People Confess The Scariest Things They've Seen On Nighttime Walks
Photo: I Know What You Did Last Summer / Columbia Pictures

People Confess The Scariest Things They've Seen On Nighttime Walks

Voting Rules
Vote up the nighttime sights that would make you barricade yourself indoors.

Not all starlit walks are peaceful. These Redditors discuss the scariest things they came across or saw while on a nighttime walk through a neighborhood.

  • 1
    375 VOTES

    They Heard An Ominous Voice

    From Redditor u/dammitarlene:

    Over 25 years ago, I was walking in a park at night. It was pitch black in this park, no lighting, other than the moon and the stars on a beautiful autumn night. I couldn’t see very well, but I knew the area and was walking along the road, which ran parallel to a small river. The moonlight would bounce of the water, and all you would hear is the trickle from the slow-running river and slight breeze in the trees. I loved those walks.

    That was until the one night, in the dead silence and pitch black, I distinctly hear a man's voice out of the woods say very clearly, "Young girls shouldn’t go walking alone in the woods at night." I FROZE. I looked in the direction of the voice and couldn’t see a d*mn thing. I RAN HOME.

    That was the last evening walk I took in that park.

    375 votes
  • 2
    384 VOTES

    They Narrowly Avoided Disaster

    From Redditor u/komanokami:

    Helped a couple who claimed the woman got robbed on New Year's Eve. She appeared drunk and very nervous. I called the cops, who told me they were too busy and that the couple should come to the police station the day after. So I offered to walk with them and helped the woman to walk (with her arms around my neck and her - I assumed - boyfriend's).

    We head off to the inner city, where it's not well lit, a lot of dark alleys (in France, by the way, if that matters). The dude kept checking his phone, the woman was more nervous by the minute. At some point, the guy stops and goes away for a phone call, near a dark alley...

    Then the girl snaps, grabs my arm, looks at me in the eyes with no drunk signs anymore, and tells me, "Go, don't question it, just go and don't look back, go where there's light and people, we shouldn't do this."

    I was shocked, so I leave, and the dude asked me why I was leaving, so I said I had to hurry home. He started coming toward me quickly... The woman just grabbed his arm and screamed at me, "Please, please go away quickly!"

    384 votes
  • 3
    323 VOTES

    They Were Chased By A Creeping Truck

    From Redditor u/mattyb584:

    One time, I was walking around my relatively safe neighborhood with two of my friends after midnight (we were probably 16 at the time). This loud red truck speeds by us, which is normal for the road we were on. Then a few minutes later, the same red truck drives by the opposite way going much slower. Just a couple of minutes later, he drives by again but this time stops 100 or so feet away from us and just sits there.

    Realizing that this is not normal, we booked it through the yard to the next street over. For the next 20 or so minutes, we see this truck creeping up and down the neighborhood while we hid behind some bushes, and when we finally thought he was gone, we booked it to my house. He turned the corner onto my road just as we were about to open my front door.

    323 votes
  • 4
    309 VOTES

    They Stumbled Upon A Body

    From Redditor u/Marmoticon:

    Was out for a late walk in the rain - always enjoy it because it's peaceful, smells great, quiet, and never see anyone. Walked off this trail back into the road and saw a big pile of garbage under a tarp at the end of the cul-de-sac the trail ends in... I got a creepy chill like, "That could be a dead body or something, and I'd never know." I just got a weird feeling that snapped me out of my calm walk. Picked up the pace.

    About 500 yards away was a parked car with a guy sitting there in the dark in the rain at like 11 pm-ish... Car off, just sitting there. Got super creeped out at this point and changed my route back to the main road and hurried home.

    Turns out, it was a dead body someone had dumped under that tarp... It was under there for four days before someone investigated it. The guy in the car turned out to be just a random dude... He lives there and was totally unrelated to the body.

    Still, took a few months off from my late-night walks alone in the woods.

    309 votes
  • 5
    319 VOTES

    They Were Nearly Kidnapped

    From Redditor u/real_sadboi:

    I almost got kidnapped near a train station. Some dude drove up to me hella quick and insisted that I was some "missing Canadian child" and that he'd "take me home."

    Coincidentally, a motorcycle cop happened to drive by, and immediately pulled over after I waved him down. He approached the guy in the car very aggressively and told him off.

    The cop didn't arrest the guy or anything (the guy apparently told the cop the same "I thought he was a missing child" story), but he did walk me over to the train station and stayed with me until the train actually arrived.

    319 votes
  • 6
    272 VOTES

    They Witnessed A Kidnapping

    From Redditor u/kinetochore21:

    Almost 100% sure I witnessed a kidnapping. I was going to get my mail late at night while living in an apartment complex, and on the way back, I noticed a woman in her pajamas surrounded by a few men right by a car. There was an argument and looked like they forced her in the car and drove off... 

    I found her slipper nearby on the grass. I of course called the police... They came, and I let them know what I saw, but I never found out what actually happened.

    272 votes