It is commonly believed that haunting activity can be stirred up by remodeling. I have heard countless ghost stories with this theme. Some of my favorite stories about remodeling are from private interviews with people. For example, one Alabama woman told me the haunting in her house was so negligible that she thought it was all folklore and her imagination until she remodeled the house and then the ghosts started appearing in broad daylight on her front porch. Neighbors called to see who was milling about their house. Another story that comes to mind as an example of this had to do with an old hotel that sat vacant for many years. Finally, it was remodeled and renovated and the quiet hotel exploded with paranormal activity. Similar stories are all too common.
Ray Farrel from P9 Paranormal gave an explanation for this phenomena that made a lot of intuitive sense to me. He said, “Similar to a ghost or spirit held in a location because of an unfulfilled need, are those that are very aware of where they are but have ‘gone into hiding’ or are terrified of ‘moving on’. Many hauntings stem from souls that have a stained life history and refuse to budge from our dimension through fear of what their fate is in the next. It is sometimes the case that their need to continue their misdeeds will overcome their need to stay hidden and if other opportunities present themselves, such as a potential ‘victim’ coming along, then they will betray their presence. Others though will not dare give themselves away – until something happens to make them feel unsafe.”
It seems that any change in the landscape of a location bound haunting can lead to an increase in activity. We are moving in the next 2 weeks and for many years, my sons and I have come to believe that my mother-in-law wanders about our house from time to time. She’s a pleasant spirit that just makes some noise and turns faucets on and off. However, as we pack to leave, the activity has become just down right creepy. At this point, we hope it is her because if it isn’t I’m glad we’re getting out of house. There has been some interesting activity surrounding our animatronic Halloween witch. She’s been broken for many years and my husband propped her up at the front door. She used to have a motion sensor that would cause her to cackle and threaten to eat people. That motion sensor is so broken you have to punch her in the nose to get her to work. While my parents were visiting, she went off almost constantly for over an hour, even after she was unplugged. That could be explained away by itself, but now the baby toys that you touch and sing cute little songs have begun singing on their own and shadowy figures have been seen by both my sons. Is this another case of alteration in the environment of a haunting causing increase paranormal activity? Or is it a case of us going crazy with moving stress? At this point, anything is possible. It is probably more likey that we all going crazy.