Haunted houses are a dime a dozen. Most spawn from urban legends or some old folklore that every town has a variation of telling. Most roll their eyes when they are told about some of the tales of suspense and horror but what if the stories were true?
Presented below are 15 stories of things that go bump in the night. Scary monsters in the closet or under the bed may take on a whole new meaning after you consume this list of terror.
“Come Over Here”
There is nothing inherently frightening about a friendly game of hide-and-go seek. Unless of course, you are one particular boy and his friend. The two boys, around age 8 at the time, were playing the classic activity when one boy couldn’t find the other. After searching high and low for him, he figured he went outside. The seeker went out in pitch blackness to find his friend when he heard his friend calling from a shadowy area. “Come over here.” the voice said. Being all of eight, the boy was naturally frightened and said, “No, you come over here”. This went on for a few turns and the voice got noticeably angry and yelled in a deep demonic voice, “You come over here!” The boy, terrified, went inside where he saw his friend sitting on the sofa. He asked him how he got inside so fast but the boy had never left the house.
The girl who lived in the wall
Back in the 50s, a couple bought their first home and within the first year, gave birth to a son. As the boy grew up, he would begin to talk about a girl who lived in the walls. His parents had always heard noises but just chalked it up to house settling and the like. The boy said that the girl’s name was Tracy and she would often wake him up in the middle of the night. Sometimes she scared him but not often. Eventually, the couple had a daughter and renovated the house so they switched rooms. The daughter would cry every night when she was in the boy’s old room until they switched everything back. Eventually, the father got a job with a different company and they sold that house. About a week after they moved, a neighbor called the mother to say she thought she saw their daughter in their window waving but then remembered that they had moved.
A woman was sleeping with her fiancee at his mother’s house when she woke up in the middle of the night. She had a feeling of being watched and she looked at the foot of the bed and standing in front of her fiancee was a shadowed figure, standing tall and featureless. She figured she must be dreaming and rolled over to go back to sleep then she saw her fiancee’s face. he was frozen in fear staring directly at the shadow. Before she could say anything, her fiancee popped up and the shadow disappeared. The couple began to talk and apparently, everyone in his family had seen the figure that they simply called “The Shadow”.
One preteen girl had an eerie experience in her bedroom one evening. Her bed was positioned between a bay window so that while she slept, she could look out of three windows. This particular night, she was wide awake and was looking through one of the windows when she heard 7 distinct knocks coming specifically from that window. She bolted downstairs and slept on the couch that evening.
The basement door
Haunted houses tend to get a bad rap with all the killing and all. Sometimes there are instances where spirits and the living can coexist. One little girl recollects that when she was growing up, the door to their basement would open by itself. Not the simple crack when another door is closed due to the rush of air, but open fully. When she was learning how to walk, her parents told her that her father went down into the basement and said, “I have a little girl who is learning to walk so if you have to open the door, you need to close it. And sure enough, after that, when the door opened, it closed almost immediately.
The woman in the wedding dress
Another little girl used to go with her mom to visit her aunt. Between the ages of 6-8, she naturally got bored and went up to the second floor. With little else to do, the girl would play with the curtains. she’d get under them, twirl around and then walk out of them dizzily. The problem with this is that the curtains were directly above the stairs and without a proper grasp of her faculties, the girl was in serious danger. After the third or fourth time of doing it, she came dangerously close to falling down the stairs. Before she could, however, she felt a hand pull at her hard enough to stop her from walking and another hand pulled the curtains away. She turned to presumably see her mother or aunt but no one was there. The girl went screaming downstairs and her aunt told her of the woman who had died just before her wedding and was often seen in the second story of her house.
One gentleman got an eerie sense after taking a shower. He goes into the bathroom and locks the door from the inside, the only way to lock this particular door. He does so out of habit. after sprawling his dirty and clean clothes on the floor into distinct piles, he gets in the shower. After a quick five minute shower, he gets out to find his clothes folded nicely on the floor with the door still locked from the inside.
