It’s late at night. You put the kids to bed hours ago. You wake with a start to small footsteps across the wood floor. You wait for the common site of your toddler to open your door and climb in bed, but she never comes. Slightly panicked, you sit up. You listen more carefully. Footsteps, you’d bet your life you were hearing footsteps. Slowly, cautiously, you creep out of bed and open the door. Certainly it’s your toddler, it’s always your toddler, but no one is there. You cautiously walk all the way down stairs to find your children all tucked snugly in their beds. At first you sigh a sigh of relief, but then your heart starts racing…if it wasn’t your toddler what was walking in your house?!?
Odd noises and similar spooky situations plague most homes. Here is a list from Real Simple of what could possibly be haunting your house this Halloween.
Doors Opening Spontaneously? Well it could be a visitor from beyond the realm, but more likely your door is breathing. Did you know that most claims of this type of paranormal activity in the Northern United States are made in the winter? Grant Wilson, co-host of Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters” explains that “in the winter, the heating system evaporates moisture in the wood, making doors contract and causing them to become unlatched.” The doors could also be opening because of a small draft, or a change of air pressure in the room.
Voices in the Night? While it might be an unexpected visit from “the others,” there is likely a more realistic and less frightening explanation. Radio waves can interfere with audio devices. These mixed signals can result in you receiving CB messages during your favorite tv show. You could also just be very tired, lack of sleep (particularly REM sleep) can make you think you are hearing things. But then again if your microwave starts criticizing your poor meal choices, you may have a true paranormal problem.
Moving Objects? While there are those who claim that ghosts are moving objects around in their house, it is far more common that there is a more scientific explanation. In this day and age with so many gadgets and wifi and radio waves permeating our air it is easy for our “lines” to get crossed. Meaning your neighbors remote might turn the channel on your tv. Also, dying batteries can make gizmos do crazy things. We once had a toddler play table that would turn on during all hours of the night. Before we called the Ghostbusters we took out the batteries, problem solved! Other times pure physics is the culprit. Where it is the condensation on the bottom of a glass of water that makes it appear to move across a table, or the vibrations from a nearby train knocking picture frames off of the wall, physics can play lots of seeming paranormal tricks in our homes!
So hopefully if your home is plagued by scary noises and bumps in the night these explanations can help! But if your house is truly haunted, don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to show you some Utah real estate bargains around town to consider if your house is legitimately haunted! Happy Halloween!