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11 Times Kids Spooked the Crap Out of Us

Big Kid Wendy Robinson Sep 29, 2016

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We love them. They are adorable. But let's be honest: Sometimes kids can say things that are just downright creepy! Whether it's imaginary friends that seem a little too real or dreams that seem more like premonitions, some little kids say things that are downright goose bump–inducing.

As we enter the spookiest month of the year, now is the perfect time to get a little scary with some of the all-time best creepy kid moments.

Read on for real stories of kids who seem to be seeing things that nobody else can. You're gonna want to keep your lights on while you read these!

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1Bump in the Night

"One night my daughter, who was about 4, woke up and came into our room. She said she'd heard a loud noise, 'like someone falling down,' coming from the kitchen. We checked and there was nothing so we assumed it was just a dream.

"The next day I got a call that my grandma was in the hospital -- because she'd slipped while getting a snack in her kitchen and broken her hip. The spooky thing was that she fell at the same time my daughter, who is named after her, woke up. But we live 150 miles away." -- Janice F., Grand Rapids, Michigan

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2Scent in the Air

"While my husband and I had several strange sightings and experiences when I was pregnant, most of it stopped until my son was 6-8 months old. He started babbling and watching things move that I couldn't see. One day when he was particularly fussy, I suddenly smelled tobacco and cologne and my son settled right down, watching something in the nearby empty hallway. I recognized the smell of cologne and tobacco as belonging to my husband's grandfather who died a year before my son was born." -- December F.B., Anchorage, Alaska

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3The Empty Swing

"When my son was about 18 months, I took him to the playground and he immediately started to push the baby swing back and forth. It seemed innocent until he moved to the front of it, gave the swing a hug and said 'baby.'

"Tragically, a baby was murdered earlier that week near the playground. Creeped me out." -- Cori M., Portland, Connecticut

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4Imaginary Dog

"We were once doing a photo shoot for our company, Wiser Toys, with a 3-year-old that had an 'imaginary pet dog'; he talked to it all day as if it was actually there. He kept telling us the dog was well behaved and that he used to belong to his mother's aunt.

"We really thought he had a huge imagination until we saw him throw an 'imaginary ball' towards a planter, which then fell over out of the blue. We all looked at each other as he said, 'Oopsy, he didn't mean to knock it over. Sorry!'

"We didn't think much about it until we all felt something pass by and then heard the sound of water moving on the bathroom next door. The boy said the dog was thirsty, so I peeked my head into the restroom and saw a trail of water that went from the toilet to the boy's side. No one had left the room, not even the toddler; there was no logical explanation for how the water got to where he was playing and laughing with his 'imaginary' dog." -- Daniela A., Wilmington, Delaware

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5Basement Boy

"My family and I had moved to a new home when my son turned 2. My husband, son, and I stopped by the house a week before we were to move in to take some measurements. When we walked in the back door, my son became infatuated with the basement (this was his first time in the new house, mind you). 

"My husband and I started walking into the living room when I turned around to look for my son. That's when I heard him saying 'hi' to someone or something. When I went to see what he was doing, I found him standing on the very last step down to the dark basement, waving to someone and laughing hysterically. I could tell by his eyes that he was definitely looking at something. When I asked him who he was talking and waving to, he just looked at me and laughed.

"I came to find out that the previous owner of our home was an elderly man that had died a year prior and he had his workshop in the basement, in the same exact corner my son was waving and saying hi." -- Petrina R., Chicago, Illinois

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6Won't Go There

"When my son was a little kid, we lived in a big old Victorian house. We had a playroom on the lower level that was perfect -- bright and sunny and the most updated room in the house. It was the only room that had floors that were less than 100 years old. 

"My son started playing in there but he would never play in one corner. Like, the room could have toys spread out over 90 percent of the floor, but never in that one corner. Finally one day I asked him about it and he said, 'She doesn't want me to play there. That is against the rules.' 

"I tried to get him to tell me who 'she' was but he clammed up and said, 'I'm not allowed to say.' This freaked me out so much that I called my mom, who is a librarian, and she looked up the history of the house. It turns out that there was at least one little girl that we know of who died in the house. I've never believed in ghosts but thinking about that room still gives me chills." -- Name withheld by request

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7Bad House

"We were house hunting in a new city and we were driving around looking at neighborhoods when we saw a cute house with a for sale sign. I told my husband to write down the number when my toddler son, who had been napping, woke up and said, 'I don't want to live there again. It looks like blood.' And then fell back asleep.

"It was such a weird thing to say and it seemed even weirder when we googled the address and saw that there had been a murder in the house about six months before my son was born. 

"I don't think of myself as superstitious, but I crossed that one off the list." -- Kellie L., Mankato, Minnesota 

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"Every night, my son gets up into his bunk bed and I step on the bottom bunk to see him over the railing. We normally lay down, with my hand under his head, sing a short song like 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' or 'Hush Little Baby,' then I leave after hugs and kisses.

"However, one random night a few weeks ago, he said 'Mommy. Come here for just a second,' so I stepped back up and replied 'What, honey?' He got up on his elbow, put my face in his hands with the most serious look, and said 'I really just want you to survive.' If I hadn't been so dumbfounded I might have laughed, but he was completely serious! So I just said, 'Well, of course I'll survive.' I did laugh a little and he said 'Good' and laid back down. It was probably one of the more funny-creepy things I've experienced with him!" -- Roxanne R., Dallas, Texas

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9Saying Good-Bye

"My daughter, who was around 5, had been trying to draw a picture of our whole family -- aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. She'd been working on it for days. 

"One day I came in and she was carefully erasing my dad from the picture. I asked her why and she very nonchalantly said, 'Oh, he isn't going to be here much longer.' 

"Now, my dad was only in his 60s and was healthy and active, so I just kind of laughed it off. Two weeks later he was hit by a drunk driver and killed. I don't know how she knew, but I'm convinced she knew he was going to die. It is still the weirdest, saddest thing I've experienced." -- Name withheld by request

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"I was tucking my daughter in for a nap, after reading her a story, and she said, 'I like reading. I like it when Grandpa Jesse reads to me too.'

"I asked her, 'Grandpa Jesse reads to you?' and she told me that at night, after we leave, he reads her a book until she falls asleep. 

"Grandpa Jesse was my husband's father. He died 15 years before my daughter was born." -- Sue T., Tucson, Arizona

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11The Hand

"My son was sleepwalking one night, so I was putting him back to bed. He was muttering something and I asked him to say it again and he said, 'I don't want to hold her hand, it is too wrinkly!' 

"I asked who he was talking about the next day and he said, 'Grandma keeps making me hold her hand when we walk but I just want to go to sleep.'

"His grandma did have wrinkly hands, but she'd passed away about a year before." -- Tara J., Saint Paul, Minnesota 

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