The baby monitor
A man was watching his daughter sleep in her room via the baby monitor one night. The only thing on the screen was the crib containing his sweet bundle of joy. He saw a hand reach over his daughter and gently poke her. He ran into her room to find only his daughter soundly asleep. He lived with some extended family and woke each of them up to ask if they had gone into his daughter’s room and none of them knew anything about it. The instance has not been repeated since.
One day, while moving into a new house, a man found his old Polaroid camera. He decided to take a picture of his son, about six at the time and taking a nap. He goes into his room, the boy was in bed turned away from his father. Dad snapped the pic and quietly closed the door. A second later, the boy was crying in the bathroom which was across the hall. He was complaining of being sick. The father knew there was no way for him to have gotten from his bedroom to the bathroom without passing the father by. Once he got his son situated, he looked at the photograph that had developed. It was a picture of his son facing him but blurred and red from the bottom of the face down. The man showed his wife and they kept the picture in a box. They later moved from the house as one of the basement walls collapsed and it was unsafe to live there.
One afternoon, a boy was playing with his sister in the attic. He says that his sister suggested he hang outside of the window. Once the boy’s father found him hanging outside a third story window, he shouted for him to get back inside. The father pulled him in and asked him why he did it. The boy replied that his sister suggested it. The father told him that his sister had been with their mother for the last hour and he even passed them both on his way to get the boy inside.
Whispers in the night
One mother awoke to hear her baby crying. she was immediately soothed to hear her husband whispering to her baby, “It’s okay. mommy will be here soon.” somewhat annoyed that the father was waiting for the mother to calm the baby down while her husband was already there, the mother sat up. Then the mother looked over and saw her husband fast asleep. The woman darted up and ran to her baby’s room to find her baby lying in her crib smiling.
Two large knocks
One boy regularly stayed with his grandparents in their huge house with a walk in attic. The boy was petrified of the attic especially at night. Naturally, the room he stayed in was past the attic door. To make matters worse, the house was in the middle of nowhere in the country. One night, the boy decided that he was going to overcome his fear of the dark. He sat up and said, “If anything’s there, please tell me.” Almost instantly there were two loud knocks on his bedroom door. He never asked again.
Red haired woman
One little girl was taking a bath when a red haired woman dressed in black.came in and started talking to her. the woman complimented her toys and told her to be careful in the water then just disappeared. When the girl told her mother about the encounter, the mother freaked out thinking someone broke into the house to spy on her daughter. The mother told her sister what had happened and the sister went white. She had witnessed the red haired woman in the same house when she was a teenager.
A man and his friend went to go check on the friend’s grandmother’s dog, Jake. Usually, a friendly German Shepard who met everyone at the door, today, Jake was nowhere to be found. The men went into the house and called to see if anyone was there and were only met with the sound of footsteps. Thinking the house was potentially being robbed, the men went to investigate and heard more footsteps and a bell. On occasion, the dog wore a bell around his neck which settled the men but then they saw the bell hanging from the doorknob to the stairs. Terrified, the men went upstairs to find the dog, laid out in a chair shaking in fear, but no one else in the house. A later conversation with the grandmother revealed it could have been her late husband who she occasionally saw walking the house and talked to her.
The attic door
On a typical summer evening, a teenager was living with his brother and mother in a small house. His bedroom was across from this brother’s room and next to that was the attic door which usually lay open. On this night, he began to get a bit agitated that he could see the stairs of the attic which creeped him out. he covered his head with the sheets and immediately felt a crushing feeling on his whole body. He screamed for his mother who pulled the sheets from his head and the feeling was gone. The attic door remained shut after that incident.
Not all haunted house stories are evil. Some are downright cute and heartwarming. However, they all do possess a sense of eerieness that will chill you to your bones. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with exiting a shower to find freshly folded clothes but when you are the only one in the house, in a locked bathroom, it tends to take on another meaning.
Likewise when you think you are playing in the attic with your sister and she suggests something dangerous only to find out you weren’t playing with your sister at all. The mind has a way of playing tricks on a person and it can only escalate when we surround ourselves with familiarity only to find one thing out of place.