What’s it like to live in a haunted house?

What’s it like to live in a house that’s really haunted? Do people always have to leave their haunted houses if the ghosts won’t leave?

Most haunted houses are benign. I’ve lived in a few.

haunted stairwayGenerally, it’s like living with an invisible roommate. Some ghosts can be annoying.

That’s especially true if the ghost likes to turn lights on and off, adjust the volume on the TV, or turn a faucet on and leave the water running.

I don’t mind ghosts in my house. I do mind any inconveniences they create.

Downtown Houston’s famous ghost

One of the most persistently annoying ghosts haunts downtown Houston, Texas. She is Mrs. Pamelia Mann, one of Houston’s most famous madams.

Many evenings, Mrs. Mann strolls around the Market Square block she once owned.

She visits ladies rooms (toilets) in modern-day clubs and restaurants on that block.

Once in each ladies room, she locks the door so others cannot enter. Then, she vanishes. The staff are not amused, because they have to keep unlocking the door at the request of impatient patrons.

However, the living and spirits of the dead usually find ways to stay out of each other’s way.

Other famous haunted homes

Lantern outside Salem haunted houseAt some locations, such as the Myrtles Plantation, the staff regard the ghosts as friends. Many people who live in haunted houses feel the same way about their ghosts.

I know one homeowner in Salem (MA, USA) who is extremely protective of “her” ghost. Although the first floor of her haunted home is a shop, she won’t allow anyone inside if she thinks they’re looking for her ghost.

That’s a little extreme.

The owner of the Lizzie Borden house seemed comfortable with that house’s ghosts.

TV, movies, and reality

Many TV shows and movies present scary ghosts. Reality is very different.

Once people become accustomed their ghosts (and vice versa), some seem to forget they live in a haunted house.

When I’ve lived in haunted houses, I’ve been unable to forget they’re there. Not for long, anyway. Sometimes, I’ve been startled by an apparition floating across my kitchen. Unearthly footsteps still surprise me when I’m tired, especially if the ghost has been silent for a while.

Despite that, living with ghosts can be easier than living with roommates.  Ghosts don’t steal your food, come home drunk at night, or leave the seat up.

I’m okay with that.

Author: Fiona Broome

Fiona Broome is a paranormal researcher and author. She describes herself as a "blip analyst," since she explores odd "blips" in reality. But mostly, she investigates ghosts and haunted places.

4 thoughts on “What’s it like to live in a haunted house?”

  1. I’ve heard a few stories about Myrtles Plantation, but I haven’t been there before. I think that it’d be pretty fun to visit a few actual haunted areas. My husband loves going to haunted houses, but I only like going to minor scary houses. We’ll have to talk together and see what my husband would like to do or what haunted house he’d like to visit.

    1. Good idea, Taylor. Also a good idea not to post multiple comments with a commercial link in them. (I routinely delete the links if they look odd, and sometimes the comments, too.)

  2. Back years ago I lived in a house that a man had died in from a fire. The basement was converted into a house. My son and I lived there. I never saw anything or heard anything but there was a strong feeling that someone was there with us. I was shaken by it but nothing ever happened. I never said anything about it to my son and he never said anything. Years later I heard him talking to a friend about it and expressing the same feelings I had. I was thrilled that I wasn’t crazy, but what was going on in our house and why did we both feel the same feelings?

    1. The spirit of the man may have lingered there to protect others. That can happen at sites where someone died suddenly, and in a particularly unexpected manner. It’s nothing to worry about. In fact, you might think of the spirit as a guardian angel, of sorts… someone who remains out of concern for others.

      Be sure that your son knows that you experienced the same feelings he did, and he wasn’t imagining it, either. Assure him that the spirit was probably someone kindly, keeping an eye on you two, and making sure you remained safe.

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