14 Old House Ghost Stories from Readers
From bumps in the night to ghostly figures in the bathroom, TOH readers shared their own hair-raising—or just plain silly—haunted tales with us
Sharing your old house with a ghost or gremlin? Whether mystery noises keep you awake in the wee hours or can't explain strange happenings in the attic, you aren't alone! From bumps in the night to ghostly figures in the bathroom, TOH readers shared their own hair-raising—or just plain silly—haunted tales with us.
"Our attic lights kept turning on on their own. The attic is only accessible by pull down stairs. If I turned off the lights, they weren't 'on.' We held a 200th birthday party for the original owner of our home and the attic lights stopped."
"Our laundry room is located in a sealed basement, and yet we periodically find one pecan on our dryer."
"We live in a converted 101-year-old church. When we are in the basement, occasionally we hear footsteps in the sanctuary and we are the only people in the house.
"One afternoon, the upstairs bathroom toilet just cracked—when no one was even upstairs."
"One day I was in the shower and I thought I heard my husband talking to me through the door. When I answered him and looked out the door, he wasn't there."
"Over night, around four in the morning, my house makes crunchy sounds. Who doesn't want to be awakened mid-sleep to the sound of gremlins?
"I hear strange noises in my house all the time. Sometimes it sounds like someone is walking through the house. Even our poodle thinks so. He'll just look, listen, and softly growl."
"Shortly after starting a new second-shift job, I arrived home close to midnight after an extra busy night. I sat down to relax, knowing everyone else in the house was already in bed. Suddenly, the microwave turned on. I went into the kitchen and shut it off, then sat back down. Several minutes later, it turned on again."
"I heard noise up in the attic. I opened up the stairs and noticed a container turned over with the lid thrown off. My house is not old, it is a ranch-style built in 1976 with pull-down attic stairs. At first we thought animals were to blame, but the only way into the attic from outside is the end vents, which are screened in. We've had smaller things moved around up there as well. We still can't explain it."
"When we took possession of our circa 1878 house, the previous owner gave us a ring full of keys. None of the keys would open the front door lock—they didn't even fit into the lock, let alone turn it. Two years later, a random key appeared on our kitchen counter. It was very worn and not on a ring. Much to our amazement, the key worked to open the front door lock. My mom hypothesizes that the ghost of a former inhabitant approved of the work on the house we had been doing and rewarded us with the key to the front door."
"My sister used to run up the stairs at our grandparents house. She never fell, but our grandfather used to tell her to stop so that she wouldn't. After he died, one day she ran up those stairs and fell."
"I moved in to a circa 1845 Greek revival home that belonged to my ancestor. At night I shut the front gate on the small white fence. Several mornings I found the gate open and wondered if I did not shut it tightly. I began shutting the gate tightly and making sure the latch was secure. I still awake to find the gate open!"
"I walked into our bathroom, which is under construction, and saw a man looking down at me. I thought it was a friend that was staying with us, until I realized he was too big. I opened the door and yelled at him but he was suddenly gone. I will always remember that figure! Also, our TV goes on and off in different rooms. I took the TV to get fixed and the repairman said there was no problem. When we first moved into our house, my sliding pocket doors leading to the basement were constantly being unlocked and left open. I accused my kids but they promised they never went into the basement. I purposely stayed up late to check the doors long after the kids were asleep. Sure enough, the doors were wide open the next morning."
"I emptied my mom's house to get it ready for the new owner after she passed away. It was very hot and humid outside, a tropical storm was on the way. I checked the closets to make sure they were cleaned-out and found that the coat closet was ice cold. The rest of the house that was roasting hot. There was no reason for it and I couldn't figure it out. It is a ranch-style house and no plumbing ran anywhere near the coat closet. I took care of this house for two years after my mother passed and I always hated going there by myself. My mom and sisters all claimed to have seen strange things there also."