We all enjoy time alone now and again. However, what happens when that moment of solitude is interrupted by sudden sounds or movement out of the corner of your eye—or even something worse? Is it real, or just the mind playing tricks? That’s up to each of us to decide on our own. Here are some creepy solo encounters that made these people go from peaceful to paralyzed with fear.
1. I Thought We We Were Sunk
My brother and I were home from school because we were sick. We had a craft room in our mostly unfinished basement. We were down there playing with miniatures. At around noon, we heard the front door unlock, open, close, and someone walk across the foyer to the kitchen and turn on the sink. They then turned off the sink and went up the stairs to the second floor.
My mom went white as a ghost. I figured it was my stepdad and called my mom to let her know he came home for lunch. What I didn’t know was, she had just gotten off the phone with my stepdad, and he was in his office at work. She called him back, and he came ripping home while we hid in the basement. Although we never heard the person come back down the stairs, we didn’t find anyone in the house.
2. Midnight Mob
It was around 2 AM, and I had to take my dog out to go to the bathroom. As I was standing out in the yard, I noticed there was a really big dude walking down the sidewalk towards my house. The guy looked over at me and screamed, “Hey! Come over here, right now.” He sounded really angry, and I was definitely not about to go over to him.
I locked myself in the house and watched him from inside. I prayed he would just leave, but this nightmare was just beginning. He was pacing back and forth on the sidewalk, just staring at my house and looking really mad. As I was watching him, two cars pulled up to the curb. A bunch of people got out and joined him to stare angrily at my house. I was very confused at this point because I didn’t have any enemies, and I wasn’t sure what all these people wanted with me.
The guy who originally screamed at me started walking toward my house and yelled, “I said come over here! Right now!” At that moment, the motion-activated light on my porch went on, and I could see a giant goofy-looking dog sitting on my porch. The dog sprinted away when the light went on, and the big dude went chasing him up the street.
The people got back in the cars and chased after the dog as well. As it turned out, the big goofy dog was their family pet, and it had escaped from their house. It saw me in the yard with my dog and was running towards me to play. The big dude was just yelling at his dog, not me. The other people were his family members trying to help catch the dog. I saw him walking down the street a few days later and introduced myself. Both the dog and the man were very friendly. It was a happy ending to an initially creepy situation.
3. I Was Completely Baaffled
I was living in the annex of an old farmhouse that was built around the 1700s, so it was very old and creepy to begin with. I went outside for a smoke at around 1 AM. The house was in the middle of nowhere. It was pitch black out, and there was no one else around for miles. Suddenly, a sound cut through the silence. It was a man’s cough. I looked around but couldn’t see anyone.
Everyone else was asleep, and all the lights were off in the house. I wandered over to the hedges and trees, a little worried I was disturbing someone trying to rob the place but couldn’t really see anything since it was so dark. I thought it was a better idea to just go back inside, lock the door and turn on some lights to ward anyone off.
Then, I heard another cough, this time, close by. It was followed by the crunching of twigs at the base of a tree and the sound of feet coming towards me. I fumbled for my phone and turned the flashlight on, practically running backward at this point. Apparently, a sheep had escaped the field and was munching on the lawn when I disturbed it. Who knew they cough like an adult man.
4. Something Made My Mountain Dog Mad
I had a giant Bernese mountain dog. The thing was the least aggressive animal I had ever met and never barked. I was home alone one night when I was about ten years old and heard a dog barking up a storm. Since my dog never barked, I figured it couldn’t be mine and didn’t think much of it—until I saw him at the sliding glass door.
All his hair was on end, barking his head off. I let him in, and he physically shoved me back and stood between me and the door. It was the five of the scariest minutes of my life. He just growled and barked the whole time. He wouldn’t let me anywhere near the door. Then, like a light, he just turned around, licked me, and laid down. I have no earthly clue what was out there.
5. My Angel Was Harping On Something
My family and I lived in a two-story house with a semi-open floor plan downstairs. My kids were at school, and my husband was at work, so I was home alone. I was sitting on the couch in the family room with my daughter’s cat, Angel. She was sleeping on the cushion to my left while I was working on my laptop facing the front door.
The house is quiet, with no TV or music on. Angel suddenly sat up and looked over towards the door. She jumped off the couch and sat down in the middle of the foyer. She looked up and over her shoulder towards the top of the stairs. I couldn’t see the stairs because I was in the family room. She very slowly started to move her head as if she was tracking someone walking down the stairs.
