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10 Signs You Are Living in a Haunted House

Updated on September 24, 2012
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Jeannie is a huge fan of Halloween and loves everything that is ghoulish. You can often find her reading or writing horror stories.

Something is not quite right...

So you've moved into a new house and you thought all was going well. After all, the last place had rats. Nothing could be worse than rats, right? Wrong. You start hearing weird scratching on the walls. Geez, do you have more rats again? Did they come with you? How is this possible? Then, you start to notice objects moving on their own. You hear strange moaning sounds when you are home alone. You notice a man in a 1920s style outfit roaming around your livingroom. What is this? This is worse than rats! My friend, you have ghosts!

Now, you'd think the real estate agent could have been kind enough to give you a heads up on this one. Now what are you supposed to do? Up until now the only pests you were thinking about were rats, mice, roaches, and telemarketers. However, this ghost situation could be a bad deal. So how can you be sure you are living in a haunted house? What you should be looking for when pondering over your ghost dilemma? Let's learn to recognize the signs that you are living in a haunted house.

You might want to call Ghost Hunters if...

  1. You hear a creepy chuckling sound in the basement, but there is no one there. When you get back upstairs, you find a clown doll sitting on your couch. You've seen the movie Poltergeist, right? This is a bad sign.
  2. Your Aunt Marlene visits you for tea one day. Unfortunately, your Aunt Marlene has been dead for 10 years.
  3. The dogs are going crazy barking at people that aren't there. However, your dogs normally just sleep all day, so perhaps this form of entertainment is not so bad after all.
  4. You meet the new neighbors and although they seem friendly, the fact that you can see through them is a bit disconcerting.
  5. Every time you go to watch Basketball Wives on TV, the channels start to change on their own. You can never watch an entire episode. Yes, this is probably a sign you have a ghost, but at least it is a sign the ghost has good taste.
  6. When you try to renovate the house, an unseen force continues to stop you. This is either the ghost preventing you from altering the house he loved or maybe it is the city trying to give you a hint you need a work permit.
  7. There are always strange odors in the kitchen. You are starting to think someone or something is baking in the kitchen while you are not at home. You were going to call in a priest for an exorcism until you realized the ghost was a better cook than you. That cake the ghost left on the counter was to die for!
  8. When you go into the bathroom, the words, "Get out! Get out!" are written on the mirror. It could always be worse. At least it didn't say, "Redrum!"
  9. You've heard the last owner of the house was a serial killer. Some of the bodies were never found, but he admitted they could be in the backyard. You might just want to call in an expert now before digging for the pool.
  10. Three words for you: Indian Burial Ground!

Copyright ©2012 Jeannieinabottle

Have no fear!

OK, so maybe these signs sound kind of bad, but there was a TV show called "Casper the Friendly Ghost" for a reason. Ghosts are not all bad. Sometimes they are just lonely and want to make new friends. Perhaps they really liked their old home, and hey, you must be living in a pretty nice place if the ghosts don't want to leave it.

Ghosts do not want to be exterminated like rats. Certainly they can be pests at time, but hey, they are way nicer than telemarketers anyday! Unless, of course, your house is being haunted by ghost telemarketers. In that case, call in someone immediately! You can't live in a haunted house like that!

Tune in next time for "How to Perform an Exorcism in Your Spare Time!"

If you see anything like this, consider your house haunted...


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    My boyfriend's dog does the same thing. Who knows what he is really barking at. Thanks for your comment.

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    This was a fun read. Number 3 hit home. My dogs bark at thin air sometimes. I wondered what the heck they were barking at. Must be ghosts. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! I am happy you enjoyed my hub.

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    7 years ago from Wales

    How very interesting; voted up and looking forward to many more by you.


  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much for sharing and voting for my hub. Ghosts can be scary, but hey, at least Ghost Hunters could visit your home. :-)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

    7 years ago from Chennai, India

    An entertaining & hilarious hub! Thank God that I have not encountered ghosts at all! I am too afraid of them! Once again, an enjoyable read. Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Funny & Awesome. Voted up & shared on Facebook

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, selling a haunted house can be difficult... unless of course the buyer is like me and would consider it a plus. Thanks for dropping by my hub!

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    Jakob Barry 

    8 years ago

    Nice one! Definitely a buyer and a Realtor's nightmare when ghosts are in the air. Excellent!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you! Imagine how much more exciting cooking would be if you also had a ghost chef helping you out? It would be crazy awesome!

    Thanks for the comment!

  • Jrandol62 profile image


    8 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

    Great hub!....I'm a chef, no ghost chef though...LOL

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    poshcoffeeco - It is so good to know your home isn't haunted, isn't it? Glad I could help!

    Vinaya Ghimire - I am glad you liked it. Thanks!

    rsusan - I hope it stays quiet on the ghost front at your house. Actually, I was haunted once by a very nice ghost (really!) and so maybe it is an OK experience after all.

    Thanks everyone for the comments and following me!

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    Rika Susan 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    Thanks for the laugh, Jeannieinabottle! Needed that this afternoon. Luckily all is quiet on the ghost front in our home! That is, I thought it was quiet until I read all this...

  • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

    Vinaya Ghimire 

    8 years ago from Nepal

    Very interesting!

  • poshcoffeeco profile image

    Steve Mitchell 

    8 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    It's ok then, I'm not haunted. Funny article I must say.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I know what you mean. I honestly do think ghosts exist. I guess they are like people... some are nice and some aren't nice at all. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

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    8 years ago from India,mumbai

    Nice hub. I have had experiences with both good and bad ghosts. Throwing stuffs to disturb your sleep is one common habit of bad ghosts.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, it must have been ghosts that took that chocolate cake. There couldn't possibly be any other explanation for such a thing. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the votes!

