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A Mischievous Entity?


I'm a new member to this community, and had a few stories I wished to share. I lived from 2009-2015 in a house that was host to a number of bizarre and unexplained occurrences that could only be described as paranormal. I'll let the reader be the judge, as I myself am still not quite sure what to make of it.

To start with, let me say that while I have always been fascinated with the concept of ghosts and the supernatural, it's not necessarily something I believed in. I'm agnostic, irreligious, and tend to hold the idea that everything that occurs in our natural world must have some sort of valid explanation. Prior to experiencing these things that I am about to share with you, I viewed ghosts and ghost stories as sort of a fun diversion from the mundane, fodder for good-natured tales of terror and horror films. The same way most people would view stories about vampires, werewolves, and zombies... Fun to read about and watch on screen, but nothing that will ever be able to threaten you in reality. Stories of ghosts and hauntings gave me a fun fright as a child, but I wasn't quite willing to accept that they were real. Even if there were such things as ghosts out there, surely I would never be so unfortunate as to experience it for myself, right?

Needless to say, my attitude has changed.

Let me begin: Our story starts in November of 2009. My wife and I were newly married, and we were expecting our first child (a daughter). We moved with our two cats into a non-descript three bedroom, two bathroom house on the corner of a typical residential neighborhood, this house being located right across the street from a public school. My wife was about two months away from her due date, and those two months that we lived in the house by ourselves were very quiet and uneventful. Nothing out of the ordinary began to occur until a while after our daughter was born.

It is worth mentioning that friend of my wife's who considers herself to be sensitive to the "spirit world" got a very uneasy feeling from our new home and was reluctant to set food inside, even before anything out of the ordinary began to happen.

Things started to happen in September of 2010, when my daughter was nine months old (she is seven years of age at present).

One Sunday morning, I was changing my daughter's diaper in her bedroom, with the lights on, when the first event occurred. As I was completing my task, the light in the room went out. It was very early, and the sun was not yet out, so the room became dark. Naturally, I assumed that the power had gone out, until I noticed light from the hallway creeping under the door. Then I took the next logical step and assumed that the light must have simply burned out. It wasn't until I opened the door to the hallway to let some light in that I noticed that the light switch had been switched off. Now, I had been nowhere near the light switch. I didn't turn it off, and my nine month old daughter certainly didn't. And yet, it had physically been moved into the "off" position somehow. I became very uneasy, and took my daughter out of the room quickly. I wasn't frightened, but it was a very strange occurrence, to say the least.

The next day, I was pushing my daughter in her stroller up and down the hallway (it was a trick we used to help her fall asleep) when, after she fell asleep, I went parked her stroller in front of the doorway of the hallway bathroom to use the toilet. I was in there for several minutes with the door closed, and when I opened the door I found that her stroller had been moved about five feet away, towards the end of the hallway. She still lay in it, asleep.

From that point on, many things began to occur in our once peaceful home. Sometimes multiple events would occur each day, sometimes a few would occur within the space of a week or two, and other times there would be long stretches (weeks or even months) where nothing happened at all. You could never predict when something would happen, and you could never hope to prepare for it. Here are a few of the more common occurrences:

1. Many times we would wake up in the morning to find that multiple drawers and cabinets in our kitchen were open. It got to be so frequent that we didn't even mind it all that much after a while. Closing cabinets and drawers became part of the morning routine. Sometimes all of them would be open and objects would even be removed from them. One time an electric can opener had been removed from an upper level cabinet and placed on a counter top several feet away.

This could go on for weeks or months at a time, followed by equally long periods of time where nothing would happen at all.

2. We had an attached laundry room in the house. Sometimes, we would leave clothes in the dryer overnight while we slept, only to wake up in the morning to find the dryer open and clothes scattered about the room, still wet. It was more of a nuisance then anything, as it would set us back on our laundry.

3. Small objects in our home would often go missing. Keys left hanging on a hook by the front door would disappear, only to reappear somewhere else entirely days later. Books would go missing off of the shelf, only to turn up in some odd place like a bedroom drawer. One particular incident that I recall: I am a schoolteacher, and as such was required to wear an identification badge at one point. I always kept my ID badge on a table by the front door. One day, it vanished. I needed it for work, so I searched the house for WEEKS trying to find it. I eventually had a replacement made. One day, MONTHS later, the ID badge was found sitting by the computer in our spare bedroom/office. It had NOT been there before, I surely would have noticed it as I did work in there frequently.

