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Terrified People Describe Their Real Life Ghost Encounters

Updated October 8, 2019 16.2k votes 4.5k voters 262.1k views15 items

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Encounters with the paranormal don't just happen in books and movies, as these real ghost stories shared by Reddit users can attest. Perhaps you're a skeptic when it comes to the supernatural, but after reading these tales of hauntings, ghost encounters, and strange, creepy occurrences, you might become a believer - or if not, you'll at least read some great spooky stories.
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    Uncle Joe

    "My brother Joel was killed in an ATV accident a little over four years ago. My daughter has just turned three. She kept waking up in the middle of the night and coming into my room. When I would take her back to bed and ask her why she was getting up, she would reply, 'The guy in my room.' She would always point to the corner that her dresser was in, and swore there was a 'guy in her room.' Tt wasnt long after that that she was always talking about Uncle Joe...shes never met him.....really weird!"
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    Halloween Nightmare

    "When I was about 12 years old I had a dream shortly before Halloween. In the dream I was out trick-or-treating on Halloween night. I was in this overgrown woodsy area in my neighborhood running away from a house a couple of blocks away from where I lived. I realized that I was running from the ghost of a woman when I saw her come flying toward me. I woke up in a cold sweat. That December I found out that the house that I had been running from in the dream belonged to an older woman. She lived alone and didn't have any family in the area. A friend of my mother's was delivering Christmas cookies and found her dead in the house. They estimated that she had been there since about August. I don't actually believe in ghosts, but it was very strange."
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  • 11

    Trish Is in It

    "On the night my mother died, at about 7pm her VERY old grandfather (about 99) was getting ready for bed in a nursing home about 200 miles away. He was just about to get into bed when he stopped and said he couldnt because 'Trish was in it' and sat patiently in his bedside chair. At about ten past seven he smiled and said, "She's gone now" and got into bed. This was witnessed by an aunt.

    I wonder if, when people die, they dont give out some kind of final communication? I was with my mum as she died but she didnt speak to me though, so who knows?"

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    The Weirdness

    "We moved to our new house in 1970 when I was five. The weirdness started pretty much straight away. The first night we were there my dad's watch (a typical 1970's stainless steel brick of a thing) which he always put on his bedside table was found in the morning to be completely dismantled, like someone had taken a lump hammer to it. Even the main spring had been stretched out. All 18" from my sleeping dad's head.

    Over the next 40 years we have had all kinds of weirdness, from sudden temperature drops and cold spots (which moved, I regularly had to move my bed around every month or so) which were so extreme I can remember my breath condensing in June. One evening we came home and found the hatch to the attic ajar (it was never opened normally) and there were muddy paw prints all around it. On the ceiling. We didn't have a dog.

    We have an antique clock which apparently hadn't worked since before I was born and was kept as a sort of ornament. The hands on the clock would change time when you weren't looking at it, literally. It would be on say 6:45, you would look away, then look back, and it would be 3:30.

    I remember a perfect circle of thunder flies on the ceiling over my bed which just sort of evaporated, and we were forever hearing people or furniture moving around in rooms we knew were empty.

    I was five when we moved there and the oldest of three kids. Although none of us would ever sleep with the light off I don't ever remember being scared. Looking back, I remember us talking about the ghost almost like an irritating, eccentric relative. After we had extensive work done on the house in the early eighties the ghost settled down a bit and there was less weirdness.

    The last time it made it's presence felt was about five years ago. My dad was away and my bro was popping in to check that all was well. As always, he went through the house turning the lights on before he went into a room and then off as he left. Eventually he was back at the front door about to leave, switched the light off (it was dark out) and as the hallway went dark someone gave a breathy gasp right in his ear. After he had got control of himself (and stopped accelerating) he had to go back and shut the front door...

    For the record I am an atheist who regularly has 'seen' ghosts throughout my life. I don't believe in the undead or in restless spirits or new age hoodoo. I have no idea what caused the weirdness in my house... Oh and one last thing. When I was about 20 (I'm 46 now FWIW) I met a woman completely randomly who had lived in the same house in the mid-sixties who told me she remembers it as a warm and friendly place with no weirdness of any sort."

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