Graveyard Shift 15 Signs You May Have a Poltergeist Living in Your Home  

Jacob Shelton
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Is there anything more annoying than spending ages searching for your keys only to realize that they were mysteriously moved to the top of the refrigerator? Or what about all those mornings when you woke up with scratches across your body in an obvious mockery of the holy trinity? If anything like this is happening to you, then you may have a rotten poltergeist on your hands. But before you run out of your house screaming, or pay an exorbitant house cleansing fee to your local witch, warlock, or priest, read through these helpful poltergeist signs to make sure that you aren’t simply clawing yourself up at night, or getting black out drunk and moving your own keys.

Are poltergeists real? It’s a question that’s haunted paranormal scholars and people who live alone for centuries. The thing that sets a poltergeist apart from a regular haunting is that it’s based off of psychic energy, which is hard-to-impossible to measure. And as such, any residual energy left over from a harrowing situation like a murder or a suicide (or both!) could leave a confused presence in your home for years to follow. While there’s no definitive way for a poltergeist to act, there are tell-tale signs that can help you discern whether or not you’re dealing with an everyday electrical problem or a poltergeist that’s haunting your closet. If you’re dealing with some spooky scary stuff right now, keep reading below and see how many of these telltale signs you can check off your list. 

You've Got a Teenager in the House


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It's a well known fact that most poltergeists appear when there's someone in your house that's coming of age. Usually, teenage girls tend to cause poltergeists because their hormones are peaking and they may be unconsciously manipulating the items in the house by psychokinesis. The most famous of these cases is the Enfield Haunting, a case that saw an 11-year-old girl levitating and speaking with the voice of a much older man. 

The Enfield case is the most well known of poltergeist stories, and it hits all of the important bullet points: weird noises, shaking furniture, and spooky sounds. The haunting ended when the family moved out of the house and never looked back. 

Objects Keep Disappearing


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If you notice things in your home disappearing and then reappearing randomly then you may be in the early throes of a poltergeist infestation. While this occurrence isn't as scary as it might sound, it could be a precursor to a malicious entity that's testing its boundaries. A couple who had just moved into a place noticed that their ID cards were going missing about a month into their stay at their new residence.  If things around your house start disappearing, don't freak out yet, you might simply be experiencing disappearing object phenomenon

Household Items Are Levitating


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So if your cell phone and favorite shoes keep disappearing then you're still running a 90% chance of not having a poltergeist, but if those same things start levitating in front of you, you probably have a poltergeist on your hands. In 2016 a family in Scotland was scared out of their homes when their chihuahua started levitating. You guys, that dog didn't sign up to be floated across the room like a bad special effect in one of the films in the Scary Movie franchise. 

Your House Smells Weird


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Do you have a weird smell in only one room in your house? Have you triple checked to make sure it's not a dead mouse or an old sandwich that you left under the air vents? If so, then there's a good chance that there's a poltergeist haunting your home. According to a family in Kent, England, a poltergiest was haunting their home - specifically a room on the second floor that had a weird smell. The lady of the house said the final straw came when she heard a growling sound in the hallway. If a room in your house smells funny, it might be time to ignore your mortgage or lease and move right on out.