13 People Describe Their Most Horrifying Real Life Experiences

Have you ever had a paranormal experience? Or even just something really creepy and unexplainable happen to you? Think about it, there’s probably been at least one goose bump-inducing moment in your lifetime that still scares the hell out of you.

In the spirit of Halloween and all things spooky, Reddit asked its users about their most terrifying real life occurrences and their disturbing responses just might keep you from sleeping tonight. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

1. If we were heylookitsatyler‘s mom, we would have been pissed TF off.

I was outside playing with friends one afternoon…we were around 9 or 10. We lived in a quiet area. As we were playing, we noticed a man in a truck drive by over and over again. Each time he passed my friends yard, he would drive slowly. We then realized that this man was recording us with one of those old hand held recorders. It freaked us out.

We ran inside their house and called his mom. She told them they needed to stay inside and that I should go home. I tried explaining that my mom wasn’t home at the moment..but she still made me leave. I lived about a mile or two down the road. I’ve never ran so fast in my life. I was terrified that man was going to find me as I was running back home.

When my mom found out what happened…she was super pissed off my friends mom hadn’t allowed me to stay at their house until she could come pick me up.

2. LenyAK, nope hell no.

This was back when I was a little kid in east Europe. My cousin and I were walking through the woods, we were maybe 8 – 9 years old. It was more like a large urban forest, big enough to get lost in. Suddenly we saw a man standing in the bushes, he was wearing nothing but tighty-whities, dress shoes and a watch and had his back toward us. We kind of just froze there, staring at him. He must’ve heard the rustling behind him and slowly turned around. He had the creepiest smile on his face and started slowly moving toward us while making a beckoning motion with his finger.

I remember being frozen with fear for a few moments before turning around to look at my cousin, who was no longer there. I could only see his heels flashing in the distance as he was running away. Of course I followed immediately and I don’t think I’ve ever ran that fast before or since.

3. Faux_F0X may have had a lingering ghost on their hands.

Went to my aunt and uncles house one family vacation about 10 years ago. We drove from South Texas to some small town in Missouri, can’t remember the name, we arrived there at 1am. Family consisted of myself, 2 younger sisters, mother, father. Most of the family was hungry from the long drive and wanted to see if a McDonald’s was open. I was tired from the long car ride and wanted to stay at the house. Mom said one of my sisters would be staying as well. I settle down into the living room watching TV, slightly dozing off. I can remember hearing pitter patter down the hallway and assumed my sister was just running around, she’d been eating sugary snacks the whole way up.

I get a call from my mom asking what I wanted to eat and in the background can hear both my sisters arguing. I hear a giggle somewhat behind me stand straight up and look around, nothing. I ask my mom if my sister ended up going with them, which she confirmed.

I stood in the corner of the room till everyone got back.

4. mstibbs13‘s tale sounds like a horrifying movie scene.

I was around 11 years old and I woke up in the middle of the night to a man straddled on top of me with his hand over my mouth and nose. He told me to roll over and not scream. I rolled onto the floor and tried to scream bloody murder ( I say tried cause when you are truly terrified it can take a second to find your voice) my mom heard me screaming and came in and fought with the guy, he was at least 6′ she was 5’3″ and scared him enough with the fighting and screaming that he took off out the window he had come in through. Never did catch him.

5. We can’t even fathom the nightmares Marattmor probably has.

When I was a kid and lived in my old apartment my mom befriended the downstairs neighbor and would often invite her over for coffee and tea because she was always so lonely. A few weeks went by without hearing from her so we both go downstairs and knock on the door, it was like a movie where when you knock the door slowly crept open as if it had been this way for a while. We walked inside and found her in the bathtub covered in blood and the smell was disgusting. Apparently the lady’s girlfriend left her and she couldn’t handle the pain. My moms way of comforting me was “don’t worry, mark. She was our friend so she won’t haunt us” gee thanks mom.

6. Thank god dcel8‘s train arrived just in the nick of time.

This happened recently, it was midnight, I was at the train station waiting for my train to arrive, and there was this really tall guy walking my way carrying a suit case, as he came closer I noticed he was struggling to carry the suitcase as it looked rather heavy and oddly enough it was leaking some sort of liquid, not water, but it seemed more thicker.

As this guy approaches he orders me to take the bag, the tone of his voice was a little aggressive and he didn’t sound sober, taking a closer look at him, I noticed his covered in dirt up to his face and cuts on his forearms, I said ‘sorry’, struck for words I started to walk away, my train starts to arrive and the guy follows me saying things I couldn’t quite understand, I hop on the train, door shuts, he is outside pointing at me yelling more gibberish, train slowly departs and suddenly punches the window in frustration with his eyes locked on me, relieved im on the train, fellow commuters looking at me puzzled with all the commotion of me and that guy. Creeped me out.

