Signs Your House May Be Haunted

The first step is to determine, as best you can, whether or not you truly have a legitimate case of a haunting. Not all hauntings are alike, and they may exhibit a variety of phenomena. Some hauntings feature a single phenomenon - such as a particular door slamming shut that occurs repeatedly - while others consist of many different phenomena, ranging from odd noises to full-blown apparitions. Here's is a list of some of the phenomena that might indicate that your house is haunted.

Unexplained noises: Hearing sounds such as, footsteps, knocks, banging, rapping, dragging, scratching or as if something fell or was dropped. Sometimes these noises can be subtle and other times they can be quite loud.

Disembodied Voices: This can be clear or muffled voices, whispering, crying, laughing, or growling. Sometimes it's music from some unknown source. People may hear their names being said. This phenomenon, as is true as for most, that these occurrences gain more credibility if more than one person hears or sees the same thing at the same time.

Doors, cabinets and cupboards opening and closing: Most often, these phenomena are not seen directly. The experiencer either hears the distinct sounds of the doors opening and closing (homeowners get to know quite well the distinctive sounds their houses make) or the experiencer will return to a room to find a door open or closed when they are certain that it was left in the opposite position. Sometimes furniture, like kitchen chairs, are perceived to have been moved. Very rarely will the experiencer actually witness the phenomenon taking place.
Lights turning off and on - These events are seldom seen actually occurring, but the lights are switched on or off when the experiencer knows they were not left that way. This can also happen with TVs, radios and other electrically powered items.

Mild psychokinetic phenomena: Actually seeing a light go on or off by itself is greater proof that something unexplained is happening. Do you see the TV or radio turn on?  Or perhaps you're present when a child's powered toy begins to operate on its own. Doors and windows are locked or unlocked.

Moving or levitating objects (severe psychokinetic phenomena): This could be dinner plates sliding across the table, pictures flying off walls, other objects being thrown, doors slamming shut with great force, furniture sliding across the floor.

Items disappearing and reappearing –This is the experience of not being able to find a regularly used item, which you believe you placed in a spot you routinely place them. Some of the time these objects will turn up later where they were thought to be in the first place or in a different location. 

Unexplained shadows: This is the sighting of fleeting shapes and shadows, usually seen out of the corner of the eye. Many times, the shadows have vaguely human forms, while other times they are less distinguishable or smaller.

Apparitions: Physical manifestation of a spirit or entity. This phenomena is very rare and can take many forms. Some may be human-shaped mists or forming mists of some indistinguishable shape, transparent human forms that disappear quickly. Most rare is seeing human forms that look as real and solid as any living person, but that disappear into a room or even while being viewed.

Strange animal behavior: A dog, cat or other pet behaves strangely. Dogs may bark at something unseen, cower without apparent reason or refuse to enter a room they normally do. Cats may seem to be "watching" something cross a room. Animals have sharper senses than humans, and many researchers think their psychic abilities might be more finely tuned.

Feelings of being watched: This is not an uncommon feeling and can be attributed to many things, but it could have a paranormal source if the feeling consistently occurs in a particular part of the house at a particular time.

Feelings of being touched: The feeling of being watched is one thing, and actually feeling like you are being touched is quite another. Some people feel a gentle poke, push or nudge. Some may feel something brush past them, something touching their hair or "a hand" on the shoulder. At times this touch also may give off a rush of cold air. Some people have reported feeling something jump on their bed or feeling as if something was sitting next to them.

Cold or hot spots: Cold spots are classic haunting symptoms, but any instance of a noticeable variance in temperature without a discernible cause could be evidence.

Unexplained smells: This would be the sudden smell of cigarette or cigar smoke or distinct fragrance of a perfume or cologne that you do not have in your house. This phenomenon may come and go without any apparent cause and may accompany other phenomena, such as shadows, voices or psychokinetic phenomena. Foul odors can happen in the same way.

Physical assault: Scratches, slaps and hard shoves. This kind of personal assault is extremely rare, but obviously highly disturbing.

Other physical evidence - Unexplained writing on paper or walls or in mirrors, hand prints and footprints from no know source, frequent disturbing dreams or nightmares, and sudden mood changes for no known reason in certain areas of a location.