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The Haunted House: A True Scary Story


The haunted house and night terrors

This is a true scary story about a supposedly haunted house. I love ghost stories, by the way. Since it’s just about Halloween, I figured it was time for me to share this account. I’ve known about it for several years, but I’ve just now gotten down to actually writing it. The tale actually began about fifteen years ago, in a small town in South Georgia. I’ll call the town “Pineville.” I have to change all the names and places for this narrative. The owners of the haunted house are having a devil of a time selling it or renting it, and I don’t want to make things harder for them. I’ve never personally seen anything unusual about the house in question, but you’ll probably find these circumstances surrounding it rather strange. I did!

This is the actual haunted house described in the true scary story.

This is the actual haunted house described in the true scary story.

Fifteen years or so ago, there was a teenager named Matt. Matt lived in the small town of Pineville, Georgia. On the weekends, Matt and his buddies would ride around, as teens are wont to do. One night they heard about this haunted house that was about twenty miles away, in the tiny hamlet of Lakeview. They were intrigued, so they got directions to the house and made the drive to find it.

They had no trouble finding the old house. It was on a dirt road, about a half mile off the paved rural highway. The boys were laughing and jovial, not at all scared by the prospects of a haunted house. When they first saw the house, they were rather disappointed. They were hoping for something like the Hitchcock house from Psycho, but what they got instead was an ancient, unassuming farmhouse. With its big front porch and rockers, it looked more like your typical grandma’s abode than it did like a haunted house.

It was obvious that no one lived in the house, so the boys decided to get out of the car and take a closer look. As they were exiting their vehicle, however, they noticed a strange blue-gray light through one of the front windows. They stopped in their tracks. One of the guys laughed and said it must be a TV. The others agreed with this explanation, until the light began to move from window to window. Then, to their astonishment, the light came through one of the windows! It just floated there, about ten feet off the ground, before it completely disappeared. The boys jumped in the car and sped off, never again to return. Or so Matt thought.

Years later, Matt met my daughter, “Lisa.” They fell in love and got married, and they had a son named “Michael.” When Michael was five years old, the couple began searching for a house to buy. They found a great deal on a house in Lakeview, so they decided to go look at it. Michael didn’t go with them.

To Matt’s surprise, the house that was for sale was right across the road from the “haunted house” he’d visited years earlier. He was all grown up now, and he didn’t believe in such things. He laughed as he explained his adventure to Lisa, and she had no reservations about buying the house they were looking at. They both decided, however, that they should never tell Michael about the haunted house that was across the street. They swore each other to secrecy, and they bought the house.

Michael was very excited about his new house. It had a huge yard, with trees to climb, playground equipment, and plenty of room to run and play. He loved his new room, too, and his parents allowed him to fix it up just how he wanted. After a couple of repairs and some redecorating, the young family moved in.

On their first night in the new house, Michael had a terrible nightmare. He had had some bad dreams before, but this one was especially scary. He couldn’t recall the details of the dream – he just knew it was frightening. His mom comforted him and he went back to sleep.

The next night, the same thing happened, only it was even worse. All he could remember was that a blue light was chasing him. Lisa and Matt didn’t think too much of this at the time, but the nightmares turned into night terrors. Michael would wake up screaming and scared to death. He said the blue light was trying to catch him so that the old house across the street could eat him! Of course, this rattled Lisa and Matt, and each began accusing the other of sharing the old story with Michael. Both parents swore that they’d never, ever uttered a word about the haunted house story. I totally believe them. They're both excellent parents and would never expose their child to something like that. Also, if Michael had heard something about the house from someone else, he would have mentioned it to his mom and dad. But he never did.

My daughter knew a little about sleeping disorders and night terrors, so she came up with a plan. They bought a dream catcher for Michael, explaining how it worked and how powerful it was. They hung it in Michael’s room, right over the head of his bed. That was several years ago, and he’s never had another nightmare or any other night terrors or sleeping disorders. And in case you’re wondering, the so-called haunted house is still unoccupied today – at least, by living humans!

