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“When I was young (probably around 8-10), I caught chickenpox. I woke up in the middle of the night one night, and called for my mom, because little kids can’t do SHIT for themselves when they’re sick. A woman came into my bedroom and sat on my bed and stroked my hair until I fell asleep. For whatever reason, I thought it was my grandmother, but she was dressed funny. 

When I woke up the next morning, I went downstairs for breakfast, and asked where my grandma was, and (naturally) my mom told me that she was at her house, like she always was. I told my mom she’d been in my room the night before, and my mom laughed and said that I’d just been dreaming.

However, my aunt (who tended to believe that sort of thing more) was babysitting me that day (the upside to chicken pox meant there was no school for me) and I told her the story. She asked me to describe the weird outfit, and it was a nurse’s outfit from the 50’s/early 60’s. My family knew the previous owners of the house. The wife was a nurse in the fifties, and had died a few months previously.

Can I say with 100% certainty that I had an encounter with a spirit? No. But it’s certainly a spooky coincidence.”

By: TheOneTrueChuck (What is the most unexplained,
supernatural, or paranormal event you’ve ever witnessed?


“So much paranormal shit happened to me when I was a kid. One that has always stuck was when I was about 3 or 4 years old. Back then I used to randomly wake up in the middle of the night really often for no known reason. I was still sleeping in my parents bed at the time so I would just lay in bed and look around. I swear, every fucking time I’d look at the doorway to the living room, I would see two really tall figures standing there. They looked like the old farm couple in that one painting. Except they had hollow eyes and they were thinner. They never really didn’t do anything but stare back at me at first.

One night was especially weird. I woke up as usual and saw them standing there I front of the doorway again. Only this time something felt a bit more off than usual. The ceiling fan was on high and the blades were going so fast, that the entire fixture was moving back and forth. I look back at the figures and they have some really dark, creepy grins on their faces. I got scared and buried myself in the blankets, hoping they’d go away. Then all I heard was the ceiling fan spinning even faster, somehow… the beads at the end of the switches were tapping against the glass light cover furiously I peeked up out of my covers and the two figures were right next to the bed standing right over me with their ugly smiles.

I screamed bloody murder and the glass cover on the light came off and shattered on the ground. My dad jumped out of bed immediately and turned on the light to see what happened, but the two figures were gone already. I was crying hysterically and took my mom a long time to calm me down…”

By: miss_mactastic (What is the most unexplained,
supernatural, or paranormal event you’ve ever witnessed?


“[I was] making toast late one night facing the kitchen bench eating for a good 5-10 minutes. Cleaned up and turned around and every single cupboard door and cutlery drawer were open. They were all closed when I went into the kitchen, and there was no way anyone could have snuck in and done it because I was home alone. I also didn’t hear them open in the time I was there. Scared the shit out of me so I froze, let it register for a few seconds, then calmly closed everything and went back to my room to hide until daylight. One of a few weird things to happen growing up.”

By: FalariRum (What is the most unexplained,
supernatural, or paranormal event you’ve ever witnessed?


“I lived in a haunted house with three roommates.

They lived there for a couple of weeks before I did and swore up and down that a young woman was haunting the house. One of them said they had some incense manually extinguished when they weren’t home. Another one said they were feeling around in the dark looking for a light switch and felt the hair on the top of someone’s head. Someone that wasn’t there when the light came on.

I, being a good and proper atheist and knowing my roommates were kinda potheads, thought it was all bollocks and that they were paranoid.

A month or so after I moved in, I was laying in bed when I heard a girl crying in the hallway. Two of my roommates were girls so I got up to do the requisite investigating and consoling. I opened my door to see who it was, only to discover that I was the only person home at that time.

I’m still not a major believer in the supernatural but I won’t rule anything out now.”

By: spuds_mckenzie (What is the most unexplained, supernatural, or paranormal event you’ve ever witnessed?)

“BACKSTORY! We live out in the country, so we don’t lock our doors or windows. The only house…

BACKSTORY! We live out in the country, so we don’t lock our doors or windows. The only house nearby is our landlord’s, which is about 20 yards away. The rest is woods for at least 100 yards on each side. Our landlord is a single, middle aged woman with no kids. We can see her bedroom window from our house and her TV faces the window. Behind our house and to the side of hers are about 6 collapsed chicken coops that were in a fire a few years ago and haven’t had chickens in them for at least 10 years. There are a ton of leaves all over the entire property.

