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The Haunted House: A True Scary Story

Updated on January 18, 2013

The haunted house and night terrors

This is a true scary story about a supposedly haunted house. I love ghost stories, by the way. Since it’s just about Halloween, I figured it was time for me to share this account. I’ve known about it for several years, but I’ve just now gotten down to actually writing it. The tale actually began about fifteen years ago, in a small town in South Georgia. I’ll call the town “Pineville.” I have to change all the names and places for this narrative. The owners of the haunted house are having a devil of a time selling it or renting it, and I don’t want to make things harder for them. I’ve never personally seen anything unusual about the house in question, but you’ll probably find these circumstances surrounding it rather strange. I did!

This is the actual haunted house described in the true scary story.
This is the actual haunted house described in the true scary story.

Fifteen years or so ago, there was a teenager named Matt. Matt lived in the small town of Pineville, Georgia. On the weekends, Matt and his buddies would ride around, as teens are wont to do. One night they heard about this haunted house that was about twenty miles away, in the tiny hamlet of Lakeview. They were intrigued, so they got directions to the house and made the drive to find it.

They had no trouble finding the old house. It was on a dirt road, about a half mile off the paved rural highway. The boys were laughing and jovial, not at all scared by the prospects of a haunted house. When they first saw the house, they were rather disappointed. They were hoping for something like the Hitchcock house from Psycho, but what they got instead was an ancient, unassuming farmhouse. With its big front porch and rockers, it looked more like your typical grandma’s abode than it did like a haunted house.

It was obvious that no one lived in the house, so the boys decided to get out of the car and take a closer look. As they were exiting their vehicle, however, they noticed a strange blue-gray light through one of the front windows. They stopped in their tracks. One of the guys laughed and said it must be a TV. The others agreed with this explanation, until the light began to move from window to window. Then, to their astonishment, the light came through one of the windows! It just floated there, about ten feet off the ground, before it completely disappeared. The boys jumped in the car and sped off, never again to return. Or so Matt thought.

Years later, Matt met my daughter, “Lisa.” They fell in love and got married, and they had a son named “Michael.” When Michael was five years old, the couple began searching for a house to buy. They found a great deal on a house in Lakeview, so they decided to go look at it. Michael didn’t go with them.

To Matt’s surprise, the house that was for sale was right across the road from the “haunted house” he’d visited years earlier. He was all grown up now, and he didn’t believe in such things. He laughed as he explained his adventure to Lisa, and she had no reservations about buying the house they were looking at. They both decided, however, that they should never tell Michael about the haunted house that was across the street. They swore each other to secrecy, and they bought the house.

Michael was very excited about his new house. It had a huge yard, with trees to climb, playground equipment, and plenty of room to run and play. He loved his new room, too, and his parents allowed him to fix it up just how he wanted. After a couple of repairs and some redecorating, the young family moved in.

On their first night in the new house, Michael had a terrible nightmare. He had had some bad dreams before, but this one was especially scary. He couldn’t recall the details of the dream – he just knew it was frightening. His mom comforted him and he went back to sleep.

The next night, the same thing happened, only it was even worse. All he could remember was that a blue light was chasing him. Lisa and Matt didn’t think too much of this at the time, but the nightmares turned into night terrors. Michael would wake up screaming and scared to death. He said the blue light was trying to catch him so that the old house across the street could eat him! Of course, this rattled Lisa and Matt, and each began accusing the other of sharing the old story with Michael. Both parents swore that they’d never, ever uttered a word about the haunted house story. I totally believe them. They're both excellent parents and would never expose their child to something like that. Also, if Michael had heard something about the house from someone else, he would have mentioned it to his mom and dad. But he never did.

My daughter knew a little about sleeping disorders and night terrors, so she came up with a plan. They bought a dream catcher for Michael, explaining how it worked and how powerful it was. They hung it in Michael’s room, right over the head of his bed. That was several years ago, and he’s never had another nightmare or any other night terrors or sleeping disorders. And in case you’re wondering, the so-called haunted house is still unoccupied today – at least, by living humans!

Update on the haunted house

I just learned that the house was sold several months ago, but the new owners didn't stay long. The man who bought the house said that during the night, he'd hear loud noises coming from the kitchen, and when he went to investigate, he'd find the kitchen chairs turned over and all the canned goods and other pantry items scattered on the floor. After this happened a few times, he moved out of the house. The haunted house is still unoccupied.

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      John Gentile 14 months ago from Connecticut

      Very intriguing story. I really liked this story. My wife use to have a dream catcher hanging in our bedroom window. I sometimes dream when I am troubled or stressed out. So does my wife. One time my wife woke me after I shouted vulgarities while dreaming.

