Six Ways to Detect Paranormal Activity in a House

Are too many strange occurrences going on in your house? Have you thought now it may be paranormal or a ghost? If so you have come to the right place. Read on..

What is Paranormal?

First of let’s first clarify paranormal, it does not always signify spirits or ghosts, it could be other energies at work. It really just suggests an occult situation where what is happening is very unusual and is a mystery to you and to others that experience it.. What I first suggest to anyone to do is as each paranormal incident happens in your house or whoever’s house, write it down.

A lot of the time it is an energy trying to communicate in some way and possibly working out how to answer the question may help the entity or energy move on..

ways to detect paranormal activity in a house

Secondly, be strong mentally. Remember the golden rule with paranormal or the occult is fear can only attract bad, so if you be positive your energy will only react as a defense. Another aspect to consider is maybe the paranormal activity is not trying to communicate, maybe more it is just replaying itself like a residual haunting. A common example of this is a light switching on at 8 o clock every night but nothing else happens, next day same thing happens.

Okay so here are Six Ways to Detect Paranormal / Occult Activity in your House

1 ) Lights On and Off – A common paranormal activity is lights switching on and off. This happens because an energy passes by the light and sucks or drains the electricity from the source temporarily. Occasionally it is a electric fault so ruling this out is important. An interesting experience happened to me once when I was visiting my sister, each light in the house switched on one after the other and then backwards in the same sequence and then the last one flickering. Interestingly none of the lights were on except the room we were in.. Spooky hey..

2 ) TV Switching Channels or Turning On and Off – TV is another common one, ever had your tv turn off and then before you turn it back on it switches back on. This is a very common paranormal activity, the TV turning off or changing channels. The theory is that as a paranormal energy passes by it disrupts the on / off frequency. Commonly most of the time this paranormal is a spirit.

3 ) Items Moved – This is a frustrating one, you check for your car keys or house keys and they are not there. Then later on after searching your house you find them where the were not in the beginning. A lot of people shrug this one off, but it definitely is a paranormal occurrence. The theory with this one is a  spirit or intelligent energy is delaying your day for a reason. It may be a foretold car accident or something similar. Some people refer to this action as being looked after by an angel, who likes you. While others say it is just a mischievous spirit. Maybe when this happens next time it may be because of a reason..

4 ) Car  Not Starting – This is another common one, the car will not start and then the next day before you decide to get it towed to get fixed, it starts for some reason. In a way like the car knew it was about to be towed to a mechanics.. A lot of the time this could be a coincidence and a standard mechanical fault, however if it happens in certain patterns chances are it is paranormal. I have a friend who has a spirit in his car, it was a good spirit and if at any time his car would not start all he did was talk to the car and the spirit and then five minutes later the car would start. I am unsure as to why spirits or energies would attach themselves to cars but it does happen..

5 ) Doors Opening and Closing – Hey that’s strange, how did that door open or how did that door close? This is probably the most easily confused one as doors could open or close with the wind. However when there no breeze that day and it happens it indicates something different. Doors are easily pushed and if you have a spirit in the house they can be moved lightly with there spirit passing by. This one really needs due time of trial and error to work out if it is paranormal. Make sure to check for breezes even from the floor and close all external doors and windows to see if it still happens..

6 ) Voices and Footsteps – These two are probably the most spooky of the lot and are massive signs. The first one being voices is interesting, try to record the voices. It may sound like hard to hear whispers, but on a recorder you can turn it up to work out what may be the spirit or paranormal energy is saying. The second one footsteps is a spooky one also. Basically said this is a common one when sleeping, waking up to footsteps. You go to investigate but there is nothing there. With this one it could keep recurring until you are certain there is something going on..

This happened to me in a haunted house I lived in in Dorrigo when I was younger. Footsteps were very common and sometimes even the footsteps could be heard outside my room and then stop at my door. This was a nightly haunt so every night it was the same. Footsteps and a bad smell of a sweaty older man.. I have more to say on this haunt but will include it in a future post as there is a lot of detail.

ways to detect paranormal doors in a house

Overall Paranormal is Real

There are many other ways to tell as well, these 6 ways are some of the standard ones I find in any paranormal haunting situation. In other extreme situations, it could be moving objects, doors slamming, seeing a apparition or even being physically abused by the spirit or entity. These ones I refer to as upset energies. They are not common however if you do come across one in your life be cautious and be wise on handling.