She did this all the way down until she was looking directly at the front door. I was sitting on the couch, frozen, afraid to breathe. There was not a sound in the house. About ten seconds later, she started moving her head again, tracking someone walking back up the stairs. She was quiet the whole time and didn’t meow.
Her only movement was her head following whatever it was that only she could see. She followed it all the way up and sat there for a few more seconds. She then came back over, jumped up on the couch next to me, and went back to sleep. I didn’t move from that couch until it was time for me to leave and pick up my kids from school.
6. Rude Awakening
One day, a guy popped his head in my bedroom door, looked at me, and quickly left when he saw me. It was dark, so I assumed that it was one of my housemates. I was more concerned that they didn’t knock before entering than anything else. That is until I got up and realized that the house was empty and there was nobody at home.
7. Creepy Crawlers
Once when I was 13 years old, I was watching Arachnophobia on Halloween. I went to bed but was a little nervous because of the movie. So, I decided to shake out my bedspread. I found a solid three-inch wolf spider sitting like a giant mint on my pillow. I slept in the bathtub that night. I don’t know why I felt safe there, but I did.
8. Saved By The Beast
I was home alone with my dog. I went to bed fine, but when I woke up, my dog was sitting by the door that led into my house from the garage, staring at it intensely. The door was open. Someone had broken in while I was asleep. My dog likely saved me from being hurt or seriously robbed. I had officers drive by my house at night for a week until my parents came back home.
9. Fever Fright
I was sick and had fallen asleep on the couch and woke up around midnight. As I was lying there trying to motivate myself to walk the two flights of stairs to bed, I heard a slight creak from the front porch. I didn’t think much of it, as we get opossums and raccoons on the porch from time to time. But then I heard a sound that sent a chill down my spine. The doorknob to the front door started turning.
They were turning it slowly, probably just to see if it was locked. Since I was sick, I questioned if what I heard was real or if I was just feverish and hearing stuff. I checked the curtains to the window, looking out on the porch. The blinds were down, and the curtains were fully closed. Then I heard light footsteps, and the knob turned again.
I thought about trying to peek through the curtains and blinds but decided I didn’t want to tip off any visitor to my presence. I checked to make sure all other first-floor windows had the blinds/curtains closed. I waited another ten minutes and thought, forget it. I went to bed. I figured any attempt at a break-in would be heard, and I would deal with it then. Nothing further happened again that night.
10. Hippity Hoppity Horror
I was about ten years old, and it was the night before Easter. During the night, I woke up and saw a toddler-sized silhouette of a bunny rabbit on its hind legs in my doorway. I immediately pulled the blankets over my head because I was freaking out. After convincing myself I was safe, I peeked out again. The silhouette had disappeared from the doorway and was now at the edge of my bed.
I was convinced I was going to die that night. I immediately retreated back to my safe haven under the protective force field of my blankets. I must have been under there for at least 30 minutes before I peeked out again. I was scared that it would be next to my face staring at me eye to eye. To my surprise, it found itself in the doorway again, just standing there.
I must have watched it all night and refused to look away until I passed out. I remember waking up the next morning, still fearful of opening my eyes and seeing what might be standing there. It turned out my mom set up a giant inflatable bunny that could stay up on its feet, hopeful that it would surprise us on Easter morning.
However, it had the exact opposite effect. I had nightmares for months, even years after. To this day, she still has no explanation for how it got to my bed because she had only put it in the doorway and left it there. It still boggles my mind. Maybe the Easter Bunny is real after all.
11. The Old Tenant
I was downstairs and the only one awake in the house. My wife was asleep upstairs in our room and my daughter in hers. All the doors were closed. Any sounds from the upstairs rooms were usually very muffled. I got up from the couch to fill my water cup and heard a very distinct, very loud male cough and throat clearing from the landing upstairs.
It was followed by the sound of footsteps moving across the upstairs hall. I immediately turned ice cold. With goosebumps covering my body, I ran upstairs. I found my daughter asleep in her room, my wife asleep in ours. There was nothing in the office or bathroom upstairs. There was an attic door, but it was latched from the outside. I even checked the basement for good measure, and there was nothing there.
A few years before we bought the house, the previous owner’s husband died upstairs. I don’t believe in ghosts, but we had a few weird incidents up there since moving in, mostly involving my daughter seeing someone who wasn’t there. I attributed it to a 2-year-old’s imagination, but who knows. His widow said he was a great-grandfather, and my daughter is in the room his granddaughter slept in.
