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Haunted House - My Experience with Paranormal Activity

Updated on October 14, 2013
This doesn't look like a haunted house, does it?
This doesn't look like a haunted house, does it? | Source

Scary Stories

After the strange occurrences I experienced yesterday, I’m inclined to believe I live in a haunted house. I like scary stories as much as the next person, but I always take them with a grain of salt. You know, something mild to enjoy with the grandkids, or maybe something a bit scarier to enjoy around a campfire with other adults. Real ghost stories are my favorite, although scary stories don’t have to involve ghosts, of course. They might be about any sort of paranormal activity. Believe it or not, I’m a very honest, down-to-earth person. I don’t believe in daily horoscopes, in tarot cards, or in palm reading. I’ve never seen an alien or a bigfoot, either. I do believe, however, that there are things beyond human understanding. As a Christian, I also believe that our souls or spirits continue on after the physical body dies. I try to keep an open mind when I hear scary stories and tales touted as real ghost stories, even though I’m somewhat skeptical. As Shakespeare said in Hamlet, “There are things in Heaven and Earth that you haven’t thought of or dreamed about, Horatio.” I tend to agree with the Bard. That’s why I think I might be living in a haunted house.

Have I been visited by my father's ghost?
Have I been visited by my father's ghost? | Source

Real Ghost Stories

Like just about everyone else, I’ve heard my share of supposedly real ghost stories. To be honest, I never put much faith in them until something strange happened to my best friend. We lived just a few houses away from the time we were three until I got married and moved away. When we were teenagers, we were talking on the phone one bright, sunny afternoon, and I decided to walk over to her house once we ended our phone chat. When I arrived, she was running out her front door, and she was shaking and as white as a sheet. I finally got her to calm down enough to tell me what was wrong.

As she hung up the phone from talking with me, she heard something in her house. She looked down the hall and saw a woman run from the living room to the kitchen. The woman was dressed as a southern belle, and following her was a man dressed in a Confederate uniform. My pal was terrified, so she didn’t follow the couple to see where they went. Is this a true ghost story? I have no way of knowing that. All I know is that my friend had to have seen something unusual, based on her emotional condition. I believe it had to be some sort of paranormal activity.

I didn’t experience real ghost stories for myself until I was much older. I’m convinced that my father’s ghost has visited me a few times in the past few years. To read those true ghost stories, click the link. I saw his image in 2003, on the day when we welcomed my first grandchild to the family. Dad left pennies all over the house, all dated the year he died – except for one. One penny was from the year Daddy was born – 1916. I saw Dad’s “ghost” again in 2008, on the day I turned fifty. This past October, I saw the same image of my father on his birthday.

The hutch where we keep our keys.
The hutch where we keep our keys. | Source
The old box of cards and envelopes.
The old box of cards and envelopes. | Source

Haunted House

Why do I think I might live in a haunted house? My home certainly doesn’t look like it would be the setting for scary stories or real ghost stories. It’s a brick ranch that was built in 1961. No one has ever lived in the house except for my family, as Mom and Dad purchased it brand new. I had just turned three when we moved in, and I remained until I got married, at the age of eighteen. My parents continued living here. In 2001, my father shot himself in my old bedroom, but the shot wasn’t immediately fatal. He lived for three weeks in ICU. No one has ever died in this house.

In 2003, my mother was showing signs of Alzheimer’s, and I didn’t want her to have to move to a health care facility, so we moved in with her. Hubby and I lived here with Mom until around 2005. By then, her Alzheimer’s was advanced enough that we had no choice but to place her in assisted living. Hubby and I continued living here. After Mom died in 2008, I paid my brother for his part of the house, and my husband and I continue to reside in the house.

As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve experienced a few occurrences that could be called paranormal activity. The experiences were all several years apart. Yesterday, however, three happened – in the same day. I’ll tell you about them in the order that they happened.

The first occurred yesterday afternoon, when I wanted to go to the gym and was searching for the car keys. Hubby had used the car last, but the keys weren’t in their usual place. We always leave them on the hutch by the back door. I looked there first, but no keys. Hubby helped me search for the keys, but we couldn’t find them anywhere. We searched high and low before giving up. I used the spare key and went on my merry way. When I returned home, I placed the spare key back in its place. A little while later, hubby came to me and said, “I see you found the keys.” I had no idea what he was talking about. He said the keys were on the hutch. I was really surprised! How the heck did they get there? There was no one in the house except for my spouse while I was gone. There’s no way we could have overlooked those keys, as the hutch is small, and it isn’t crowded with items.

The second event is the strangest of my three scary stories from yesterday. We have an old friend who’s in the hospital, and I told hubby last night that we needed to go see her tomorrow, which is today now. I decided I needed to go buy her a get-well card to take with us on our visit. As I was leaving our home office last night, I noticed an old box sitting on the glass table near my computer. The box had my name on it, and I immediately recognized that it was written in my mother’s handwriting. I opened the box, and it was full of get-well cards and matching envelopes! By the way, that old friend who’s ill was one of my Mom’s best pals. There must be fifty or sixty new cards in the box. I asked hubby where he found the box of cards, and he had no idea what I was talking about. How the heck did they end up in the office? Where did they come from?