It is important to remember that to some spirits or energies, they may be  upset or angry because they want you out of there house..

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  1. I moved into my grandparents house when my grandmother passed away back in 2007. My grandparents were the first people to own my house. No one has passed away in my house besides pets. But I’ve experienced a few things that don’t make sense. I would go to the basement to do some laundry and I would hear someone walking back and forth upstairs, but I’d be the only one home. I also have had the hinges come off my bedroom door. Sometimes while I’m watching netflix it will just randomly pause or fast forward what I’m watching, and my controller will be off. But I’ve also heard someone whisper in my ear twice. One of the times I was blow drying my hair and the other time I was just sitting in my room. I’m not afraid of my house by any means but I don’t understand why these things happen.

    • I have had similar experiences… I also have moved in with my Grandparents and my uncle with my mom. In the basement my mom was watching netflix and she felt like someone was watching her. When she looked up, standing by the door was a wavy figure. When she told it to leave her alone, it was still standing there but then heard a crash upstairs. I sleep upstairs but i never heard it. One time mmy mom was alone everyone was sleeping she turned on the t.v and put the remote down, and plugged her phone charger in and turned around and the t.v was off, and the remote was gone then shortly after, the clock fell of the wall. And this all happened after my Great Grandpa Died. My neighbor also says that my friend who lives next door on the other side of my duplex, sees a little girl in her closet every night so she doesn’t sleep in there. I haven’t had any experiences myself, except for the feeling that somebody is watching me. A couple minutes ago i was falling asleep and there were two noises beside my bed. I sleep in my Great Grandpa’s bed that is across the room from my Great Grandma’s bed. My grandma heard my Grandpa saying her name one night too. I am 11 years old, and I don’t recall having any paranormal experiences other than the two noises beside my bed. ( If that even was one. )

    • it may not be who first lived in the house, it could be the history behind the land the house it build on.

  2. Dear Timon, let me give u a glimpse about my family background tragedy.I’am 36 year old and I lost both two of my older brothers in a tragic accident (different years apart).I too lost my dad from cancer when he was 65 years old and bizarre but my brother in_law was tortured and shot to death.During the funeral on one of my brother my neighbor,a very nice man,was shot by someone accidentally and he died on the way to the hospital.

    Now,here’s my story.Four years back i met a very handsome,intelligent,honest,loving and caring man who loved me to bits and we ended up getting married.Our relationship is like a fairytale..lots of love around us overtime.Finally we started a family together and now we have a 2 year old baby girl and am pregnant 17 weeks!My husband was elated when he came to know that i was pregnant again…swear,i have never in my life seen someone so happy in his /her life.Of course he loved me and my daughter unconditionally too but it was such a blessing to see my man so happy…i could see the whole universe happiness on his was magical!After i met my husband i never had had any sadness or weakness in my life..everyday was a special fulfilled day!

    You must be wondering whats with my story!?Well,let me begin…My ever loving husband committed suicide just a month back and i’ am certain that some evil forces caused this.4 months back i heard a devilish chocking and hard breathing sound coming right outside my bedroom window.I checked on my husband and my baby but they both were sleeping like angels.I could still hear it and i got all frizzed up but finally it stopped.It happened around 3:30 AM and after that i could’t sleep.Now what bothers me is how could i hear the same enactment sound of how my husband is gonna die(he hanged ) way before the act!Before this,once when i was sleeping in our guest room so tired suddenly my bed started shaking vigorously.I wanted it to stop but i could‘t get up to stop it.I wasn‘t so afraid though cos i was tired to get up.Once my husband asked me what happened to my back and if i got hurt somewhere but when i looked in the mirror i could see a bright fresh sore bruise on my back just behind my shoulder.I wondered cos i don‘t remember getting hurt or bumping into something.Once i heard knocks on my door and that evening my grandpa passed away but i heard that same knock soon after again but i just thought it was my imagination and now my husband is gone!

