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  I used to live in a house on Bay Street when I was a kid. Every day at about 10 am and at 2 pm it sounded like kids running and playing through the house.
Submitted by Michelle


When my wife, my one-year-old daughter and I moved to Florida we rented an apartment in Winter Garden. The unit had never been rented before. It was a new construction. We rented a first floor unit, and the unit on the second floor on top of us was empty. The stairs for the second floor apartment are side to side to my daughter's room wall. The stairs for the second floor are private; you can only enter through a door on the first floor. Strange things started two or three months after we had moved in. I have always been curious about ghosts and the supernatural because of some experiences before in my life. My first experience in the apartment was a rat-size shadow running side to side. This happened very often. I thought it was my eyes playing on me. I talked to my wife and I started joking about it, telling her that we might have rat spirits running around. Right after I told her we both saw the same rat-size shadow moving on the floor in front of us.
Weeks passed and one day my daughter was in her room laughing, so I went to check on her. My daughter was looking at the roof and laughing. She was only one year old at the time, so I thought it was cute and did not pay much attention to her looking at the roof. My daughter always slept in her crib in her room, and every day she started screaming and crying at around 2 o'clock in the morning. We took a playpen and put it in our room, and she never woke up around that hour in our room. My sister came for a visit with my nephew for the whole summer. She stayed in my daughter's room. I never told her about the experiences in the apartment to see if she experienced something by herself. Well, the summer passed, and she went back to her house. I called her one day, and I asked her if she experienced anything in my apartment. She said ''no. '' She said the only thing that was annoying her while there was the second floor neighbor. She said that late at night apparently he was running up and down on the stairs that faces my daughter's wall. I was surprised she said that to me because the second floor apartment was empty. When I told her that the apartment was empty she of course freaked out. She also told me that she heard kids playing on the stairs during the day sometimes, but she never heard the door open or close. I was freaked out because I remembered my daughter looking at the roof and laugh.

After that things got a little worse. My daughter's TV turned on by itself two times during the day when I was at home. After that I started to hear someone was running from side to side on the second floor during the day and night, but I thought maybe it was the AC or something like that. The worse feeling I got was in my room months later. I was watching TV, and my daughter was in the living room with my wife. I felt like something or someone small was seated on the corner of the bed and touched my feet. I thought it was my daughter crawling and trying to stand up in the corner of the bed, but when I looked there was nothing. My daughter was with my wife in the living room. Another night I was wakened up and felt like I could not move. I felt as if someone was holding me down on my chest and legs. I started to pray, and I was able to move. After that we decided to move as soon as our contract ended. After we had moved out we never experienced anything paranormal again. I do not know what was wrong with the apartment or the area. These apartments were new when we moved in. I do not know what was there before this building, so I cannot tell. I am glad we just rented and we did not buy that ''condo apartment'' like we had planned to.
Submitted by CJC

Comment by Debbie: I lived in the Ocoee area in the early 1970s before the Disney craze and urban development was started. People need to remember that central Florida is part of the old south. With such rapid expansion and development many historic buildings were destroyed and replaced with condos big subdivisions etc.
So something may have disturbed the spirits on the property.

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