Have you ever asked yourself, "Is my house haunted?" Perhaps you've seen a few horror movies like The Conjuring or The Amityville Horror, and some of the spooky occurrences hit a little too close to home for you. Whether you are in this unenviable position or simply curious, there are numerous ghost and haunting signs everyone can detect, if you know what to look for. These tell-tale indicators will serve as a guide to knowing whether you're being haunted.
Don't immediately jump to conclusions concerning strange noises, they could be natural sounds your house makes, especially if said abode was built in or before the '50s. But don't take these noises for granted, either. A knocking pipe can sound like just about anything, but there's no mistaking genuine footsteps or knuckles rapping against the wall.
Note the timing of mysterious sounds in your home - do they arrive at intervals, or seemingly at random? Do others hear them, or just you? What about pets? Do they get nervous when the sounds occur? Get familiar with the usual goings-on in your home, and make note of anything that seems out of the ordinary.
Odd Behavior from Pets
Have you ever noticed your cat staring into the corner of the living room, eyes glued to...nothing? Or does she raise her back and hiss at air? Do your dogs ever bark or whimper at something you can't see? Your pet isn't crazy, but can sense or even see an entity you can't detect. Numerous reports of animals reacting to, and even interacting with, spirits have surfaced in the past, so take note when your cat, dog, parrot, or lizard displays odd behavior.
Of course, don't immediately assume something paranormal's happening. Be sure to take your pet to the vet to make sure they don't have other ailments. Or, if you wanna cut straight to the chase, hire a pet psychic.
Furniture and Other Objects Out of Place
Is a particular dresser or chair always out of place? Are particular object always going missing, no matter how many times you find them? You might have a mischievous poltergeist in your house.
Be aware that some more extreme cases of poltergeists are pranks by attention-seeking humans, which is known as Poltergeist-Faking Syndrome. But this doesn't mean you're not being pranked by a ghost.
Random Bites, Scratches, or Bruises
Do you sometimes wake in the morning, or in the middle of the night, and find a scratch on your body you don't remember getting? Or a bruise that seems to sprout from nowhere? Have you ever found mysterious bite marks on your skin?
While the first two examples could be due to natural causes (the body sometimes doesn't register pain upon injury, particularly if the cut or collision isn't serious), in both cases, and certainly where bite marks are concerned, you might be living with a violent or malicious poltergeist. You may need to take action, or you may need to do nothing - reportedly, many poltergeist hauntings, even those of a more serious nature, only last for a short period of time.