      But I never had an occasion wherein my wife Joyce ask me "Who's Susan? You were calling for her in your sleep." Glad I never had a mistress. LOL!

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      Holle Abee 16 months ago from Georgia

      I don't believe dreamcatchers have any power. It only worked in this instance because the child BELIEVED it would work. The story is true, believe it or not. If I were going to fabricate a ghost tale, it would be much scarier than this one. lol

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      Nope 16 months ago

      It was an ok story. I've had enough of my own personal experiences to know that not all ghost stories are made up, however, the fact that there's a place to buy dreamcatchers right below the story makes me believe it was made up just to sell dreamcatchers. And I had a dreamcatcher above my bed for years and it never once altered my dreams. It's a silly superstition. Something you tell a kid to help them sleep. An individuals own personal beliefs are far more powerful than any physical item you can hang over your bed. A kid may not believe they themselves have power, but you tell em a pretty trinket has "magical powers" and they're gullible enough to believe it.

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      Lilly singh kumar 21 months ago

      Very scary but i don't believe in it sorryyyyy!!!.

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      Edwin B Lowry 21 months ago from PA

      Call me crazy but I always wanted to live in a haunted house. I think it would be fun hearing all of those ghosts!

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      FriendlyGhost 2 years ago

      i know that a ghost inhabits my house. I have had some mysterious things happen that led me to answers I was looking for. One incident was as if I was being led by someone to find a family member misusing the computer. I have seen a colonial dressed girl of about 12 in a flash once when I needed some answers then as well. I do not feel frightened by this entity.

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      anshuminesh19 2 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

      Nice article........great story line ...read the whole non stop !! recommended www.awsmstatus.in

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I could have sworn I commented on this gem, but apparently not. Up and awesome, Holle!

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      That was so creepy. More so because it was a true story.

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      Raj Lally Batala 3 years ago from Chicago ,USA

      i would love to stay in this home !! 4 sure by myself only .

      great story line ...read the whole non stop !!

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      Tren 3 years ago

      Nice ghost story

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Marlin, that's really cool! I think I'd love a job like that.

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      Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

      This is great! My wife and I do paranormal investigations. She would love to opportunity to check out this haunt. Thanks for sharing.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Infection, I might spend the night in a haunted house - IF I had lots of people with me! lol

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      Steven 4 years ago from NY, New York City

      That sounds crazy! I couldn't imagine sleeping at that haunted place for a single night.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Me, too, Lacey. Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed the scary story!

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      Lacey Taplin 4 years ago from Highlands Ranch, CO

      Very cool and spooky story. Glad to hear the dream catcher worked!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Wow - thanks so much, khmazz!

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      Kristen Mazzola 4 years ago from South Florida

      I love a good ghost story and this one was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it! Fantastic! Voted Up!!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Sangeeta, I'm very happy about the dreamcatcher. I hated that my grandson was so frightened. Thanks for reading!

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      Sangeeta C Pai 4 years ago from India

      Great story.. also good to know that the dream catcher does work at some level...may be just psychological well being..

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, ryokowaren. I don't know - there are a lot of things that can't be explained.

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      ryokowaren 4 years ago from USA

      Great Hub! There are definitely strange things that can happen. Of course, I don't believe in ghosts. I think that demons do all of the scaring/harassing people. This house sounds like a priest needs to cleanse it and then I'm sure it will sell and stay sold.

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      Alice 4 years ago

      i wish i lived in america. they ave so many haunted houses and such, unlike england!

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      Trish89 4 years ago

      Wow, that is creepy. I'm a fan of scary and haunted houses for some odd reason, I can't get enough!

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      kylesanderson 4 years ago

      Very cool stuff here. I wish I would have caught this during Halloween. Voted up and following.

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      Emilyfed 4 years ago from A world of my own

      Very scary!!! But awesome.

      Check me out soemtime.

      Emilyfed

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Scary story!! I wouldn't live there either!

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      Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      habee: Looks like a spooky house. I have had experiences in almost every place I have stayed in since middle school. Seeing orbs or lights don't freak me out much, but being touched or hearing voices is not very fun. Thank you for this story and changing the location and names around, that's very considerate and professional. Thanks again. :)

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      lexi 5 years ago

      i loved it

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      SandyMcCollum 5 years ago

      I love me a good ghost story! I don't know how this one got by me for this long. :)

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      I just came across this. What a fun, scary story. I, like everyone else, am curious about the history...oh and I loved the dreamcatcher in the bellyring comment from Hillbilly Zen too...Sooo funny! Voted up. Great chills.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Taw!