7. GR_Ben may never be able to shake that image away.

I was recently at a hockey game. It was Ferris State vs Michigan Tech, and before the game a ref fell on the ice without his helmet and cracked his head open and basically was bleeding out right in front of us. He didn’t die there but he died in the hospital later, but just watching a guy bleed out with nothing I could do was very disturbing and I can picture it in my mind still.

8. nessag‘s family may not believe them, but we know what happened.

When I was a teenager I was home alone one weekend and I was sleeping in my parent’s room since there was a TV in there. Sometime around 2am I felt like I was being stared at, from the direction of the hallway. I looked up and I saw a shadow person looking at me. It was weird because it was a pure man-shaped black mass and I could see him in the dark hallway, I’m guessing light from the tv helped. I sat up and stared back but I was terrified. We looked at each other for probably 5 seconds and then it turned and walked down the hall, a few seconds later I heard a loud crash. I was so scared I turned the tv to the Disney channel and stayed awake for as long as possible.

When I woke up the next morning I walked down the hall to the bathroom and that’s when I noticed a mirror that was hanging and fallen off the wall and was shattered. My family still doesn’t believe me but I know what happened.

9. Looks like ConsumptiveMaryJane, should’ve taken that stranger’s warning more seriously.

When I was seven years old, I was walking to my babysitter’s house all by myself. She only lived a block from the schoolyard, I’d done it all the time.

This car pulls up beside me on the road, and the driver keeps gesturing to me to come closer and shouting ‘Come here. COME HERE!’ I’m frozen on the sidewalk and shaking my head ‘no’ while my knuckles turn white clinging to my backpack.

All he says before driving off is ‘Stay away from Christina.’ And then I never saw him again.

Christina was one of my on again/off again friends in grade school, along with another girl who alternated between hating me and being buddy-buddy. I had completely forgotten about it after a while, and went on being on again/off again with both of them.

In fifth grade, the other girl invited me to the pop machine in the back hall at lunch. Cool, okay. Quality time with a girl I’ve known since I was a baby. Sure. We get back to the classroom and Christina tells me that people were playing with my lunch and hid my stuff, but she was ‘nice enough’ to bring it back for me. I started drinking the pop I’d brought for lunch and something was really off. I spit it out and ran for the water fountain to rinse my mouth out.

Turns out, Christina and her sister had topped up my drink with Lysol. If I’d drank much more I probably would’ve been stupidly sick. The police were called, and a restraining order was put on both of them. It was delightfully ineffective however, because the school was so small there was no separate class to put them in. They got three and four day suspensions.

I have no idea if the two events are related, who that man was, or how he knew how bad Christina was at the time. But that memory sticks with me to this day.

10. PumpkinLatte should probably have called SVU.

When I was 11 I was home alone and received a phone call. A woman who sounded about 55 called and just started making friendly conversation. Talked about how I was watching Brady Bunch, etc. Throughout the conversation she asked where I lived, how old I was, where my parents were, my interests, etc. She seemed extremely interested in my life and I felt comfortable speaking with her about these private details. She even thought I was a girl (pre pubescent voice).

I got bored and hung up on her after 15 minutes (ADHD).

Years later it occurred to me that she was most likely a child predator. Thinking about it now, the way she was speaking was extremely creepy.

11. Though unsettling, CaptainFireball45‘s experience is kind of sweet.

I was at my mother’s funeral sitting down while somebody was giving a eulogy. All of a sudden it got cold and I turned to see a bunch of leaves flying around my mother’s urn. Later that night my Dad and I were driving back to the Hotel we were staying at. On the way, I just felt nothing but chills going down my spine. We arrived at the Hotel and when I got into the room, I went over to shut the window shades but something caught my eye and I looked down at the parking lot down below. It was a faint white figure that looked very much like my mom and it just smiled and vanished.

12. EasyMeeow‘s day was off to a very disturbing start.

I found a body behind a bench on my morning walk, pretty traumatizing but he only had a heart attack and was old with heart disease Wasn’t a fun experience.

13. rowingpostal had not one, but two terrifying elephant encounters.

In one day I had 2 close calls with elephants. First while on safari our guide stopped in a clearing. As I was getting out he freaked out and told us to get back in the car. As we do an elephant bursts into view trumpeting and charging. The truck fails to turn over once. Twice. Third time was not the charm. And finally on the 4th attempt it turns over and we tear our of there. Turns out we had parked between mama and her calf.

We spend the rest of the day laughing about it because what else can you do, until on the path to our camp we come across a drunk bull elephant (there is a tree that has a really sugary fruit. Elephants have learned to knock the fruit down and let it ferment for who knows how long so they can come back eat it and get blasted) Anyway we then spend about 3 hours getting false charged by a bull elephant and we couldn’t move. because if we moved he would have known we were not a strange green rock but something smashable. And we couldn’t just hit the gas because the truck wasn’t very fast in reverse.

It was a long day for everyone. I especially felt bad for our guide because that safari was his first one back on the job. He had been out for 2 years because he had been charged by and elephant and caught a tusk in his side. shudders

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