Your House Might Be Haunted If…

Buying a house can be an intense experience, so once you finally move all your stuff in, the last thing you want is any more trouble. But then you wake up in the middle of the night because of strange noises you don’t recognize. Are you going crazy? There must be a logical reason that there are sounds coming from the walls of your home. Or maybe, just maybe, this is a sign your house is haunted. To learn more about noises that wake you up and other signs your house could be haunted, this the list to read!

Always Be Skeptical At First Sight Or Sound

a ghost in a haunted house
Focus/Toomas Tuul/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Focus/Toomas Tuul/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Before we jump into all the warning signs that your house is haunted, we must first advise you to always be skeptical. Before falling headfirst into believing that the paranormal is the obvious reason for the sounds your hearing or the chills you’re feeling, consider other options.

Did you close all your windows before going to sleep? It’s possible the way your house is laid out could lead to a unique cross-breeze. As for noises, have your walls inspected. It could be a sign you need home repairs. In some cases, there could even be rats in your walls.

How Do Ghosts Make Contact?

a figure behind a curtain
Universal Education/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Universal Education/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

When a spirit refuses to move on from the living world to the afterlife, they can try and reach out in a number of ways. Random noises, changes in temperature, slamming doors, and many other unexplainable things could be just that.

Once you’ve discounted any logical explanations, you can start contemplating the paranormal. As you’ll find out, there are multiple ways ghosts try to reach out, and they can have many different reasons for doing so – both good and bad.

Why Do Ghosts Try And Make Contact?

ghostly figures in the light
Todd Gipstein/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
Todd Gipstein/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

As previously stated, there could be several reasons a spirit in your home tries to make contact. These reasons can be both good and bad, so it helps to identify what kind of ghost you may be dealing with.

Sometimes ghosts have unfinished business in the world of the living and need your help. Other times they might be trying to harm you. And in rare cases, the ghost could be a lost family member trying to say goodbye and let you know they are okay.

Hearing Strange Sounds Is An Obvious Sign

woman standing in the middle of a room
Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Ghosts commonly use sounds to try and make you aware of their presence. These noises can include footsteps, thumping, whispers, and crying. If you hear anything like this and there is no logical reason, your house might be haunted.

One way to try and verify that your house is haunted in this case is to record an electronic voice phenomena (EVP) session. Record yourself asking questions, giving enough time to pass for an answer. While you won’t hear anything in the moment, when you go back and listen to the recorded session, the results might just surprise you!

Not All Scents Are Created Equal

a woman smelling the scent in a bottle
AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images
AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Living in your house, you should be familiar with every possible scent, even the bad ones. When you sniff the air and there’s something unfamiliar, it might be a ghostly presence making itself known.

This is especially true if the unidentifiable smell always comes from the same area. These scents won’t necessarily travel around the house and are usually a favorite scent from the ghost. That can mean a sweet perfume you’ve never worn, or the smell of a cigar when you don’t smoke.

Doors Slamming For No Reason

a door that has been shut
Ed Reeve/View Pictures/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Ed Reeve/View Pictures/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Imagine this; you’re sitting on your couch reading a book and suddenly hear a slamming noise. You cautiously move to the next room to see a door you left wide open is now closed. There is no noticeable breeze in the area that could have caused the door to slam.

For some reason, ghosts will use slamming doors to get people’s attention. While it is unknown what could motivate this behavior or what it means, it has become one of the most prominent signs of a haunting.

Unexplainable Electrical Problems

bad wiring in a house
DIY Photolibrary/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images
DIY Photolibrary/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images

There is a strong belief in the paranormal field that spirits and ghosts try to use electrical energy to manifest. Batteries dying without warning, or lights flickering off and on are a sign that you’re not alone.

Of course, before you jump to this conclusion, have an electrician come to your house and check the wiring. It is more than likely it is faulty for some reason. Once your electrical systems are cleared, then you can start seriously considering other options.

Are Your Pets Acting Weird?

a dog laying in its bed
Auscape/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Auscape/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Animals have a sixth sense for spotting the paranormal. The only problem is, they have no way to let you know something strange is happening. When your dog or cat begins acting strange (or stranger than usual), it could mean they are reacting to something you can’t see.

Maybe your dog is barking at nothing or won’t stop staring at one specific spot on the wall. Or maybe your cat is walking around with its back sprung up when nothing dangerous appears to be around.

Track Your Ghost With Temperature Changes

checking the temperature
Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images
Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Paranormal experts believe that ghosts and spirits exist at different temperatures than humans do. Because of this, ghost hunters will try and track ghosts in haunted houses by monitoring temperature changes moving from room to room.

If you notice these temperature changes occurring throughout your house, first rule out that any windows are open. Remember, before deciding ghosts are the cause, rule out any real-world possibilities first. You’d be amazed at how many paranormal occurrences can be explained naturally.

The Reason For Those Stains Is Otherworldly

stained walls are a problem
Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images
Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

Do you have stains around the house that keep coming back after you clean them? These stains, handprints on windows, or footprints on floors are all signs of possible paranormal activity in your house.