    I also had some vivid dreams about me being in the middle of nowhere standing and facing towards the deep woods calling out my husbands name but no answer and am feeling so sad and was so real.BUt look now everything is so real and am hurt so deeply and grieving.My question here is ,why there‘s no man in our family.Am i cursed or theres something in me thats causing all this bad things to happen?Was my husband possessed?It must be me cos everywhere i reside this bad omen falls on everyone though i don‘t ever wish this on anyone and i do pray sometimes.I always wish good and happiness for everyone cos i wanted them to experience what i have ,a true love but now everything broken.Can u please find an answer for me here.Who am i and what am i or is there some evil attached to me or some curse?please don’t ignore and reply.I desperately need some answers.Thank you.Api

    • Hey Boni,
      Thanks for sharing you’re story, sorry to hear what happened to you and the tragedy of what happened with your husband.
      From your story you come across as very sensitive ( psychic ) to premonitions and to energies around you. Those that are sensitive tend to notice things that others do not..
      With your dream, to me it sounds like it is representing you feeling lost inside ( looking into the forest ) emotional and of course missing your husband.
      What I would recommend you do is spend as much time as possible with family and friends and try to find your old self again, also I would recommend starting meditation as well as it will help with the healing and grieving, of course baby steps there with that one. Meditation will also help with any lingering negative energy that is there and maybe lingering around.

      I hope that helps give you some direction.

  3. David cooper says:

    Strange things have been happening in our house like the dog bowl moving me being hit by a for the TVs turning off and also the house alarm going off in the early hours even though it’s never ever been set, yet the dog acts normal so I don’t know if we have a spirit or not! I thought the dog would sense it?????

  4. Stephen Duncan says:

    Recently, after my friend broke up this this woman who clearly had a sorted past and claims to be a psychic and medium( not sure she really is one at all) walked through his house claiming odd activity.
    I have been to the house myself, and never liked being there but I can honestly say, some odd activity was happening like creekings in the floor and flickering lights but I sensed a presence and when he was around, it became very cold. I say he because it was a younger boy. Not sad but not happy either. He seemed lost. Now tht this so called medium had spent time in the house, more events have been happening. My friend Stephen(the man that owns the house) and I have an attachement and although we break from time to time, we always find our way back together. Well, needles to say, we found each other again and recently, the house is showing signs of more paranormal activity. Stephen thinks the so called “medium/ Psychic” brought bad vibes into his house. The spirit child that I have always sensed when I am there, does not feel there anymore( and I spent the night two nights ago) and did not hear the floor above us cracking like stepping foot steps nor did I feel the cool breeze or sense the presence of the little boy.
    Since leaving, Stephen has called me saying weird this like “there is country songs coming from near my fridge” and although you cannot make out all the words, at times you do hear some tunes and one or two words.
    He has also heard groups of people chatting, and muffled voices. I dated Stephen for almost 3 years and although I have very good instrict and feel very much like a port hole for spirits, I only ever felt the darkness of the house and the spirit of that little boy. For that reason, I never enjoyed his house and although I am upbeat and positive, I didn’t mind that little boy spirit living there that is now gone, but he seems to have been replaced with more aggressive voices and odd activity. Stephen called me tonight and said “Tara, listen to this, no radio on but country music.” I like to listen to country and often plug in his radio in the kitchen, to listen as I cook. He swears the radio is unplugged but it is a country station that he hears and that he recorded for me to hear. I do hear (through my phone) some muffled voice singing a country song but I cannot make it out. Stephen usually blows paranormal stuff off, so I believe this is frightening to him because he is calling me and asking me to listen. He has also said,” I think that other woman has brought bad spirits to my house, and more of them. He usually never even aknowledges it with me so, it must have him spoked. Do you have any thought on this?
    Thank you Tara -11/18/2014

  5. lequita wilson says:

    Hi I am an 30 year old young lady,I have been living with 2 friends of mine and weird things have been happening for instance,my stereo will turn off on its own,we have heard footsteps in the hallway and it stops right outside bedroom door,leave the house to return to open dresser drawers and things knocked off the dresser as well …I have to also mention I have had numerous paranormal situations all through my child hood starting at the age of 9 …ever since then it seems no matter where I go something happens almost like I can sense their presence and see them as well from demonic to friendly …could you please help me seek some understanding? Thank you ….

