There are two kinds of people in the world: The kind that appreciate a good ghost story, and the kind that don't. Then again, the kind of people that don't like ghost stories might have had a few ghostly experiences of their own — in other words, ghosts are all fun and games until they actually happen to you.
Below are some chilling ghost stories told firsthand by the people that experienced them, and they are so bizarre, it's hard to believe they could be made up. Turn on all the lights and start reading: #17 will scare you to your core.
#1. This woman saw her cousin in her aunt's home — but there was something more insidious going on.
“I was about 9 years old when I was walking down some stairs in my aunts house where they have a mirror hanging on a wall at the end of the stairs so you could see behind you as you walk down. Well I saw my cousin behind me so I turned around & yelled ‘Louie’ but he disappeared so I ran back up the stairs looking for him in every room. I couldn’t find him so I run downstairs & ask my aunt if she’s seen him & she got mad & told me it wasn’t funny & then she finally realized that I wasn’t lying that I saw him & she broke into tears wanting to know everything he said. Later I found out he passed away recently & no one told me yet so I freaked out especially because I spent the night in his old room. His dog ‘wrinkles’ still barks at his chair as if someone is sitting there.” – Sharon J.
#2. This baby's bath time turned terrifying, but they didn't realize it until they got the photo developed.
“Over 10 yrs ago was bathing my grandchild in sink and felt like someone trying to help me . I could feel something fighting my moves and it was becoming difficult to handle the baby. At the same time I was colder than I ever have been. When the pictures came back that my daughter took of us there looks as if there are arms, skeletal in appearance, in the water with us!!” – Jennie S.
#3. This home was possessed, and only the toddler knew it.
“…When my oldest son was about 2 1/2 we were walking around our neighborhood and stopped at a house that was for sale. We talked about looking into it, and asked our son what he thought about the house. He said he didn’t like it because the grandma killed the little boy in the attic. He freaked us out, we went back home. I cannot look at that house the same way anymore. He will be 8 in 14 days.” – Stephanie H.
#4. What would you do if you saw something like this coming toward you in your hallway?
“A few years ago, I was home alone at night time. I was watching tv in the living room when I heard the doorbell ring. Whenever I hear the doorbell ring, especially, when I’m home alone I am cautious to answer it. I walk up to the peephole without turning on the porch light (so they don’t know if anyone is actually home or not) and look through. It’s really dark but I can see a small figure (more like, black blob, idk it’s definite shape and had to be around 3-4 feet) doing like a dancing motion. Dipping down and oscillating its “arms” outward. Think of a person moving their arms like wings gracefully. It was dark outside but this figure was more opaque so I could see this going on. After a few seconds I stopped looking through the peephole because it was too freaky to look at. I regained some courage and looked back through and whatever it was was gone. To this day I still don’t know what that was and I get freaked out thinking about it.” – Reddit user buzzlightbeer27
#5. This person believes that she saw the devil himself.
“I was 4 and I saw the devil in our driveway. I used to climb up on our mantel and there was a window that looked out onto the drive. For years after i wouldn’t go to that end of the mantel. The reason I think it was real is he looked like an evil man until I got to his feet. They were hooves. At 4 I would have had no way of knowing what that meant. My childhood home is in close proximity to an old cemetery and an alley behind us has a big house where a woman committed suicide. It was always creepy!” – Barb B.