I have had already several experiences with ghosts, and most of them have to do with the souls of relatives that have passed on. In the Philippines, we have a tradition called "pa-siyam" wherein we offer a nine day novena for a departed soul, practiced by Catholics. The first day of a novena will count from the day a person passes away and 8 days following that day. There is a a superstition or an old myth that a departed soul would always come to visit their relatives and friends within those nine days anytime between the 3rd, 7th, and 9th day, which are odd numbers.
The first time my mother told me this, I just ignored and brushed it off simply because I took it as just mere coincidence, but I was wrong, until something happened to me which I will never forget in my entire life.
This happened way back 1978 when my grandfather died. When we were all done with our novena prayers, late night snacks and chit-chat, all of our friends and relatives have gone home, and I was the only one left in the house still awake. I could not get to sleep for some reason so I decided to just read a book until I feel like dozing off. It was 11:00 pm when suddenly I felt goosebumps and the dogs where howling like crazy. The howling sounded deafening and as if there were a hundred dogs outside, so I got curious and got up from bed, and managed to peep on the window. What I saw horrified me... Believe it or not, there were countless dogs outside. God only knows how many they were, and how they got there. What was more scarier was they were all looking and facing the house, when suddenly I heard footsteps coming up the main stairway leading to the main door, and I felt an eerie presence on the corner of the bedroom. There was an atmosphere of intense silence. The kind you can only describe it as if you hear a pin falling on the floor. This lasted until 11:30 pm. That is when I realized it was the 9th day of my grandfather's novena, which is the last day. So I thought of saying something to him, and I said, "Papa, please don't worry about us. And please don't scare us. Everything will be okay." After uttering these words, my goosebumps and the eerie presence went away, and to my surprise, the dogs stopped howling immediately.
The funny thing was that the only time I felt scared was after all the commotion had calmed down. I woke my aunt who was sleeping in the next bedroom, and told her what had happened. I pleaded with her if she could join us in the same room to where we were sleeping with my Mom and 2 sisters, and she gave in.
The next morning when we were all having breakfast, my aunt related everything to my mom, sisters, cousins and uncles of what had happened, and they were so freaked out. All my cousins, uncles, my Mom and sisters confessed that they were all awake the whole time, and knew what had happened, but they just waited until one of us will share the experience because they didn't want to scare anybody, so they pretended they didn't knew it at first.
At the beginning of this story, I mentioned that I had several experiences of ghosts particularly on souls? Well, this story is the scariest one I have encountered. So I hope you enjoyed reading it.