This happened in 2005. I was in bed reading when I heard a crash and glass breaking. I thought something had fallen in the sink so I went down and checked the kitchen. Everything was neat and tidy and nothing was out of place. I returned to bed but kept thinking about the noise I heard. It was definitely glass breaking. So I got up again and went to check the kids, who were all sleeping. I went downstairs to the family room and turned on the lights. There was broken glass all over the hardwood floor. Also on the floor was a six inch taper candle broken in half.
The glass and the candle were part of a hurricane lamp I received from a friend as a gift. I had placed it on the top of the tv wall unit way in the back so no one could knock it off accidentally. In the front of the lamp was a large potted plant. In front of the plant was a row of bowling trophies hubby won. Now the lamp itself is solid brass holder and really heavy, with a glass cover. The candle was brand new and was never burned but more for a decoration.
ONLY the glass and the candle itself was on the floor! The heavy brass holder was still there sitting way in the back BEHIND all the other stuff. Nothing was knocked over. Looking at the candle, it was broken in the middle and melted where the break was. You could see that the wick was still unburned only the outside was melted in one spot near the break. The glass was in many pieces on the floor as if it was literally smashed to the ground with force.
By that time the whole house was awake. No one had any idea how the glass and the candle could land on the floor with all the obstacles in front and not knock over something if it fell. It definitely did NOT fall as everything was in its place including the actually holder.
Hubby thought it was probably a mouse. Unless it was HUGE and was on steroids or something to grab and lift the 8 inch tall glass AND candle and fling it OVER all the stuff then I need an exterminator!
The usual 'wind' theory hubby has was full of hot air. No wind in a downstairs family room with windows all closed and frozen shut in some of the other rooms as it was about -30C outside!
Everyone else heard the crash, but none of us have an explanation. As I was still wide awake and reading I would have noticed someone going downstairs as they had to pass by my room and the door was open. Was it a poltergeist? No idea.
A similar experience happened recently about a year ago. The girls are both married and moved out only the boys live at home as they are going to college (cant afford to move out yet) and they are in their mid 20's. They were downstairs in the basement entertaining some friends. As they were sitting there talking, the soccer ball on the shelf came FLOATING down and land with a plop on the floor. NO bounce. It was as if someone invisible took it off the shelf and placed it on the floor. All of them saw it and for grown young men they were 'freaked out' as they put it. If a soccer ball falls for whatever reason it usually bounces. It doesn't SLOWLY float off the shelf and land on the floor with no bounce.
We are second owners. This house is less than 30 years old and the original owners were a young couple with small children. This was the first time anyone had actually SEEN something move on its own.
My husband is the biggest skeptic. Even if he SEES something with his own eyes he tries to explain it away as nothing or his favorite the 'wind'. We have had stuff like footprints outside the house appearing from nowhere in the middle of the yard (noticed by the neighbor kid) and stopping and disappearing as if whoever walked flew away, banging on the bathroom door and you open it and no one is there and you are alone in the house, noises of drawers opening and closing and the latches making a tinkling noise (dressers all have pull handles) hearing voices upstairs when you are downstairs or downstairs when you go up and you are alone. Strange lights, and weird electrical problems like the blender turning on in the middle of the night by itself and it was unplugged! The tv turning on and off by itself or changing channels on its own just to name a few.
If this place is haunted then who is haunting it? No one died here and the neighbors new the previous original owners. I would love to hear from anyone who had similar experiences or even a logical explanation (other than wind or mice).