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How to Know if Your House is Haunted

Halloween is upon us and all of the exposure to all things spooky may lead you to believe that your house is haunted. Here are some indicators to help you figure out if you have spirits living with you and if your house is haunted.

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You’re Hearing Weird Sounds

Although it could be your house settling or noisy neighbors, if you’re hearing things you typically don’t, you could have ghosts in your house. Do a little research to find out if someone died in your home. If the sounds don’t subside and you’re definitely concerned, call a paranormal expert or medium to help you out. (Also, work on stopping your door from swinging open so you’re not scared by the sound!)

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Things Aren’t Always Where You Left Them

If you have children, check with them before you assume you’ve got a ghost in the house. According to Spooky Stuff, “Some ghosts are mischievous, and some like to play around with objects they used regularly in life. Of course, if you actually see the object flying through the air you’ll know something is amiss!”

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You Find Ectoplasm in Your House

Not unlike the slime in Ghostbusters, ectoplasm is a repulsive slimy substance thought to be left by ghosts, particularly when they are being contacted by a medium, according to Prairie Ghosts. But, you have every right to be skeptical if you find some as many paranormal experts aren’t even convinced it’s real. And, of course, that slime could’ve been made by your kids!

Looking for something really scary? Check out these horrific home inspector photos.

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Your Pets are Behaving Strangely

Many believe that pets can sense an unusual presence in your home. So, watch for abnormal behavior from man’s best friends. (Also remember, if you hear sounds at night or find things moved about in the morning, that these guys could be to blame too!) You might also want to check out these 14 cleaning tips all cat and dog owners should know.

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You Have Random Cold Spots in Your House

Before you panic, if your house is older, you may simply have some drafts. But, if you have a spot that won’t heat up, no matter how hard you try to heat it, you might have a visitor! Here’s the how-to for stopping drafts around entry doors.

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You Feel Like You’re Being Touched

If you feel someone touching you, but there are no humans in your house, this is a huge indicator that you have spirits living with you.

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You Hear Mysterious Voices, Wailing, Etc.

If you hear strange voices in your house, first, be sure it’s not your neighbors. If you know that it’s not, it might be time to call in an expert.

Here are some ways to soundproof your house to ensure the noises aren’t coming from outside!

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You See Strange Shadows

Though this could be attributed to lighting, if you see human-like shadows without a human attached to them, you may have a ghost.

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Your House has a Spooky History

Was someone murdered in your house? Was your house built on top of a cemetery or a property where something evil happened? You might find some of this in a home disclosure, so be sure to ask your real estate agent before you buy a house. This could be why your house is haunted.

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You Get a Vibe

You know yourself and your surroundings, so if you feel like there may be ghosts lurking, there just might be, especially if you feel like someone is watching you. Again, if this is a concern for you, consult a professional. Remember, your house may have unique energy, and not necessarily be haunted.

Julia K. Porter
Dr. Julia Porter has worked in Higher Education since 2008, following a career as a High School teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Tech, an MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College, and a BS in English Education from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). She lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and rambunctious Australian Shepherd.