This story happened in my grandparents' old house. I had moved there, along with my boyfriend, because of an eviction. The house was empty because my grandfather had recently died (about a year prior) and my mother was deciding what to do with the house.
This isn't a one-time story, or anything particularly scary, just a strange thing that I would love to hear some opinions on.
The house is very old, built in the late 1800's I think. My grandparents lived in it from the mid-1940's to the time of their deaths in the mid and late nineties.
A little background; I have no idea if this is relevant or not, just interesting. Relatives who lived in the house many years ago used to hear footsteps walking around upstairs. Nobody else was in the house when this happened, and when they checked, nobody was upstairs. I never heard those footsteps.
The front door of the house is at the top of a small set of wooden stairs. My grandfather put the wooden steps in after the concrete ones began to crumble.
Shortly after moving in, we all (three of us were living in the house, with many regular visitors) began to notice footsteps coming up the front steps. Nobody would ring the bell or knock, and so usually somebody would get up to look. Nobody was ever there.
This was heard by everybody living in the house, plus a few others. So I know it wasn't just me hearing things. The sound was very distinctive, as anybody with wooden steps will know. They seem to magnify the sound, so even a lightweight person walking up is audible inside the house. It's not like the sound could be replicated.
I never felt threatened by this, and never really thought about it until much later, after the sounds had stopped. Another relative now lives in the house and has never heard the sound.
I've thought a lot about this, mainly because it was so obvious and heard by everybody. Was my grandfather checking on us? Was it a residual haunting from the distant past? I have thought this to death and have no answers, though I'm sure I'll never know for sure anyway.
Incidentally, the footsteps sounded like a fully grown person, not a child. They would vary in speed and "heaviness"; sometimes it sounded like somebody bounding up the steps, and sometimes they were slow and measured.
Not a scary story, just pretty weird and unexplained. Would love to hear similar stories or opinions...thanks!