12. I Dodged A Bullet
I was living on my own with my dog. I was gaming on my computer but got hungry, so I got up to make dinner. A few minutes in, when I was making some bratwurst, I heard two quick, loud cracks from my gaming room followed by a louder one after a couple more seconds. Thinking that my dog had gotten onto my desk, I rushed to the room.
I saw that the window that I sat in front of, where my computer was, now had three holes through it. My heart sank as I saw two shells lodged in my wall and one stuck in my desk chair where I was just sitting. If I didn’t have a craving for bratwurst, I would have had a stray bullet through my heart.
13. I Wasn’t Horsing Around
When I was 17, I was house-sitting at a small ranch about 45 minutes from my parents’ house. I went out to the barn and checked on the horses for the night and made sure they were all good. As I headed back into the house, I saw someone I didn’t know inside. I was the only one that was supposed to be in there, so I freaked. I ran back to the barn and grabbed the shotgun that was kept there.
I knew how to handle one since I had been shooting and hunting since I was 9. I went back to the house and found the stranger on the back porch. He raised his hands, and after some words and proof, it turned out he was the owner’s brother who had come into town on business. He was trying to surprise him. He knew the garage code, so he let himself in and was walking around the house looking for someone.
14. Communication Breakdown
I was a 21-year-old female staying alone at my family’s mountain cabin. It was in the middle of the week, and the other cabins in the area were empty. Around midnight, I saw headlights from a car coming up the driveway. I wasn’t expecting anyone, so I ran and hid. I went upstairs to look through a window, very carefully from a dark room, so I would be difficult to spot. I saw three strange men standing outside. They were banging on the door.
I’ve never been so scared! Luckily they didn’t try to break in, but I did not feel safe and could not sleep that night. It turned out that they were carpenters coming to work on the cabin as they had done several times before. My dad forgot to tell me they were coming and forgot to tell them that I was there. They had an agreement to stay in the cabin while working on it, but instead, they had to spend the first night in their car.
15. My Dog Was Cornered
My ordinarily docile golden retriever ran down to the basement of the house my wife and I were renting, and he started barking at an empty corner. The walls were cinder block; the floor was thick poured concrete. There was no discernible explanation. He was growling ferociously, and his back was hackled. I had to carry him upstairs and shut the door to keep him from running back to that spot. He had never done anything like that before or in the years since. It was really weird.
16. Who Was That Man?
There was a random man knocking on my parent’s front door repeatedly and asking me, by name, to open it. I looked through the peephole and saw a man that I didn’t know standing right in front of the door, looking right into the peephole. I remember he had some gray hair but was balding and was wearing a brown flannel.
He kept asking for me and banging on the door. Being a scared kid, I ran away from the door and called my mom crying. By the time my parents got home, the guy was gone. It’s been years since it happened, and my parents just recently told me that it was probably my great-uncle, who I have never met, looking for someone to borrow money from.
17. I Almost Got Smoked
Years ago, a stranger smelled weed outside of my apartment and knocked on my door. They asked if they could join me and smoke. I apologized and said no. Later that night, I left to go out. When I came home, my air conditioner had been knocked in, and there were signs that someone had tried to force entry into my apartment.
18. There Was Nothing Comforting About This
I was awoken in the middle of the night to something pulling on my comforter at the foot of my bed. I looked down and saw this three or four-foot shadow figure trying to climb onto my bed. I thought I was done for. I flipped on the light and found my 15-pound dog trying to drag my 4-foot teddy bear onto my bed. It was terrifying at the moment, but now I find it hilarious.
19. I Was Shaking In The Shower
I was working as a hostess during college and had a customer who was hanging around outside my work after an altercation with me. I lived close by, so you could see my house front door from my work front door. My boss let me sneak out the back door and sent someone to talk to the customer to distract them, so I could get home discreetly.
I went home and stayed upstairs for a few hours, with the doors locked and the curtains drawn. I was going to be home alone for the weekend and was nervous. My coworkers texted me that the customer eventually had to be removed by law enforcement. After I had calmed down, I decided to shower. While in the shower, there were a series of loud bangs and stomping sounds in my house.
I was paralyzed in fear. I thought that the customer had obviously seen me come home and had come back to find me. Then the front door slammed, and the house was quiet. I got out of the shower, shaking, and got dressed before opening the bathroom door. The house was fine, and I was alone, but the door was unlocked. A month or so later, my roommate informed me they had come home early that weekend to get travel supplies, hence the banging. That was the longest weekend of my life.