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    Liz Rayen 

    8 years ago from California

    Lol! I love this hub. In truth, I have had ghosts in my house. One time I had baked a 4 layer chocolate cake to bring me out of my diet depression. The next thing I knew, the whole cake was missing!!!!!! Yup. It was the ghosts. I'm certain of it! voted Up!!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Stephanie - Yes, friendly ghosts are always the best type of ghosts to have. Sorry about the "redrum" memories. I just love The Shining and find the need to incorporate it into anything I write. Thanks for the votes!

    molometer - I believe I have seen ghosts myself, so that is interesting how you also think you saw them as a child. Wow, even a priest? That is amazing. Thanks for dropping by and reading the hub!

  • molometer profile image


    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    Who Knows what is really going on.

    When I was kid I saw a ghost and our house was full of strange events.

    Even had the priest in a couple of times.

    Interesting read.

    Love those ghost-busters lol

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    Stephanie Henkel 

    8 years ago from USA

    Wonderful Hub! I always thought it would be interesting to have a resident ghost—a friendly one, of course! Now I know exactly how to tell if I live in a haunted house. Very funny, except the point about the writing on the mirror. Just the offhand mention of "redrum" brings back the nightmares I had after reading that Stephen King book! Voted up, up, up and Shared!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thomas - Yes, I am all about ghosts that bake cakes. Anyone or anything that can bake a cake is alright in my book. I can't believe I have two stalkers fighting over me. This really makes my night! Thanks!

    goody7 - Thanks for linking my hub to your hub. I've read your work before and enjoy it.

    Alecia - Thanks for dropping by! I am glad I am can bring a smile to your face. Ghosts can come in handy at times. It would be nice to have a ghost that has good taste in television programs, too. I wonder if ghosts like to watch Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures? Hmmm.

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    Alecia Murphy 

    8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I love your crazy hubs Jeannie! They bring a smile to my face. I especially like the ghost who changes the channel. Unfortunately , sometimes that ghost comes in handy! Awesome hub!

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    8 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

    I find this subject to be totally fascinating, and you did a great job of explaining the 10 different Signs that You Are Living in a Haunted House. I have put a link from your hub to my own ghostly hub, "which has become known as Ghost Central". Hopefully you'll get even more traffic this way to all of your hubs. If you don't like the link, then just please let me know, and I will remove it for you. Keep on hubbing.

  • ThoughtSandwiches profile image


    8 years ago from Reno, Nevada


    As I wouldn't have a ghost of a chance making a tasty cake...I would say he/she could stay. As he/she seems to be protecting me from perhaps the worst possibility ever...watching Basketball Wives...yeah...I got no problems with ghosts!



    PS...I was stalking you far longer than American Voice.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    American View - Yeah, I am not sure those experiences count then, but cool... I guess. Thanks for the vote up!

    Dee42 - I think it is fine to stay in the house as long as you are not afraid. However, if a clown ever shows up at my place, I am moving immediately! Clown dolls are no joke. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

    alocsin - Yes, I have a few people like that in my life, too. I know what you mean. Thanks for the votes up!

    The Finance Hub - I am glad you liked it. I know what you mean about hub hopping. Sometimes it can be a slow day. Thanks for the votes! I will check out your hubs, too.

    Austinstar - Oh, I hope you are right. If ghost chefs fix food with ghost calories, I want one at my apartment right now. I will let you know if I find one!

    Nell Rose - Ah, yes, the creepy knocks at the door. Even when a person visits while you are in the bathroom, it is super annoying. I've also had some experiences with ghosts, too, so I understand. I lived in a haunted dorm once! I actually rather miss my ghost. Thanks for the votes up!

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    Nell Rose 

    8 years ago from England

    Hi, really funny! don't forget the knocking on the door! it usually happens when you are sitting on the loo! not sure why it happens, maybe they need to use it too? seriously, I had a ghost, well, I think it was a ghost! something walked past me, slammed the door and I heard footsteps in my old house, unless of course it was a spider with hob nailed boots on! rated up! cheers nell

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    8 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Ghost chefs would cook things with ghost calories, right? Where do I get one?

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    The Finance Hub 

    8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

    LMFAO! Loved it, this was really a great break to the monotony of hopping hubs! Great hub, voted up, interesting and funny! Hope you enjoy my hubs as well!

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    Aurelio Locsin 

    8 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Hilarious -- I have a lot of relatives who I can see right through, but I don't think they're ghosts. Voting this Up and Funny.

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    8 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

    Lol, another Great Hub!! What I want to know is why people STAY in the haunted houses? Most of us if we heard noises or seen a clown on the couch, we would be hi-tailing it down the road. Haha. I'm still laughing. :)

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    American View 

    8 years ago from Plano, Texas

    I experienced all those symptoms you described in my youth. But I realized they all happened when I went on a one week bender. Cool hub Voted up

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    nityanandagaurang - Good luck next time you visit a haunted house. Hehe. Thanks for dropping by!

    hecate-horus - Honestly, I wish I had a ghost chef, too. I saw a funny YouTube clip once about a possessed Easy Bake Oven... wish I could find it again! Thanks for the vote up!

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    8 years ago from Rowland Woods

    Darn it, I wish I had a ghost chef. And you're right, ghosts are much,much better than telemarketers. Loved this hub, voted up!

  • nityanandagaurang profile image


    8 years ago

    Next i will be there in haunted house,i will keep it in mind.Very interesting hub eannieinabottle.


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