Tuesday November 20, 2007 8:44 AM
Ever since an allegedly haunted walking cane sold for $65,000 on eBay in 2005, paranormal objects have become popular sellers on the online auction site. While the majority, if not all of these haunted objects are most likely just attempts to make some quick cash, one question remains: Can baby dolls and false teeth even be haunted? Type in "haunted" in the search bar on eBay and you'll likely notice that according to sellers, who often include a long, dramatic story with the item's photo — almost any object imaginable can have a ghost attached to it.
Regardless of this eBay nonsense, there seems to be some validity to the haunting or possession of objects when you ask paranormal experts. Various investigators claim to have come into contact with an object or objects that seemed to cause paranormal activity. Paranormal investigators even collect haunted objects. For instance, when you visit the website of The John Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal, you can view some of the haunted items he has collected over the years. Zaffis writes that "Spirits can often become attached to objects through various rituals associated with witchcraft. Spirits can also be attached to an object that is familiar to the spirit, and may have been important to the spirit when the spirit was in human form. The John Zaffis Paranormal Museum contains hundreds of supposed haunted items, many of which had to be removed from homes following many unexplained and often-negative phenomenon occurring."
During his lectures on the paranormal, Zaffis informs attendees that if a homeowner experiences a sudden onset of paranormal activity, then the first thing to do is discover whether or not any new objects were introduced into the home recently. For example, the homeowner may have purchased something at a consignment shop and that object may be the problem. Zaffis also warns that if you want to purchase something because you are overwhelmed by an incredible feeling that you absolutely must have that object, the best thing to do is walk away from it. Don't take it home. The seemingly overpowering sense of wanting to take the object home might be a spirit's energy trying to get you to do just that. Odds are that you're just being incredibly impulsive — but not only will you avoid bringing a potentially negative energy into your home, you'll save some money.