In a recent AskReddit thread, Reddit user nwhitey12 asked, "What is the creepiest thing that has ever happened to you?" And Redditors from all over the world responded with some truly chilling tales. Starting with this creepy story from Peemster99:
"When I was in my early 20s...I started getting hangup calls from someone...After a few months of sporadic calls, someone showed up outside of my window at around 2 AM and started blasting a tape recording of me saying, "Hello...? Hello....?" then drove off."
On the bright side, at least the calls weren't coming from inside the house!
Redditor singlebuttaken told a story about her 2-year-old son wanting to call his grandmother.
"One weeknight, he wakes up around 11pm crying about his grandmother ...saying he wants to call her. I tell him we can't call her because she's sleeping, just like he should be. It took a while and I had to let him stay in my bed, but I got him back to sleep by promising we would call her at 7am when we wake up for school. My alarm goes off at 7am, he immediately gets up and asks to call grandma. We do... aunt answers the phone. Apparently, grandma was in a work-related accident at about 11pm the night before, and had only just gotten home from the hospital about an hour before, so she was sleeping."
How did he know something was wrong? Are he and his grandma secretly twins?
In third grade, TheTaylorSomebody was heading to the principal's office because she was told someone was picking her up from school...
"I get about halfway to the office and my teacher comes up behind me screaming at the top of her lungs to get back in the classroom NOW! ... She immediately slammed the door shut behind me and locked it, then flipped the lights off. I'm so very, very confused. The classroom phone was lying on her desk instead of being hung up on the wall. She whispers into the phone that I'm officially back in the room and in lockdown. Then an announcement over the schools intercom informs the entire school that they need to be in lockdown and that all students need to RUN back to the classrooms. Queue [sic] silent panic.....long story short. Some random guy tried to dismiss me from school to kidnap me. We don't know who he was or anything about him."
If this doesn't freak you out, not much else will.
Ssramsey513 talked about walking around the woods in the middle of the night at age 13.
"I got to the edge of the forest...and I immediately noticed a really tall lanky man walking around the perimeter...I watched him walk off till i couldn't see him anymore and made for the forest path which is lit up by really dim orange overhead lights. Started walking...when i saw the same dude from before like 30 feet away standing under the light. Total movie shit, couldn't see his face really or anything. We both just stood there for a second and he said in a super calm voice, 'I never asked for much.' I turned around and started to run and looked back and he was stepping into the trees."
New dad woolyboy76 talked about checking the baby monitor in the middle of the night.
"I clicked the button that turns on the video image, and what I saw scared me like nothing ever before. My baby boy was gone. Now, I know that instincts should have made me run right into the baby's room. Instead, I froze. I looked over, and my wife was sleeping next to me. Finally, I moved. But not to run into the other room, like I should have done. Instead, I turned up the volume on the baby monitor.
"I heard another woman's voice singing a lullaby. I'm not kidding. Another woman was singing to my baby in a very soft, gentle and melodic voice. I don't remember what song it was, something like 'Go to sleep, little baby.' Finally, my freeze broke. I jumped up, ran through the hallway and burst into my boy's room.
"He was sound asleep in his crib. No woman. No singing. Turns out, the monitor was picking up my next-door neighbors' monitor. They had just bought the video monitor for their own newborn (on our recommendation)."
This is why you should never, under any circumstances, give advice to your neighbors.
"Staying at a small lodge...no kids allowed. Woke up in the middle of the night because I heard kids running up and down the hall. Looked out there and nothing. Chalked it up to my imagination. Next morning got up and...three other people had heard it too. Then a staff member overheard us talking and told us that the lodge was actually built where a house...had burned down many many years ago...and there had been a little girl who had died. I've never gotten goose bumps so bad." – start_again
Don't you hate it when your vacation is ruined because your lodge is haunted by ghost children?
While working at a hotel, Serotoninmonkey said a manager was checking rooms at night, when she found that one of the functions rooms was unlocked. When she walked in, it was completely dark. She turned on the light.
"In the middle of the room, in the pitch dark is an older woman, slightly disheveled and crazy hair (Think bag lady) just staring at her. Now this woman has obviously come into the hotel much earlier in the day, or she would have been noticed as she walked past reception, [so she] stood in there in the dark for a good few hours. [The manager] tells her to leave, she just stares daggers at her and walks out without saying a word."
That's almost as scary as checking into a hotel that doesn't have free Wi-Fi.
B52Bombsell said, "I was 11 and with my stepdad and sibs at the Y pool. I was tired of swimming, went into the locker room to change and then went into the lobby, where the waiting area overlooked the pool. I was standing at the big window watching my fam when I decided I was going to play a game and pretend I was deaf and mute. A few minutes later, this guy walked up and started talking to me. I didn't even acknowledge him, just pretended I couldn't hear him and didn't answer. He asked if I wanted McDonald's. I ignored him, staring straight ahead. He kept asking me questions, like who was I with, did I live close by.. I just kept playing my game. Finally he just walked away. Sometimes I wonder if I wasn't 'pretending,' would he have kidnapped me?"
This proves that pretending isn't just something to do for fun. It can also save your life.
Herefornsfl said, "I had a sleep paralysis a few days ago. I had both visual and auditory hallucinations, I saw a shadow person sitting right on my chest and talking to me in a very inhuman low-pitched voice, I couldn't get a single word. Whole experience lasted about 20 seconds but I couldn't sleep for the rest of the night."
The best way to get rid of shadow people? Turn on a light!
For more answers to the question "What is the creepiest thing that has ever happened to you?" check out the Reddit thread.