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      taw2012 5 years ago from India

      Rated up. its cool. A nice scary and haunted story.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Beverly! My daughter is trying to learn more about the house from some of the neighbors. I'd love to spend a night in the old house!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      MizB, that's a good idea. I'm going to do some more digging on the haunted house when I have time.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Wiiliam, thanks for reading!

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      beverlyh 5 years ago

      Well, even if the owner won't talk about it, perhaps you could check out land records, etc. at the county courthouse. Maybe even some of the old-timers in the neighborhood would talk to you. Plz email me with any details you are willing to share... dixienites at gmail. com. I am also a Georgia native and only recently discovered your hub. Great stories!

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      Habee, The spirit(s) need to be sent peacefully to the other side. I don't know if this owner would be open to the suggestion of an exorcism, but you might suggest it. I haven't done any myself, but I attended the Little Rock Parapsychology Institute for seven years and three of the instructors did exorcisms locally. It isn't just Catholic priests who do exorcisms. My instructors were true spiritualists who could recognize earthbound spirits as what they are, which may not necessarily be evil but just earthbound souls who are getting into mischief because they are bored. It might be a more economical route than selling the house, and if he really loves the house it would be a better solution for himself and the spirit(s).

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      This is an awesome story Habee. I am going to share it. I read the novel Dreamcatchers by Stephen King and I think it was about the same thing or at least I think so. But I didn't know they were real. Silly me interesting topic though. Love this Hub. I'm a big horror fan and love the supernatural.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hearts, I feel much the same way! Glad you enjoyed my true scary story about the haunted house. Thanks for visiting!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Beverly, I'm trying to find out more, but the owner doesn't want to talk about it. He's trying to sell it. Thanks for reading!

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      Susan Norman 5 years ago from Greenfield, MA

      Super creepy! Aye-yi-yi. I have a fascination with ghosty-type stuff. I'm not sure I believe in wayward spirits...but I'm not sure I don't! Thanks for sharing this story.

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      beverlyh 5 years ago from georgia

      I have to ask: are you not DYING to find out the history of the house? Who the original owners were, why they left it, any deaths that occurred there, when the manifestations started? You seem like such a "dig into it" kinda girl, have you done any research?

      I've read lots of ghostly stories through the years, and this is one of the creepiest... maybe, because I believe it to be true. Thanks for the goose-bumps...

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      htodd and James, thanks for reading!

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks habee for the great post ..This is really nice scary story

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Be glad to show it to you, Gayle!

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      gayle 5 years ago

      hmmmmmm sounds interesting, I would love to see this house if I ever make it down to lakeview.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, sweethearts! I also find ghost stories and paranormal activity interesting!

      arusho, pretty strange, huh? Thanks for reading!

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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      very scary. Just a blue light...still scary! good hub..

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Miz, I wouldhave taken down your dreamcatcher, too! My grandson's sure worked for him, though. I'm sure it was just the power of suggestion, but I don't care how it worked, as long as it worked. lol

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Zen, too funny! I hadn't even noticed the dreamcatcher belly ring!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Prasetio, always good to hear from you!

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      sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Great story - love to read about things that go bump in the night - wouldn't want to be there, dreamcatchers or not. I'll keep my distance, aside from the Hubs.

      You have another follower

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      Very interesting. It would make a great story to tell around a campfire. I have known people who said that dreamcatchers helped their children. I put one up above my side of the bed, and my dreams became so vivid that some were disturbing. I took it down and they ceased. Coincidence--I don't know. My husband I are both of Cherokee ancestry. I'm just glad it helped your grandchild.

      @Hillbilly Zen Loved your comment, after my reaction with the dream catcher above the bed, I sure wouldn't want one in a belly ring!

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      Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

      The story skeeved me out a little, Ms. habee, mostly because the blue light manifested to the little boy. I was making a note to research what kind of spirits manifest as blue orbs when I saw the dreamcatcher belly ring on the ebay capsule and got tickled. A dreamcatcher in your navel? Why?? Would you wear something like that after having some particularly potent chili, I wonder? Great Hub, and kudos to your daughter for using the dreamcatcher. Voted up and interesting!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It's scary story. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up! ~prasetio

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Jay, too funny. Gonna wear a bathing suit for pajamas?? lol

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      jayllyc 5 years ago

      nice story im gonna go spray holy water over my bed now

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Great idea, trimar! Thanks for visiting!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Lisa, thanks for stopping by!