4. My mother took a trip to Europe in the summer of 2011 and brought back some glass beads that were colloquially told to be capable of "warding off spirits." I didn't believe her of course, but I humored her and put a bead in a hiding place in each room of the house. I then promptly forgot about them. Many months later, as I was cleaning out the top shelf of the closet in my daughter's bedroom, I found all of the glass beads had been placed in a neat pile in the very back corner of the highest shelf in the closet. I have to admit, that was kind of scary... There is no way my daughter could have put them there, as she was a toddler at the time.

5. My daughter had a little play table and two folding chairs that she liked to sit in as a toddler. We would put them in the living room when she wanted to play, but normally we kept them folded up in her room in the corner when she wasn't using them. One morning, when my daughter was out of the house, spending the night at her grandmothers', I awoke to find the table and chairs set up in the kitchen, as if somebody were preparing to sit there.

6. The "entity", whatever it was, had a particular fondness for moving our shoes. Whichever room we took our shoes off in, they seldom stayed there. You might take your shoes off in the living room, only to find them in the kitchen or in a bedroom the next day.

7. Once our daughter became old enough to talk, she would regularly speak to/interact with some otherwise unseen presence in our house. But each time we pressed her to describe who or what she was talking to or interacting with, she would never answer.

That's the extent of what I have to share. We didn't have any terrifying experiences, just a series of annoyances and inconveniences. The house was great, and the rent was cheap, so we simply stayed there until an opportunity to move into a nicer location presented itself.

I'm still not QUITE sure that I believe in ghosts, but I am definitely willing to consider the possibility now. I'm not sure what to make of it. Ghost? Residual presence? Poltergeist? What do you think?

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Bastet (2 stories) (25 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-31)
Dear GraveArchitecture,
Thank you for sharing, a very entertaining read! I have had some hard-to-explain occurrences myself and have considered many causes. Have you thought about leaving the Spirit some Gift?... It seems the Entity is playful, may be needs to be acknowledged in some way... I personally would try to video record the room (say kitchen) with most occurences. It would be quite unique to see how the drawers are opening by themselves!
RANDYM (2 stories) (266 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-26)
That was suppose to say "thank you for joining YGS not "joking "

I did take your experiences very seriously

Autocorrect can be a pain at times

RANDYM (2 stories) (266 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)

Welcome and thanks for sharing
Reallly enjoyed reading and I think what you described is a very typical haunting in which the ghost doesn't mind the living knowing it is there
If it didn't want to be detected it wouldn't be.

Let me give you a couple of things to ponder

1. Much like many people believe in life in space simply because of the shear number of alien worlds
Ghost aren't much different.
Don't know if you've ever heard of the White Crow Theory but simply stated
To disprove the statement "all crows are black" you don't need to look at every crow in the world. If you find just 1 that isn't black then the statement is no longer true
Many people may say "there are no such thing as ghost"
Millions upon millions of people have reported ghost. If just ONE of those reports is true then the statement about no ghost is proved false

2. I don't tell very many people this but you can read in my bio I belong to a private research group
Not ghosts hunters. No investigations. A research group that has been on the same research site and project for 15 years. I will tell you that life after death and the presence of those once living is as factual as the sun in the sky.

You don't have to believe me of course as I once believed as you. Kinda unsure. Now I know as well as I have fingers on my hands that life after death is assured.

Your own belief is something you will work out when the time comes and/or the right experience happens. Until then keep questioning and searching. Believe me when I tell you it's well worth the adventure in seeking the truth

Thanks for joking YGS
Macknorton (5 stories) (646 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
AugustaM - that's another line of thought that I went down also - the mischievous child aspect. Certainly fits the displayed phenomena.

I find it intriguing regarding the "typical" haunting / spirit manifestation displays and children. I have three children, and I recall a few years ago when my two boys were both under 7 years old;

I would regularly find objects had been hurled around, kitchen drawers left open, cupboard doors open, pools of water all over various floors, scratch marks on the walls, broken things, items would mysteriously vanish when I KNEW I had put them somewhere - only for them to reappear somewhere else. Thumps, crashes, bangs, footsteps cannoning around the house etc etc

I remember the day when I suddenly realised the similarities between all the books I had read on ghosts, poltergeists and hauntings, and raising young children 😆


GraveArchitecture (1 stories) (7 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
At Wish-Not...