In cases where the spirit or ghost has leas-than-friendly intentions, they may even leave messages to scare you. In other cases, they will scratch the walls or leave markings on fabrics. While rare, these occurrences can be alarming and should be taken seriously

Feeling Like Someone Is Watching You When You’re Alone

a woman staring out a window
Digital Light Source/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Digital Light Source/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

This has probably happened to everyone. You’re all alone at home, but you can’t seem to shake the feeling you’re being watched. For no reason at all, you feel increasingly uncomfortable in your privacy.

While some may brush this feeling off as simple paranoia, paranormal experts believe that you are actually being affected by spirits. The biggest issue with this kind of haunting is it can lead to a disrupted sleep cycle and, in extreme cases, insomnia.

Shadow People Lurk In The Corners

shadow people are a sign of a haunting
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF

In any haunted location where spirits and ghosts are trying to manifest, you might end up seeing shadow people. These are usually dark shadows that are in the shape of people. They try and stay out of the way, and are usually only spotted in someone’s peripheral vision.

Some experts believe that these shadow figures are ghosts that lack enough power to fully manifest in other ways. As creepy as they may seem when you spot one, they are generally harmless.

Possessions Randomly Going Missing

keys laid on a counter
Mikel Bilbao/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Mikel Bilbao/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Depending on what kind of haunting you’re living with, possessions may or may not go missing. Some evil or more playful entities will take items and move them or hide them. It’s distressing enough when you lose something valuable, and it can be even more distressing (and relieving) when it reappears out of thin air.

The only real time you should consider this the possible activity of a spirit is if you live alone. When you have kids, pets, a significant other, or all of the above, things probably going missing and reappear for other reasons.

Your Kids Are Acting Stranger Than Usual

kids playing in a house
Marka/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Marka/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Kids are strange. This is a fact that is hard to deny. What’s important to know is how strange or weird your kid is. If they are acting stranger than usual, they might be sensing something in the house you cant.

Like pets, small children tend to be more sensitive to the world of the paranormal. Paranormal experts theorize that because children tend to be more open-minded than adults, they are naturally more adept at accepting the more unusual parts of the world around them.

The Sense Of Being Touched

ghotsly touching
SSPL/Getty Images
SSPL/Getty Images

There are several ways a ghost can make physical contact with you. If the spirit is a nicer one, it could be a soft brush across your hand or cheek. If the spirit has more devious plans, then it might be a more violent push.

If your haunting grows to the point where you start feeling physical contact, you can set up a camera and try and catch evidence. A popular camera with ghost hunters is a thermal imager, which can catch pictures based on heat signatures.

A Severe Change In Moods

a picture of a depressed person
Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Another way it is theorized ghosts or spirit will try and make themselves known is by taking energy away from humans. This can lead to sudden emotional changes and personality shifts that you’ve never experienced before.

Before deciding that sudden changes in mood and emotion are the signs of a haunting, you must make sure there is nothing medically wrong. If you are feeling suddenly depressed or angry, your doctor should be the first person you contact.

Phantom Mania Might Have A Scientific Explanation

a person having trouble sleeping
Andrew Lichtenstein/ Corbis via Getty Images
Andrew Lichtenstein/ Corbis via Getty Images

One of the scariest signs that your house is haunted is if you wake up in the middle of the night feeling like something is holding you down. If this has ever happened to you, we have some good news – there is a scientific explanation for this.

While paranormal experts call this “phantom mania,” doctors call it “sleep paralysis” which isn’t nearly as scary as it sounds. It is a phenomenon where the waking and sleeping state mix together, leaving people awake in their bed but unable to move. This state can also cause phantom noises being heard as well as hallucinations. Fear not, however, because there is no actual danger.

Ectoplasm

egg white is just like ectoplasm
GUIDO KIRCHNER/DPA/AFP via Getty Images
GUIDO KIRCHNER/DPA/AFP via Getty Images

Unless you’re a seasoned ghost hunter you have probably never heard of ectoplasm. Reportedly discovered in the late 1800s, ectoplasm is an egg-white like excretion that ghosts leave behind. In most cases, it is found as the result of a seance.

Before you start freaking out looking for some at home, most experts believe the original discovery to be fraudulent. There is no scientific proof that ectoplasm is a real thing. If there are mysterious liquids in your house, they’re not being caused by spirits. If they are, then you may have just made the discovery of a lifetime!

Look Into The History Of Your House

a picture of an old house
Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

One of the first things you should do if you suspect your house is haunted is learn the history of the property as well as its previous owners. This will inform much of where your investigation ends up going.

Depending on how old the house is, it may have had multiple owners. Did any of them suffer tragedies or commit crimes? These could be the spirits you’re dealing with. If there is no history of sadness or trauma in the house, it is probably not haunted.

Most Ghosts Will Respect You If You Respect Them

a respectful seance
Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

While some ghosts have evil intentions, most are just trying to find peace. If you respect them, then they have no reason to not respect you back. Don’t be aggressive trying to figure out if your house is haunted.

Use caution when you start. You don’t know what kind of ghosts you might be dealing with, so a slow approach is the best approach. And if you’ve never dealt with the paranormal before, consult with experts before doing anything.