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      trimar7 5 years ago from New York

      Great story - one to share with a group of children with the lights dimmed low.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      DrJ, too bad you don't remember more. You could have written about it!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Alastar! A dream catcher is something the Native Americans came up with. It's sort of a round "net" that's often adorned with feathers, fur, beads, etc. I think I'll see if there are any on Ebay - I could add an Ebay capsule! Thanks!

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      LisaKoski 5 years ago from WA

      Great hub for halloween! Very interesting and creepy

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      DrJez 5 years ago from Narara NSW Australia

      Very interesting. Apparently we lived in a haunted house when I was little. I remember very little of it...except unsettling dreams. Thanks for sharing.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Very eerie habee. This is a ghost story with an unusual twist, never heard of something like that happening before. Super Halloween tale. What exactly is a dream catcher if you don't mind me asking?

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Wilderness...uh, Wildebeest. lol. The house in question is too far from town for me. I used to live in the woods, and I loved it, but now I want to be near town.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Katrina!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      laksman, I'd like to hear that tale!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Bill, good to see you here! Nice to know your name now. lol

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Goody, thanks for the link! I'll be over to check out your hub!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, craftymom!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Jamie, did you write a hub about their experiences? I'd love to read their true haunted house story!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Leann, in which part of GA do you reside?

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      drbj, I don't know that I believe in ghosts, but I do believe that stuff happens that we can't explain. I think there might be different planes of existence.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      jenu, you crack me up!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      A great story, just in time for Halloween.

      But, Habee, if they are having a hard time selling, you could probably get it cheap! Maybe even collect ghostly rent as a result - better look into it.

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      katrinasui 5 years ago

      Great Halloween post!

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      laksman011 5 years ago from Nanjing

      yeah really good story ,reminded me the story that my grandmother used to tell me :))

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      mtsi1098 5 years ago

      I am feeling a bit chilled now after reading this. Certainly there are things that make you go hmmm but what is really strange is this. The name you chose (Pineville) reminds me of a tavern that we visited not long ago and it was creepy dark with dim lights. We ate there anyway :) thanks for sharing...bill

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      goody7 5 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

      This is an awesome ghost story you have here Habee, and it's just in time for Halloween. I totally find this topic to be so fascinating. I put a link from my own ghostly hub to yours, which has become known now as "Ghost Central", with including yours, 60 awesome ghostly links. It might even prove to bring you more deserved traffic, not that I think that's necessary. If you don't like the link, then please let me know & I'll remove it for you. It really is a pleasure reading your stories. Keep on hubbing............

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      shesacraftymom 5 years ago

      Creepy! Great Halloween post!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      THAT was a pretty creepy. I love reading about true ghost stories. My great aunt and uncle used to live in an old farmhouse that they say was haunted. I had to believe them because they are not the type people who would just make stuff up like that. Thank you for sharing. Crazy stuff happens out there.

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      That's cool. But you know, I live in Georgia. I am dying of curiosity now.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      This was rather creepy, Holle, so I read it during daylight. I do not believe in the supernatural since as a pseudo-scientist, I have never seen proof of same. But I do not visit 'haunted' houses . . . just in case.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Sonia, thanks for stopping by!

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      True encounters of the paranormal are the best, but I am a wimp and now must go sage my house.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub! Wasn't it the Indians who used Dream Catchers?? This was a great story, especially at this of the year. Voted this one UP.

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      Erin Boggs1 5 years ago from Western Maryland

      It gave me goosebumps. Wonderful story for Halloween. Voted up and Awesome!

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      NotPC 5 years ago

      Perfect tale for Halloween! Thanks for sharing! How creative of your daughter to use a talisman to help Michael with his night terrors.

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      MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      I have known about dream catchers only in magazines and never really knew what it was about. Now, you have me hooked! I will do a research on dream catchers ;) I hope that Michael, Lisa and Matt are alright; and you, too. Thanks for sharing, Habee.

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      nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

      I know at least two houses that no one gonna stay there. I don't believe in supertition, but I have heard that everyone who has stayed in that house was being haunted. one of them was sent to mental hospital, after had stayed in that house for one week. I don't know what was in that house. Thank you for sharing habee.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      How eerie Habee! I've known my fair share of "haunted houses" down dirt roads in my life, but the tale of your daughter's family and the abandoned house across the street gave me chills.

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      sonia05 5 years ago from india

      very interesting and scary! Haunted house and other related stories are great to read but actually living in one would be terrifying!

      thank you for sharing this. voted up!