20. He Passed The Babysitter Test
I was alone with a teenage babysitter when a strange man just walked in the front door where we were playing and looked surprised to see us there. I remember the man claiming to be a pizza delivery driver and asking us if we had ordered a pizza. My babysitter was quick to react and asked him why he had just walked into the house and asked where the pizza was.
The guy said it was in his car and that he would go get it. My babysitter closed and locked the door behind him, and shortly afterward, there was a loud knock at the door. This time a large shirtless man was standing outside, also claiming to be a pizza delivery guy. There was still no pizza. My babysitter wasn’t having any of it and yelled through the door to tell the man he was calling the authorities.
Thankfully the two guys got back in their car and drove away. I remember my babysitter being frustrated with the dispatcher because they thought he was saying he was afraid of a pizza delivery person. It left us all with a lingering uncomfortable feeling, concerned that the two guys might return. My parents got an alarm system after that incident.
21. I Was Knocked Out Of Bed
I had just moved to Maui. I always had my bedroom window open at night with the fan blowing. There was a screen on the window, but I could see out perfectly. I lived on the second floor, and you could just walk right by my window. At about 3 AM, I heard someone saying something outside and saw a figure just standing there staring.
My girlfriend, who was lying next to me, was asleep. I nudged her slightly, and she woke up. I saw the silhouette move toward my front door, and then I heard a knocking. I rolled off the bed to stay low and then closed my window. I got up and looked through the peephole and saw two people—a man and one woman who were saying something like they needed to call for help.
My girlfriend and I debated letting them in but instead just stayed quiet. We were in a big apartment complex right across from the beach. They kept knocking for 5-10 minutes, then finally left. Two days later, I was reading the local paper. That’s when the chilling truth came out. On the front page was a story about two people knocking on doors saying they needed to call for help. They would get in and rob the place. Two people were hurt, and one died. They finally caught them, and the mugshots were of the people who were knocking on my door.
22. I Was Uber Scared
My parents were out and had left us kids at home. We were 13, 11, 9, and 6 at the time. Some cabbie pulled into our driveway. We figured he was turning around because people did that all the time. However, he got out and started trying all the doors. He even went around back and tried the sliding glass door. We hid in one of the bedrooms and called our parents. They called the cab company, who said that no one had been dispatched to our house.
23. His Goal Was To Spook Me
When I was about 11 or 12, I was home alone when a really creepy-sounding dude called my house and asked where my dad was. Like an idiot, I told him he wasn’t home. The guy’s response was to start laughing and then tell someone else, “He says he’s not home.” The dude in the background started creepily laughing creepily as well, and then the line went dead. I ended up grabbing two hockey sticks and waiting by the front door until my parents returned. It was terrifying and weird.
24. In The Shrill Of The Night
One cool summer night, my wife and I were sleeping with the windows open. I was a very light sleeper, while she was a heavy one. Around 3 AM, I heard this bloody ax-murdering shriek. My eyes shot open instantly. Being ripped from a deep sleep, I had an out-of-body experience. My brain was trying to focus and process what my ears had just heard.
It was so loud that even my wife woke up. I heard it again, this time, closer. I pulled up the external cameras and saw a family of foxes playing in my yard. The screaming continued for a good half an hour before a cruiser came by and popped a quick siren to scare them off. Apparently, that’s what foxes sound like.
25. I Wanted To Fly Out Of There
I came home from work one day and walked into the kitchen. I noticed black dots on the dining room window and drapes. I walked over to check it out and saw 30 or so flies. They weren’t flying around or moving much at all. The window was open about an inch or so, but there were no tears in the screen or any other gap that they could have gotten in through.
The windows in the rest of the house were all closed as well. There were no flies in the other rooms of the house, just on that window. I had even taken the trash out that morning, so they didn’t come from there. It reminded me of The Amityville Horror. I blasted them all with bug spray, and that was that, and it hasn’t happened since.
26. Dazed And Confused
A few years ago, I went to sleep one Sunday evening and lost two full days. I woke up in a cold sweat, screaming for my fiancé, but he wasn’t there. I thought it was still Sunday night. It was actually late Tuesday evening or very early Wednesday morning. I called my fiancé, frantic, asking where he was. His response made my blood run cold. He told me he had left for his work trip out of town—at 5 AM Monday morning.
