True Ghost Stories and Hauntings.
Halloween only comes once a year but scary, spooky stories are great year round. I know some people have had some weird things happen to them and not all can be explained. Over the years I have had some strange things happen which I will write about later. Some ghost stories I have been told by others and I will pass these on too you. Ghost stories are good to tell around a campfire far up in the mountains or at home during a storm. So sit back and let me tell a few spooky tales.
My Ghost Stories
This one isn't really a ghost story but has haunted me since I was a little girl. I am going to say that I was about 5 years old when this happened. My family and I were living in an older house in Long Beach, California. For some reason one night I got up and crept to my closet. Why? I don't really know. I remember opening the door and getting on my hands and knee's peering into the closet. The closet is one like you see in many older homes very small with a regular door and one bar running across. I went under the clothes that were hanging there and went forward on all fours towards the back left corner. I actually went through the wall and peered around. It was dark, quiet and seemed to be a forest. I remember being curious but also scared to go any further. I decided not to go any further and crawled out of the closet, closed the door and went back to bed. Never did it again and didn't tell anyone for many years.
In another house we lived in we had a ghost that always walked down the hallway. i saw him once and my mother saw him multiple times. It was an elderly man with a hat on and he was always seen in the same area. Later we found out that a previous owner had died in his study/office. My Mom figured every time she saw him he was heading for the room that had once been his office.
There is an older house in the old part of San Diego called the Whaley House. I have been on tours of this house a number of times. One time we went down to visit Grandma and decided to head to old town. My brother was about 4 or 5 years old at the time. We head up to the house and stand on the front porch just outside the front door. One of the ladies that worked there opened the door and welcomed us. My brother got to the door and proceeded to back peddle out the door. He refused to go in, so my Grandmother stayed out on the front porch. While sitting out there with him she asked why he didn't want to go in. He said there was a scary man hanging there. Come to find out there had been a suicide in the house by hanging.
The house I am in now isn't a very old but I have seen a few things while living here. Not to long after my dog Pongo died I woke up and saw her standing in my doorway to my bedroom. I got up thinking she wanted to go out, but remembered she shouldn't be here. This happened more than once seeing her in the house. I night I woke up and there she was I just looked at her and told her it was okay she could go on, that I would be okay. She had been with me through some very rough times and for some reason I thought she doesn't want to leave me alone. So I gave her the okay. I have also seen someone walk down my hallway more than a few times and always in the same spot. The animal thing isn't the first time this has happened. I woke up once think my cat had jumped on the bed and was being a bed hog. But he had been dead for over a week when that happened.
My brother used to stay at a friends house that was known to be haunted. No one smoked in this family but you could on a few occasions smell pipe tobacco. My brother said he was never scared but things did happen while there.
Those are a few ghost stories from my family.
Virginia City, Nevada
Ghost stories told to me by my friends.
There is a town in Nevada said to be haunted. Actually Nevada has some really good hauntings going on there. One just has to visit the cemetery in Virginia City to know what I am talking about. It happens to be one of my favorite places to visit when I am with family in Reno. But the town I am talking about is Tonopah. I dated a guy that was a geologist and worked in Tonopah. He lived in an old building that had been turned into a place for the geologist to live. It was a very old building but can't for the world of me think what it had been used for. One night he woke up to someone tugging on his foot. He thought it was one of the other guys. Without turning on the light because he was tired he just said, "knock it off". Few minutes later it happened again, but this time he turned on the light. No one was there. I think after that he kept the light on for the rest of the evening. He had other strange encounters while living in that old building.
My current boyfriend lives in a house that is about 100 years old in a small town in Iowa. He will tell you up front that they have a female ghost in their house. I also think he has a male ghost since he had this weird thing happen about a year ago. He was on the phone with me when he said someone was there. He never locks his door and thought someone had come in. He got up and no one was there. We carried on our converstation and he said again I think someone is here. He got up again and still nothing. Then he said someone peaked around the corner, then it happened again. This time he got up and said there is no one there. Now he has me going and I'm a 100 miles away. He looks around thinking it is his eldest son playing a joke on him. My boyfriend looks up the stairs and no one is there. He sits back down and the person peers around the corner. It appeared to be a young male and seemed to be "playing around". I have been there when doors have closed or opened for no reason. I have seen the female ghost walk across the living room. One night someone slammed a few cupboard doors in the kitchen. I got up, made my boyfriend get up too but there was nothing. Oh well!
I know a Realtor who went to check on a vacant house. She had her daughter in the car with her when she went out to the house. It is an old victorian and had some water damage that had been fixed. She was stopping by to have a look. Her daughter stayed in the car. When she got back in the car the daughter had said, "I thought the house was empty". The Mom looked at her and said yes it had been vacant for about two weeks. The daughter said, "then who was that lady standing up in that window". There was another incident involving a Realtor but do not remember all the particulars. All I remember was that she never wanted to go into the house alone and not in the dark.
Final thoughts on our ghostly inhaditants
Whether true or not everyone enjoys a good ghost story. Many of us have had some weird unexplained experiences that can not be explained away. I remember being in Dublin Ireland and I took some photos of Trinity College. I felt nothing at the time even though Ireland puts off a lot of spiritual vibrations. When I got my pictures back, I was sitting in the kitchen talking with my Mom as I went thought them. I got to one I had taken at Trinity College, my hands began to shake and the hair stood up on my neck. I call it my haunted picture. I have never reacted to a picture like that. There was no reason for the picture to be messed up. All the other pictures taken before or after where fine.
You never know what you might encounter.
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