  6. well we moved into my house around july2014 and out of nowhere im starting to feel sad…lonely and all we r doing is arguing over money and finances…me and my spouse…now only when I have money on me it comes up missing…only on me but nothing comes up missing from my spouse…I have heard different things and our 2 year old son seems to always be playing with somebody in his room and when hes around downstairs its like hes following someone and playing with a adult cause hes looking up as if the person was bigger then him….why is it just messing with me….whatever this is is causing lots of tension between me and my partner and all we do is argue please help………………………………….

  7. We have been living in our home for 17 years. We had it built, so we have been the only owners. Every once in awhile for no reason our sliding glass door leading to our outside patio will start to shake right in its track. Its almost like a big gust of wind is blowing against it, but you look outside and no wind at all. It is really creepy and don’t really know if it could be paranormal or not.

  8. Well just like one hour ago i was standing making dinner my brother and nephew were sitting in he couch and a random bang happened we went to heck if something fell but found nothing u.u need some Nswers what is happeninh?

  9. Daisy Coppedge says:

    HELP US! IDK how to express the experiences within my home. Tonite, It was the stereo down stairs, shutting off, then on, when we walked across a familiar “HOT SPOT” where my (Now) Deceased bulldog once laid… This house is has literally possessed me the EVIL. I have some really horrible pictures, as well as Videos, showing the Orbs entering and exiting my Physical body. WE NEED HELP!!!!!!! I am VERY ill, Physically, Mentally and Emotionally!

  10. Well maybe you can give some knowledge on something happening in my home. Twice I have heard a bell ring. It only dings once. It sounds exactly like those you use to see on a desk to tap if you need help. Twice I have heard a faint knocking sound. Both times the knocking made the same pattern of 5 taps. Two people heard the bell sound so I’m not alone on this…we looked and looked for a reason and found nothing. The knocking is faint and difficult to tell where it is coming from. Any thoughts?

  11. I have been staying in my house for more than 3yrs with no problems. I have never been able to “see” or “feel” anything either. Lately I do not feel comfortable in my bedroom once I switch the light of to sleep. I would suddenly feel something moving the duvet on my legs. I at first thought it was when I was breathing, then I would stop breathing but it would carry on. It is getting so bad that I do not sleep at night. Two nights ago I decided to take a photo. When I looked back at it I actually saw a face in the photo. I do not know what to do. Last night it actually felt as if something was jumping on me, but not like a person, rather like something small. When I switch the light on there is nothing. Is there a way to cleanse my room or house. Please help.

  12. My girlfriend’s husband died and every time I go and visit the TV shuts off. It doesn’t happen when I am not there. Could you tell me if this is his spirit trying to communicate with me or what it could be because this is very confusing to me. I do believe in ghosts and spirits and I guess you can say the paranormal but I have never experienced anything like this.

    Thank you.