I must have gotten up to use the bathroom and take care of the animals because I hadn’t soiled myself, and the dogs hadn’t gone in the house either. However, I have zero recollection of those missed days. I was terrified to go back to sleep while I was home alone for that week, and it’s never happened again.
27. Between The Sheets
I lived in an apartment by myself. Every once in a while, when I would be about to fall asleep, I would feel a weight next to me as if someone else had gotten into the bed with me. At the time, I was dating a woman who would sleep over from time to time, but I had never mentioned this to her. While she was over, I had to leave one night due to a family emergency. I told her it was okay if she slept at my place and that I would be back the next day.
When I got home that morning, she told me, “The weirdest thing happened last night. As I was falling asleep, I thought you had come home and gotten into bed with me because I definitely felt someone get into bed on the other side. But when I opened my eyes, you weren’t here.” It completely freaked me out.
28. I Had To Sit This One Out
When I was 11 or 12 years old, I had a PC and was playing with WordArt. At around noon, a chair from the kitchen table suddenly started to shake violently. No one else was around. I ran out to the front yard and waited for my mom to come home an hour later. To this day, I still don’t know why the chair was moving like that. It never happened again.
29. Sudden Changes
My family had gone on a trip. Since I had to return to campus, I stayed behind and was home alone. One afternoon, I was in my room, behind a door I locked obsessively, when the stereo came on deafeningly loud. For about an hour, David Bowie played at such a high volume that I couldn’t hear anything else. After it stopped, I stayed in my room, petrified, for hours.
This was before Bluetooth technology, and the stereo was from the 80s, so there was no remote. Either someone was in the house with me, or it was the weirdest glitch ever. We checked with several family members with keys who might have stopped by, but everyone denied being there, and there were no signs of any entry at all. At least the music was really good.
30. There Was A Silly Explanation
I was in bed, almost asleep, when I heard someone knocking on my bedroom window. At the time, my bedroom was on the second floor, and there was an overhang beneath the window. I was then wide awake, terrified that someone was watching me and my phone was dead. So, I did the most logical thing—I looked at the window. There was my cat, sitting on the window ledge, scratching herself. Her little paw kept hitting the window and made the knocking sound.
31. Mind Over Matter
I woke up in the middle of the night to something patting my legs and massaging them. I thought it was my cat but then realized we hadn’t had a cat for years. I sat up and looked down at my legs, but nothing was there, and it was STILL happening. I just said out loud, “This isn’t happening.” I turned over in bed, pulled the covers over my head, and fell back to sleep.
32. Party Pooper
One night, when I was in college, I was alone in the house while my roommates were back home. We had a front door but rarely used it and mostly just used the side door on the other side of the house. It was pretty late, and I went outside to smoke before going to bed. I was pacing around the house and found my way to the front.
As it was dark outside, our entryway was pitch black. I happened to turn around and saw some strange guy standing by our doorway. I almost jumped out of my skin. Furious, I asked him what he was doing there. He was angry at us for throwing parties and then asked for our names. I told him to get lost before I called the authorities, and he left. Luckily, I never saw him again.
My bedroom window faced the backyard. One day, I heard a bunch of thrashing around the tree right outside and then men’s voices. I was home alone and scared to no end. I crept to the dining room to look out of a bigger window and saw a big truck with lights on in the alley and the silhouettes of two men in my yard.
So I opened the window and called out to ask if everything was ok. They apologized and said their dog had run through my yard. I realized the thrashing I heard first was the dog and wished them luck on finding it. I gave them some tips on where the dog might have gone based on the neighborhood layout. Luckily, that was it.
34. Things That Go Thump In The Night
I was standing in the kitchen talking on the phone when I heard a thumping on the floor under my feet. There was no way into the area under the floor, and there was a cinderblock wall between the basement and the hollow space. The thumping happened again. It was as if someone was hitting the ceiling with their fists below me.
The lights flickered, and the picture on the television jumped up and down. I ran to the living room and jumped onto the couch, and buried my head under the blanket. When my parents pulled into the driveway, everything stopped, and it never happened again.
35. Stranger In The Night
I had just gotten home at about 2 AM. I was puffing away in my car before stepping inside, as I always did. I was parked in the driveway and scrolling through my phone when I noticed someone walk past my car. It was weird, but I didn’t think anything of it. Then l I looked up and saw a man standing directly behind my car just staring in my direction.
