I'll start off by saying I've never believed in paranormal entities such as ghosts or demons, although I have had some interesting experiences in my life which some may deem as such.
This happened when I was around the age of 11 and continued until I moved once again at the age of 15. I lived with my two parents and sister in my second home when I was 11, I had never watched any horror programs or read anything remotely scary at that age. But I was familiar with the classic definitions of ghosts and ghouls. The house was normal, 4 rooms, 3 bathrooms, garage, basement, and a backyard. It wasn't an old house maybe 10 years old when we moved in, it was a nice size for a family of four.
I'm going to mention my pets as I believe they are relevant to these events, at the time we had 2 cats and a dog. Both cats moved with us from our last house and were each around the age of 10, our dog however was a rescue and we got him at the age of 7 months. The first cat often hid himself to sleep and only ever came out for food where as the second always found her way to your bedside and seemed protective of us, our dog however was just loud and obnoxious often barking for seemingly no reason.
My parents were party goers and left my sister and I alone without a baby sitter which I had begged and pleaded for since I was 8. What made it even better was my sisters own baby sitting job which left me with the house to myself. I was never afraid of being alone in a house, in fact I have always found it to be quite relaxing. Of course at night any kid's imagination will get the better of him and I did spend a couple of occasions with my back towards a wall. That being said the "bumps" that come with an old house were far more present from what I can recall. I would hear heavy footsteps coming from the upstairs hall way as I sat in the living room below. Banging on walls coming from the basement, and sometimes a knock or two from random doors in the house. These occurrences have been noticed by not just myself but guests and family members alike who write it off as the houses "squeaking" which I would agree with.
I'm going to describe what I believe to have been abnormal during my time in that house starting from what I find to be trivial.
The basement has always been a scarier place in anyone's home as it is usually always the darkest area of the house being underground. As I am a normal person I too was afraid to be alone down there, but not just because of the cool atmosphere and darker lighting, I always felt the presence of something behind me. We all have that sort of "sixth" sense about what's behind us, whenever I was down there regardless of who was with me, I always felt that I was being watched.
Phone calls were plentiful at my old house, we always received 10-20 a day. Two things were strange about our line which my father who is an electrician was never able to explain. The first is the sound of breathing as if someone was on another line listening in on our conversations but would disappear the second you would try to ask if someone else was on the line. The other was the faint sound of chatter and in some instances laughter coming from the background noise. All the phones in my house displayed this problem, we had 1 cordless phone at the time and two corded.
My grandfather had just passed away a year before we had moved and my sister has claimed to have seen him standing beside her bed at night, his face expressionless staring at her. She has said even now that she believes he was protecting her from something. I cannot say I have ever seen him as an apparition before and the closet I have to an experience with him would be in my dreams.
Since moving into that house I had terrible nightmares, I would wake up constantly crying from vivid dreams of shadows and evil creatures attacking me in my room. These interest me only because I only ever dreamt of being attacked in my room or within the confines of the house rather than being attacked in another area such as a school or even just outside.
These next two are both the most vivid and in my opinion the scariest phenomenon I have ever experienced. The first are whispers I would here in my pillows, when I would rest my head upon a pillow in my bed I would hear endless chatter ranging from unidentifiable gibberish to my name and obscenities, often I would not sleep for hours until passing out from exhaustion. These whispers did not happen every night, and I can tell you for certain no one was speaking within the house or close outside while they occurred.
The second disturbing event was sleep walking, I would get up from my bed and walk over to a family member, there I would stand hovering over them in a trance before returning back to my room. Every member of my family has had an experience with my sleep walking, whether I remember doing it or not. I have never remembered getting up and walking to their bedsides but I have recollections of a few instances where I became concious while standing over them.
The last oddity I would like to mention involves my pets, and still happens to this day. My cats and dog would often stare at empty spaces or doorways, my cats would sometimes hiss and my dog would bark incessantly. I could never figure out as to why they would both simultaneously growl or hiss at an empty space however I did find it interesting that they would both stop their hissing/barking at the same time, as if whatever it was had left. I mentioned that it is still occurring, while my dog is the same we have since seen our last two cats pass and have since had two new cats replace them. They continue to growl and hiss at empty spaces even in this new house.
Since we moved, I have no longer experienced nightmares, it is a brand new house so very few creaks or sounds can be heard coming from the structure. I have no recollection of ever sleep walking since we moved years ago and my family is relieved to report the same. My sister has not seen our grandfather or any other apparitions. Our phones have no voices in the background, and I have not heard a peep from my pillows since our move.
I have done some research into what sort of mental illness might cause some of these hallucinations, and I am sure that there is a reasonable explanation for a lot of what I have experience such as trauma from moving. As I said before I still don't believe in the paranormal, but that doesn't mean I'm not curious as to why my animals continue to bark at ghosts.