Update on the haunted house

I just learned that the house was sold several months ago, but the new owners didn't stay long. The man who bought the house said that during the night, he'd hear loud noises coming from the kitchen, and when he went to investigate, he'd find the kitchen chairs turned over and all the canned goods and other pantry items scattered on the floor. After this happened a few times, he moved out of the house. The haunted house is still unoccupied.


Marcy Bialeschki from Cerro Gordo, IL on April 29, 2020:

That is incredible. I watch all the ghost-shows as my husband calls them. I loved your storytelling voice. You had me hooked right away. Great job! Loved it!

Fam on October 12, 2019:

Send there a scooby Doo team, definitely they would find out the mask man trying to hetch a conspiracy of scaring people & snatching the property.

johnmariow on June 07, 2016:

Very intriguing story. I really liked this story. My wife use to have a dream catcher hanging in our bedroom window. I sometimes dream when I am troubled or stressed out. So does my wife. One time my wife woke me after I shouted vulgarities while dreaming.

But I never had an occasion wherein my wife Joyce ask me "Who's Susan? You were calling for her in your sleep." Glad I never had a mistress. LOL!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 17, 2016:

I don't believe dreamcatchers have any power. It only worked in this instance because the child BELIEVED it would work. The story is true, believe it or not. If I were going to fabricate a ghost tale, it would be much scarier than this one. lol

Nope on April 17, 2016:

It was an ok story. I've had enough of my own personal experiences to know that not all ghost stories are made up, however, the fact that there's a place to buy dreamcatchers right below the story makes me believe it was made up just to sell dreamcatchers. And I had a dreamcatcher above my bed for years and it never once altered my dreams. It's a silly superstition. Something you tell a kid to help them sleep. An individuals own personal beliefs are far more powerful than any physical item you can hang over your bed. A kid may not believe they themselves have power, but you tell em a pretty trinket has "magical powers" and they're gullible enough to believe it.

Lilly singh kumar on November 02, 2015:

Very scary but i don't believe in it sorryyyyy!!!.

Edwin B Lowry from PA on November 01, 2015:

Call me crazy but I always wanted to live in a haunted house. I think it would be fun hearing all of those ghosts!

FriendlyGhost on March 28, 2015:

i know that a ghost inhabits my house. I have had some mysterious things happen that led me to answers I was looking for. One incident was as if I was being led by someone to find a family member misusing the computer. I have seen a colonial dressed girl of about 12 in a flash once when I needed some answers then as well. I do not feel frightened by this entity.

anshuminesh19 from Ahmedabad, India on February 09, 2015:

Nice article........great story line ...read the whole non stop !! recommended www.awsmstatus.in

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on April 13, 2014:

I could have sworn I commented on this gem, but apparently not. Up and awesome, Holle!

Jane Arden on January 04, 2014:

That was so creepy. More so because it was a true story.

Raj Lally Batala from Chicago ,USA on December 02, 2013:

i would love to stay in this home !! 4 sure by myself only .

great story line ...read the whole non stop !!

Tren on October 26, 2013:

Nice ghost story

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 29, 2013:

Marlin, that's really cool! I think I'd love a job like that.

Marlin 55 from USA on June 27, 2013:

This is great! My wife and I do paranormal investigations. She would love to opportunity to check out this haunt. Thanks for sharing.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 15, 2013:

Infection, I might spend the night in a haunted house - IF I had lots of people with me! lol

Steven from NY, New York City on June 15, 2013:

That sounds crazy! I couldn't imagine sleeping at that haunted place for a single night.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 20, 2013:

Me, too, Lacey. Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed the scary story!

Lacey Taplin from Colorado Springs, CO on April 20, 2013:

Very cool and spooky story. Glad to hear the dream catcher worked!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 03, 2013:

Wow - thanks so much, khmazz!

Kristen Mazzola from South Florida on April 03, 2013:

I love a good ghost story and this one was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it! Fantastic! Voted Up!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 21, 2013:

Sangeeta, I'm very happy about the dreamcatcher. I hated that my grandson was so frightened. Thanks for reading!