I panicked and froze. He was yelling for someone. I thought if I just ignored him, he would go away, which I thought he did. I finally felt safe enough to make my way in, when this man popped up IN FRONT of my car and slapped against it. I drove off and called the authorities. They found him passed out on my neighbor’s patio. It’s still not funny.
36. I Couldn’t Unlock This Mystery
I was home alone. I don’t usually latch my room door, but I did. I then dozed off for a bit and woke up like 20 mins later and found my door WIDE OPEN. I thought that maybe I hadn’t latched it properly, so I made sure to do so. I got lost watching a movie. I got up to get some water and saw that my door was wide open AGAIN.
I got so freaked out I just screamed out loud. I heard the pattering of footsteps and ran after them. However, it couldn’t have been anyone because the main door was locked, all the windows were shut, and there was NO ONE in the house. I spent an hour and a half searching and found nothing. It still creeps the heck out of me.
37. Blinded By Fear
When I was about 12 or 13 years old, we lived on a ranch about 25 minutes from town, with my only neighbors being my grandparents, who were very old. One day, my parents were visiting my sister at university, and my brother was in town visiting his girlfriend, so I was home alone. I was sitting in my room chilling when I heard a heavy creak on one of the steps outside.
I paused my video and stared at my window that had the blinds closed. I ignored the sound and kept watching YouTube. A minute later, I heard three more HEAVY steps. I sprang out of bed and into the hallway while calling my mom. I frantically explained the situation, and she asked me, “Are the dogs even barking?” They weren’t, so I let out a sigh of relief and hung up the phone. That was a mistake…
The SECOND I ended the call with my mom, the dogs started barking, baring teeth, hair standing up and all. I wanted to get something to defend myself, but that required me to run across the main room, which was all windows. I didn’t want to see what was out there or for them to see me. I ran to my room and grabbed a blade. I called my brother and told him to get home immediately. My dogs barked for another few seconds, and then they stopped. I never found out what was behind the blinds because I was too scared to look.
38. Movie Night Madness
I was alone watching a horror movie on TV. It was a bit dark, so I had switched on the light in the living room. As soon as it got to a part where the ghost was attacking the main character, that light turned off, but the movie was still playing. It turned out the bulb burned out. I ruled it out as a crazy coincidence, but I was seriously creeped out.
39. No One Home
I went shopping. When I got home, I shouted to my brother that I was back home, and I very clearly heard him say, “Ok.” His response wasn’t loud, but I heard him. After I put most of the groceries away, I called him again to ask what he wanted me to do with the food he asked for. He didn’t answer. I thought he hadn’t heard me, so I went upstairs. He wasn’t there. To this day, I have no idea who replied when I shouted up. All the windows were closed, and there’s no way anyone could have left without me seeing or hearing them.
40. The Nightmare Next Door
I shared a wall with a family on one side and a middle-aged couple on the other. I woke one morning at around 5 AM to the sound of a woman screaming at the top of her lungs and some loud thumps that lasted around 20 seconds. Then it was completely silent. It happened so fast that I wasn’t sure where the noise had come from or if it was even real.
I thought about calling the authorities or investigating, but after 15 minutes of silence, I fell back asleep. But it got even freakier the next day. As I got home from work, I saw the middle-aged couple getting home. The woman had a cast on her leg and a cast on her arm and visible bruises on her face. Her husband was helping her up the stairs. I asked what had happened, and her husband said she had had a work accident.
41. I Got My Bells Jingled
I was house sitting once when I started hearing something outside. Being in an unfamiliar setting, I was primed to be freaked out. My dog was going crazy, so I grabbed my gun and went to the front door, where I heard the noises. I opened the door. There I was shirtless with my 1911 in hand. It was Christmas Carolers. I felt like an idiot.
42. It Left Me Scratching My Head
It was late at night. I was home alone with my bedroom door closed. All of a sudden, there was a loud scratching and shaking at the bedroom door. It was as if something was trying to claw its way through the door. It lasted for about 20 seconds. To this day, I still have no idea what that was, but it scared the daylights out of me.
43. The Mirror Had Two Faces
I was home from school having lunch. I was sitting on the couch, deciding whether it was worth going back. I looked up at a mirror that was hanging on the wall behind the TV and saw a woman in a lacy, white dress standing behind me, looking me in the eye. She was standing right in front of the table in the other room. I whipped my head around hard enough to hear my neck pop, but there was nothing. I stared into that room for the next two hours until my mom got home.
