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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Would You Live In A Haunted House?
You have found the perfect house. But it’s haunted. Doors open and close. Lights flip on and off. Footsteps are heard in the hallway, furniture is rearranged and ghostly figures are spotted wandering the grounds.
Would you move in?
Would you be comfortable living with ghosts and/or paranormal activities? Or would you send the spirits an eviction notice?
What are your thoughts on paranormal manifestations?
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| I Already Live In A Hounted House. ||Feb 11th. at 4:53:22 am UTC|
|Kat (Bellingham, WA) ||Age: 51 - Email |
'Tillie' doesn't cause any real problems (thats the roommates job) , has never scared me, just turns on the TV in the wee hours, opens firmly closed doors to let the cats run wild, is really fasinated with the microwave oven. The house was the first hospital here in the 1880's, but I've never met any of the patients. Guess they didn't need to hang around this long. Tillie lived here since the 20's or 30's up until she died about seven years. When I first moved here I had a huge urge to plant peonys, later a neighbor told me that Tillies brother had dug up all her peonys after she died. Guess she wanted her peonys back.
| Maybe. ||Feb 11th. at 6:09:05 am UTC|
|amy wallen (southampton, england) ||Age: 22 - Email |
I'm not sure if I could sense a spiritual presence that easily, but if it was a benevolent one I would have no problems with that. I'd try to find some way to communicate with him/her so that I could learn their wishes (as to whether they wanted to be sent on or not) .
I believe it doesn't really stretch the imagination to accept the paranormal. There's just too much evidence that ghosts do exist. My only experience of a ghost has been that one posed for a photo with my partner and myself in a reputedly haunted nightclub, but that's about it!
Bright Blessings. :-)
| Would I? ||Feb 11th. at 6:44:09 am UTC|
|clio (York PA) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I would, if the inhabitant I was sharing the house with was benevolent :)
| Been There. Done That. ||Feb 11th. at 8:11:10 am UTC|
|Rosetta Fire (Gainesville, Fl.) ||Age: 29 - Email |
Living in a haunted house isn't as bad as it seems. I did it for the first 11 years of my life. The thing is most people associate "hauntings" with malevolent occurances. These are acctually pretty rare, and the few that are malevolent (i.e. scaring the wits out of the home's inhabitants) are the ones you hear on the Discovery / History/ TLC channels. The majority of type 1 hauntings are very benign. They feel like someone is looking over your shoulder but when you turn to look there is no one there. This may frighten some but after a while it is something you get use to as if you were living with a roommate. You eventually ignore them.
So to answer the question, yes I would live in a haunted house since I have lived in one before and the reality of the situation is that they are not usually scary.
| Not Only Would, But Have ||Feb 11th. at 8:21:10 am UTC|
|Starwalker (Down East NC) ||Age: 54 - Email |
Several of the places I have lived have had manifestations of various sorts... There were always "poltergeist" phenomena happening when I was a girl... we'd see door knobs turn and the door open, watched a Christmas ornament unhook itself from the tree and float about ten feet across the room before falling (it was the rustling of the tree that broght our attention to that one!) etc. Tends to run in the family. However I have LIMITS! When I moved into a home with friends in the mts. of NC some time ago, I ended up warding MY room against the ghost who had lived there for some time. HE moved out into the yard (I didn't kick him out of the house, just out of the ROOM, because I was getting no sleep as a result of his nocturnal play sessions with my three cats!)
It started the night I moved in, when there was nothing in the room but a bed, a kitty litter box, food and water dishes, me and the cats. They were literally bouncing off the walls, not disturbed, just playing! I watched them (unable to sleep because of their antics) for hours... I couldn't see their playmate, but it was very obvious they were playing with someone/some thing... and I made VERY sure there was not even a mosquito in there as far as physical beings they might have been stalking with that behavior.
It didn't get any better after a week (giving them time to settle and adjust to their new surroundings) and my friends told me there were often "presences" about... so when I did my routine cleansing/claiming ritual for my space, I added a little warding against uninvited visitors. The bedroom ghost moved to the yard, according to my friend's daughter, who was VERY upset when she arrived for a visit and found that I had kicked "her" ghost out (that had been her room in the past) .
| Always ||Feb 11th. at 10:31:15 am UTC|
|Danceswitsacredlandscape (Maidstone, Sk, Canada) ||Age: 35 - Email |
I have moved around so much and then in three different countries. My fondest memories seem to remain with the very first ranch my folks bought here in Canada when I was just a litle girl. I experienced many things there. Often telling my mother that someone was watching us from the attic window whenever we were outside. Of course she'd scoff at me. My stepfather was real dead set against all that. Then my Nanny from Australia came to visit, she too saw things. She slept in my room (which was in one end of the attic) when one night the bedroom window latch opened, then the window opened and a huge gust of wind blew my doll that had been sitting on my dresser infront of the window, across the room to her. She didn't feel welcome there.