Just the other night my husband and I were about to go to bed when he went outside for a cigarette. I did my thing and got into bed very quietly, trying not to wake the baby (who sleeps in our room). My husband comes in a few minutes later whispering, ‘Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god’ and shaking. He then tells me that he could hear KIDS LAUGHING and hushing each other in the woods behind the coops. This was at 11:30 on a Monday. Spring Break for the entire county isn’t until next week. [Our landlord’s TV was not on, all of her lights were off and he didn’t hear any leaves moving/crunching.]  Our kids are the only ones around and they are both sleeping.

I didn’t believe him at first, then he proceeded to wake up our two year old son (which any parent knows you DON’T DO) and bring him, his mattress and his white noise machine in our room to sleep for the night. He also locked all of the windows and doors before getting into bed.

Fuck that shit.”

By: YouMean_FIGURATIVELY (What creepy story have you never been
able fully to explain?

“I was about 7 years old at the time, and shared a room with my sister in the bottom part of my…

“I was about 7 years old at the time, and shared a room with my sister in the bottom part of my house. It was big and had a spiral stair case in the corner of it. Well one night I was sleeping, but abruptly woke to that feeling of being watched. Being young I called for my sister to find comfort, but nothing came out.

I rolled over from facing the wall, and looked around to see who was watching me. This was a big mistake. It wasn’t a someone looking at me, it was a dark misty shadow figure. It wasn’t the figure that scared me, it was the vibe it pushed off. I don’t know how to explain it except it was an overwhelming dark that smothered me and made it hard to breathe.

It didn’t have a face, but it was zoned in on me. The figure moved towards me, and in that moment(being young and dumb) I covered my face with my blanket. That’s when I noticed how cold it was. You know how when you breathe under a blanket it heats up really fast and it’s hard to breathe, well that’s not how it was.

When I finally got the courage to look out again, it was still there. But then it just slid into the ground, like melting snow.

The next day I thought it was just a dream, and for a long while I did believe that it was. But then when I was 12 I was on the top floor of my house in my hallway, and I had the same feeling of being watched. I turned ready to confront my fear, and to prove to myself once and for all that it was a dream.

I had no such luck, and have forever regretted that one action of mine. In my bathroom right in front of the sink I saw the figure again. I had a feeling that it recognized me, and I knew it knew I recognized it too. We just both just stood there, and then it walked towards me, I just stared it down and once it approached the door it stopped and I felt that same cold again. And then it melted into the floor again. I haven’t seen it since, and hope I never do either.”

By: halliebear (What is the most
mysterious/paranormal thing you’ve witnessed?

“When I was 11 years old, my older brother and I shared a room. He was a senior in high school at…

“When I was 11 years old, my older brother and I shared a room. He was a senior in high school at the time and was out at parties on most weekends. One particular night, I woke up around 2:30 in the morning when I heard some rustling in his bed and assumed he was just getting home from a party. It sounded like he was rolling over in his bed. I hadn’t heard his car pull up or the dogs bark, so it struck me as a little strange that rustling would wake me up. It made me feel slightly uncomfortable for some reason. This went on for about thirty seconds before I finally opened my eyes to take a look. 

I couldn’t see him explicitly, but there was something definitely under his blankets that looked like a person and it was just rolling over and over. I watched it for about a minute longer before I started to get freaked out. I called his name loudly and told him to shut up and get to sleep already. He didn’t answer. After another 30 seconds or so, I got out of bed and threw a shoe at the thing under the blankets. It didn’t stop so I called his name again and threw another shoe. It still didn’t respond, which freaked me out, so I wrapped myself under my blankets and tried to make myself fall asleep. I definitively remember listening to whatever it was for at least another 30 minutes and hoping I wouldn’t hear it get out of the other bed and just trying to make myself. 

When I woke up the next morning, his bed was perfectly made with the shoes placed perfectly on his pillow. When I asked my mom where my brother was the next morning, she told me that he had stayed at a party. It sounds cheesy and fake, but I’ll never forget how scared I was and it still freaks me out to think about.”

By: tomschof (What is the most
mysterious/paranormal thing you’ve witnessed?

“This happened several years ago, even talking about it now gives me the heebie-jeebies.I woke up in…

“This happened several years ago, even talking about it now gives me the heebie-jeebies.