44. I Was Caught In The Headlights
I was 13 years old and home alone. I lived out in the country, so there were no street lights, and our house had a pretty long driveway. It was around 9 PM, and I was in the living room. I looked out the window and saw headlights sitting in the street, but I couldn’t make out the vehicle. Then, I noticed a man walking on my driveway with a flashlight.
I freaked out and called my mom. She told me to call the authorities. A sheriff’s officer came to my house. When I opened the door, he was looking at the ground with a smirk on his face. I looked down and saw a package. It was the UPS guy. Since it was a week before Christmas, I guess they were behind on deliveries, which is why he was out so late.
45. Kitty Cry
I was in bed watching The Walking Dead with my cat, who was curled up asleep on my feet. Suddenly, she lifted her head and stared intently into the pitch-black hallway, and started growling. Growling! I had never heard her make that noise before and still don’t know why she did it, but I have never watched that show again.
46. Fright In The Attic
I was home alone with my sister and brother. We had a door to the attic on the ceiling that you would have to push up to open. We were sitting in the living room and heard the door to the attic open and then close. We all walked over to it. After a few seconds of staring at it, it flew open. We all screamed and ran outside. My mom pulled into the driveway a few minutes later and was confused to see us all sitting outside. We checked the attic after that, and there was no one there.
47. I Was Screaming
I was lying on the couch watching TV late one night. Suddenly, I heard a tapping on the glass. I brushed it off, only to have it happen again about a minute or so later. I turned to look out our sliding glass back door, which had always given me the creeps. What I saw there made me scream. I saw someone standing outside wearing a Scream costume. My mind started racing as to who it might be. However, I wasn’t about to go outside and find out!
They slinked away into the darkness before I found my nerve. It turned out my 70-year-old grandma decided to scare the daylights out of me.
48. The Ax-idental Stranger
When I was young, I used to live in a house on top of a mountain in the middle of the woods. My dad had built the house when he was 17, and it had no hot running water or electricity. Every night was lit by candles and every day held endless exploration in the woods. It was great. The biggest downside was that we had an outhouse.
My dad was out of town for a week on a business trip, so it was just my mom and me. It was around eight or nine at night. Candles were lit, and we were reading together on the couch next to the fire when there was a knock on the door. The front door was sliding glass so that you could see out, but people could also see in. Against the dark, there was the silhouette of a man with an ax.
My mom shoved me into my boots and coat and stationed me by the back door. She said, “If I scream, run and don’t stop running.” The look of fear is still engraved in my memory. I had my hand on the latch and was freaking out because my hands were tiny, and the door latch was big. It was hard to open during the best of times.
I wasn’t sure that I could get it open. She opened the sliding glass door. The man with the ax said, “I’m here to deliver your firewood!” Apparently, my dad had hired him to bring a couple of cords to the house. It didn’t cross his mind how creepy showing up at night, unannounced, with an ax would be.
49. It Was Lights Out
I was around 13 or 14 years old. My parents had friends over, and all the adults went somewhere. Because the adults left, I was stuck with watching three dogs, which was pretty easy. I let them out when they went to the door, checked their water, etc. Since it was around Christmas, we had these fake glass candles on the windows that were plugged in for decoration.
Around midnight, I was lying on the couch with the dogs watching YouTube when they started getting all weird and started staring at the door. Every few minutes, they would get up and start barking frantically at it. It freaked me out—and it was only going to get worse. I looked out the windows to see if someone was in the yard but didn’t see anyone, so I thought it was an animal.
They kept doing it. I was getting aggravated, so I just kept yelling at them each time. After the sixth round of barking, I got up to pull them away from the door when the candle on the window was suddenly thrown across the room, breaking the glass. Then the power shut off after it was yanked. The dogs started barking more, so I immediately booked it upstairs.
I slammed the door shut with the dogs behind me. I called and messaged the adults, but they weren’t responding. The dogs were staring at my door all night, but nothing else happened. I fell asleep, and my parents yelled at me for the broken candle the next morning when they got back. I still don’t know what happened that night, but I was terrified.
50. Turn Up The Volume
My stereo turned itself on at 4 AM one morning. There was a talk show on, but from my bedroom upstairs, the volume was too low to realize that. Therefore, I thought people were in my living room talking while they were trying to rob me as I slept. About 10 minutes later, a commercial I recognized played, so I realized it was just the radio.