Are we crazy or is it possible that there is something paranormal here?
We moved into our house 2.5 years ago; we bought it brand new but it was already built so we were not part of the design/color/etc. Our house was just a house to us until May 2012. Our first child was born in November of last year.
Starting in May strange things began to happen. On that night in May, we had a guest over and the three of us took pictures outside at night. When we were comparing pictures inside I noticed orbs in the pictures and made a comment when suddenly all of our lights went out. It was only our house; our breaker had suddenly popped. A month later or so I awoke one night to find a pale older woman with grey or blonde hair wearing a floral pattern dress at the foot of our bed watching my husband. I ignored it and told myself it was in my head. But so much began happening that we could no longer just ignore it.
Doors would suddenly open and close with no apparent explanation- the AC had not just turned on or off. The lights would turn off & on. My husband and I have both witnessed a tall man walking through our house many times. He walks from the back bedroom to our bedroom and from our laundry room to our bedroom. Only on two occasions has this really scared us. One time as I was walking by, a mirror that had been leaning against the wall suddenly flew forward as if thrown and shattered on the ground. Objects from the table will fall on to the ground as if thrown with no one around. We have heard screams and voices, as well as hints of smells with no explanation. The TV would suddenly change channels or the volume would increase or decrease all the way or turn on or off without anyone around. We also feel watched many times, as if there is someone else in the room.
Sometime at the end of summer, we went to a flea market and bought an antique grandmother clock. As we were loading it into the truck, the seller confessed to us that the chiming part of it didn’t actually work, and she would refund us because she knew we were excited about it. We decided to keep it anyway and brought it home. When we got home, we polished it off and put new batteries in it. Suddenly it began to chime and we were excited. But it was too strange for us and would chime at odd times. It never chimed at the hour, half hour, or quarter hour. It was very random with the times that it would chime. If a door suddenly opened for no apparent reason – chime. The breaker suddenly popped for no reason – chime. Lightning struck – chime. The phone rang – chime. We ended up taking the batteries out of it after a month because it was freaking us out.
We started realizing that it may not just be in our head when we both would see the same things happening, and we started to be extra conscious of things such as turning on the lights, making sure the doors are closed, locking doors, etc. One afternoon a group of neighborhood children came to our door to sell us raffle tickets. Our husband answered and I was rocking the baby. As my husband was filling out the information onto the raffle tickets, one of the little girls asked him who the man was who just walked behind him. When my husband explained that there was no other man in the house, the little girls started telling us about how everyone knows our house is haunted; they told us that they have seen strange lights appear/disappear or the curtains would open with no one there.
We took the advice of friends and decided to cleanse our home with sage. We went around the house and came to the living room last. As we walked around the room, the tv (which was on) suddenly became static-y, and the volume turned all the way up, then all the way down. When my husband walked away from it, the tv went back to normal. It didn’t stop any of these things from happening.
We have been more conscious of making sure our doors are closed and locked. We make sure the lights are on or off. It has become very apparent to us that something else is going on. Two nights ago as the final straw for me I suppose. We went to bed, closed, and locked the door. We even double checked. The three of us sleep in the room together. Our cat was sleeping with us that night. I felt a presence in the room and it woke me up but no one was there so I went back to sleep. I felt it again and sat up in bed to find the door suddenly wide open. I woke my husband up and we checked the house to make sure no one was there. The AC wasn’t on and had not just shut off. As we were going back to bed, we locked the door again and heard movement outside the door. Again, no one was there.
I’m not really sure what to make of all this. Are we crazy? Is our house really haunted? Is there any harm in leaving the spirits alone?
Asked by Sara