Sangeeta C Pai from India on January 21, 2013:

Great story.. also good to know that the dream catcher does work at some level...may be just psychological well being..

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 18, 2013:

Thanks for reading, ryokowaren. I don't know - there are a lot of things that can't be explained.

ryokowaren from USA on January 18, 2013:

Great Hub! There are definitely strange things that can happen. Of course, I don't believe in ghosts. I think that demons do all of the scaring/harassing people. This house sounds like a priest needs to cleanse it and then I'm sure it will sell and stay sold.

Alice on December 30, 2012:

i wish i lived in america. they ave so many haunted houses and such, unlike england!

Trish89 on November 30, 2012:

Wow, that is creepy. I'm a fan of scary and haunted houses for some odd reason, I can't get enough!

kylesanderson on November 25, 2012:

Very cool stuff here. I wish I would have caught this during Halloween. Voted up and following.

Emilyfed on October 11, 2012:

Very scary!!! But awesome.

Check me out soemtime.


Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on September 25, 2012:

Scary story!! I wouldn't live there either!

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 28, 2012:

habee: Looks like a spooky house. I have had experiences in almost every place I have stayed in since middle school. Seeing orbs or lights don't freak me out much, but being touched or hearing voices is not very fun. Thank you for this story and changing the location and names around, that's very considerate and professional. Thanks again. :)

lexi on August 17, 2012:

i loved it

SandyMcCollum on April 24, 2012:

I love me a good ghost story! I don't know how this one got by me for this long. :)

LABrashear from My Perfect Place, USA on April 23, 2012:

I just came across this. What a fun, scary story. I, like everyone else, am curious about the history...oh and I loved the dreamcatcher in the bellyring comment from Hillbilly Zen too...Sooo funny! Voted up. Great chills.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 21, 2012:

Many thanks, Taw!

taw2012 from India on March 20, 2012:

Rated up. its cool. A nice scary and haunted story.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 10, 2012:

Thanks, Beverly! My daughter is trying to learn more about the house from some of the neighbors. I'd love to spend a night in the old house!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 10, 2012:

MizB, that's a good idea. I'm going to do some more digging on the haunted house when I have time.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 10, 2012:

Wiiliam, thanks for reading!

beverlyh on March 09, 2012:

Well, even if the owner won't talk about it, perhaps you could check out land records, etc. at the county courthouse. Maybe even some of the old-timers in the neighborhood would talk to you. Plz email me with any details you are willing to share... dixienites at gmail. com. I am also a Georgia native and only recently discovered your hub. Great stories!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 21, 2012:

Habee, The spirit(s) need to be sent peacefully to the other side. I don't know if this owner would be open to the suggestion of an exorcism, but you might suggest it. I haven't done any myself, but I attended the Little Rock Parapsychology Institute for seven years and three of the instructors did exorcisms locally. It isn't just Catholic priests who do exorcisms. My instructors were true spiritualists who could recognize earthbound spirits as what they are, which may not necessarily be evil but just earthbound souls who are getting into mischief because they are bored. It might be a more economical route than selling the house, and if he really loves the house it would be a better solution for himself and the spirit(s).

William Gerace from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 21, 2012:

This is an awesome story Habee. I am going to share it. I read the novel Dreamcatchers by Stephen King and I think it was about the same thing or at least I think so. But I didn't know they were real. Silly me interesting topic though. Love this Hub. I'm a big horror fan and love the supernatural.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 20, 2012:

Hearts, I feel much the same way! Glad you enjoyed my true scary story about the haunted house. Thanks for visiting!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 20, 2012:

Beverly, I'm trying to find out more, but the owner doesn't want to talk about it. He's trying to sell it. Thanks for reading!

