management techniques. Keep in mind you are the owner of the house, and the ghost is a guest.

© 2009 Blake Flannery

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Comments 18 comments

Amy G 7 years ago

I have the solution. I'll send over my mother-in-law. She can drive virtually anyone away.

Thanks for the read!


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Blake Flannery 7 years ago from United States Author

Ha, Hey Now, that's not nice, but it is a possible solution.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Oh my god you are a nut !!! Help around the house and set ground rules. Lol, what if they still won't leave after they get angry?:)


Amy G 7 years ago

Maybe they'd leave if you requested them to nanny...


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

That'll be nice if they can help clean up around the house. My dad has his own ways of keeping the ghost out of the house. tehehe


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Rules to integrate ghosts into the mainstream? You'll be putting those ghostbusters out of business!!! Great hub LOL :D


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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

enjoyed reading though i really do not believe that one living person can talk to a ghost... if i'll hear something from someone i do not see, then that would be scary. don't you think they are forms of evil, too?


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Blake Flannery 7 years ago from United States Author

I am glad you all enjoyed the hub.


chelsea w 7 years ago

how stupid it sounds like the ur trying to get a person out of the house


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Blake Flannery 7 years ago from United States Author

Chelsea,

I think you are on to something called humor. Stupid or otherwise.


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tjthudium1996 7 years ago from missouri

what if the ghost is your mother - in law ? lol


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Kathy Rimel 6 years ago

Great post, most of our ghosts manage to find their own way out even without any signs. Thanks for the great laughs


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Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

Sound advice Blake

But a ghost could be handy for scaring off burglars when you're out for the night or even on holiday for a couple of weeks.

Thought you're right to caution about angry ghosts, they tend to start throwing things.

So be careful folks


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Blake Flannery 6 years ago from United States Author

Shinkicker,

Ghosts are the cheapest home security system. I find them highly unreliable though. The burglars sometimes run right through them.


Wyatt 5 years ago

Comepletly rediculous! Obviously no clue about ghosts or paranormal activity!


Jassemine 2 years ago

When I suspect a ghost bothering my family and pets, I usually get angry. I stared at where I think the ghost's at and I growl and kinda show my teeth in a very rude manner. Btw I'm not really scared instead I'm more annoyed and angry. I think the ghost got angry too.


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thom w conroy 2 years ago

I usually just walk around the house naked - when they see my aging 54 year-old body they head to the door.


Had ghosts 2 years ago

A while ago, when my sister was a baby, my mom and I though my baby sis (she isn't a baby any more) was seeing things, spirit, perhaps. At first my mom thought it was a little girl spirit. The spirit would play with my sis, well Kassie (my sister) would randomly laugh while looking straight at, well, nothing. Once, while she was sleeping, in the middle of the night she woke up and was crying her head off in her crib! My mom yelled at the spirit we believed was there, and we didn't really encounter it after that. Especially after we got a cat!

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