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How to Know if Your House is Haunted

Updated on October 24, 2011
An abandoned old house behind some tall grass.
An abandoned old house behind some tall grass. | Source

If you are living in a house comparable with the Amityville Horror house, chances are you’ve figured out that there is some paranormal activity going on around you. But, if the activity is more subtle, how can you be sure it’s really paranormal and not just your imagination, or there’s an innocent explanation?

I wrote this article as a fun, Halloween topic, but there are some people who really experience things in their home year round. It can be scary for everyone. I am a see-it-to-believe-it kinda girl, but I will say that I had experiences of my own in a home where we lived for seven years, but sold a few years ago. It makes you feel crazy. If you are feeling like your mind is slipping, here are some tips to figuring out whether or not you are living in a haunted house:

  • Are doors closing with a crash, or objects moving around you? It might be a ghost, but it could also be an unstable door or a crooked countertop. Test it out in the light of day. See how heavy or light the door is, and put a pencil on the counter to test the surface. You could ease your mind by checking the simplest things around the house before instantly calling it ghostly activity.
  • Do you feel like someone is staring at you, but when turning to look there’s no one there? This is a spooky feeling. Is it ghostly eyes casting upon you, or do you need to update the wiring in your home? An electromagnetic field can cause that uneasy feeling or paranoia. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a real physiological disorder that can cause anything from nausea to pain in the muscles and joints. It can also cause paranoia in some people. All types of household appliance emit some level of electromagnetic energy. Try sitting further away from your computer. Turn off appliances and computers when you are not using them. Put your furniture further away from televisions and other devices. If you have wires galore in your house, you might want to think about a shield for those items. You should talk to a home inspector or electrician for more information on updating your home for the safety of your family.
  • Did you put your car keys on the kitchen table and now they’re gone? Maybe you’re just forgetful, or maybe it’s a ghost messing with you. If you feel like you are having too many “forgetful” moments set up a video camera for a couple hours and leave your home, or go about your business. Play it back, but beware of what you find. If you are going to run out of the house screaming like a lunatic at the first sign of paranormal activity, this experiment is not for you. I also had a ghost hunter once tell me that I could open up a “door” by recording activity in the home. I don’t know if this is true, but it’s something to think about.
  • If you are seeing things, but no one else has said a word, maybe you should listen a little more. Your kids might be trying to tell you something. Never bring up ghosts in the home with your kids. It will unnecessarily scare them. But, if they come to you, make them feel welcome to talk about it. Talk to your spouse or other adults and ask if they’ve seen anything suspicious. It’s not good to “suffer” in silence. We lived in our home for four years before I came clean with my suspicions. My three year old son said he was seeing shadows in the hallway. When asking him to describe them he said, “They look like the shadow person on the wet floor sign.” I had chills. My husband and I told him it was cars passing by making the shadows. He is nine years old now and doesn’t remember this at all, thankfully. At the time, my husband and I looked at each other and each said, at the same time, “Do you have something to tell me?” Turns out that both of us had seen the same thing at various times and never mentioned it due to embarrassment. We are both skeptics after all. I had wished I had his support during those four years, and he probably felt the same. So, talk about it with the other adults in the household and find out that you are probably not crazy at all.
  • Do you need help? If it’s out of control get on the Internet and look for help. Any reputable “ghost hunting” agency will come to your house for free and assess the situation. Only do this if you are willing to find out the truth no matter if they find nothing or they catch something on video. Talking to a ghost hunter made me feel less crazy. We didn’t have them come out, but I found out that it is quite common to feel like you are losing your mind during all the activity. It is common to explain the activity away with a benign reason for it all just to be able to get some sleep at night.

I don’t make fun of people when they tell me their ghost stories – I feel for them. If your home is truly haunted, usually the spirits are benign and don’t mean any harm. They aren’t even there to scare you. If you simply say, “You are scaring me, please stop,” most likely the spirits will be gracious enough to lay low and leave your family be. I am happy to be rid of that home, but those of you who are still living it day to day shouldn’t feel alone.

Oh, and Happy Halloween, everyone!


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    • NotPC profile image

      NotPC 5 years ago

      This was a very fun hub to read! Thank's for sharing!

    • cdub77 profile image

      cdub77 6 years ago from Portland Or

      I loved the tone of this hub! Great fun. I look forward to more humorous posts from you. :)

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      jenniferrpovey 6 years ago

      Nice Halloween hub.