  13. A little over 4 months ago I moved out of my mom’s house and into a little apartment owned by a distant relative. I’m 19 years old and have only vividly seen about 3 ghosts that I can think of. There have been plenty of times where things happened that I COULD call paranormal but because my family on my grandmother’s side has always been sensitive to those sorts of things, we were always taught that beings from the other side cannot affect you if you have a strong willpower. When I first moved into my new home I felt a strange presence like something was there, it wasn’t good or bad, it was just there. I immediately rebuked it for fear of future problems and constantly repeated in my mind, everyday, that ghosts weren’t allowed in my house. The next tenant over who was around my age had moved in a little before I did and asked if i had felt anything weird the night I moved in. she said it felt like someone was in her apartment watching her and it didnt go away for a couple days. I told her that I did for a little bit but I told it to leave and it did. Strangely enough she moved about a month ago. Anyways, Everything seemed fine and I didnt even think about it until recently. I got home really late and after pinning on pinterest for a while, I decided to go to bed. I always leave my bathroom light on because of a past experience But with the rest of the lights off as I was brushing my teeth I heard a mix between a loud pop and a bang from the kitchen. it was so loud I jumped and peered around the corner. At first I thought something had fallen off the counter but when I checked, everything was in It’s place. I was a little startled but I convinced myself it was probably just something from another apartment And went to bed. That night I dreamed that there was a poltergeist in the spare bedroom that I only use for storage. I dont really know what a poltergeist is but thats what I called it in the dream. The unplugged tv would turn on by itself and show a blur of people, it looked like an old broadcast from a different time. In the dream I wasn’t worried, I was impressed and didn’t hesitate to show some friends. When I woke up I was confused but not afraid. I checked the room and nothing seemed wrong. I even turned on the tv and was reliefed to see the familiar static on the screen. The next night I heard the pop again but this time it sounded more like a crack. I’m not exactly sure what to think about it because every experience I’ve had in the past has involved a presence that I could feel and get rid of. With this, nothing feels hostile But it’s starting to happen more frequently. I’ll hear unexplained noises late at night usually between 12 and 3 in the morning. Something will fall or I’ll just hear a noise like something fell. One time I even had a jug of milk tip over inside my fridge. Its so weird, it didnt spill cuz there was a lid on, it was just tipped over. Just last night I heard something fall in the spare room and found the porcelain mask that had been given to me by my mother when she went on a trip to Rhome, on the floor. Luckily the floor was carpeted so the glass didn’t break. I decided to lean it against the wall for fear of it falling again and breaking but when I went to check on it again it was back on the wall. I still couldn’t feel anything there but I was a bit unnerved. I found the previous tenant and asked her about it. She said that things like that only started happening when the tenant above my apartment moved in (which is weird because I know her and she’s a nice lady that always greets me with a smile when I see her on my way to my apartment and is always telling me that I’m welcome to ask her for help anytime.) One thing the previous tenant mentioned that happend while she lived there was that she saw someone sitting on her couch in the dark just staring at her but when she turned on the light they were gone. She also told me that she had talked to the tenant before her and he said he didnt have a problem. I still believe ghosts can’t bother me if I don’t let them so it’s not really a bother (yet) But I was wondering if anyone has some kind of insight as to what all this could mean. If anyone does it would be much appreciated.

  14. Gabrielle Macovitz says:

    I think i might have accidentally opened a paranormal door. What do i do? I hear footsteps every night at the same time. When i am in my attic, i feel uneasy, really chilly, and ost of al,i feel as if im not alone. Anytime i go out to run ererrands, i am fine, but as soon as i come home, i get the feeling that im being watched. Also at midnight every day, i wake up for no reason, then i feel chilly, get frightened, feel a breeze, hear my name called in a vague horror like whisper, then feel like someone is behind me, then i start to briefly see a misty human form in front of me. I dont know what tk do. I have to tell a secret: i am only 11. But my family and i are nearly possitive i have the ability to see and hear spiritual things that no one else can. I am really freaked out. If anyone has any suggestions for me, any advice on dealing with my fear, or any opinions on if my house is haunted, if i accidentally opened a paranormal door, or if i am just so scared that im hallucinating. If/when you reply, be honest, yes im a kid, yes i am scared, but i am strong, intellegent, and i communicate with people like an adult. I know u probably dont want to scare me with ur honest opinions, but i need them, please reply with advice, and be honest, dont hide ur opinion from me, i want to know, it will be better for me if i do knlw, and if it does scare me, oh well, it will help me become a strong and brave little girl. Please share your suggestions, advice, and opinions.

