Do You Believe In Ghosts?


One of my favorite memories of childhood is playing “Ghost” with my friend Erik.  We would get out the tinker toys and spend a great deal of time making special ghost killing weapons like the “Belly Button Grinder” and the “Ghost Grenade.”  When we had completed building our arsenal we would crawl under his bed to find an old rotary dial phone we used as a toy.  We would dial some special numbers and announce to the ghosts on the other end, “OK ghosts!  You can come over now!”  What followed was a ghost butt kicking of epic proportions.  We jumped from under the bed spinning, kicking, belly button grinding, and grenade launching.  Those poor ghosts never had a chance!

In our minds ghosts were real.  Why wouldn’t they be?  I heard of the “Holy Ghost” in church.  I was told ghost stories on every camping trip.  My friends and I held ghost seances huddled around Ouija boards.  We watched movies like “The Exorcist” “Poltergeist”  and “The Shining.”  We even dressed up as ghosts on Halloween.  Ghosts were so real to me, that I remember waking up in the middle of the night needing to pee badly, but I was afraid to get out of my bed.  If I did the ghosts living underneath might get me and I did not have my weapons.  When I could hold it in no longer I would leap from my bed and sprint to the bathroom where I would sit on the toilet with both legs sticking straight out off the floor.  Getting back to bed was equally scary!

As an adult, I have become more skeptical.  I am still fascinated by the possibility of ghosts.  I still enjoy a good ghost story or a scary movie, but I have no problem walking calmly to the bathroom when nature calls in the middle of the night.

That being said, I am not at all intrigued by television shows like “Crossing Over” “Ghost Hunters” and “The Ghost Whisperer” where psychics and other mediums claim to be able to talk to dead people or communicate with spirits.  To me these people seem silly.  I am equally unimpressed with photographs of ghosts.  I always wonder why they are wearing clothes or long flowing robes.  Did their clothes cross over to the spirit world as well?  Or are they just being modest so we don’t see their private ghost parts?

Did you know that ghost hunting has also become a big business?  Type “Ghost hunting kit” into google and you will find an impressive list of sites selling all manner of devices to detect ghosts and other paranormal activity.  One website will sell you the “Ultimate Ghost Hunting Kit” for only $810!

I am not saying for certain that there are no such things as ghosts.  Maybe there are, but for me ghosts exist only in some of my fondest childhood memories.

What about you?  Do you believe in ghosts?

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    • Jerry
    • June 17th, 2010

    What does a naked ghost look like, Casper?

    • Erik
    • June 18th, 2010

    I loved playing ghost!!! I also loved that we believed they were real! How did we know they were real? Easy. It’s that feeling when the hair stands up on the back of your arms, your heart seems to stop beating for what seems like an eternity only to resume pace with deafeningly loud beating in your ears and it’s all you can do to hold still and try not to breath. How could all of that happen if they weren’t real? That dealing with the mere thought a ghosts was lost somewhere. I too learned that I could walk to the bathroom at 2 a.m. without having to hug the walls and avoid corners where ghosts would be lurking. Where did that feeling go? A childhood friend named Hondo helped me find it. Those feelings could be found in “Night of The Living Dead.”. There they were again. Can’t breath, heart not working right, beating in my ears. It’s now hard to remember the last time I had those feelings so strong. We continue to search them out in horror movies, extreme sports and memories from the past. If you believe in ghosts and know they are real for any of the above reasons I envy you. Last thought… Thank god for tinker toys or I may never have lived through the epic battles of childhood.

    • Ha! Night of the Living Dead was hilarious! That might be what cured me from my fear! Brains! I need brains! Send more cops! good memories!

    • Brady
    • July 12th, 2010

    I’m late to the party here, but I did want to say that I liked this thought. I’m also turned off by the ghost hunting shows on tv…they always seem so cheesy and spurious.

    But, I voted yes to ghosts because I hold a core belief that we all have a spirit that is our essential being, and that we will continue living after our body dies. As I studie the brain and mind in school too, I felt like I understood some things more clearly having a spiritual existence as a frame of reference…so many cool things with relationships, communication, life, etc when spiritual existence is considered!

    Anyway, cool post

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