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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 Have Lived In A Haunted House. ||Feb 11th. at 4:06:29 pm EST|
|Angela Stidham (Frenchburg, KY) ||Age: 23 - Email |
I grew up in a haunted house. Our spirit loved to move things, turn the TV on and off, walk around upstairs. After these things started to occur, our landlord informed us that her uncle had died in the house years before. Our spirit, "Henry" as we called him, never done anything to harm us. He was a playful spirit and it was fun living with him. Years after we moved out, they tore the house down and replaced it with a courthouse annex. I've often wondered if "Henry" is playing his tricks in the courthouse now.
| I Already Live In A Haunted House ||Feb 11th. at 4:20:35 pm EST|
|Al White Owl (Frederick, Maryland) ||Age: 50 - Email |
We just moved into a haunted house this weekend. We didn't realize it was haunted until after we signed the contract & later went back with a digital camera to document the condition of the house for future reference when we moved out. The camera caught an energetic vortex in the kitchen & several entities in the family room. I immediately spoke out loud when downloading the photos. Spirit responded with answers to my questions about what was that "Vortex" was the response to the kitchen anomoly. When I saw the photo with the entities my exclamation was "What is this?" The response was "FRIENDS". I asked, "What friends?" got "Quakers" as a response. I immediately began looking up Quakers in Maryland. Sure enough, there was a large population of them in the area of the house. I think our site was a property donated for the meeting house. My husband heard a man talking to three women the night we were moving in.
| I Would Move In.. ||Feb 11th. at 5:17:58 pm EST|
|MoonOwl (Egypt Lake, USA) ||Age: 39 - Email |
and as long as we could co-exist in peace, I would let them stay.
My only true "ghost" experience was at the Winchester Mystery House in California in the '70's when I was about 10. I followed a nice old woman beckoning me into a room and chatted with her for a few minutes, separating from the tour group. When the tour-guide opened the door and asked what I was doing in there I turned around to show her the nice old woman who was speaking with me and she was gone. I remember the looks from my mom and the other tourists as I rejoined the group. It was Mrs. Winchester. Confirmed by pictures of her. She looked real enough to me. Not vaporie/translucent. I remember that she was pleasant but then in a hurry to go. I had impressions on the Queen Mary when we stayed there, but Mrs. Winchester is the only one I've seen fully.
I have heard from people that the condo in Mission Viejo, where my mom and I lived (and she passed in) had had some activity for a couple years after she passed. A girlfriend of mine told me that once (a couple of months after her passing) when she and a few other kids snuck into the condo to hang out away from prying eyes, my mom came in and told them to leave, freaking them all out. I had also heard from the woman that bought the condo (when I came to see who bought it) that she had felt a female presence and felt much better when I told her about my mom and that she was friendly. She has since passed on because I have felt her here. Most strongly after my daughter was born. But I'm sure she's somewhere with my ancestors having drinks and playing cards!!
Regarding manifestations I think it depends on how they died and if they feel they still have work to do. In my mother's case, she died in her sleep. I guess she hung out there til she realized there was a better place to be.
| Would I Live In A Haunted House? Why Yes, Of Course! ||Feb 11th. at 5:45:40 pm EST|
Would I live in a haunted house? Why yes, of course I would! The main reason is because I think it'd be interesting, and then I could go all out with the decorations! Red and black velvet curtains, long, winding stone staircases. Ah. It would be so much fun. Then I could buy my dream car, a hearse, and I'd be set!
| Yes ..... With Reservation ||Feb 11th. at 6:18:37 pm EST|
|Cheryl (California) ||Age: 34 - Email |
I would move in, if it were just myself to worry about. I would not, however, move my children into a haunted house intentionally.
I moved into my current residence last May, knowing that the previous owner had died of lung cancer. She was young (my age) and a none smoker. I was worried about having an angry spirit to contend with.
We have many spirits in this house, that I see in the corner of my eye, and even my hubby sees them (which is saying something!) . I did a ritual cleanse of the house to banish negative energy (specifically - so that the positive energy could stay) and it has lightened the feeling of the house considerably.
There are still energy beings here, but the house feels light and happy, so I figure my cleanse worked.
Cleansed my house once, and would do it again if needed. The question really is, are you comfortable in your home? If not, then you need to do something about it.
| Living With The Dead ||Feb 11th. at 6:47:28 pm EST|
|Rev. Kelley Stephenson (Casa Grande) ||Age: 27 - Email - Web|
Living in a hunted house is fine, in fact, I grew up in a rather active home. It is understanding how to live and communicate with the former residences that can make life interseting.
In my experance of living with "ghosts", the things they do are just to get the livings attention. Most of the time it is either a friendly "hi, how are you doing" or they are just carring on their normal activities.
The house I grew up in had several inhabitance. One was a little girl, about 10, who would be heard on cold nights. Others were evil imps, very similar to the Dark Is's from the MTV animated shorts "the Maxx". After my grandparents were killed in a car accedent, they visited several times, also my great-grandmother was seen on occation.
