Growing Up in a Haunted House

by Judith
(California)

The house I grew up in was haunted. I am the youngest child of six and all of my siblings agree that the house was haunted. None of the other siblings ever saw a ghosts except for me. My parents did not believe in ghosts and would ignore the strange things that would happen. Numerous things happened to me that I can not even share them all.

We had a heavy wooden door in the basement that was hard to open. Sometimes out of the blue it would start swinging open and shut. My dad ended up removing the door.

Sometimes the dishes in the cupboards would rattle violently - though our swinging plants were still. I always felt like something was watching me in that house. I was always scared, even in the day time.

We lived on several acres of land. The far back of the property had been covered in eucalyptus trees. My dad had cut most of them down. In the summer sometimes a few friends of mine would pitch a tent back there and camp out for the night when we were kids. There were a few nights when strange things happened to us out there.

In the middle of the night when we had drifted to sleep in our tents. Something caved in the side of our tent. It felt as if a somewhat heavy mass was throw at the side of our tent. The force of it picked up my duffel bag and threw it across the test. My friend and I had woken up at that point and were wondering what just happened. Then someone grabbed my ankle from the outside of the tent.

At that point I was sure that it was my dad playing pranks on us so all of my fear dissolved and I stood up and unzipped the tent in a hurry. I called out "Dad, stop, we know you're there." It was almost dawn by then and it was light enough to see the area around the tent. I saw no one. Just an empty field and a few trees.

I could see the gravel road leading to the house clearly and no one was on it. I was still looking for my dad. I went up to the house, sure I would find my dad up and dressed with a grin on his face from playing a trick on us. To my surprise, he was still asleep in bed and their was no evidence that he had ever been up yet that morning. As soon as I realized it wasn't my dad I felt a chill go up my spine.

When I was about 16 I was walking out of the bathroom in the middle of the day, and standing in front of me was a tall old man dressed in an old fashioned suit. He had an old fashioned square hat on his pale head. He was somewhat transparent but I could still make out every detail of his face and clothing. He had no expression on his face.

When I saw him I wasn't scared at all, which I thought was strange considering how creeped out I always felt when alone in the house. I stared at him in amazement for a few seconds and then he was gone. I could not believe my eyes. I am positive what I saw was there and was not a figment of my imagination.

There was another occurrence where I saw a qhost. This had happened in previous years, I was maybe 9 or 10 years old. I had not thought much about this encounter until I had seen the old man. I was walking towards my bedroom one night, my mom was standing in the kitchen and I said goodnight casually and turned the corner. There before me stood a little blonde haired boy in a black suit. He was maybe about 4 or 5 years old. I was so caught off guard that I stopped whatever I was saying to my mother in mid sentence. He was gone in a flash.

Again I wasn't scared when I saw him but just confused and startled. I thought I must have been seeing things.

I currently live in a house where one of the previous tenants committed suicide. I do not feel any presence in this house and almost never feel scared or spooked. I am confident that if his spirit was here in this house that I would be aware of it.

My dad sold our old family house several years ago. Sometimes I think about visiting the new owners and asking them if they have experienced any unusual occurrences such as I did.

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Jul 13, 2011
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Hmmm.
by: Kim

When I was little my faucet would turn on by itself and forever I would say it was my grandpa coming down from heaven washing his hands because they were dusty.

I was never scared of it because I KNEW it was my grandpa.

About 6 years ago my mom was taking a nap and when she woke up my grandpa was sitting at the foot of her bed. It was the anniversary of his death.

After that my grandpa disappeared. But in '05 after a tragic accident involving our school's marching band (FOREVER CARDINAL BOUND!) weird things started happening. My sister was at school waiting for our mom to come and pick her up after a show choir competition and she was waiting in the choir room. She was watching a movie and when she looked up she saw the band director standing in between the choir room and the band room wondering who was at school at 2:00 in the morning.

Then my sister's first year of college I was sitting in our computer room (which is right next to the living room) and all of a sudden I heard "Lynn" and I looked over into the living room and no one was there. And then I heard dog tags being shook and I got up and went to talk to my mom because I was a little freaked out. (After the accident we were all given dog tags.)

So I am 99.999% sure that he is still here watching over his band students; he won't let anything happen to any of us...

I just wanted to share that with you because we saw things too.

Feb 23, 2011
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Cool
by: Cierria

Wow I wish you knew more about the people who lived there and I'm sorry if anything bad happened to you

Feb 06, 2011
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Go for it!
by: Anonymous

I read your story & was immediately freaked out..
GO FOR IT!

Ask the new owners of the house.

