10 Signs Your House Is Haunted

By on July 29, 2013 // Ghosts & Phantoms // 20 Comments

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Strange noises in the middle of the night. Cold chills in heavy air. That feeling of someone watching you in an otherwise empty room. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the haunted house is a staple of horror, folklore, and maybe even reality. Here are just ten signs that your house may be haunted, in no particular order.

10. Electronic Disturbances


A light switches on. Or off. Maybe your television changes channels by itself, or a strange interference occurs on your radio or telephone. It’s hard to say whether or not such things might be caused by unintended house guests, but if you ever find a toaster dancing on your counter top, you know who to call.

9. Disappearing Objects

Ever lose something — car keys, the remote, your cell phone — only for it turn up again in the strangest of places? Or worse, right back where you know you left it? This may be the result of something called Disappearing Object Phenomenon. Where do the objects go? I don’t know. A parallel universe, a slip through time. It could just be a case of you missing it the first time you looked…or it could be a mischievous spirit playing tricks.

8. Strange Noises

Hauntings can manifest as faint whispers or grumblings, or a mysterious rapping on the wall. The sound of footsteps in a hallway. There have even been reports of guttural, animalistic sounds, in the case of demons and possessions. If you ever hear something like that, or what sounds like a little doll running around upstairs, maybe think about getting a new place.

7. Rogue Shadows

Rogue Shadows In Haunted Houses

Shadow people come in many shapes and sizes, or so I’ve heard. Dark spectres, outlines, black masses, menacing silhouettes in the shapes of humans. Some are clearer, perhaps, like the Hat Man. Whether they’re demons or simple ghosts or, well, eye floaters, lurking shadows in the corner of your eye may be a sign that your house is haunted.

6. Abnormal Animal Behavior

They say animals, and even small children, are particularly sensitive to the goings-on in the paranormal world.

I even saw a show once where rabbits  — yes, rabbits — were experiencing a Paranormal Activity scenario (which, I admit, I thought was a little weird). But it’s true: dogs and cats react to things we can’t see, even if it’s just infrasound from rattling pipes. If your pets are acting strangely — like a dog barking around certain areas of the house, or a cat following an invisible force with its eyes — you may have something going on.

5. Strange Dreams and Nightly Terrors

Sleep paralysis, or hypnagogia, can explain away a lot of various and terrifying sensations — awakening to a feeling of terror or a presence in your room, hearing footsteps, and even feeling the weight of a wicked witch pressing down upon your chest. But strange dreams involving people you don’t know and recurring night terrors are said to be a sign that something else may be afoot. Are spirits trying to contact you from the other side?

4. Unexplainable Feelings

Dreams are one thing, but have you ever felt like you’re being watched? That there’s someone in the room with you even though you know you’re alone? You may also feel chills in the air or, even more unsettling, the feeling of being touched by an invisible hand. If these sensations occur regularly in specific areas of your home, you may be living in a haunted house.

3. A History of Darkness

Every house has a story, some darker than others. If your house is an older one, it may worth learning its history, if for no other reason than to satiate your curiosity. But you may find that your home played a role in a darker past — murder, suicide, strong emotional turmoil. All of these are said to increase the chances that your house may be haunted, or that residual spiritual energy may remain. Having a house built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground is particularly bad news.

2. Psychokinetic Activity

Psychokinetic activity is a fancy word for things moving around without any visible reason. Cupboards flying open, doors swinging wide, or glasses flying off tables might be a sign that a ghost or poltergeist is making its presence known. And if your entire kitchen erupts in a flurry of open cupboards and silverware a la Paranormal Activity 2…I don’t know. You’re on your own on that one.

1. Ghostly Apparitions


And last but not least, there’s always one sure-fire way to know your house is haunted. Well, usually. They may be rare, but full-body apparitions and ghostly wisps of light are definite signs that something extraordinary is happening. Take a picture, if you get the chance.

Well, these are the things I’ve heard, anyway. I’ve never been haunted, myself, or experienced too much in the way of paranormal activity. Maybe I’m lucky. Or unlucky. At any rate, do you know any other characteristics of a haunted house? Ever lived in one? Leave your comments below…

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • Caleb Monk

    Looks like my old house was haunted (To bad we had to move out, I love investigating the paranormal, and it was right on my doorstep). Lucky out new house has what (according to this) looks like a haunted forest. YAY!!!

  • Diegotorres1233

    I have experienced many things, the things that i have experienced are:
    Psychokinetic Activity
    unexplainable Feelings
    Strange Dreams and Nightly Terrors
    Rogue Shadows
    Strange Noises
    Disappearing Objects
    When i have seen them or heard them first i was scared but then it was normal (for me) those paranormal activities If i get the change to caught a ghost i will do it.