Other houses I lived in had spirits. The first house I lived in, in Colorado, was active. But Colorado, in general, is very active. Disimbodied voices were heard often, any time day or night. My mother recalls a few "get out"'s and I remember three-way conversations on the phone when I only called one person. When that house was to be sold, I got permition from my then coven to cleans it. We chased out a few nasties and left the benine spirits there. My third residance in Colorado was active, but that was because we left the door wide open to anyone who wanted to be there. The house doubled as a Covensted and housed the full coven. We created a temporary safe haven for wandering spirits. People would come, stay a while and then leave. However, the old saying about how news travels it true, even in the spirit world, our house was a popular destination, a spirits vacation destination.
The place I live in currently is rather calm, no activity to speak of. Now that all of my grandparents have passed over, I think they visit us more.
| Would You Live In A Haunted House? ||Feb 11th. at 7:43:18 pm EST|
|Amoriah (Ontario) ||Age: 41 - Email |
I have lived in a haunted house in London, England many years ago. The hauntings there could be rather startling at times. There would occasionally be an item flying through the air just missing someone's head, items going missing for weeks, and re-surfacing in the exact same place they disappeared weeks later. Sometimes an icy coldness and the feeling of someone staring at you.
Today, I would be a little more cautious as to how benevolent or violent the entities were, rather than worrying about the hauntings themselves.
Doors opening and closing and lights going on and off would probably be more annoying or irritating than frightening to me. Anything else in that genre, probably wouldn't worry me. If the entities were violent, I would definitely think twice about staying there, and if unable to rid them and send them on, I would move for sure.
Some manifestations can be a good thing, as on one occasion in that house, I had fallen asleep leaving a pan on the stove downstairs, that I thought I had turned off.
While in deep sleep I felt something gently shake me awake, and I awoke to see nobody there. As I got up and started to leave the room, I could smell a faint burning odour coming from downstairs.
Whoever it was was alerting me to impending danger of a house fire.
| Depends On The Info I Get From Previous Residents . ||Feb 11th. at 7:54:58 pm EST|
|Wanda Custance (Jacksonville, Oregon) ||Age: 50 - Email |
Most of the time ghosts are pretty harmless. I have been around a few.
So if it is the doors slamming, cold spots, sorry just floating through
and the price of the house was good, or the rent was cheap, no termites etc.
I would give it a go. But, and I mean this, sometimes you run into a mean one,
and this is where you need to do your research. Sometimes something even
more heavy duty, a crossing point, or a bad juju place. I once stood outside
a place in Savannah, GA that had been closed down since the late '70's because of problems.
It was a bad energy spot, I couldn't stay on the same side of the street as the building.
Of course there are ghost busters, if you need them. I think you could
call them ghost counselors, they try to get the ghost to move on.
| Haunted House, Where'd That Pen Go? ||Feb 11th. at 9:14:46 pm EST|
|Lucian Nailo (Corpus Christi, Texas) ||Age: 16 - Email - Web|
I sincerely doubt that I would be able to live in a haunted house. The sort of paranormal phenomena that you describe would bother me too much for me to be able to dwell in the residence for longer that a lunar cycle or so...
| I Probably Will! ||Feb 11th. at 10:16:03 pm EST|
|Warlock Mark (Philippines) ||Age: 24 - Email - Web|
Though i never been in a house that is descriptively like a haunted house, i would try to live in one. I had a friend that has father that already past away, and makes me feel like his spirit are just some footsteps away from me (coz i sleep in their house-sometimes alone!) . And because i practice a craft and invoke some spirit, i see no problem living in a haunted house full of ghost. And I will not try to send them away coz i know they just need a shelter and ahome they want to call theis own, and in fact i will let them stay but they should not disturb me in any way.
| I Kind Of Do Already ||Feb 11th. at 10:50:02 pm EST|
|Etain (Ohio) ||Age: 31 - Email |
I live above a funeral home at the moment. The apartment has been in my husband's family for years. The first two weeks we lived here we were scared. Partly due to the bad neighborhood, but also because we weren't sure what to expect....haunted house wise. Yeah, it's creepy but I guess we're used to it. I've seen some weird stuff. But then I blew it off thinking, "I must be seeing things". I think I'm in denial but somewhere inside of me I know where we live is a very transient place for spirits. Most of the time they go on their merry little way. But sometimes, once in a while, some stick around.....very creepy. I have to smudge and clear alot. No, I wouldn't choose to live in a haunted house. It takes a lot of energy and up keep to keep the environment in balance.
| Live With Respect Dead Or Alive ||Feb 11th. at 11:17:52 pm EST|
|Katherine (Canada) ||Age: 23 - Email |
I believe that no matter where you are there will always be "ghosts" wheather it be in your home or when your going about your day to day routien. A manifestation that is not real can not hurt or harm you in any way the only way it can is if you let it. That is why the living and the dead must respect one another we are all shareing the same liveing space ( the earth ) would it not be easier if we shared it respectfully.
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