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Open House: Have You Ever Lived in a Haunted House?

Back in college, I lived in a creaky, spooky Victorian with three housemates. One February night, when all three of my housemates were out of town, I heard creaking on the stairs outside my bedroom. The creaking wasn't random — it sounded like footsteps. As the creaks ascended each stair, I held my breath, wondering if there was an intruder. When I finally summoned my courage, I peeked my head outside the door. No one was there, and there was no sign of entry. My housemates later told me that they'd heard similar footsteps when they were home alone.

Now, I'm not saying that the house was haunted, but it was a spooky experience all the same. I don't know if I necessarily believe in ghosts, but I certainly don't rule out their existence entirely.

Tell me, have you ever lived in a haunted house? Do you know anyone who has? What's the spookiest story you've heard about a haunted home?

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keef keef 7 years
Yes - I moved into the house with my family when i was 6 months old but the stuff didnt start happening until I was 6. We moved out of the house when I was 21 and for that entire period I was terrified. One night my boyfriend stayed over & he saw a 'ready brek glow' walking round the bed. A year or so after we moved out my father told me that the guy who lived there before committed suicide. I am now 42 and the things that happened are as clear to me now as they were then. It was horrible-nasty, angry .... whatever it was. I would love to ask the people who bought the place off us & who I know still live there if they have experienced the same but I dont want to scare them. I have never experienced any paranormal spooky stuff in my life since the day i moved out of that house. My mother also had stuff happen there.
K-is-for K-is-for 7 years
I grew up in one. My parents bought their first house from a friend who had inherited it. The house was the first built in the neighborhood and about 100 years old. One of the original occupants had hanged himself in the garage, which my parents knocked down when we moved in. Unknowingly, they disturbed his spirit. I always had the creeps in that house. Footsteps, creaking, things turning on and off. Never mean or ill spirited..just always there. My first apartment was haunted too. It was a really old victorian house. Woke up in the middle of the night while my husband was at work to a man standing in the doorway. After some babble, questioning why he was home so early, I realized no one was there anymore. Needless to say, I freaked out.
when I lived in westchester, I thought the house was haunted, but I was kind of goth back then, so I might have been making it up in my head
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
When I was younger and we had our farm, our blacksmith had wonderful stories from her house. Hearing footsteps on the roof. Feeling cold water pouring on you when sitting on the couch, rocking chairs moving on their own. Her cat wouldn't go into the bathroom - and the curtins to the shower moved on their own. Someone would move their fan around. She'd put it in the hall, and when she'd go up to go to bed it would be in the middle of her doorway.. fun stuff. I did have one haunting occurence, but it wasn't in my house. I am an architect, and we renovate old buildings. I was in an old brewery building on a windy dark day when some of the strangest things happened to me. I was alone measuring windows when I heard a whistling. It was whistling a tune, not like from the wind. One of the maintenance guys used to walk around whistling, so I thought it was him. I called out for him, but got no response. I called his cell phone and he had left hours ago and was already at home. Not long after things went crazy. Windows started banging, equipment that wasn't on started humming, I started to get a bad feeling. So I grabbed my co-worker who was in the next building so that we could leave. On our way down the stairs we heard footsteps on the stairs above us. I have never been so scared before in my life! Still remember it to this day, and that happened maybe 7 years ago! I think it's cool, but it freaks me out!
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
"Have I ever lived in a haunted house" Nope, not that I know of.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
My cousins lived in a haunted house. The guy's name was even in their basement in the cement. His name was Joe. A lot of spooky things happened such as seeing and hearing things, but I don't really remember much.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 7 years
Last year, I wrote a blog entry about the haunted Victorian house where I grew up, and where my parents still live: :-)
ifuseesara ifuseesara 7 years
The house I currently live in is speculation to a lot of paranormal activity. I live in my sorority's campus house, and the events in the house are attributed to the death of a member sometime in the 90's who still hangs here. I, personally, live in the supposedly most haunted room, but there hasnt been anything too terrible happen thus far. In the past there have been reports of sightings, people being locked out of rooms, the radio being played with, doors opening, pipes knocking, being touched, and things going missing, and just other strange things. Personally, I've woken up to laughter and having something fall on my foot (completely impossible) and I've been locked out a few times, and small objects have been missing or tampered with. Like, the first week, I have a new pack of cigarettes sitting on my desk. I live in a single, and when I woke up the next day, they were open, half were gone, and they were all flipped upside down. I had my door locked that you tell me what happened. Personally, I have no issue with friendly ghosts. I dont mind sharing space with them. But if I was ever in a house with something much more intimidating, I'd be out of there in a heartbeat.
kedawen kedawen 7 years
kimpossible - from watching Ghosthunters (one of my favorite shows!!) I'm guessing that the bad feeling in that house COULD have been the electromagnetic field from bad/old wiring. Some people are really sensitive to it! Then again, could have been something else entirely. ;) I have never lived in a haunted house, nor been in one! I've heard stories from some of my friends... :) I'm going to the East coast next week and I'm hoping we find some time to see some haunted houses. In the meantime, I will be watching more Ghosthunters! This Halloween episode is going to be great.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I grew up in one. :) You really got used to them, most of them were 'friendly' and didn't bother you. It's just that you noticed them because they kept popping up and sometimes one or two 'played trick' on you. It was pretty rare though (the trick thing, but the run-ins were like everyday occurrence).
jossfan23 jossfan23 7 years
What a fun topic! Both my parents (and my grandfather) passed in the house I grew up in. Several of my friends & a few boyfriends (but never me) saw a shadowy figure at my father's place a the kitchen table when we were partaking in teen-age mischief. Our ghost was a friendly ghost - twice my dog found an old (no-longer existing bank) envelope with large sums of money in a room that wasn't commonly used. After the first time my mom & I checked the house from top to bottom and we were certain that there was no more stashed cash. So when it happened the second time we knew that someone was looking out for us. After my mom passed lat year and I sold the house the new owners ended up tearing it down and building a new house on the spot - despite it being in perfect condition. I wonder if they had any run-ins.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 7 years
my friend was housesitting at this house for several months and had tons and tons of scary experiences, i never knew how she dealt with it! there were footsteps, items moved, cupboards opening, the dogs who lived there being scared and refusing to go near places, etc. on a less frightening note, a coffeeshop near my house where my friend worked had a friendly ghost in it. she'd close down the shop and the next morning the ghosts would have played the game of chess (she had set the chess board pieces up correctly the night before).
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I lived in a house in the Northeast that I swore for years was haunted. My bedroom was the coldest room in the house always felt a little damp and had a strange breeze that came from the closet. One summer I discovered that a bunch of people had died in the house a hundred years ago, and decided that was the cause. A few months later during some renovations we discovered that in addition to the secret room that was under the stairs that we knew about, there was also a secret passage that went from my closet directly to the beach and that's where the breeze came from. The thought that someone could just walk into my bedroom from the beach scared me more than the thought of having ghosts in the house,and I had my dad board the thing up. This didn't stop the weird noises in the rest of the house though. We moved before I could discover if there were more secret passageways, so I'm not sure if the house was haunted, or there were more places for the breeze to come through.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I haven't lived in one. But one house we looked at on one of our house hunting trips I got a very bad feeling in it. From the first step into the house, and each step I took further into the house I had this horrible feeling that something bad had happened there. It got to the point where I was having trouble breathing, I had a very panicky feeling, I had to go outside for some fresh air. It was a shame too because it was a very nice house but there was no way I would have been able to live in it.
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