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Night Owls Describe The Scariest Things That Happened While Everyone Else Was Asleep

Updated February 4, 2020 45.2k views20 items

Some people like to rise early in the morning, watch the sunrise, and greet the day head-on with a hopeful attitude. Others prefer to stay awake long into the night, bask in the silence of a sleeping world, and only rest when the first rays of sunshine peek over the horizon. But sometimes, the darkness of night can hide frightening secrets. 

The night owls of Reddit congregated to share their scariest late-night experiences, and some may make you reconsider pulling that all-nighter while the rest of the house is lost in dreamland. 

  • They Saw A Skeletal Face In Their TV Static

    From Redditor /u/apurplepeep:

    I was a babysitter in my teens, and would often stay up until parents came home, which was usually from around 11 pm even up to 4 am. I'd stay up and watch TV, and oftentimes that'd be local channels, which get f*cking weird in the tiny hours... they'd basically put interstitial things in [instead of commercials], bits of music videos or weird local access sh*t.

    Now, the strongest channel was channel 8, and so if your tuner was sh*tty, you'd pick up "ghosts" of it on channels 9 and 7, though thankfully channel 7 never had much on it, and 9 was the same as 10, so you'd never really notice or have to worry about it. I learned channel 9 wasn't just 10 stretched across two frequences but [was] actually a mirror of it, so that 9 would go "offline" at about midnight, while 10 kept airing.

    So one night, the kids are in bed, I'm sitting in the living room quietly watching whatever is on channel 9, and the program finally ends. But instead of it just cutting to black or loud beeping on a blue background like the higher channels did when they went offline, it cut to fuzz... but superimposed onto this fuzz was a skeletal face that kept shaking, back and forth, like a "no" gesture. There was no audio, just the face as it shook back and forth with no noise.

    It was frightening, and so I scrambled to the TV to change it back to literally any other channel, and by sheer bad luck, I chose to click it down to 8... Something had glitched on channel 8's broadcast, wherein a woman with her hair pulled back and very heavy, smoky makeup was being interviewed, but the footage hwas looping about 4 frames, over and over and over, going "and, and, and, and, and, and-" in the middle of her turning her head. She wasn't a skeleton, she just had an expression showing her teeth and such heavy makeup that the ghost of it on channel 9 made her look like a skeletal face. Though, seeing it, it was still f*cking horrifying in a way I can't explain...

    Then the channel I was on let out a loud, peiricing beep... and ALL the power went off. The TV blinked off, the ktichen lights turned off, everything, even the clocks and the microwave, the fridge, everything. You could hear the electricity dissipate in a "whheewww..." noise as it all [went] down. The house had very big windows, so as soon as my vision adjusted I realized that the power was completely gone from miles around, no street lights, no cars, absolutely nothing...

    The power was enirely off for another hour, [until] I saw lights from the parents' car [turning into] the driveway, [which was] the first artifical light I had seen for an entire f*cking hour. They came in and were glad everyone was okay... there had been a fire at the power station that incidentally was right beside the broadcasting station.

  • They Heard An Eerie Female Voice In The Hall

    From Redditor /u/Pennyponyboy:

    Got a house share going on right now, and every one of the lads has heard a female voice in a particular hall. Thing is, [none of] us has brought a girl home in months... We have all just assumed one of us have got lucky. We've taken the cats to bed, so it can't be them... And our neighbours don't get back [until] January.

    We are not as afraid of her as we once were, but there is definitely a voice coming from somewhere in the house... And we can all agree she starts by humming, although no one has made out many of the words. I've heard her four times now, and I am 90% sure she is not speaking Portuguese, English, or Spanish.

  • They Were Interrupted By A Pair Of Ghostly Legs

    From Redditor /u/Beeboopdedoop:

    I was sitting in the living room facing the stairs to my bedroom. I was watching a movie and saw legs coming down the stairs with black suit pants and really shiny black shoes. They stopped coming down the stairs, and all I could see was up to their knees. They turned toward me for a few seconds and then slowly went back up the stairs. I was home alone with my three dogs.

    The next morning, [I] checked the cameras to make sure I didn't dream it, and you can see myself and my three dogs staring at the stairs as the legs come down the stairs and then go back up.

  • A Ventriloquist Dummy Asked Them For A Favor

    From Redditor /u/HeckingWeeb:

    "Will you please take this bag off my head?" says a voice in the corner of my room at about 2 am. I am alone on the third floor of my Grandmother's mansion, save for her asleep on the first floor. In the corner of my room, I know ther is a ventriloquist dummy in a bag that I covered because of how creepy it looks. I just went back to bed.