I experienced 2 different spirits there. One was kind, a male and the other, a lady was not. Usually sometime after midnight, the room would get cold and the lady would appear. For the first year or so, her visits frightened me. I had a friend over on a sleep over one time. I had told her many things about the place. She was going to experience it for herself this night. Mom was away in Australia on a visit and my stepfather was off at work and wouldn't be home util after 3am. We both were in my bed and couldn't sleep. Then the footsteps came up the stairs, as they normally did every night. Mind you, there were no rooms in the attic prior to us and no stairs up to them either. The sound was like one foot, then foot and cane. One foot, foot and cane. And it was coming up the stairs. We were so frightened. (My room was halfway across the attic opposite the stairs) We threw on the bedroom light then closed my door. But having the door closed seemed even more frightening, so we decided to leave it partly open. I remember putting a string of yarn across the door to the bed, sort of like a tripwire, hanging cloths on it. LOL. Anyhow, we laid there in bed now waiting. Nothing really scary usually accompanied the footsteps but this night was going to be different. The footsteps continued once we lay quiet again. And they were reaching the top of the stairway now. Then we near died with fright when they continued across the first half of the attic towards my bedroom door. We were both watching the small opening of the door. Waiting for whoever it was. Then the light switch was turned off. We screamed! Then all was okay because we could hear my stepfather's truck coming in the driveway. My friend never spoke to me after that.
I never knew the history of that place at first. I would receive these visits from the lady, who seemed to thrive on keeping me up, then the other visitor, the man would come and the room would warm up and she'd be gone. He often sat on my bed and I could feel him next to my legs. I would feel comforted by his visits. I wanted to know what happened and who he was. So I slipped into a sort of trance. I heard a woman yelling downstairs. She was saying that she poisoned his food with arsenic. Then spoke his name, Billy Wedge. I looked into it and out found that this ranch used to belong to a man named Billy Wedge in the 1800's. The ranch was a stopover for horses, as this stretch of the Telkwa Hi-road was the main thoroughfare. This particular house was a barn. Now he had tried to build a nice house not far from it, but someone burned it down on him. So he built about a couple of miles away. It was in that house that he had a live in nurse. One day a neighbor was driving by when they happened to notice Billy's truck door was open with no one around. A load of grain was still in the back of the pickup. So they went in to investigate and found Billy dead. An investigation later revealed that he had been poisoned with the use of arsenic and that nurse was charged. Whatever happened to her, I don't know but she chose to remain at the ranch after her physical death.Now where he died, we couldn't get our horses to pass by for many years. It was famous in the area for being haunted then it burned down one night due to an electrical problem.
Anyhow, as my stepfather began building corrals he was told by a neighbor that Billy had built the same in the past. Same type and same location. Once in a while, the tractor would go on its own while in the field. My stepfather would jokingly say it was Billy but that was about it for him. My faorite thing as a kid was to explore. And I loved to dig up old rock piles to see what I could find. My sisters and neighbor's sons were always with me. I would say things like "What if we would find..." and sure enough, we'd find what I had just said every time. I really spooked them out. My mother felt nervous about the rockpiles and told me to leave them alone. But I would still dig through them whenever I possible could. The urge was just too strong. I was looking for something. I came across an old pocket watch and a few other neat things but that was not what I was looking for and for the life of me, I don't really know what it was.
The nightly visits kept happening. Often times, I would wake up after midnight, then pull out my guitar from under my bed and write a song instantly. Where this came from I don't know.
Now, not all memories about this place I am fond of. There are many pains. Most of which are of my pets. Every single last one of them died. Just mine. My cats, my rabbit, my dog and my horse. I couldn't understand it.
I eventually told the nurse that she was no longer welcome. That she no longer frightened me and she was to leave. She did. But Billy was welcome, as this was his home too. He did remain.
