oohhh I really can’t discuss religion here. I didn’t intend my comment to open up a discussion of religion.
Ghosts, I definitely believe in ghosts. Very much so. I love reading about investigations in haunted houses, watching TV shows about ghosts, listening to people tell me their personal experiences with ghosts. All of it.
I feel like ghosts are possibly the only source of folklore that exists in most of North America, or the U.S. at least. People will openly discuss ghosts or aliens, in most cases, but anything else – skinwalkers, wendigo, Bigfoot, etc. – usually gets a laughing response and breaks down the seriousness of the conversation.
I live in New England, as well, and have lived in some very old houses, including one where I felt certain there was something coming down from the attic and wandering the house at night. I was always terrified it would come into my room, so I’d pile toys and stuffed animals against the back of the door, then get in trouble for it the next morning. Sheesh.
In all probability it was rats in the attic + an old house settling at night + the fertile imagination of an unstable kid.