One afternoon late last month, the caretaker of the house caught a group of middle-school boys in the backyard and called the police. “They said they had heard rumors in school that it was haunted,” said the caretaker, Dylan Dougherty, a 36-year-old special education teacher in Sheepshead Bay. “They called it the pumpkin house.”
The boys were released with a warning, and the fence has since been repaired.
Curious Kids in a Creepy House
Still, the rumors persist. An 11-year-old girl who lives nearby said her friends had warned her that the house was spooky.
“They be like, ‘Don’t go near that house,’ ” she said. “I’m not afraid, though. Not that much.”
But according to Mr. Dougherty, the children’s suspicions are not entirely unmerited. In his three years living on the second floor of the house, he said, he has heard strange sounds with unexplained origins, among them heavy footsteps and ringing bells. “It’s pretty creepy,” he admitted.
Visiting the house that afternoon was Mr. Dougherty’s fiancée, a fellow teacher named Tyiba Rashid. Ms. Rashid was more direct. “It’s completely haunted,” she declared.