What scares me, though, is a good ghost story. So, in the spirit of Halloween, let me tell you mine…
Our house is only thirteen years old, so you wouldn’t necessarily think it’d be haunted. We’re the only family who’s ever lived here. Still…we seem to have a wee ghostly problem. See, our guest room is down the hall on the first story, near the garage door. The closet door in there has never stayed closed, probably because of North Texas’ notorious issues with shifting soil. Every house around here has cracked walls from wobbly foundations and forget about having a basement. But the closet in question would never close. Even when the house was pretty new…it’d just swing open after we pulled it closed. We use the closet as storage for winter clothes and swimming stuff and the room itself is more a mudroom than anything else, so it gets some traffic, but it’s not a place where we go frequently (unless it’s laundry day). So why’s that door always open? Maybe it’s foundation issues.
The closet light is inexplicably on sometimes. There are even times when I turn it off (knowing I never turned it on) and when I get back to the room–the light is on. Now, my husband thinks it’s the kids, but our daughter is just as wary of that closet as I am. I can’t explain why, but sometimes I don’t feel entirely alone in that room when I’m sorting the laundry, with that closet door open. There are also times when I’ll be walking through the entry and a shadow catches my eye in the hallway down to the guest room. When I turn to look, nothing’s there, but I could’ve sworn something moved. I have a hard time walking down that hallway without turning on some extra lights. So what’s going on in there? Faulty wiring (that would be scary in and of itself)? My son pulling a three-year long prank?
Or something trying to tell us something?
So that’s weird enough, but here’s where it gets weirder. My town, Flower Mound, has a large “mound” that’s a state landmark on the south side of town. There are rumors and legends that people have tried to build on the land surrounding the flower mound over the years, and the buildings either burned to the ground or were destroyed by tornadoes. Yeah…the mound doesn’t seem to want guests. These days it’s surrounded by a healthy swath of land and a wrought-iron fence. Given all that lore, though, makes my little closet light issue all the more suspect. Either way, I’m going to attempt to ignore our possible “visitor” and just switch the light off from time-to-time, hoping that nothing ever pops out, shouting, “BOO!”
If you feel a little chill on the back of your neck tonight, well, you’re welcome. In repayment for indulging me in a little scare, I’m offering a giveaway as part of the Entangled Publishing Halloween blog hop — a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card! All you have to do to enter is tell me if you’ve ever seen a ghost. If you have, we’d love to hear the story!