Susan Norman from Greenfield, MA on February 20, 2012:

Super creepy! Aye-yi-yi. I have a fascination with ghosty-type stuff. I'm not sure I believe in wayward spirits...but I'm not sure I don't! Thanks for sharing this story.

beverlyh from georgia on February 01, 2012:

I have to ask: are you not DYING to find out the history of the house? Who the original owners were, why they left it, any deaths that occurred there, when the manifestations started? You seem like such a "dig into it" kinda girl, have you done any research?

I've read lots of ghostly stories through the years, and this is one of the creepiest... maybe, because I believe it to be true. Thanks for the goose-bumps...

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 01, 2012:

htodd and James, thanks for reading!

htodd from United States on January 28, 2012:

Thanks habee for the great post ..This is really nice scary story

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 10, 2011:

Be glad to show it to you, Gayle!

gayle on November 10, 2011:

hmmmmmm sounds interesting, I would love to see this house if I ever make it down to lakeview.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 03, 2011:

Many thanks, sweethearts! I also find ghost stories and paranormal activity interesting!

arusho, pretty strange, huh? Thanks for reading!

arusho from University Place, Wa. on November 02, 2011:

very scary. Just a blue light...still scary! good hub..

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 01, 2011:

Miz, I wouldhave taken down your dreamcatcher, too! My grandson's sure worked for him, though. I'm sure it was just the power of suggestion, but I don't care how it worked, as long as it worked. lol

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 01, 2011:

Zen, too funny! I hadn't even noticed the dreamcatcher belly ring!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 01, 2011:

Prasetio, always good to hear from you!

sweethearts2 from Northwest Indiana on October 31, 2011:

Great story - love to read about things that go bump in the night - wouldn't want to be there, dreamcatchers or not. I'll keep my distance, aside from the Hubs.

You have another follower

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 31, 2011:

Very interesting. It would make a great story to tell around a campfire. I have known people who said that dreamcatchers helped their children. I put one up above my side of the bed, and my dreams became so vivid that some were disturbing. I took it down and they ceased. Coincidence--I don't know. My husband I are both of Cherokee ancestry. I'm just glad it helped your grandchild.

@Hillbilly Zen Loved your comment, after my reaction with the dream catcher above the bed, I sure wouldn't want one in a belly ring!

Hillbilly Zen from Kentucky on October 31, 2011:

The story skeeved me out a little, Ms. habee, mostly because the blue light manifested to the little boy. I was making a note to research what kind of spirits manifest as blue orbs when I saw the dreamcatcher belly ring on the ebay capsule and got tickled. A dreamcatcher in your navel? Why?? Would you wear something like that after having some particularly potent chili, I wonder? Great Hub, and kudos to your daughter for using the dreamcatcher. Voted up and interesting!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 30, 2011:

It's scary story. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up! ~prasetio

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 30, 2011:

Jay, too funny. Gonna wear a bathing suit for pajamas?? lol

jayllyc on October 30, 2011:

nice story im gonna go spray holy water over my bed now

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 30, 2011:

Great idea, trimar! Thanks for visiting!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 30, 2011:

Lisa, thanks for stopping by!

trimar7 from New York on October 30, 2011:

Great story - one to share with a group of children with the lights dimmed low.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 30, 2011:

DrJ, too bad you don't remember more. You could have written about it!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 30, 2011:

Hi, Alastar! A dream catcher is something the Native Americans came up with. It's sort of a round "net" that's often adorned with feathers, fur, beads, etc. I think I'll see if there are any on Ebay - I could add an Ebay capsule! Thanks!

Lisa from WA on October 30, 2011:

Great hub for halloween! Very interesting and creepy

DrJez from Narara NSW Australia on October 29, 2011:

Very interesting. Apparently we lived in a haunted house when I was little. I remember very little of it...except unsettling dreams. Thanks for sharing.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on October 27, 2011:

Very eerie habee. This is a ghost story with an unusual twist, never heard of something like that happening before. Super Halloween tale. What exactly is a dream catcher if you don't mind me asking?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

Hi, Wilderness...uh, Wildebeest. lol. The house in question is too far from town for me. I used to live in the woods, and I loved it, but now I want to be near town.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

Thanks, Katrina!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

laksman, I'd like to hear that tale!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

Bill, good to see you here! Nice to know your name now. lol

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

Goody, thanks for the link! I'll be over to check out your hub!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

Many thanks, craftymom!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

Jamie, did you write a hub about their experiences? I'd love to read their true haunted house story!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

Leann, in which part of GA do you reside?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

drbj, I don't know that I believe in ghosts, but I do believe that stuff happens that we can't explain. I think there might be different planes of existence.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2011:

jenu, you crack me up!

