Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Do you believe in ghosts?


Happy Hallowe'en everyone!

I'm snuggled on the sofa tonight in a blanket, watching TV and blogging by the light of the fire and candles. I'm hiding from trick or treaters because I'm a scrooge and don't like people knocking on the door wanting stuff. I'm just as snarky about charity collectors and religious fanatics. If you're not bringing me a parcel or a takeaway I don't want you at my door!

But it's inevitable that one's thoughts turn to all things spooky tonight, being as it is so windy and dark outside and the night when ghosts are reputed to walk amongst us. Do you believe in ghosts?

Lincolnshire is a famously spooky county with more than it's fair share of ghost stories, including haunted RAF bases, stately homes, pubs and even a stretch of road. Our current house is a seventeenth century cottage but despite it's age I've never felt that it's spooky. Unlike the house I grew up in!

I'd always known there was more to our house than most. We moved there when I was five and my dad still lives there now so it's the house I will always call 'home'. But it was definitely a spooky place. You could always, ALWAYS hear people walking about upstairs when there was no one up there. You'd often hear doors slamming too. To be perfectly honest I was rarely scared by these things - they happened so often - day, night, whether we were all in the house or if I was there alone - it was just commonplace.

There were only a couple of occasions when I saw something though;

Firstly, there was the time I was alone in the house, listening to the footsteps upstairs and thinking they were particularly loud. I was starting to feel a bit spooked - all senses on high alert, hairs on the back of my neck standing up. I heard the back door slam, even though I knew I'd locked it when my parents had left the house. I was sitting by the fire and we had a little pottery cat in the hearth, all of a sudden it started to shake, rattling on the hearth tiles. A moment later the cat lifted into the air, over the fender and landed right in front of me on the rug! I jumped up and ran out of the room into the kitchen, just as my parents arrived home. I let them in and told them what had happened. There were some disbelieving faces until we heard a door slam upstairs. We sat in silence, wide eyed whilst it sounded as though there was a party going on upstairs, footsteps storming up and down, floorboards creaking, doors slamming and murmuring voices. I'll never forget the look on my mum's face, she was well and truly terrified! Eventually it all calmed down and we went to bed but no one slept very well that night!

The second time was when I was in my sister's bedroom with her, standing in front of her full length mirrors putting on mascara as we were all getting ready to go out for Sunday lunch. The bedroom door was open behind me and as I was leaning close to the mirror I saw the reflection of a woman walk out of my parent's bedroom. Both of my parents were downstairs and my sister was next to me, there was definitely no one there. Plus she had her hair up and was wearing a long dress ...

So you could say that I have no choice but to believe in ghosts!

36 comments:

  1. A fellow Lincolnshire blogger!
    Happy Halloween! :-)

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    1. Happy Halloween Kate! What is your blog URL? I'd love to have a look xx

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    2. It's http://aworldfullofprettiness.blogspot.co.uk/
      although ignore the designing of it.. I'm no computer pro! ;-)
      x

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  2. Ooh, I love stories like this! I've never seen a ghost, but there has been plenty of times at night that I could hear our kitchen cupboards and doors opening and closing. Also, when I moved into my new bedroom, something/someone was strumming my guitar one night, and the next there was loud banging in my wardrobe!
    I find it all fascinating xx

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    1. Oooh that sounds spooky! I'm fascinated by it all too, I love hearing people's ghost stories xx

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  3. I think I would have hated that house, I'm such a scaredy cat! Glad I'm not the only one hiding from the Trick or Treaters though.. been sitting in darkness for most of the evening! x

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    1. Every year I think 'I'll make a bit of effort this year' but I never do! xx

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  4. AH they are terrifying stories, I don't normally believe in ghosts and ghouls, but since I'm yet to see any I'm open to all ideas (: My friend in primary school once swore she saw a man sitting in her bath one night wearing a bowler hat and that scared me at the time! I love reading all the ghost conspiracy stories and proofs that they exist though. (: xx

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    1. Oh my god that would have scared me to death!! xx

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  5. That sounds positively terrifying!