  15. I’ve known for a while now that my house has spirits or something in it, but here in the past month, everytime I walk into the closet and cut the light on, it starts flickering like crazy. Not just for a time or two, but I stood there this morning watching it do that for two minutes, and then I hollered for my son to come in there. As SOON as he opened the door, it stopped and the light got bright! He stood there a minute, then said, “mom, it’s not doing anything”, and then THANK GOD (because I’ve been TRYING to show somebody since it started, but it always stops), just as my son turned around, out of his peripheral vision, he saw it start flickering, he turned around and walked back in, it still flickered a little bit, and then it got bright again. All I could do as he looked at me was smile. FINALLY, someone else saw it! But anyway, the other thing was the fact that when I was in there by myself just watching it and waiting for it to stop, as I kept thinking it was about to, but didn’t until my son walked in, anyway, I got SO NAUSEOUS AND short of breath, like I felt like I couldn’t breathe, and that short of breath feeling stayed with me for a few more hours, the nausea went away as soon as I stepped out of the closet. Whatever is in my house is slowly killing me. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep yet all I do is TRY to, so I just stay in the bed AND TRY, I can’t enjoy anything, I have no motivation. When I’m awake, I’m tired, and when I go to bed I can’t sleep. I even tried painting the walls bright colors to TRY and get the light to come in here, AND to try to raise my spirits, and even that didn’t work, and I have alot of big french windows, BUT my house has a gloomy darkness to it, IN EVERY ROOM. Also, here lately, everything is getting this dusting of a rusty colored fine, powdery type substance. I don’t know what the hell that is, but it’s everywhere, kind of like pollen, ONLY RED! Even my white cats have a red dusting of that stuff all over them, and it just gets darker everyday. I just bathed ONE today, I’m gonna bathe the other one tomorrow. It comes right out, but when it does, even the water turns red. WHAT IN THE HELL COULD THAT BE? It’s all over EVERYTHING. It’s frustrating because I HAVE to clean it everyday, and I don’t even want to get outa bed! I don’t know WHAT THE HELL I have allowed into my house, probably just through stupid naivety of not knowing, but SOMETHING is here. The way I am now, is NOT the way I was before 2010. See, I even remember everything kicked up a knotch and really started spiraling down – it was 2010. Since then I feel like I don’t live, I just exist, and it has to do with whatever is in this house. Even my kids see it. They’re actually too scared to even go upstairs to their room by themselves. They’ll always ask me to “walk them upstairs”. My oldest son who is 15 and stands 6’2, 200 pounds, said it’s bigger than him when it’s standing there still, but when it moves, he said it hunches over and walks with a weird, creepy kind of gliding limp. It’s hard to name it but to see him demonstrate it GAVE ME CHILLS. Like I said, he’s 15, and he STILL sees it often, my other son is 10 and sees it everyday. I know he’s seen it when he runs REALLY FAST around the corner to where I am and then stops and just stares at me with fear in his eyes. I don’t even have to ask him anymore, I just try to take his mind off of it – and again, I DON’T EVEN WANT TO BE UP, let alone dealing with stuff like this, but then again, it’s WHATEVER IS HERE that is causing my demise (or at least that’s HOW I FEEL). I’m suppose to feel appreciative of my very large home, but all I can FEEL is that someone was trying to unload this EVIL shithole and so THAT was why the price was so low, so I”m kinda mad! I could be feeling well and normal acting, had I not insisted we buy THIS HOUSE because the price was WAY below what we were approved for. I saw potential in it, especially with it’s size and the land it is on. I mucked up BIG, so all I can do now is lay in my bed I guess, literally and metaphorically – and it sucks. For the life of me I can’t understand WHY someone would WANT to get anything like a spirit or a ghost or whatever to communicate with you – cause I can tell you with the MOST ASSURANCE, it is a miserable feeling that comes upon you. And what I’ve said in this post isn’t even the worst or the scariest of it. I’ve actually lived here for 16 years with the activity being noticed FIRST when our boys were toddlers and they would constantly look up and talk to someone when no one was in the room. It looked like they were talking to air. At first we (me and my husband) thought it was funny, and we’d call each other in there to see it when we’d catch em doing it, but they did it OFTEN, even when they were past five. Then for them, it changed, it got scary, and they became very scared of what they had been communicating with. And since then, we’ve all seen it, but they have been the ones that it literally will walk up to, even in front of my kids friends who also see it (and I’ve had to take TWO friends home RIGHT THEN). Some of their friends haven’t ever been back here, it scared them THAT BAD, AND in that one particular incident, it was broad daylight at 3:30 pm. Anyway, I can’t ever get any help, something always blocks me EVERYTIME I’m about to get help, and there was one who came here and didn’t even enter my house – she got angry at me and said I had brought her to a house with an energy that was too powerful and too dark for her. She told me to never contact her again. So REALLY, since that happened with her, I have been kind of scared to ask for help. I’m the kind of person who wants people to like me, and so when someone tells me to never contact them again, and they ACTUALLY THINK I was being deceitful in bringing them there, I take it personally, and it hurts my feelings. So I’ve just tried to get rid of it myself, only now, I’m out of energy. I’m just tired, but then can’t sleep.

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