This was just a small bit of what happened there and I have had many since everywhere I had lived. It just took a while for me to accept it and move on. I've learned way more since that age. The ranch was my first experience of not only being able to see, but also hear and feel. I would never change a single moment.
| Yep ||Feb 11th. at 10:43:35 am UTC|
|Daine Sarisi (School) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Already done that! It was awsome stuff moving around the house, doors opening and closing without anybody around...... it was cool!
| I Once Saw A Ghostly Cabbage Tromping Through The Woods..... ||Feb 11th. at 12:40:47 pm UTC|
|Brandon Stewart (Kentucky) ||Age: 19 - Email |
Depends, is the house nice? Are the spirits hot? Do I have to live within the vicinity of a pet cemetery? Will there be any portals to the Underworld opened whilst I sleep? Can I get possessed by a kick-@$$ spirit?? Can I exorcise regularly?? Is the electric bill high? Do ghosts mind loud music and a rambunctious party life?? There aren't any chicks with Crucifixes, are there? Will I be able to projectile vomit for my friends?? Can the ghosts do guest appearances at my parties? And last....will there be BEER??????
*note, this is not actually how I feel, I am just on one of those stupidity kicks-I will regret this later*
| Family Spirit ||Feb 11th. at 12:47:11 pm UTC|
|Nevada (TX) ||Age: 34 - Email |
I currently share the family home with my grandfathers spirit..and have in the past worked in a haunted hotel...plus last 2 apts had spirits, so have gotten used to it..My mate had to get used to his stuff moving around and disappearing...he makes occassional comments outloud about either items are returned quickly or there was going to be an indepth cleansing of spirits from the house...which of course I have objections to
| I ALREADY DO!!!!!!!! ||Feb 11th. at 2:56:01 pm UTC|
|Moon (New York) ||Age: 41 - Email |
I live in a Greek Revival that is 160+ years old. I have had 3 people here that have told me various "things" about what spirits dwell here. Two say there is something evil here but I refuse to believe them. I think it was all an act on their part to get me out of their coven that I was in the process of joining (amatures) . The third person told me a whole different story. Hers recalled past owners of the house which I have yet to verify. I have several pictures taken outside and inside the house in which orbs and ectoplasms are present so I know there are spirits here. One of the photos even has the shape of a man from the head to the hips, and a face of sorts in it. What ever their purpose for being here, they don't seem to bother us much. They know we are here to stay and that they must accept that fact. They don't cause us any trouble that I know of. Once in a while I think my cats see something that I cannot, but other than that you wouldn't even know they are here.
| Do We Not All Live In Our Own Versions Of Haunted Houses? ||Feb 11th. at 3:00:06 pm UTC|
|Spirit Walker (Long Island, New York) ||Age: 44 - Email |
Would I like to live in a house the is haunted? Yes. Just as long as it is not the Amityville Horror House or such.
I believe that every house and apartment that I have lived in, has had its own share of spirits walking around.
When I am sitting around in my present house, I see things moving out of the corner of my eye. Of course when I look, there is nothing there. But I do feel that there is someone in the house. I have always felt it. At first it was not a good feeling. But as time went on, I guess we got used to each other.
I have talked to the spirits in the house from time to time. Must be cause I am getting old, I guess. Trying to let them know that I know that they exist. Trying to make them feel that I am not a threat to their home.
Some day I will do a meditation and see if I can coax one out. Perhaps the spirit is just nervous that a new family moved in. Perhaps the spirit needs to be put at ease.
And then perhaps, the spirits that walk with me, have made friends with it. For I walk not alone.
Brightest of Blessings...
| I Do And I Don't ||Feb 11th. at 3:43:49 pm UTC|
|Ashe Winterwolf (Irving, TX) ||Age: 39 - Email |
I would love to live in a haunted house, as along as the spirit (s) weren't malicious.
I do live in a house in which I believe spirits pass through, but don't stay. On occasion I've taken pictures during parties, family gatherings, holidays, and an orb or two appears in the photograph. I was once told by an experienced ghosthunter that spirits are attracted to positive energy and those events usually provide that type of energy. Most recently we had three uninvited guests attending my child's birthday party. I never knew they were there until we got the pictures back, but there they were floating over our young guests. Other times, I've taken pictures of the interior of the house and there is nothing unusual.
It seems that they are always non-intrusive, I never know they were there until after I get pictures back and they show up in some of the photos. In a way, I'm not really suprised to see orbs now and then, the land our home is built on was once farm and ranch land, as well as, being home to Native Americans for centuries. More recently and sadly, we had a murder take place in the house directly behind us.
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