I've been interacting with ghosts my entire life and they still remain both fascinating and spooky. While it is true that all that exposure may have made it easier for me to be around ghostly activity, they can still be pretty frightening - especially with all the things i have witnessed and have seen first hand. The atmosphere definitely plays a part on how spooky a place can be but when a ghost decides to do its thing, it can be bright and sunny in the middle of the afternoon with five other people around and things get creepy really fast. Of course, just to make you feel better, most ghostly fun takes place when it's dark, dreary, in the late night hours when you are all alone. Do they plan it that way? Do they wait for those conditions just to make you jump out of your skin? I can say that some ghosts are definitely pranksters and love to hand out the ultimate scare. The majority of ghostly frights happening at the scariest times is because these conditions provide the best assistance to the spectre - enabling them to haunt you and provide you with great entertainment. (or perhaps it is for their own entertainment)
When you talk about ghosts, you may say that everything about them is scary. Honestly, some ghosts are endearing but let's get down to the spooky things about ghosts. First off, they are invisible! It is always a bit chilling when Mr. Noabody is lurking two feet away from you and you don't even know it. Or- maybe you will. The little hairs on the back of your neck start to tingle and stand up. You may get that very eerie feeling that someone is just watching you. You could notice a change of atmosphere and if Mr. Invisible is standing or floating close enough to you, you may feel a cold spot or a cold breeze. Invisibility has its privileges though. It makes it easy to spy on you and follow you around the house. Watching you while you sleep is easy peasy if it weren't for the fact that Mr. Ghostie's intense stare wakes you up in the middle of the night for no reason and when you look around the room, of course no one is there - or is there? Even though you don't see anyone, you can still feel that invisible stare but you will get pretty good at brushing it off. Some ghosts just do no appreciate it that you can manage to ignore that goose-bumpy feeling of their glaring eyes upon you that they may need to take things a little further to get your attention. They may give your bed a little bump in the night - or perhaps they may be tired as well so maybe Mr. Lonely will cuddle up next to you. It is always fun when you feel your bed moving or feel a depression on your mattress right next to you.
Another benefit of being invisible is that it makes for easy prying into one's personal life. Now for those of you who are sensitive to ghostly shenanigans, it may make the stealthy efforts of the ghost in question a little more revealing however - you're still screwed because you can't exactly make them leave. You can't see them, touch them or hear them if they don't want that. If you are psychic, there are a few things you can do but it is not a guarantee. I think now is a great to time tell you my true story about Harry.
I was away on vacation at the beach with my family. It was such a great day! We spent almost the entire day on the beach playing in the sand and enjoying the water. We went back to our apartment that we rented every year and I jumped in the shower to get all the sticky salt water off me and out of my hair. It was a very relaxing shower until about halfway through, I noticed that I wasn't alone. There was an invisible man standing right behind me in the shower - literally. No, I didn't see a full-bodied apparition, which would have been so much worse but I could see a partial wavy figure and I could see him psychically. I told him to get the heck out of my shower but he refused. He didn't want to leave. That as how I first met Harry. After my family and I came back from dinner, my daughter was in her room when I heard her yell and she called for me to hurry up and come to her. She told me that the corner of her bed lifted up and dropped. Then her closet door opened a little. A few minutes later, her bedroom doorknob started to turn side to side quickly. It gave her a good scare. A little after that happened, we went out on the boardwalk to have some fun. We got back pretty late and we were all quite tired but we are night owls so we love to say up late - something we have in common with ghosts.
My son and youngest daughter were in the living room watching television when they were both startled by a man's face suddenly showing up in a picture that was hanging on the wall right above the TV. After everyone went to bed, my oldest daughter and a friend of hers that came with us, were sitting out on the deck. Our apartment was on the second floor of the building. They were outside just enjoying the night air and sea breeze. It was pretty late so there was hardly anyone around. After twenty minutes or so, they heard footsteps walking up the metal steps but there was no body attached to those footsteps. They also heard a male and female voice corresponding with each other. It really freaked them out. As the footsteps approached them, things became more intense. Just when the sound of the footsteps reached the top step, very close to where they were both sitting, they simply stopped and everything went quiet. My daughter and her friend both ran in the apartment after that and had a hard time getting to sleep. So fast forward to 5:30 AM. I get up to use the bathroom. My son was sleeping on the sofa bed in the living room so on my way back to bed I stopped to check on him. I saw a small light off to my left out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look in that direction - it was the kitchen and the light was coming from the stove indicating that one of the burners was on. I walked over to it and the knob was turned; it was set very low. It was a gas stove so the flame was barely noticeable. I immediately turned it off and checked the rest of the knobs. That little prank made me very angry. There wasn't any cookware on or even around the stove or any dishes lying around. I know it was the mischievous ghost that was busy haunting us all day and night. I spoke out loud and told Mr. Ghost that he took things too far and that I was not going to tolerate anything dangerous such as turning on a gas stove. I was very firm, yet respectful. The following day, I asked my family and all who were with us if anyone used the stove - just to double check but they didn't. We didn't have anything to cook anyway. We just kept reach and grab snacks because nobody wants to cook on vacation.
