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Do You Believe in Haunted Houses?

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Last weekend-Chatter and Chitter played the role of ‘Alice’ in The Learning Center!’s annual Monster Mash Maze. It was a little spooky-but mostly lots of fun for kids and adults.

As you go through Halloween mazes or haunted houses-part of the fun is knowing you’re going to be scared-knowing someone may touch your arm, grab at your leg or jump out and scream-it’s all part of the game.

But have you ever been to a house or place that scared you-even though it wasn’t supposed to? You know-when you get the feeling someone is watching you and the little hairs on the back of your neck all stand to attention.

A few summers ago, the Blind Pig family-along with Miss Cindy were out for a day of yardsale’ing. We didn’t have a particular area in mind-we were just working our way around the county, following whatever sale sign we saw along the way. I like all yardsales-but I get excited when I see one at an old house. I’m always hoping they’ll be selling some of Mamaw or Papaw’s old treasures and I can get a deal on them.

We were riding along a back road just off the main 4-lane that runs through Murphy when one of the girls said “look there’s a yardsale”. As The Deer Hunter pulled into the driveway I was tickled pink-cause it was a BIG OLD house-and they had stuff spread out everywhere-I barely let the wheels roll to a stop before I shoved Chatter out of the backseat and jumped out beside her. I just knew there would be some old canning jars-a quilt or something just for me.

I begin to walk around and immediately got an eerie feeling-I found myself glancing up at the old house fully expecting to see someone watching me from a window, but no one was. The yard was full of other folks shopping for stuff too-yet I could not shake the bad vibe I was feeling-those little hairs on your neck I was talking about-they were all at rapt attention as I circled the yard one more time. I felt like charging for the car-dragging both girls with me. I managed to walk-not run-back to the car. The others were already there waiting for me. I wasn’t going to say one word about getting spooked cause I felt silly about it-but as soon as we pulled back onto the main highway Miss Cindy said “well I’m glad to be gone from there” and The Deer Hunter said “me too.” I said “you felt it too?” We all agreed-something wasn’t right at that old house and we certainly didn’t ever want to go back to it.

So what did we feel? And why? Maybe something bad had happened at the house-maybe something bad was going to happen at the house? I have no clue.

Have you ever got a spooky feeling about a place?



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    October 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Strangest experience is when some friends and I took a trip to New Mexico and stayed in a place outside the city limits of Santa Fe. I wish I remembered the name of it because the four of us all felt creepy at night. If we had to go to the bathroom off the kitchen and down the little hall, we would run. One night we were hanging out chatting and heard the strangest noise on the roof. The one male with us wanted to check it out but we begged him not to go outside, it just did not feel right. The animals there were lovely and the owners were nice, but that place had one seriously freaky vibe about it.

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    October 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I wish I could have been there, I would like to find out more about the place. I just love the stories that go with old houses. Have a great holiday. C&C looked great.

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    B. Ruth
    October 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    When we first moved here, I thought this house was haunted…
    Nothing ever happened here as far as I know…the folks we bought it from built it on this land after living in a mobile home here until they finished it…
    There is an old stage coach road that runs behind our house thru the woods..and I often thought or wondered if this house was built on a area where something bad happened on or near the road!!
    As the years have passed we don’t notice the noises like we did…
    but occasionally we feel or I do a tremble in an area of the house that no one else feels…did you feel that…was it an earthquake?…NO! is always the answer…ooohhhhh…maybe I’m haunted..LOL

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    rudy frias
    October 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    hey tipper
    the house we live in here in ohio has someone other than us in it. on a quite day you can hear footsteps on the second floor but there is no one there. the smallest bedroom has a spirit in it cause when u lay down on the bed you can actually hear someone breathing next to you but again no one is there. on some nights years ago the boys would tell us that they could see a shadow standing over them. i know they are not making it up cause i have experienced it too.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Tipper, I remember that old house….it felt really bad!!
    When we bought the house I now live in there was a spirit there. I could hear it walk at night. My friend Lorraine was skeptical till she spent the night and the next morning she admitted hearing him walk during the night. I tried a few things to make him go away but they did not work. So one night I talked to him. I told him I was sorry I tried to force him out, he lived here before I came here and he had never done any harm so could we both live here and let each other be. Shortly after that I no longer heard him walk in the night and to this day (23 years) I have never heard him again.

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    October 28, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I have never had the spooky feeling you describe, but I have lived in one house that the basement was haunted, we could feel it when we went down there, it is in sloans valley KY, I used to be afraid to go down and daddy would say it’s all in your head. when i was about 30ish he told my brother and I that he never admitted it when we were little, but he felt it to
    My aunt, daddy’s sister had the sound of steps going up and down her stair case, sometimes even in the daylight hours we could hear it. I would spend the night with my cousin and they always had the door closed to the stairs that went down to the main floor of the house, the steps would walk up the steps and go back down. talk about spooky. my cousin lives there now and it still does it.

