Hidden Fears Of The Unknown
Hidden somewhere in our subconscious are our childhood fears of ghosts and monsters. Tomorrow it’s Halloween and it is said that on this night the spirits of the underworld roam freely with the living. Where I grew up, we didn’t have Halloween as I know it now but we had “All Souls Day” where we visit our departed families and relatives at the cemetery. On this day we pay tribute to their memories, brings them flowers, light a candle and more importantly offer a prayer that their souls are at peace and in a better place.
On this night, the gates of the dead also opens and they have free access to our world. This is the night where we can easily feel their presence.
When A Dead Relative Knocks On Your Door
I stayed in my grandmother’s ancestral home for two years when I was in high school. It was built before World War II and several generation of relatives lived and died in it. I never knew them but their photos hang in the living room with eyes that stares back at you. As a boy looking at them late at night when most of the lights were off gives me goose bumps.
One night during All Souls Day, my cousins, sisters and I decided to go ahead and stay at my grandma’s house while the adults were still at the cemetery. We decided to stay on the third floor’s single bedroom where except for the room itself everything was dark. It also had an attic that nobody ventured for so many years. I always thought the attic was creepy and some supernatural beings lived in them. I had a wide imagination as a child and when the elders talked about the strange noises they heard, my mind would start creating monsters that scared me to the bones.
We decided to play BINGO while waiting for our parents. We were sharing jokes and ghost stories when all of a sudden we heard a loud knock. I opened the door but there was nobody there. We stared at each other a bit scared but we pretended that nothing happened and proceeded with our game.
A few minutes later, we heard a louder, longer knock like the door was about to break. I hurriedly opened the door thinking someone was making a prank on us. When I opened the door there was nobody there. I told everyone to search our prankster as a group. We searched the dark hallways starting from the top floor down to the main entrance but found no one. We did notice that the attic door was left opened but no one dared to take a peak. This time the hair at the back of my neck was standing up. We looked at each other stunned and speechless. At that point we decided to offer a prayer and the knocking stopped. We all decided to wait for our parents in the living room where it was well lighted. Until today, nobody knows who knocked on the door but everyone’s convinced it’s one of our dead relatives asking for our prayers.
The Old Woman Hiding Behind The Living Room
My brother-in-law when he was still courting my sister asked her one night, “who’s the old woman with long white hair hiding behind the living room?” My sister looking confused answered back, “which old woman?” He replied, “the one sitting on the rocking chair in your T.V. room.” My sister told him there was no old woman living in the house. Then my sister asked him to describe what she looked like. Before he could finish the description, he saw my grandma’s picture. He said excitedly, “that’s her!” My sister looking shocked said, “that’s my grandma, she passed away many years ago.” My future brother-in-law turned pale. The rocking chair was my grandma’s favorite chair and she would sit on it for hours while praying.
Wherever she is now, may her soul find joy and eternal peace with her maker. She was a remarkable woman with a loving and generous heart.
Wishing you all a fun and Happy Halloween. May those bucket of treats brings you forth sweet blessings in life.
What are your ghost and spooky stories? What’s the best thing you like about Halloween? Have an exciting Trick or Treat adventure to all.
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