My oldest daughter is a lot like me when it comes to spirit communication so we decided to hold a session to find out who we were dealing with. We both knew it was a man. We both heard his voice - her from the balcony incident and me from the shower incident. After making successful contact - which was quite easy since he was more than happy to let us know he was there, he told us his name was Harry. His actually told us his name was Hartcourt Bouvier but said we could call him Harry. He came from France on a boat in the late 1800's and ended up drowning in the ocean from an accident. He was fully aware that he was deceased. When I asked him why he sticks around and won't move on, he quickly replied in a sarcastic smart-ass tone, "I like scaring people!" It was as simple as that! Harry wasn't a bad or evil entity - just ornery. He enjoyed freaking people out because he knew he was a ghost and that attitude more than likely matched his attitude when he was alive.
Ghosts like to participate in the fun! If you are on the phone or perhaps chatting about sweet little nothings to your spouse, your ghostie best friend may be sitting in on your conversation. Don't freak out - this doesn't mean that they will. That just depends on the moral values of the ghost in question and how interesting your conversation or activity is to them - and depending if they have something better to do.
A great example of a ghost being able to hear you and take part in what you are doing is when I lived at the house before the one I am at now. I had quite a few ghosts in that home between my haunted objects that I collect and the many ghosts already there from different causes. I also lived very close to a battlefield that is now a park. There were other circumstances that occurred that contributed to the ghostly activity present there as well. I did a lot of interesting research in that house with those helpful invisible people. I would ask for them to allow me to photograph them and told them where I would like them to appear. I had very good results with this. Be aware that when they appeared in my pictures, there wasn't full-blown apparitions all the time. That is extremely rare although because I did continuous, constant, and consistent experiments, I managed to capture two different apparitions.
My kids would have their friends over and liked me to take pictures of them skateboarding, doing tricks on their bikes and just having fun. I love taking pictures and capturing memories. Whenever there would be a lot of activity such as when the kids were all rowdy and having fun, the number or positive ghost photos would increase immensely. My son and one of his friends were practicing their karate and in one picture, my son's karate bag was on the living room floor near the staircase and his shoes were next to the bag. They were practicing on the right of the stairs so you just about could see the bag and shoes but on closer inspection - there were legs in the shoes. The apparition of two legs were there but disappeared before the knees.
Of course it always makes for great proof when you are doing an EVP session and you ask the ghosts present if they can see you. I did that on several occasions and on several occasions I would get a clear cut, "YES!" So now you know they can see you, hear you, and take part in the fun!
It is always fun when you are just minding your own business - just doing your own thing and a ghost decides to break your concentration by whispering sweet nothings in your ear such as your name, or an interesting message like, "I see you." Ghosts love to make noises to let you know they are there. Knocks on walls, footsteps running around or making your stairs squeak. I love it when you are home all alone and you hear the door open thinking that someone in the family has just come home but when you check, the door is closed and no one came home.
One morning after my now deceased husband left for work and the kids were off to school, I was upstairs laying down because I didn't sleep too well and I thought I'd get a little nap before starting my day. I heard the front door open - you couldn't mistake that creaky door sound as it opened. Then I heard him walking around downstairs. I was waiting for him to come upstairs but he didn't so I went down to him. He wasn't there and his vehicle was not in the driveway. I called him to see if he stopped in - although I don't know how he could have left so quickly. He told me that he didn't stop home at all. This happened on more than one occasion.
Some ghosts can even be the spirit of a deceased loved one or friend that came back to say hi and needs to try to get your attention. That could be fun as you are at the mercy of their personality. Honestly, a deceased person who comes back for a visit tries to send warm wishes and love but it is hard to get their loved ones attention. They don't want to scare you so you might get a whiff of perfume or the scent of cigarettes if they were a smoker. There are some spirits that reach out to you in a way where you could not mistake that it could be them.
My sister passed away at the young age of 54 years old from illness. She always had a crazy-fun sense of humor. Well with me living in a very active haunted house, there were many times my landline phone would call her on their own and the call would be recorded on my voicemail. I would come home and play my messages. (This was many years ago when people had answering machines.) The weird message in question would be where I would hear a dial tone, then someone dialing a number, then it would ring, my sister would pick up and say hello several times because no one would be on the other line - from my house - to respond to her. It was the ghost I lived with - Phillip. He had that kind of humor. It got to the point where I would hear the same thing on my voicemail often but then my sister would say, Cher, is this your phone calling me again? The phone company had no explanation of how this occurred and even after getting a new answering machine - it still happened. Not too long after my sister died, my son was spending the night over her house with my niece. I received a call from my sisters house phone number so I assumed it was from my son. When I answered it, there was no one there. I hung up and the phone rang again about 10 minutes later from her number. I answered it again and once again, no one there. Before I hung up, I heard my niece say hello - like she was answering a call. I spoke and she thought I called her but I explained that her phone called me - twice. They said that my phone called them. I'm sure that was my sisters way of letting us know it was her by using her own unique sense of humor.
Ghostly activity can sure make you cringe and cause fright but most of their activity is harmless - they want someone to know they are there and some just really get a kick out of scaring the pants off of you. BE WARNED though - some are not so friendly but will play that part to trick you. Always be respectful of the dead and never provoke or invite an entity. Unless you are sure of who they are - don't take chances. Don't get upset thinking that every spectre you come across is evil - that is rare. Just be careful. If you have a ghost or ghosts in your home or establishment, have the situation evaluated by a professional investigative team.
I'm Cher, a psychic medium, paranormal investigator, extensive paranormal researcher, spiritual teacher, intuitive counselor, hypnotist of past life regression,writer, exorcist in training and founder of PsychicMyst Paranormal Network. I have over 37 years of total professional experience.