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    October 28, 2010 at 6:55 am

    There was an old, empty house next door to the one I grew up in. It always gave me bad feelings. I did go inside once, but never after dark.
    I hate it when that feeling gets my hair standing on end. But I’m always curious as to why.

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    October 27, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I get spooked very easily. Once I stayed in a rented house down by the beach with my family and everyone felt it was haunted, but I didn’t get the same feeling. Maybe some people are more receptive to feeling the vibes?

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    October 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    The photo of Chitter and Chatter was absolutely a hoot! They made really cute Alices in their costumes. Never been in an old house that gave me the shivers; but I have met a few people who made the hair on my neck stand up.

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    October 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I think most folks with Scots-Irish roots (and that’s a lot of us foothillbillies!) have an awareness of the ‘feel’ of places. Is it the land, the house or the energies of the people and events that went before? We may never know, but isn’t that what makes it so fascinating?
    Bravo to Chitter & Chatter! It really does the heart good to see two young women who are so involved in their community – and it looks they had their share of fun too! Hope you all have a delightfully spooky Halloween!

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    Garland Davis
    October 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Not a house but a place. I was about thirteen and working for a tobacco farmer. He had a horse that he used to pull a plow and wagon. I would ride the horse when I could. There was a raised place in the woods that the horse would not go near. I tried taking the horse from different directions. The horse would not go there.
    We dreamed up reasons. It was an old cemetery or it was an ancient Indian Mound. We managed to scare ourselves and wouldn’t go near it.

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    October 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t believe in haunted houses. I believe in, and respect, vivid imaginations!
    The girls look great!

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Oh yes, I kept having a dream for years about an old Queen Anne house and actually living in it. It was old and needed a paint job, it had a wrap around porch and the yard was overgrown. It was a scary dream although I never actually could remember why. One day my husband and I were driving across the state (Florida) and there was my house. It was abandon and looked just as I dreamed it. I made my husband stop the car so I could get a close look, needless to say I was as scared as I was in my dream.
    Your girls are so talented, it is good that they have the opportunity to participate in all that they do!

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    October 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Those yard sales seem to bring out
    the ‘curious little girl’ in you and I bet Miss Cindy was ready to
    ‘get her gun and go lookin’ for it.’ When I was a kid, my friends
    and I liked to play in an old two
    story abandoned store. We liked to
    play in the basement cause it was
    just a dirt floor and sometimes
    when we quit horseing around and
    listened, we could hear footsteps
    from the floor above. We did check
    it out but never found anything.
    Some things still puzzle me…Ken

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    Tammy N
    October 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Yes!! The house we remodeled in Ky had vibes. I just sucked it up and decided to live with it. I’m glad we live in a vibe free home now!!

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    October 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    As a child, I used to spend a part of my summer holiday in the mountains of Troodos in Cyprus. In the summer of 1968, my friends and I had discovered an old house in the middle of nowhere. So, we decided to explore it. I was a bit scared as it was dark and the windows were broken. There was something eerie about that house which I couldn’t define as a 10-year-old. All I knew was that it gave me the willies! I ran away as fast as I could while the boys who were older than me would laugh at me calling me “Chicken”. But I didn’t care – all I wanted was to get out of that house. Was it haunted? I never had the chance to find out. But I was certain it was abandoned – no one had lived in it since the owners died in 1961. That’s what the villagers had told us then.
    A few years ago, Alkis and I visited that very same place. I wanted to show him “The haunted house of my childhood”. The house stood there but it had been refurbished. A friendly lady welcomed us and I asked her questions about the house. She said that the house had never been abandoned and there had never been any broken windows because her grandma had always lived there until she died in 1978!
    I don’t believe in haunted houses but I don’t think I’ll ever go back to that place again!

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    October 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Tipper, Chitter and Chatter certainly look great in their “Alice” costumes.
    Interesting about the ‘feelings’ all of you had about that old house… Wonder what went on there???? Did you ever go back????
    My most spooky experience was while living in Florida. I had heard about an old back road which was very straight and long… What I had heard was that there is a ghost who lives out near that road. There are no houses anywhere nearby.. It’s a secluded area. Anyhow –they said that you can drive down that road at night and see a light in the distance… Once you got close, it was GONE–and nobody was there… To make a long story short, we went on that old road —and YES, we did see that light….. SPOOKY for sure!!!!! No explanation either.

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    Marian Pierre-Louis
    October 27, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Ooo I love spooky stories! Loved your post!

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