The third example of paranormal activity from yesterday happened during the night. Hubby and his dog were asleep, and the bedroom door was closed. I was in the recliner in the living room, and our two Great Danes were snoozing on the couch in the office. I heard someone or something walking down the hall. I leaned up to see if it was one of the Dane’s wanting to go out, but they were still sacked out on the leather sofa. I figured hubby’s dog needed to go out, and it was the pooch or my husband I heard walking down the hall. When he didn’t come through the living room, I got up to investigate. Hubby’s bedroom door was still closed. I’m hard of hearing, so I didn’t think anything else about this – until this morning. Hubby mentioned that he heard a dog or something walking in the hall in the middle of the night. He had gotten up to check on the noise, but he said the big dogs were asleep in the office and that I was in my chair, watching TV. We both heard something. I have no idea what or who it could have been. Are these real ghost stories? Do I live in a haunted house? I honestly don’t know.

my parents
my parents | Source

Paranormal Activity

Is there a scientific explanation for my haunted house, or have hubby and I experienced paranormal activity? Paranormal activity is defined in the dictionary as “phenomena that can’t be explained by normal scientific investigation.” What does that mean, exactly? If people living in the Middle Ages had seen a television, heard a radio, or talked on a cell phone, they’d swear that a ghost or demon was responsible. Maybe ghost sightings are just things that science doesn’t understand yet. Perhaps some sort of energy field is responsible. Perhaps they could be residual life forces. Maybe there are different dimensions or planes of existence, and when we mortals think we see ghosts, we’re just glimpsing someone’s passing from one to the other. I simply don’t have the answers.

I often laugh at myself for referring to my home as a haunted house. I wish I could tell you that my husband and I imagined these experiences, but I can’t. I can tell you this, though. I don’t drink, and I don’t use recreational drugs. I like order and logic in my world, and I don’t like for things to be “left undone” or unsolved. I like answers. Some might think of my experiences as scary stories, but I don’t find them frightening. I find them annoying and puzzling. I’d really like some logical explanations for these seemingly strange activities. If, on the other hand, ghosts really do exist, then I’m sure the entities who seem to reside here with me or at least visit from time to time are the spirits of my deceased parents. Maybe they’re angels. And, if that’s the case, I feel comforted, and I appreciate their help. In such an instance, it wouldn’t be so bad to live in a haunted house.


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      Hertha David 

      2 months ago from Windhoek, Namibia

      I learnt so much from this article. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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      Mary Guimont 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I enjoyed reading this hub and I liked your opinions of what you think possibly could be the meanings of ghosts.

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      7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      I've shared some of my own ghost stories here on hubpages. In my opinion you can call them whatever you'd like, ghosts, paranormal activity, angels, etc. There are some differences between them but for the most part they all dial into the same thing. Entities that are "alive" in a different plane of existence. Otherwise how could they leave things around our houses, and move things, and walk and talk? These are real sounds and events that happen to us, who are in a different life plane. I'm no scientist but there IS absolutely another "existence" out there. It has nothing to do with the past or the future, it's right here and now, just in a different part of "life" than we are. I think it makes for a different outlook on death itself. It's not so scary to me anymore, realizing that for the most part, spirits or ghosts are living life right along with them, we just typically can't see them. Great story, thanks for sharing;)

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      Wendy Golden 

      7 years ago from New York

      I do believe in the paranormal. and it sounds like you have some friendly spirits living in your house. As long as they are benign and not scaring you or your family, then it's all good. If there was a bad spirit around you'd know it, because animals can pick up on bad energy very quickly. If it is your parents, then it's great that they're watching over you. :-)

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama

      Fascinating. And I didn't read that you were fearful of anything, just puzzled. Must be friendly ghosts - your parents.

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      Angela Blair 

      7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for sharing these experiences -- I believe in them totally and can't even begin to tell you all the "unexplainable" things that have happened in my life. One thing I have found is that showing appreciation for a kind presence or "visitor" seems to keep them around in one way or another. I can't explain that statement in any way but for me it's absolutely true. How absolutely delightful if the spirit of your parents remain in your home (which I personally find quite probable) and how blessed you are. Best/Sis

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      As long as you are not being harmed by these apparently paranormal occurrences, Holle, don't worry, be happy!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      7 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is a very interesting story. There are things in the world beyond the ordinary and every day. I, too, believe in haunted houses. Some disincarnate entities are quite benign while others are ........very malevolent in nature.

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      7 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      I also had a strange experience with my set of keys shortly after my friend died. At first it shocked me but then I felt blessed by this sign from him that he was still around. Thanks for your stories habee!

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      Richard Craig 

      7 years ago from England

      After recent events in my house, I know mine is haunted. It's nice to read about other people's experiences. I think you have a guardian angel looking out for you. Or two.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I'll have to check out your hub! Yes - def things we can't explain.

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      this sounds like my hub that I wrote a while back. I do believe in all of this..I think there is another dimension that we are not familiar with. Enjoyed reading the ghosts stories...


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