I woke up in the middle of the night, instantly wide awake. My room is bordered on one side by the garage and the other by the kitchen, so sometimes an odd noise or two will wake me up. I tried to figure out why I would suddenly wake up, but nothing sounded out of the ordinary, so I rolled over to go back to sleep; only to see something standing in my doorway out of the corner of my eye. (I always sleep with my bedroom door closed)

My gut reaction was fear, but I also thought it might just be my mom checking on me in the middle of the night. So I sat up to get a better look (and ask what she wanted) and holy shit, to this day I wish I would have just ignored it and gone straight back to sleep. Whatever it was standing in the doorway was definitely not human.

The door was wide open and the doorway was filled with a massive, tall, dark entity. It was standing halfway in and halfway out of my room, looking for all the world like it had been caught in the act of opening the door and coming into my room. Only the shadowy-mass was taller than the doorframe, so its head and shoulders had come straight through the wall above the door. It stood there and it was staring at me.

I knew I was in trouble right away. Right to my core. A lot of people talk about seeing ‘shadow people’ and being able to tell if they had ‘good’ or ‘bad’ intentions, but this was something else. Whatever this thing was it was powerful, dangerous, and utterly indifferent towards me. I knew that it could kill me right then and that there would be nothing I could do about it.

We stared at each other and I basically prepared myself to die right then and there. It started to move towards me, but just as suddenly, the ominous air in the room changed and the threat it had been emitting faded and changed into something fiercely protective. It stared at me a bit longer and I lay back down and watched it turn and leave, closing the door behind itself, it seemed like it was willing me to go back to sleep. I fell back asleep within a minute, feeling like I dodged a bullet but unable to resist the odd sensation of calm and safety that was suddenly enveloping me.

Woke up in the morning with complete clarity about the event, glad to be alive. It’s been years and I still think about this encounter frequently. I feel that the encounter is the closest I’ve ever come to dying, and I don’t think I’ll see whatever it was again.

Afterwards, I looked up various explanations for the phenomena but nothing fits it properly. It wasn’t a shadow person and it wasn’t a night terror. I lucid dream frequently and this was NO dream. I was definitely awake, I was moving during the encounter, and I went back to sleep afterwards. I can’t explain it.

That wasn’t my only supernatural experience, but it was by far the scariest and most serious.”

By: NeonHazard (Have you ever had an unexplained or paranormal experience?)

“… Back in what I would say was about 97-99, me and my family lived in a small neighborhood….

“… Back in what I would say was about 97-99, me and my family lived in a small neighborhood. So my brother was exploring the woods as he did all the time when he saw two figures wearing large black robes that didn’t make contact with the ground. Where they were walking was a pretty steep hill really steep and they just went over it with no problem. That’s when my brother noticed they were somehow floating. After seeing this my brother screamed at them trying to talk with them. They didn’t respond. So he followed them for a bit, from a distance. They stopped and looked at his direction and well being a little kid he ran like hell to his friends house and told them what he saw. They went outside to see but they were gone. 

A few weeks or months later we were watching the news and there was some reported sighting of the things fitting my brother description. Thing is the sighting were in Mexico close to South America.”

By: [deleted] (Have you ever had an unexplained or paranormal experience?)

“As far as haunted houses go, mine is pretty intense. We have had several experiences over several…

“As far as haunted houses go, mine is pretty intense. We have had several experiences over several years, but this one is my favorite.

I walk in from the garage door with my brother and sister. There is a door to your left when you come in that is the downstairs bathroom that leads to a bedroom. My bedroom. We are all talking and coming through the door, everything normal, when the bathroom door SLAMS shut. The lights come on in the bathroom and you heard a woman’s voice yell ‘OUT’. At first I believe it is my sister and we must have walked in on her when she was using the bathroom. I go around the house to the other door to the bedroom and enter. Lights out. Window locked from the inside.

I go to check the other door leading to the bathroom. Locked as well. You can hear the sweeping motion of feet as well as a shadow pacing the floor. I use a coat hanger to unlock the door after screaming for whoever it was to answer and that I was armed (I believe I had a large metal rod).

I turn the knob. Open the door. A huge wave of cold air floods the room from the bathroom. No one was there. My sister was at a friend’s house. The house was completely empty and locked up tight.

An elderly woman passed away in the house in the late 1970’s. My room was her room because it was handicap accessible.”

By: CaptainRealObvious (Have you ever had an unexplained or
paranormal experience?