Let me rephrase it...I'm slowly inching towards an acceptance of ghosts existing. I'm a bit of a skeptic, and it's going to take some time for me to reconcile my pre-existing world view with the stuff my family experienced in that house. Maybe it's a coping mechanism, I don't know... But having your world view challenged takes time and reflection to adjust to, right? Happy
GraveArchitecture (1 stories) (7 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
At Augusta,

From what I've read about the differences between "residual" and intelligent hauntings, I'd be inclined to agree with you guys that that might be a plausible explanation.

A friend of mind suggested that maybe something in the house does not yet fully understand that it is no longer a part of our physical world, and is simply going through its daily routines? Opening draws, cabinets? Maybe thinking "hey, I don't recognize these weird keys? Who keeps putting weird clothes in my dryer?"

And on to your question about the cats, they normally behaved very well, both had mild personalities. But they would go nuts around 2:00-3:00 AM every morning, running all over the place and banging into stuff. But this begs the question: Were they witnessing something, or just "cats being cats"? Cats do wacky stuff at night, especially after sleeping all day.
GraveArchitecture (1 stories) (7 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
At Mack,

Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it.

We actually did look into the possibility that maybe a former resident of the home was deceased, or maybe possibly even died within the confines of the home, but we could never find anything conclusive. We found nothing to confirm, nor deny that. But that does seem to be a plausible scenario, if indeed the thing that was in our home was a ghost.
GraveArchitecture (1 stories) (7 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
[at] trentinray: You're spot on, it really was more a series of annoyances than anything sinister. My wife and I actually did entertain the idea of trying to do some audio recordings for EVP or maybe trying to film the kitchen cabinets and drawers at night, but there were two reasons we didn't.

1. We were afraid of what we would see. I feel like we kind of tried to deny what was going on to an extent, maybe as a way of coping with it? Seeing or hearing something indisputable would have shattered our illusion, so to speak, and confronted us with something possibly very scary.

2. We didn't want to upset or offend whatever "it" was, and potentially escalate the situation. We'd both heard some pretty nasty stories of things getting out of hand once contact was made, and didn't want to potentially invite any of that, no matter how remote the chances seemed. But now that I'm far removed from that house, part of me does regret not looking into it further.
Wish-Not (16 stories) (534 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
GraveArchitecture- Really great account. However, with all that you have written down your statement,

"I'm still not QUITE sure that I believe in ghosts..."

Amazes me. Maybe some of the things could be explained away but obviously not all. Especially your daughter being moved in the hall. And still not really willing to admit they are REAL.

Welcome and thanks for sharing,...
AugustaM (7 stories) (996 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
I'm with Mack in thinking that this was a sentient haunting rather than residual. I like the elderly individual theory but it also seems possible to me that the behavior would fit a mischievous little kid - particularly one not entirely thrilled to have a new baby in the house. The actions just seem very bratty to me. Did your cats ever behave strangely in that home?
Macknorton (5 stories) (646 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
Hi GraveArchitecture

Welcome and thanks for taking the time to share these experiences. I enjoyed reading it as you write fluidly and vividly, and have described these events in a clear precise manner, devoid of emotion.

To me, and I'm sure it's not a new consideration but it would appear that there was a resident spirit in the house, and one that possibly didn't want you there but wasn't a violent or aggressive soul. More perhaps passive-aggressive.

The behaviour seemed to be ways of subtley irritating you rather than outright terrorising you.

My impression of these events was possibly the actions of a deceased past resident, possibly elderly who wasn't entirely aware they had passed over and was confused as to why these strange people were in their house, and displayed their displeasure at the "intruders" by moving stuff, creating minor messes and making their annoyance felt.

An enjoyable read!


trentinray (3 stories) (67 posts)
7 years ago (2017-05-23)
Great story, thank you for sharing. I think I would be too scared to stay there after the stroller was moved. I'm glad it never did any real harm, just annoyances. I probably would have broken out the recorder and tried to get some evps or set up a video camera to see it in action, especially with the kitchen cabinets. 😁
Thanks for sharing and welcome to YGS

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