Monday, October 26, 2009

A Halloween Haunt

In the spirit of Halloween and all things spooky, I thought I would tell you all a ghost story.

Leland and I live in a house that was built in the 30’s. It was once a private residence, a nursing home, and then a private residence again that was also a drug house. We figured it would have some sort of interesting history, but since we haven’t done any research, all we know about the house we heard from the neighbors. Other than it being a drug house, none of the history was really bad. Just normal old house stuff.

When we first moved in, I had a couple encounters with what could have possibly been a ghost. Nothing terribly scary, just some things that couldn’t be explained. Though I was weirded out, I really didn’t think much about it. I just went on living and unpacking and trying to get things organized.

From day one, there have constantly been unexplained noises. We thought it was just the house getting used to us. We have often heard stomping noises coming from upstairs even when there was no one up there. These little things really didn’t scare us. If it was a ghost, at least it was just hanging out and not causing problems. We were hopeful that we wouldn’t turn into the next Amityville horror.

Though all of these little things were happening, I wasn’t that convinced that it was some sort of ghost. I believed they were just noises. No big deal.

Until one night I got up to go to the bathroom at 4am. We do not have a bathroom on the second floor of the house, so I had to go to the main floor to pee. Again, no big deal. I do this all the time. This time was a little different though. When I made it down stairs, I heard music coming from somewhere. I looked outside to see if anyone had lights on or was blasting music in their car.


I wandered into the kitchen to check the back door. When I got into the kitchen I noticed that the music was getting louder and louder. Like I was getting closer and closer to where the music was coming from. When I made it to the top of my basement stairs, there was no getting around that the music was coming from my house. My basement.

I stood at the top of the stairs for about a minute deciding what to do. I really didn’t want to wake up Leland. I am a tough, hardcore woman and I could handle a little noise. But at the same time, I really didn’t want to be one of those stupid girls in horror flicks who knows she shouldn’t be investigating weird noises by herself but does so anyway.

And ends up getting gutted with a machete.

What’s a girl to do?

I went downstairs.

When I got there, I relaxed. It was just a CD player playing one of Leland’s heavy metal CD’s. I was admittedly a little embarrassed for being so freaked out. It was just a CD player. I laughed at myself and went to turn off the music.

I pressed the stop button and it wouldn’t stop.

I pressed the power button and it wouldn’t turn off.

I went to unplug the damn CD player to find that it wasn’t plugged in.

When I went to take out the batteries I found that there weren’t any.

The music just kept playing and I could not turn the CD player off.

And somehow the CD player was running without any power feeding it.

As fast as I could, I opened the CD player, snatched the CD out of it, ran back upstairs, and got back into bed next to Leland. It was only then that I realized I had never peed and really had to go, but there was no way I was going back downstairs alone.


Anonymous said...

Spooky and well written.

I'm happy to report I haven't had any experiences like that.

LC @ Old House Now said...

that is absolutly terrifying... kudos to you for being brave enough to check it out. i probably would have gone running back upstairs, fast as i could, and definitly woken up the hubby... you should get on paranormal state! and.. maybe don't go see paranormal activity. haha ;)

Intense Guy said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... I got goosebumps...

:) You must tell this one around the campfire sometime...

Dollface said...

oh my gosh... spooky is right!! i would be sooooo scared.... xxxxoo

Anonymous said...

WOW. I would have freaked!!! Has it happened again? Did you tell Leland??

Cathy said...

EEEEKKKK! You are way more brave than me! I wouldn't have even had enough guts to look out the window to see if it was coming from someones car. I would have been too worried there would have been a masked machete man out there. And then to go down stairs?! YEAH RIGHT! I would have ran up the stairs so freaking fast and probably scared the crap out of hubby trying to wake him up, rambling on about a crazy ghost band in the basement. ACK! Now I'm gonna be scared for the rest of the day. Thanks alot.

Carma Sez said...

Two words: Move.Fast. ;-)

yellowdoggranny said...

I had a similar thing happen to me in an old house in portland oregon...spooky.

Tracy said...

ryn - a little late - I am so glad I have others agree, I simply detest McDonald's coffee, tastes like swill to me!

Tracy said...

okay, that would have soooo creeped me out in so many ways, you are a braver woman than I.

Just Jen said...

Spooky!! Our house is haunted, also. The story is that the man who owned it before us killed himself in the middle bathroom because his wife had died.

Some nights you can see him walk across the hall and into the bathroom.

When we have a party or drink, we sit him out a drink. Call me crazy, but I think he likes it!

JennyMac said...

spooky!!!!!!!! And thankfully I can not swap stories with you! :)

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

AHHH....creepy! You gave me the chills!

Kim said...

OMG, terrifying! I can't believe you went down to the basement all by yourself! I wouldn't have wandered past the bathroom without an entire army with me! At least your husband and your ghost have the same taste in music! :)


So creepy!! I can't believe you went downstairs to investigate. I would've gone back to bed and hidden under the covers.

Mandy said...

Holy Crap! That is freaky! Do you remember what song was playing on the CD player? What artist? I'm dying to know (not literally hopefully)! I wonder if the song/artist was sending you some kind of message? Ooooh, scary stuff girl!

No spooky things on my end. Nothing real anyway. Just my own crazy mind!! But you already read about that. ;-)

Aubrey said...

That's scary. Thank you; I'll have a hard time getting up tonight to use the bathroom.

Something similar happened to me in college. Our dorm was built around the same time period as your house. One evening my speakers started talking to me when the computer was turned off. I thought I was having a nightmare until my roommate came in and heard them too.

I spent a lot of time that year at my bf's dorm.