You've been there?
I am home alone. Night is creeping in and the rain has been constant all day. There is something about being alone.... in this house.... that makes me feel uneasy. The hair at the back of my neck and arms is bristling... a chill runs down my spine.
I have the feeling that I am being watched, and when I look into the dark corners, I think I see something moving in the shadows.
Maybe it's my imagination.... but the air inside suddenly feels heavy and cold....there is a faint smell of violet.
I move to the living room and sit in the corner of the sofa, where my back is against the wall. I feel comforted, and eventually become complacent.... But suddenly every sound becomes amplified, and I think I hear something moving... and, do I hear someone... or some thing breathing? It sounds close.
What is that sound?
Fear begins to grip my entire being, as my heart races and hair stands on end. I cannot move. I am momentarily frozen with fear... I work up the nerve to run into the bedroom and violently shut the door behind you.....
"A haunting is the presence of energy that has an effect on us -- directly or indirectly -- or on our surroundings. Admittedly, this is a very open-ended definition.
For the average person with little or no knowledge or practical experience in mystical matters, this definition encompasses the majority of different paranormal activity collectively refered to as hauntings. Paranormal activity that falls under this general definition can generally be dealt with using similar methods.
There are many different types of hauntings, and knowing exactly what you are facing is the most important part of successfully handling with these phenomena.
Pretty much anywhere can be or become haunted. It can also be said that these hauntings manifest many in many different ways producing a wide range of different forms of paranormal activity. A calm head, and a thorough investigation is the best approach to deal with any haunted places or disturbances." ~hauntedhousesplaces.arcanemystique.com
Most reports of hauntings include some of the following:
*odd sounds: footsteps, bangs, scratching, moans, screams, music, whispering
*odd sights: flashes of light, shadows, floating lights, things seen in the 'corner' of the eye
*odd smells: often unpleasant, sometimes sweet
*odd feelings: headaches, static build-up, cold areas, touches by unseen things
*object movement: doors, taps and light switches found open/on, objects lost and sometimes recovered, objects falling (eg. pictures, ornaments)
*pet reaction to 'unseen' things
Haunted can refer to a person, object, or place that has a ghost or spirit attached to it. Haunted objects can be anything from jewelry to an old piano and often have an aura in photos. Sometimes it can be a person that's haunted and not the area.
An imprint left at a location that repeats itself over and over again. Residual ghosts usually live out their final hours at haunted locations. Residuals most often show no intelligence or self awareness, they will go right past or through you without a flinch. Many believe it was their emotional energy that left an imprint or recording on our our dimensional frequency, like a tape recorder.
An intelligent haunting is when paranormal activity interacts with the living and shows some type of intelligence.
A Demonic haunting, is when a negative, non human spirit or spirits haunt a location. These types of hauntings usually start out playful but can quickly turn very dangerous and even deadly. Demons destroy families and can haunt people their entire lives. Even if they move, the demons will follow. An exorcism or cleansing must be conducted to rid the victim, object or location of these negative entities, by a 'demonologist', priest or shaman, but there's is no guarantee this will work.
The term 'Infestation' is used when multiple ghosts, spirits or demons are involved in a haunting. Infestation can also used to describe a very intense rise in paranormal activity at a location.
Types of Hauntings Source: paranormalistics