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on October 27, 2011:

A great story, just in time for Halloween.

But, Habee, if they are having a hard time selling, you could probably get it cheap! Maybe even collect ghostly rent as a result - better look into it.

katrinasui on October 26, 2011:

Great Halloween post!

Laxman Kunwor from hamburg on October 26, 2011:

yeah really good story ,reminded me the story that my grandmother used to tell me :))

mtsi1098 on October 26, 2011:

I am feeling a bit chilled now after reading this. Certainly there are things that make you go hmmm but what is really strange is this. The name you chose (Pineville) reminds me of a tavern that we visited not long ago and it was creepy dark with dim lights. We ate there anyway :) thanks for sharing...bill

goody7 from over there under the sycamore tree on October 25, 2011:

This is an awesome ghost story you have here Habee, and it's just in time for Halloween. I totally find this topic to be so fascinating. I put a link from my own ghostly hub to yours, which has become known now as "Ghost Central", with including yours, 60 awesome ghostly links. It might even prove to bring you more deserved traffic, not that I think that's necessary. If you don't like the link, then please let me know & I'll remove it for you. It really is a pleasure reading your stories. Keep on hubbing............

shesacraftymom on October 25, 2011:

Creepy! Great Halloween post!

Jamie Brock from Texas on October 25, 2011:

THAT was a pretty creepy. I love reading about true ghost stories. My great aunt and uncle used to live in an old farmhouse that they say was haunted. I had to believe them because they are not the type people who would just make stuff up like that. Thank you for sharing. Crazy stuff happens out there.

leann2800 on October 25, 2011:

That's cool. But you know, I live in Georgia. I am dying of curiosity now.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 25, 2011:

This was rather creepy, Holle, so I read it during daylight. I do not believe in the supernatural since as a pseudo-scientist, I have never seen proof of same. But I do not visit 'haunted' houses . . . just in case.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 25, 2011:

Sonia, thanks for stopping by!

jenubouka on October 25, 2011:

True encounters of the paranormal are the best, but I am a wimp and now must go sage my house.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 25, 2011:

Great Hub! Wasn't it the Indians who used Dream Catchers?? This was a great story, especially at this of the year. Voted this one UP.

Erin Boggs1 from Western Maryland on October 25, 2011:

It gave me goosebumps. Wonderful story for Halloween. Voted up and Awesome!

NotPC on October 25, 2011:

Perfect tale for Halloween! Thanks for sharing! How creative of your daughter to use a talisman to help Michael with his night terrors.

MonetteforJack from Tuckerton, NJ on October 24, 2011:

I have known about dream catchers only in magazines and never really knew what it was about. Now, you have me hooked! I will do a research on dream catchers ;) I hope that Michael, Lisa and Matt are alright; and you, too. Thanks for sharing, Habee.

nenytridiana from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia on October 24, 2011:

I know at least two houses that no one gonna stay there. I don't believe in supertition, but I have heard that everyone who has stayed in that house was being haunted. one of them was sent to mental hospital, after had stayed in that house for one week. I don't know what was in that house. Thank you for sharing habee.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 24, 2011:

How eerie Habee! I've known my fair share of "haunted houses" down dirt roads in my life, but the tale of your daughter's family and the abandoned house across the street gave me chills.

sonia05 from india on October 24, 2011:

very interesting and scary! Haunted house and other related stories are great to read but actually living in one would be terrifying!

thank you for sharing this. voted up!

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