I'm sure they'll give you an honest answer.
good luck.

xx

Jan 31, 2011
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Great
by: Jamie

It was a great story I myself have never had any paranormal experience but I do feel a little spooked at night in my house but that's not much of a story :)

Jan 30, 2011
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My story is similar
by: Anonymous

I'm also the youngest of six, and our house was haunted. All of us either saw a little girl, or heard her, except for my mom. She refused to believe it. The little girl (that's what we called her) would do what sounded like acrobats upstairs during the day, when my parents were at work. I'd yell up the stairs for her to knock it off, and the noises would quit for the day. Later, my brother-in-law found bones in the crawlspace under the house. They looked like a child's. He wouldn't talk about it. It turned out that the whole neighborhood had been a cemetery at one time, and the graves had all been moved. Well, they missed one.

Dec 20, 2010
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My Cousin
by: Anonymous

My cousin had a house like that. We always heard things and saw things. Then later we found out a family died in a fire in the 1800s (surprise, surprise, its a Victorian house). Soon my cousin and her family moved out of that house. Thank God....

Nov 28, 2010
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The reason y kids can see ghosts is they are open minded
by: Anonymous

The reason you saw it is that as a child your mind is more open to the spiritual world I can sense the spirits and also can pick up emotions from items. I don't need to touch the item though.

Oct 27, 2010
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by: Anonymous

@ Karen
It is so strange that so many of us have seen these bouncing shadows at night. I wonder what they are. I had forgotten about them until my friend reminded me of our conversation about them when we were teenagers.

@anonymous
I am glad you enjoyed my entry. Thank you.
In regards to how I deal with it..I just don't care if people think I'm weird or lying.
My boyfriend had told me that when I first told him my ghost stories he assumed I was lying for attention..this was hurtful but I got over it. I understand that some people are linear thinkers and its hard for them to fathom such events. I suppose it is something you have to experience in order to believe.

I recently had an ex lover die suddenly in his sleep. A few nights ago I got the same feeling I used to get in my childhood home. I was laying in bed and got the feeling like something was standing right by my bedside watching me. Its an unmistakable feeling that I haven't had in a long while. When I felt it again though I remembered in an instant. I just hid under my covers until the feeling passed. I wouldn't say I was scared but i don't like the feeling of being watched. It feels like something is about to touch you, you can feel the energy right on the surface of your skin almost. I haven't felt it again since that night and hope I don't for a while.

Oct 26, 2010
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It happened to me
by: followedbyghosts

Something similar one night I was camping with 2 of my friends and they were both asleep. When I woke up in the night, I was just about asleep when I could hear children singing nursery songs like ringa ringa roses and humpty dumpty.

So I got up and looked outside and I saw five children spinning in a circle I called to them and they turned and looked at me the walked towards me and when they were about 10 ft away from me the just disappeared. I asked my friends if they heard anything but they hadn't and told me to stop being silly/ So I havnt told anyone else.

Aug 16, 2010
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Bouncing Shadow
by: Karin

I did see bouncing shadows outside of my bedroom window, when I was little as well as now. Of course, I have a tree right outside my window so... yeah...

However, when I was little I did see a very short silhouette standing at the railing that is directly across from my room's door, which (at the time) my bed was in front of. I (like you) was perfectly calm when I saw it, despite only being about 4 or 5 at the time. I had thought that it was the ghost of my dead little brother, who (if still alive) would have been around 2 or 3 when I saw the figure.

I never saw the figure again, and haven't felt like there are other presences, but it does slightly creep me out to remember that experience, which happened before I got interested in ghosts and horror in general (what can I say? I'm a horror fanatic)

Jul 20, 2010
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing your story Judith. I enjoyed reading it in an understanding and intrigued way. How did you deal with what you saw and felt, especially when no one wanted to admit until now that something was taking place out of the ordinary?

I've lived in an haunted house as a child and I can remember a lot that happened and I'm thankful my family didn't dismiss it. They experienced things too and sometimes we did as a group. Like the bobbing of a shadow outside the front door window, you mentioned in the end of your story.
I recently went back to the house and took pictures of it but nothing surfaced but I did end up having a nightmare. I'm not going back until I can get some stories down on paper. Take care. Hope to read more of your ghost stories.

Jul 05, 2010
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by: judith

One of my sisters finally admitted that the same exact thing happened to her when she had camped in the far back woods with her friends years before I had.

Also, does anyone ever remember seeing a bouncing shadow outside of their windows at night when they were children? I have talked to several people who claim they had the same memory.

Jul 05, 2010
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So Cool
by: banna

That's crazy I would been freaked outtttttttt!!!!!!!

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