Ok so Ive been reading through the majority of this thread since yesterday, really good stories, some freaky, some encouraging. thanks everyone.
heres what ive experienced in my time.
as a child for several years, i used to have this tall shadow like figure stand over my bed at night. not every night, but regularly. it was completely black, even if there was light in the room all you could see was black. i always got a bad feeling from it, like it wanted to scare me. i used to just turn my back to it and pretend it wasnt there. once or twice i told my mum, or the babysitter that there was a bad man in my room, but they just told me i had a bad dream.
there was this one time where the babysitter was minding us, and hours later when my mum came back, the babysitter couldnt get out of the house fast enough. the next day my mum asked her what was wrong. the babysitter said that she went upstairs to check on me and my little sister, and the door to the attic started opening and closing very fast and she could see red eyes peering out at her. then she turned around and saw black crows on the landing. a second later it all stopped and vanished.
years later, me, my mum and my sis were talking about that house we grew up in. my mum started telling us that she used to see an old lady who was see through and blue at the top of the stairs knitting. my sister freaked out because she used to see the exact same thing. i never saw the old lady but i then told them about the tall black figure that used to stand over me at night.
years after we moved out of that house, my sister was skipping classes in the toilets with friends in secondary school. they wrote out a ouija board on paper and my sister asked what the combination to her locker in dunnes stores was as she worked there at the time. there was no way either of the girls that were with her could have known the combination. the makeshift board they created told them her combination. my sister started crying and couldnt get out of there fast enough. she told my mam when she got home and my mam was furious, saying she had invited the devil into her life. mam had us praying every evening for weeks after that and had a priest over to bless us and the house.
thankfully everyone im close to is still alive so ive never yet experienced a loved one contacting me from the other side, yet!
most of my experiences were only ever in that house i grew up in, and they were all pretty negative but thought id share them all the same.
great thread everyone!