A recent visitor to OpTempo, AntiBarbie, related her experiences with a ghost in the house on her blog in these two posts: Are Spirits Real? and Are Spirits Real? (Part 2). I had mentioned a MSN Real Estate article on haunted houses in a comment over there so I looked up the article. Here’s a link to the article and a quote from it about how to run off a ghost.
They were moving in, and stuff was all over the place, including a Civil War rifle that was resting against a wall in a 12-foot-wide hallway. In the middle of the night, Schaible got up, "and this very heavy rifle launched across the hall and landed at my feet." It flew about eight feet, he estimates. He looked for loose floorboards or anything else that could have caused the mysterious occurrence, but he couldn’t find an explanation.
So Schaible went downstairs into the kitchen and delivered a spirited monologue. "I said, ‘Hey, I live here, I pay the mortgage, and I don’t need this scaring me out of my mind in the middle of the night.’ I ranted for about an hour or so and sat around for a while."
After that, the Schaibles occasionally heard voices and glimpsed figures, but there were no scares in the middle of the night. Incidents have become less frequent as restoration work has progressed.
I guess he told them.
The article is a good read on how a suspected haunting doesn’t have to bring down the value of a house although bad incidents, such as a murder, particularly an infamous one, can bring down the price.
My own thinking is to approach such phenomena from skeptical perspective but I don’t dismiss such events out of hand. There are a lot of things not fully understood and ghostly activity could certainly be one of them.
What do you think? Ghosts or just imagination run wild? Leave me a comment and let me know.