  • Laura

    Everyone may think that I fell off my rocker. It is very true when someone passes on especially trajically like my husband did. I have seen my husband’s spirit or his image in many places since his death on August 20,2014. While I was staying at my parents home for a few days after his death, I saw him there twice and then I stayed with a friend for another few days due to the fact I did not want to be in my home alone. I saw him there but he spoke to me and said in a firm tone of voice while pointing toward the direction of our home “go home, go home”. Since I’ve been home I can not count the times I have saw him. I have even felt like he was putting his arms around my waist from behind like he would usually do and there has been times that I was in bed crying and it could feel as if someone sit on my bed behind me and put their arm again and at times I could feel as if someone was laying beside me. I can feel like at night since it has gotten cold as if someone is tucking my cover around me. I get urges or like I have been told to pick up my phone and listen to certain songs on YouTube but I feel as if I am being led through to what songs to listen to. The first time that happened I was led to the song “hello it’s me ” by Todd Rodguin and who else but my husband would it be. There are songs that I never knew who the artist was or the name of the song but I have heard them bc my has had me to listen to them in the past by him just playing them for me. Another thing my male cat has become super attached to me he follows me everywhere I go even to the bathroom, as I leave to go somewhere my cat comes out my window and meets as I am coming down my steps and like he has to kiss me bye just like my husband would me before I leave and no he didn’t climb out the window. So I feel like my husband’s spirit may be in my home were we lived for six years up to death. I feel as if he came home to me. He always wore his keys clipped to his beat loop and I can hear his keys jingle like they did when walked. You can take this how you like but I do believe in spirits and they can make themselves known if they want to.

    • smile

      Do you afraid?

  • me

    Yes. I live in a haunted home and have pictures and video to confirm. I was a skeptic. I am no longer.

  • sal

    I’ve been seeing this black shadow walking around in my mom’s house.

    • Luke Walker

      maybe its doing your mom

    • Morten Alme

      It’s either the milkman, or her lover – or both :-)

  • Brandon Ryan

    My fiance’s grandfather passed away in our living room a year and a half before I moved it. At random times throughout the day we will just hear someone walking upstairs (when no one is home) or feel like someone is near by (when it is only us). Real creepy!

  • frootloops

    Hey, can I ask where exactly in Belfast you live(d)? I live in Belfast and I found this website via searching “feeling watched while alone”. Just thought it was kind of creepy that I happen to look down this website and coincidentally find a person writing about the town where I live. :)

    • M_A

      Off Antrim road, between Malone road and Lisburn road, and off Ormeau road twice. In partially reverse order, since I have been moving a bit back and forth in town at my different periods.

      I may return someday….

  • Alexa

    I feel like my house is haunted i feel like someone is watching me and a guy died in my house I always hear scratching on my door and i don’t have a cat or dog and the lights in my kitchen always turn on and off by there self and i always get scratches on me they come in three’s and they burn bad and i always see this dark figure in my room and i always have night terrors about people i don’t know and a box of cereal flew off my fridge and then a big light bulb fell on my head and i passed out and then i always hear somebody whispering my name

    • Kiara

      Me too i experienced the same feeling as well but what i experience was more severe than you encountered and two people died in my house before we moved there

    • Hope I help :)

      The scratches could be a sign of cancer thats not a ghost…

  • Scared

    Omg my dads house and my moms are haunted and that’s pretty scary for a 10 year old

  • caelan ferguson

    my house is haunted because i set up a camera and my door was opening and
    closing and i saw a ghost

  • caelan ferguson

    my dad has just had a heart attack because he saw a ghost

  • Jamie

    I can’t sleep because every time I’m nearly asleep this really loud noise happens, but the rest of my family say that they never heard anything!! So…What do I do?
    Is it a ghost?
    Or am I going insane?

  • MrSpongebobFangirl .

    I think my house is haunted. I live with my mom, my brother, my sister and my dog. One night my mom was downstairs watching TV, and my sister was out. So it was just me, my brother and my dog in our room upstairs. We heard footsteps in the hallway and then a sound like a human hand was knocking and tracing circles on our door. My brother and I both heard it and it was as CLEAR AS DAY. I was sure it was my mom (even though she wouldn’t just stand there knocking on the door and not open it) but we asked her and she never came upstairs. The next morning I asked my brother, “Did you hear the ghost?” and he said something I was not expecting at all–“No, but I saw it.” Apparently he saw it run past at the top of the stairs! According to him it looks like a shadow with nothing to cast it, about 5’4″, very humanlike. I think my brother may be “gifted” in this manner as he told me he’s seen it a couple times. I felt like I was being watched one dark night–seriously, I felt like something was standing RIGHT THERE on the other side of the room. I was afraid to even look because I thought I would see an apparition. I finally looked and didn’t see anything, and I felt it go away once my brother came upstairs. I mentioned it to him the next morning and he said he saw it bending over my bed and watching me! I asked him if it was the same figure he saw at the top of the stairs, and he said yes. We have also had instances with the “borrowers” phenomenon. I left my glasses on my bed and could only find one of the lenses. Then the next day I found them attached to my bathrobe by one of the strings–I DEFINITELY would’ve noticed that before! But now it has apparently taken the lens again. It has also moved objects. I noticed that a random pillow had been placed on my bed, and I asked my mom and my brother about it and they didn’t know what I was talking about. My dog has also been watching the very same corner of the room that I sensed a presence in the other night. My brother says he has seen her doing it often. Last night she absolutely REFUSED to come in the house after her walk. My mom’s radio has once turned on by itself. I am wondering if there is truly a ghost in our house, and if so what to do about it.
    P.S. My sister also reports seeing a woman in a dress in the living room once, and I once heard something walking around downstairs in the night. I know it wasn’t my dog, because she was with us, and her ears pricked up at the sound.

  • Jake

    I always feel sad and sorrow in my new house and I always here like scratching on my walls and stuff