First let me start my story when I was a child, I'm sorry this may get kind of long...lol. I grew up in a very active house, not an old house by any means but still VERY active. We bought the house in about 1987 or so when I was 4-5. The house was built in 1984 and was in a nice neighborhood.
I didn't start having experiences for a couple of years, but they started pretty early with my mother. She would hear voices, see shadows, etc. She also said that every night their bed would move across the room and turn sideways and they had to move it back into place, and it did NOT have wheels on it.
I remember me being 6-8 having an imaginary friend I used to talk to, that would tell me to do strange things, things that would get me hurt/get me into trouble. I remember one instance where I was talking to my friend and my mother was in the basement doing laundry, I was 8 or so. He told me to jump down the stairs and I could fly, so I did, 14 stairs to the concrete floor. I am surprised I did not get hurt, my mother thought I was being a dumb kid for jumping down the stairs.
Things seemed pretty normal until I was 12 or so. I found out that my friend 2 doors down had a very active house with a not so nice spirit in it. I was invited over to a sleepover and we were told that we had to stay in his room after the parents went to sleep. Being a room full of 12 year olds we thought it was plain funny. I remember falling asleep on the floor next to one of my friends, and I remember being awoken to the sound of a cat screeching, which I KNEW the cat was locked out of the room when we went to sleep. I managed to look over and see my friend wide awake like me, and both of us unable to move. BOTH of us were unable to get up, we were pinned to the floor. We heard an audible laugh and then a huge crash and the sound of broken glass and things falling over.
It has been nearly 20 years and I can still see this now. We were able to get up and turned on the bathroom light in the room to find the medicine cabinet COMPLETELY ripped from the wall and thrown into the tub putting a hole in the wall... Totally serious... No joke, like I said nearly 20 years later I can still picture this.
Things soon started to ramp up at home, I started seeing things, people, kids and adults in our house. I saw a full child in the front door window in the middle of the night staring at me and I made eye contact. He was bright white and I could see through him. I jumped up and opened the door, and no one was outside. A little while later I saw a full body man standing in our hallway wearing a flannel shirt and he had a beard, looked like none of my family. A month or so later I saw the child again in the bathroom mirror behind me in the living room.
I started hearing footsteps, saw things start to move around my room. I knew I had NOT put them there, but most creepy of all, is whatever was there loved to play tricks when you were alone/sleeping. I would wake up to someone screaming my name/hearing FIRE in my sleep and jumped up to see no one home and everything fine. I would have the blanket ripped off me, and when I would take a shower and had shampoo in my hair I would hear voices when my ears were plugged up/feel the shower curtain rubbing on me when standing still/feeling cold breaths on my neck.
I feel the basement was the worst part. You always felt like you were being watched, and if no one was home you could hear people walking above you. And the worst was if it was at night and you only had one light on that light would ALWAYS burn out especially if you were a long way from it, so it would be pitch black. Two-three times the bulb literally exploded.
I got to the point around 17 I couldn't stand being there anymore. I didn't sleep, I was depressed, and was scared to go home at night, so I started sleeping in my car. Soon after that my parents got divorced and I moved into my dad's apartment and the issues subsided.
It wasn't until much later that I found out my mom despised being there. She had lots of issues from day 1, and so did my brother and his ex-wife when they lived in the basement when they lived there for a short time. I didn't have a single experience until I was 29. I had to go back to house after parent was out of town, it was broad daylight probably 3 PM. I had to go into the basement to pick something up from the weird room that always gave us the heebie jeebies. I was sitting in a chair going through boxes when I heard something moving behind me. I turned to look and saw a full black mass that was NOT see through... I figured I was older so I stood up and said HEY and moved towards it, and honest, it went HEH like a hiss, and shot off into the wall. When it went through the entertainment center, it knocked off the VHS tapes and alarm clock that was sitting up there, shattering it on the floor. I said I'm out of here, and haven't been back in there by myself to this day.
Now, after I went through this long story, people who stuck it out deserve a cookie...lol. I ended up getting married, moving into an apartment, and having a daughter. We moved into our current house 3 years ago, and I had the weird thing happen every so often. I figured it was my brain being weird. But all of a sudden my daughter now has a friend, she has to have a full light on at night, not just a night light, wakes up with random bruises, does things like climb on her bed and jump off in the middle of the night crashing into the floor hurting herself. In the last few weeks, she can NOT keep her door closed, even if she is dead asleep. If I close her door, she wakes up crying saying I can't close her door, because she is scared, yet she never says why... She always says "nothing" when I ask her what's wrong. Even my skeptical wife has to have a nightlight at 31 as she gets a funny feeling at night now. I have seen doors swinging and lights starting to flicker here, I have tried to debunk it, but no luck. I have NOT have ANY experiences in years, why now? Am I going crazy?
Last thing, we had to put all 3 of our dogs to sleep over a year period. All of them got an inoperable tumor/health issue almost immediately and had to be put down within a month of finding out. They went from ok to dead like a snap of the fingers. Plants don't stay alive in the house, sometimes it has a funny smell, but NONE of this started here until like a year ago, and the adults don't see 90% of it.
I just want to know I am not going crazy. I have written some paranormal places/psychics and none of them ever got back to me. One of them said it sounds like old house had a poltergeist in it but not much they could do.
If anyone actually reads this/gives me their opinion, it would be greatly appreciated.