Graveyard Shift

People Describe The Scariest Thing That's Ever Happened To Them At 3AM

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Vote up the most unnerving things real people faced at 3 am.

The witching hour, commonly thought to occur at 3 am, is the time of night when anything is possible. It’s believed that the veil between realities is thin at 3 am, and even if you disregard the superstition as dime-store hokum, you can probably still admit strange things happen late into the night. 

Almost everyone has experienced something strange late at night, whether you’re startled awake or already up, but these 3 am encounters shared on Reddit are far beyond unexplained noises; they’re absolutely terrifying. Whether it's a visit from beyond or a jarring earthly encounter, these stories will make you want to check your locks if you’re reading them before you go to bed. 

  • 1
    2,360 VOTES

    A Man Tried To Break In

    From Redditor /u/FusRoDoodles:

    My dog was going ballistic at our side door. I yelled for her to come to me, but she refused to leave it and kept barking, which was really unusual behavior for her. As I come down the steps, I see a big dude standing on the other side of the door, fiddling with the knob, and trying to get in. My heart stopped. I asked what he wanted, and he paused and looked at me surprised, as though he hadn't realized I could see him (I wouldn't have been able to if I hadn't been on the steps). He said he was looking for somebody. I tried to sound hard and said I already called the cops. He called me a b*tch and turned and ran off into the night.

    What scared me the most was he knew I was awake, and he knew the dog was in there, and he still tried to come in. That only tells me he had a plan for dealing with us, or was crazy enough to not care.

  • 2
    2,253 VOTES

    Someone In Their Basement Got A Phone Call

    From Redditor /u/gil_beard:

    I was starting to fall asleep on my couch some time after 2:30 am when I heard a cell phone go off in my basement. It was one of those old Nokia ringtones. I live alone. 

    I froze in place on couch and didn’t really know what to do. I wondered if I had just imagined it since I was in that half-awake/half-asleep state but I'm sure I heard it. The next day, I went down there with a flashlight and my handgun to scope it out. The only reason I ever have to go into my basement is to relight the furnace. There is a door down there that leads outside to the street, and I live right next to a highway. The only thing I can think of is that someone snuck in through the door and left.

  • 3
    2,048 VOTES

    They Both Experienced The Same Hallucination

    From Redditor /u/cloudynoir:

    I fell asleep next to a guy. I woke up after an intense episode of sleep paralysis with a weird dream/hallucination of this demon girl crawling across me. The guy next to me looked peaceful, so I didn’t wake him. The next morning he described the EXACT same dream along with sleep paralysis. I never told him I had the same dream, too f*cking weird.

  • 4
    1,651 VOTES

    There Was An Old Woman In The Doorway

    From Redditor /u/JarJarB

    When I was about five or six, I woke up and saw an old woman standing in the doorway of my bedroom. She didn’t say anything, just looked at me silently and stood there, but I was filled with the most horrible sense of dread I’ve ever felt in my life. I was absolutely terrified of this woman, and I hid under my covers and would peek out every few minutes to see if she was there. After what felt like hours (but was probably only like 15 minutes), she was gone when I looked. I ran into my parents' room crying, and my dad searched my room and the rest of the house but didn’t find anyone. I slept with them for the rest of the night. I never did find a good explanation for what I saw, but a lot of other weird things happened in that house before we moved a few years later. Scariest thing I’ve ever seen to this day.