Is your house haunted? It is as simple as that. Is it? What you could find about a haunted house is just spectacular with the web and public records. From what reality ghost hunting shows show us is that someone doesn’t have to die in your house for it to be haunted. Much like my own haunted area post, a place does not need deaths in the immediate area to be a haunt.
When you look for places to investigate, what are you really looking for? There are tales of strange things happening, but that might not mean ghost. It could just be something else.
Not all sounds are ghostly
A haunted house can be any age. Older houses have settled, and new houses have extra items like HVAC systems and smart ware. Houses make noise. Noises like popping, clunks, and groans is quite possibly a house doing house things. They aren’t quiet structures and with more modern homes, there will be more noises to occur as the building has so much in its walls.
Now, if new noises come about, it could also not be ghostly, but a house issue. Before you jump to the conclusion of the otherworldly, it would be best to see what other problems might be going on. If no problems have been found structurally, then it would be time to look into a possible ghost invasion.
The area of a haunted house
If you live in an area of historical deaths like I do in Wilmington, North Carolina, you might have some possible haunts that didn’t come from you, but from the land itself. If you can’t find anything wrong with your home, you might need to look at your town’s history. This one people tend to overlook because they assume the house is special when it isn’t.
As seen on USA Today, there are very haunted cities in the United States alone. When you look into older countries, like many in Europe, the number of deaths escalate. Now, a ghost haunting is more about how the deaths occurred rather than how many. When you look at haunted areas nowadays, you don’t see happy ghosts. These spirits linger about because of revenge, sadness, or just being lost.
What an indicator of land being haunted is how those people died. A regular cemetery doesn’t count as a local haunt because it is a resting place for the dead. It could be haunted with lost souls, but the ratio of those staying to those moved on isn’t applicable. It just doesn’t work as a dismally haunted location.
I’ve talked about these before, and they are essentially unmarked lines that could hold energy. This energy could attract ghosts, be a portal to another realm, have higher hauntings of those who died nearby, or a combination. I’m going to wrap my head around how they work, but it is theorized that they just have ghosts in the intersections of the lines.
It, of course, is very controversial and sometimes people will move them to make an area seem more haunted. BBC talks about this and how ley lines are not set in stone, even if there is stone set upon them. Stonehenge itself covers ley lines with about 14 intersections. It doesn’t make much sense to me, but the theory still stands. Whether it has legs or not, we might never know.
Unknown happenings in a haunted house
From my own story, things happened that couldn’t be explained. This is essentially the definition of paranormal, so it gets a lovely spot on this post. I’m not saying that unknown happenings are paranormal, but they will be deemed that way.
When items go missing, you want to think it was a ghost and not your own mind purposefully dumping the memory of where it last was. An item moved could go the same way. A radio turning on by itself looks paranormal, as well as items just falling to the ground. You just can’t explain that in a rational way.
Forgetting and the science around it
There is science of this, and it does really show that we do things without realizing it. Very Well Mind goes into a study done by Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist from the late 1800’s. Ebbinghaus conducted studies on the memory curve and how people can forget things in an allotted amount of time. He also produces a forgetting curve, where recall and recognition are used. We can easily just not be able to use these methods because of other theories.
These theories include the Interference Theory, which happens when two memories that are too similar can have interference with recall. I can see this happening on a day-to-day basis where your brain just doesn’t want to remember the detail of similar days. Whether or not you end up remembering this later to explain why that strainer went missing is on you.
Disorders and emotions in general
Anxiety, in some extreme cases, can cause auditory and visual hallucinations. The Shanghai Arch Psychiatry Journal  speaks of this, but this is in rare cases. Either way, it shows that there are disorders that can cause someone to hear or see something that isn’t there. By the case of not being there, they could conclude that they are being haunted.
If high stress times come and you feel like you are being watched, it isn’t time to call ghost hunters, but a medical professional. This isn’t to jib on anyone. It could cause lasting physical and psychological damage if your body is on high alert constantly.
If you are of sound mind and body and keep hearing strange bumps in the night, then you would have probability that you might be haunted by the dead. But it is always good to get a check up to make sure. Like with your house, any new problems or strange occurrences should be looked at first.
To have a haunted house isn’t uncommon
To see how many areas are haunted, it isn’t a rarity to have a spectral being in your home. At times, you may not even know until all your kitchen cabinet doors are open. Of course, there are other instances that could debunk hauntings, but they are less common in the Western world, at least.
Always remember, though, it checks the right boxes to make sure that nothing else is going on. Then after that, you can start the paranormal research on who, or whom, might be haunting your home.
 Ankur, S., Ankit, S., & Manish, K. (2015). Case report of visual hallucinations in anxiety. Shanghai archives of psychiatry, 27(2), 126–129. https://doi.org/10.11919/j.issn.1002-0829.215011