5 Crazy Ways to Keep Ghosts Out of Your House



Living in a haunted house is a strange and terrifying experience, even if the spirits involved aren't malicious. Houses are built to withstand things like settling terrain, flooding, drainage. Your architect very carefully designs the structure for maximum safety and protection. Your roof allows rain and snow to slip off. Your staircase has a handrail. But does it have the elements necessary to keep you safe from ghosts?

In many parts of the world, including our own, buildings have little design quirks intended to keep out bad luck and bad spirits. If only some of these things had been taken into account in my haunted house!


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Curved Roofs

The familiar slope of Chinese roofs isn't just for aesthetics. Tradition says that evil spirits can only travel in straight lines, and the curve of the roof prevents them from entering the home.


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Haint Paint

Paint your shutters and door trim blue to trick spirits into thinking your house is surrounded by water. Some believe that ghosts are unable to cross water, and the blue trim keeps them out. And, paint your porch ceilings blue to convince the spirits that it's the sky, making them want to ascend to heaven instead of enter your house.


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13th Floor

In America, 13 is unlucky; in China, 4 is unlucky. In both countries, these numbers are frequently left off the elevator and other building signage, and sometimes the floor is actually converted into unusable space to prevent bad luck -- and bad spirits -- from entering.


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Oro, Plata, Mata

In some Hispanic cultures, it's a habit to count stairs as you go up and down, only instead of numbers, you repeat, "Oro, plata, mata" over and over again. The words, which mean "gold, silver, death," dictate your fortune depending on which word corresponds with the last step. As you can imagine, there aren't many staircases with variables of 3 or 6.

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Kimono Corner

Japanese tradition states that evil spirits always enter through the northeast corner of the home. Many Japanese also believe that plumbing is an easy entryway for spirits. So, you will rarely find a bathroom in the northeast corner of a house. To be extra safe, keep windows and doors away from that corner of your home.


Images via BlogfromItaly/Flickr, Firepile/Flickr, Liz Jones 112/Flickr, Jennifer Peyton/Flickr, awsheffield/Flickr, Tanaka Juuyho/Flickr

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nonmember avatar Mike M

I personally have learned quite a bit about ghosts and spirits over the past few years, and I currently lean the most towards the possibility that ghostly activity is simply an abstract way for spirits to make their presence known to us (as such, ghosts themselves aren't intelligent beings, but rather they are the product of intelligent beings - kind of like how the images of people on your TV set aren't actual people, but rather they are visual recreations of people). (And my belief is that the reason for ghostly activities is that it's likely to encourage those who are subject to such activities to open their mind to the part of reality that is largely ignored by most people. As such, one is likely to be able to get rid of one or more ghosts when they have accomplished whatever goal is that their soul wants them to accomplish - things such as overcoming a fear of ghosts and/or becoming more knowledgeable about ghosts and spirits.)

Knitt... KnittinMama

Why get rid of them? Unless they are malicious there isnt a need to kick them out. I dont mind having them around as long they behave themselves.

KA91 KA91

I read something almost exactly like this on Cracked.com a few weeks ago.... still pretty cool.

mommix4 mommix4

That was the dumbest thing I've read in a long time.

nonmember avatar Jlea

Being a general pain in the butt works to keep ghosts away just as it does people. Garlic breath works too. After you bathe rub your armpits with half an onion and you won't be bothered by ghosts or anyone else ever again.

Willa... Willa-wonders

Believe me, if a ghost wants to haunt you or an environment, it will, no matter what measures you take.

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