    & I'm with you NuttyStyle... I am scared of anything and everything and am not a massive fan of halloween and you'll never catch me watching a horror film. What a loser I am haha!

    xx

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    1. I laugh at horror films and call them pathetic but I daren't watch them on my own ...!! xx

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  6. That is a little terrifying!! I've had a few spooky encounters with unexplained things as well!!
    I will be hiding from trick-or-treater's too tonight! I will be cuddled under blankets with lots of treats while watching films!! :)
    Happy Halloween!! xo

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  7. Happy Halloween. Love love love hearing ghost stories but I am a ridiculous scaredy cat! When I was house hunting with the boyfriend last year, he really wanted to buy this 300 year old cottage, I absolutely loved the house but all I could say was it 'had a bad vibe', it felt spooky. He thought I was going absolutely crazy! Needless to say we did not buy the cottage! X

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, some places just feel 'wrong' don't they? I'm glad you put your foot down! xx

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  8. I completely agree with you about Lincolnshire being spooky! I've had so many spooky run in's its insane. My first house was haunted by a ghost cat :) I used to see it all the time walking about out the corner of my eye or in mirrors, but our cat looked nothing like this one & when i would turn around it would be gone. I've never heard anything in the house i live in now though.
    My boyfriends house is haunted by two ghosts, one in the workshop outside and one upstairs, they are both men and i hear them walking about all the time. The one upstairs used to have a really nasty friend who would move things and slam doors and such, he would throw things across the room at you until they had a friend do a ritual and make him go away, that was before i was around though so i never saw that one.
    So many other things happen around here, everyone in Lincolnshire has just got to believe in ghosts! :)
    Happy Halloween
    xo

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    1. Oh no - this story has scared me! I've never lived anywhere remotely haunted but weirdly have had two ghostly experiences in old pubs (and I promise its not the drink!).

      The first was was at lunch in a nearly empty pub, my friend and I were sat facing each other chatting when an ashtray which was between us slid across the table about 4 inches. I was very freaked out but my friend took it in her stride!

      The second was at night in a busy pub in Manchester. My friends and I were actually telling ghost stories and scaring ourselves when the door on darts board flew open. Needless to say we all stopped scaring ourselves and telling spooky stories pretty quick!

      x

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    2. I quite like the sound of a ghost cat! Ghosts that throw stuff aren't as much fun though! Have you heard about the A18 ghost? Richard & Judy have covered it a couple of times! xx

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    3. Is the A18 ghost the one of the Boy who was killed in a riding accident, i've heard bits and pieces but mostly word of mouth.

      The pub i used to go into has a little boy haunting it who moves things when he wants to play with you, my friend who worked there lived upstairs at the time & said he regularly saw him walking about. I cam across him in the ladies toilet once, i heard someone right behind me giggle in my ear, then the open toilet cubicle flushed on its own! Very freaky!
      I think if you respect them they leave you alone, unless you get a nasty one, so freaky but really interesting too.

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    4. Apparently it's a man who throws himself across the bonnet of your car, it's called the Ruskington Horror, try Googling it!

      The little boy ghost sounds quite cute! xx

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  9. Oh gosh that's so scary. As you have seen on my blog I too definitely believe in ghosts, you just cannot refute the evidence when it's based on personal experience! x

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  10. I am a new follower but this post is very scary :(

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    1. Don't be scared! I promise a totally non-scary post tomorrow :-) xx

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  11. Do u get that feeling when u wanna turn your head and look at a dark corner of the house,, but just can't get the courage to? I literally run from my loo to my bedroom at night.....heheh...happy Halloween
    Fatzee.blogspot.com

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  12. I'm like the kid on sixth sense - I see dead people! Have had the ability most of my life and I'll be honest, it still scares the hell out of me. The last time it happened was a couple of days ago whilst staying in Amsterdam. I saw 'someone' rush past the window of the house we were staying in, the window looked over an alleyway where there were locked doors at either end. We were the only ones with the keys. I'm 'used' to it but I don't 'like' it :(

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    1. Oh wow! That must be pretty spooky stuff (but kind of intriguing) xx

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  13. I've heard a few stories like this, and a story my grandma told me about a time as a child she was at a family party and saw a man in one of the empty rooms that she recognised from a photo her mum had at home, she told her mum she had seen him, but the man in the photo had passed away several years before. Things like this make me certain that something exists!
    x

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    1. That is proper spooky but I love stories like that! xx

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  14. Eeek these stories have given me the wiggins! My sister's dad always used to say the house I grew up in was haunted though...when she was just a toddler, she told mum that she didn't like the man stood at the bottom of the stairs. There was no one there, but people always said they got the feeling they were being watched from the hall and I'm pretty sure a man had died in the house before we lived there.

    Oh, and then there was the time someone sat on me! I was about 6 or 7 and had been asleep on a chair in the front room. I was just waking up and doing that thing children do when they look through their lashes without opening their eyes fully, pretending to be asleep still. Anyhoo, a man walked in and sat on me. Then jumped up as if he hadn't seen me, and poked me as though to check I was real. I didn't really get a good look at him, but when I said to mum later she went white as a sheet and said it had only been her in the house. I'll always stand by the fact that it was something supernatural that day! x

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    1. I LOVE these stories! And I'll be using 'given me the wiggins' next time I'm spooked for sure, haha! xx

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  15. Those are some good looking pumpkins :)

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  16. This freaked me out! Eeeek. Im so easily scared! x

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