Paranormal Encounters (Journalwithme#35)

This week’s question talks about the paranormal and the after life. It asks:

“Have you ever had any paranormal experiences?”

My first thought is, not directly. I’ve had moments where I’ve felt like someone was watching me out of the corner of my eye, or if I extended my foot over the edge of my mattress that someone was going to grab me and drag me under the bed. I’ve had creepy feelings where I felt uneasy while walking through a cemetery, or alone on a dark road at night but those are more for the fear of the unknown, and the living are a lot scarier than the dead in that sense.

I can recall three paranormal experiences that I’ve had. All of them are creepy and have no explanation. Believe me, I’ve tried.

The first paranormal experience was when I was around twelve or thirteen years old. I had the entire class over for my birthday party sleepover bash. We were all hanging out in my parent’s basement, watching movies and eating junk food. One of my friends went upstairs to use the bathroom, and next thing we know she’s running screaming down the stairs about seeing a man on my back deck near the pool. She described him as being older and wearing a large hat. We scoffed at her but she insisted and was very shaken up. I remember we went upstairs to get frying pans to arm ourselves in case it was a real person, and I alerted my parent’s who were upstairs in their room and they ignored me. That’s not the creepiest part. A few years later I was at a sleepover at my neighbour’s house. We were getting ready for bed and she heard a noise outside. She looked out her bedroom window and said, “There’s someone sitting on my swing set.” I looked out the window and I didn’t see anything. I asked her to describe him. She said he was dressed nice, was older and had a large hat on his head. She couldn’t see his face. I had never told her about the man that the girl who attended my party had seen, and my neighbour had not attended my party.

The next paranormal experience I had that I can remember was when I was around thirteen years old. We were at a sleepover at a friends house, and we had created a made shift ouija board out of paper and used a glass as a conduit. We set it up on a coffee table downstairs in the dark, and began asking it questions. When it first moved, we all blamed each other and laughed, I mean, there’s no way that it’s real. We got a few answers from a spirit, but I don’t remember any of the specifics. The creepy part was whenever we ended the conversation, we tried to say goodbye. The glass flew off of the table onto the floor and shattered, and we all ran up the basement stairs to get far away from whatever we thought was down there. Nothing else came from that, or happened afterward so sometimes I’m not even sure if it really happened.

The final one that I remember was when I was around sixteen years old. My mom and I were walking our family dog to a local ice cream shop, and when we were walking back we decided to walk through a large cemetery. It was a sunny, warm day, and we were just looking at the inscriptions on tombstones when we came across one of a little boy who had died in the early 1900s. We were talking about how sad it was, and waited a moment, and then we kept walking. We were a couple rows away and suddenly my dog’s collar detaches from the leash. He’s a hound, so it was imperative that we caught him very quickly. Low and behold, he wanders right back to the tombstone of the little boy who had died in the early 1900s, and sits down in front of it. That was not his typical behaviour. My mom and I joked that it was the spirit of the little boy playing tricks on us.

I’ve never experienced that horror movie paranormal experience, and I’m glad that I’ve never really experienced anything like that. Paranormal experiences are best left to spooky books and scary movies, or if there is a real life encounter one day, I’d prefer to be surrounded by people who can experience the thrill with me so I know I’m not alone. Please share any paranormal experiences you’ve had in the comments below! I’d love to read them!

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