Ghosts in the Attic, Ghosts in the Basement
Coming to an attic near you...
Not a graveyard. Not an abandoned building. And not in a creepy forest. Actually the most seemingly common place for ghosts to haunt is in an attic or a basement near you! Think about it, have you ever heard a really good ghost story? So many of the best scary stories told around the campfire mention that ghostly woman in the attic or the evil that lurks in the basement.
Perhaps you've even experienced a haunting in your life. Maybe you remember your grandmother's attic being extremely spooky, or maybe you actually saw a ghost living under the basement stairs. Whatever your ghost in the attic or ghost in the basement story, one thing is for sure. Ghosts enjoy haunting bone-chillingly spooky places.
Something under the basement stairs...
Ever since basements have been built into houses in the Northern parts of the U.S. there have been hundreds of stories about ghosts in the basement. Let's face it, most basements are scary places and not just for kids...for the bravest of adults too! Is it because the basement is usually the darkest part of the house, stuffed with unnecessary furniture and objects that don't exactly fit into the rest of the house? Or maybe it's the fact that the basement is usually so gloomy looking with dark corners and cold, blank walls.
Usually the darker spirits are associated with being the ghosts in the basement. When I say this, I mean that you typically hear stories of angry and territorial ghosts in the basement, rather than neutral, residual energy-type ghosts. I even have my own experience with ghosts in the basement, and it coincides with this same pattern of ghostly basement behavior. My story goes like this...
When I was thirteen years old, I lived in a large old brick home in a very small town in Maryland (U.S.). The house was pretty, but also very creepy for many reasons. The particular reason for my fear of this house was the basement. Every time I had to do laundry in the basement I would never allow my back to be turned towards the open air (I always had my back up against a wall for fear that something would grab me from behind). I never actually saw a ghost in the basement, but being that I've always been sensitive to energy and spirits...I felt it there. And these sensations only got stronger after messing around with ouija boards in that same house that very year. Come to find out one of the previous residents was into some pretty dark magic while he lived in that house. Could that have been why I felt such a negative presence in the basement? Luckily we moved out of the house shortly thereafter, and I haven't had a ghost in the basement story since (I live in Florida now where there are no basements!)
Some of the ghosts in the basement stories I've heard are much more frightening than my own. One woman tells of hearing noises in the basement, noises that sound like ghostly little children playing together...toys clanking and squeaking...high-pitched laughs and cries. Some people have even caught ghosts in the basement on camera (check out the video directly following this section).
Another ghost in the basement story tells of a ghost in the basement who actually plays with a little boy. The little boy is seen talking to someone invisible while in the basement, and everyone shrugs it off as an imaginary friend. Then one day, two of the older siblings saw the little boy playing with his imaginary friend in the basement...they were throwing a bouncy ball back and forth. The older siblings were so frightened they ran and got their sitter to come take a look, and when she went down to the basement she didn't see the ball bouncing back and forth...but, the ball came bouncing towards her from an empty corner of the room.
If you read Michelle Belanger's Haunting Experiences: Encounters with the Otherworldy, you would read an unsettling tale of this author's real experience with a dark spirit that lived in the basement of her apartment building. In fact, the author believed that this dark spirit was a collection of negative energy that had built up from the negativity in the house and continually grew as it fed on the negative energy above it. Everyone who lived in that apartment building was fearful of the basement, these were grown adults scared to go into a basement. And this particular dark spirit or collective evil energy had a favorite spot...under the basement stairs.
So how about your basement? Do you have something evil lurking below...
Ghosts in the attic...creaking from above
A creek on the floorboards above. A vague rattling of chains. The distant sound of music drifting down from above. Could there be ghosts in your attic?
Probably even more popular than the ghosts in the basement stories are the hundreds of stories of ghosts in the attic. These attics could be in the oldest houses in the world, or even attics in some of the newest homes. Ghosts do not discriminate as to the age of the building...if the attic looks dusty enough and sounds quiet enough, they'll haunt it. Personally, I have never had any close encounters with ghosts in the attic; however, I will share with you some hair-raising tales of things that go bump in the night...in the attic, of course.
Maine is a beautiful state, but it is not devoid of its ghostly stirrings in the night. In the town of South Portland, there is an old yet beautiful Victorian home that was a part of a college campus. This house was commonly known as the Hillside Dorm and seemed to be a fun place to live...at least to the people who didn't live there. To the students who lived in the old stately home, they would come to think of the dorm otherwise...they would come to know the ghosts in the attic very well. On many occasions, the residents of the house would hear animal like noises coming from the attic - scratching, clawing, running, and thumping. And every time traps were set in the attic to get rid of these animals, nothing was ever caught and only strange tracks were found by the traps in the dust. The Hillside Dorm has a history behind it - it's been a funeral home, a brothel, and a nursing home since its establishment. The students and other residents of the home believe that an old woman and a little boy both haunt the dorm and perhaps the attic is their favorite spot. Paranormal investigators have gone in to investigate and caught EVPs of an old woman talking.
The May-Stringer House in Brooksville, Florida has been known to be haunted for many years. It is now a museum full of antiques and War collectibles. It is also full of paranormal activity...and probably more than a few ghosts in the attic. There is a little girl who died in the May-Stringer House in the 1800s, and her name was Jessie May. Jessie is said to be heard crying in the darkest corners of the attic at night, and she has also been seen peering out the attic window. Her toys in her old room have been moved unexplicably on more than one occasion, freaking out the women who work at the museum. But in addition to poor Jessie May's ghost in the attic, there might be another ghost haunting it. This ghost in the attic is known as simply "Mr. Nasty". When Mr. Nasty makes his presence known, most people just run out of the house...he likes to scare the workers...he has a very ominous energy about him. Many EVPs have been collected in this house, and in particular emanating from the attic. You can hear a little girl's voice on many of them, either crying, asking for help, or asking for "cake".
Ghosts favorite spots?
So do you still think a ghost's favorite spot is the graveyard? Or are there more ghosts in the attic and the basement than anywhere else in haunted history?
Perhaps it is the fact that the attic and basement are the empty spots in our homes, perhaps that is why the residual energy or actual lost souls collect in these places. Maybe they want to be close to us, but maybe they also want their space. Or is it possible that the ghosts in the attic enjoy the attic because it is closer to Heaven? Maybe the reason why the ghosts in the basement are of a more negative vibration is because it is closer to Hell...
Tell me if you've ever had an experience with ghosts in the attic or ghosts in the basement.
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