Creepy Paranormal Stories That Will Scare the Pants Off of You | 22 Words

Ghosts. Spirits. Demons. Just that creepy, icky feeling where the hair on the back of your neck stands up.

A lot of us have had at least one unexplainable experience in our lives.

They're unforgettable, and they haunt us forever.

If you answered "no" to the question above, you might change your mind by the end of this list. Check out these 19 people's spookiest, craziest paranormal experiences.


My father died about five years ago. Sometimes I am just hit with the overwhelming smell of his cologne. There's no "logical" reason for it - I always used those ridiculous, artificial coconut air fresheners in my car and my apartment never really smells like anything - but it's always kinda nice when it happens. I like hearing that other people have had similar experiences - it makes me feel like less of a weirdo haha.c0ldethyl

Not the dog

I was sitting in a recliner in my living room at 3 am watching a horror movie. I was covered in a soft blue sheet which laid pretty flat because I was pointing my toes forward. Suddenly, my dogs tail starts to rise from underneath the blanket which creates a sort of tent at the edge of the recliner. I say to my dog, "what are you doing there weirdo" (I don't let them near recliners because a puppy had clipped his ear near one and I didn't want a repeat) and I lean over to look at him. I look over the edge of the recliner, and suddenly the sheet drops flat back to my body. My dog is across the room, sleeping quietly with my other dog. I calmly turn off the tv, go to my room and sleep.OliveJuiceYou


This hits home. My papaw was in ICU, and I was 7 months pregnant. I dreamed he visited me, crying, "I'm sorry I won't be there."

The ICU called my aunt the next morning saying he had a massive stroke he would not come back from, and they suggested she call in the family.

I also dreamed when I was 3 or 4 days past my due date that he was sitting on a couch with me and slapped the cushion between us to scare me like always.

I woke up freaked out and told him, "DO NOT try to scare me into labor! NOT FUNNY." He apologized in the next dream.MaybeVaderLater

A visit

This gave me goosebumps. When I was about 11, I woke up in the middle of the night crying, practically screaming and my mum had to calm me down.

About 4 hours later my auntie called from Thailand telling me that my granddad has passed away.

Fast forward to 3 years ago.

I had a dream that my granddad came to visit me telling me that my boyfriend's granddad will be fine and that they are together.

I woke up that morning to the news that his granddad has passed this night.

I believe in this so much.1v9v9v5

The next one will give you nightmares.

Door slam

Lying on my couch in my living room, and from there I can look down a 20ft hallway and see my mom in bed reading, door half open. I’m looking down, and her door slams so violently that it shook the house kinda violent. She immediately comes sprinting out in a rage (as she often does) screaming at me for slamming her door when she was trying to relax. The scariest aspect was that I saw her in bed, 10 feet away from the door.smileyjordan

Two cats

My two cats that I had most of my life were both poisoned and killed a few years ago. After their death when I was still living at my parents' house, I swear I could feel a cat jumping up onto my bed and walking around. It would wake me up a lot, but sometimes it was also when I was awake and reading in bed. We would also hear the thump of a cat jumping off the dining room table and onto the hardwood floor. My parents have since adopted two more cats so now it’s hard to tell what sounds are phantom and what sounds are coming from the living catskhaleesi1808


I still think about this sometimes and remind myself it was just my imagination.

I was going through a rough time a few years ago, and I was asleep one night and dreaming that I was laying in my bed crying and my mom was sitting next to me rubbing my back telling me everything was going to be ok.

It was sooo real, so real that in my dream I remembered that my mom had died several years earlier, and I woke up, but I could still feel someone rubbing my back.

I was home alone, I’m a grown man, and I was scared sh*tless.

I couldn’t move I was so scared, so I just laid there until the sun came up and jumped out of bed.

I’m not a big believer in spirits, but that makes me want to believe she was there that night.epmoya

Shadow on the wall

My now-deceased grandfather was known to have paranormal experiences related to him in his life.

Once when I was around 10 years old, I stayed one night at his house (my grandmother had already passed away, so he was living alone.).

Before I went to bed that night, I went to the kitchen to wash my hands.

As I'm washing my hands in the sink, suddenly I see the shadow of a giant man is in front me on the wall. I turned around, and no one was behind me.

It couldn't be my shadow as the lamp was on top of me and my shadow was on the ground.

Never have felt any kind of fear like that in my life.

I frantically escaped the kitchen and saw that my grandfather was sitting calmly on the ground watching TV.KazEmpire

Ghost dog

My dog passed three weeks ago. This morning I was laying in bed because I awoke 30 minutes before my alarm and I was just thinking about stuff when I heard a small bark outside my door. My dog would always bark whenever he wanted to come back inside. I just started crying because I didn't know what to thinkiantivxst The next one seems like it could happen to everyone.

Friend in the hall

One night a few years ago, a friend showed up at our house rather drunk and asked if he could crash in our spare bedroom rather than drive home.

Of course, we made the bed for him and let him stay. (After all, friends don't let friends drive drunk.) My husband and I went to bed shortly after.

In the early hours of the morning, I heard movement and woke up enough to turn my head and look towards our bedroom door. I saw the silhouette of a tall, thin figure standing there.

Our friend is tall and thin, so I assumed it was him trying to find the bathroom and rolled back over. At this point, my husband asked me if I heard footsteps.

"Yeah, it was [friend]. He stayed the night, remember?"

"Honey, [friend] left a few hours ago."

We both shot out of bed and searched the house. There was no sign of anyone, the windows were all shut, and the doors were locked from the inside.Dfarrey89

In the corner

I have quite a bit, but this one was the time I actually saw something. I once heard some bumping in the corner of my room, and I had to be up in like 6 hours.

I've never minded cohabitating with spirits, but they've gotta respect the fact I need fucking rest.

I said out loud "Please stop making noise; I'm trying to SLEEP." After that, I saw a long black shadow snake up my armoire and nest in the corner on the top of it.

I moved to the couch.SharpieScentedSoap

Teddy bear

I don't know if this counts as paranormal or just my tired mind playing tricks on me.

One night, I was laying in bed. I was tired as hell and could barely keep my eyes open. As I laid there with my teddy bear, the air started to feel eery.

Didn't think much of it, so I started dozing off.

As I almost fell asleep the teddy bear was ripped (fell?) from my arms and I heard someone say "Run." in my ear.

The voice was so clear and so cold. There was no mistaking it; I really heard a voice. I did not get any sleep that night.KymmaLabeija


Every now and then, right before I fall asleep, I'll have an auditory hallucination of someone shouting my name. Always creeps me out. I've never had my teddy bear taken away from me though. PM_Me_New_Clothes

Dark figure

When I was in elementary school, I shared a queen size bed with my older sister and our family dog (a mutt that looked like a short haired Lassie) would sleep at the foot of our bed every night.

When I was about 6 years old, I woke up one night around midnight and saw a dark figure standing at the foot of the bed.

The figure was entirely in black without any eyes or a face. I tried to wake my sister up, but she rolled over to go back to sleep.

My sister must have accidentally kicked the dog because the dog woke up and raised her head and started growling at the figure at the foot of the bed.

The growling then woke my sister up, and she saw the figure and started screaming.

When my parents came into the room and turned the light on, nothing was there.

To this day, both my sister and I are adamant that we saw a ghost or other demon in our room. We know we aren't crazy because the dog saw it too.


The next one is also about a dog, and it might be even creepier.

The door

This one still boggles my mind to this day. When I was a kid, my dog slept in my room every night.

I have 2 siblings, so everyone in the house slept with their rooms' doors closed.

One morning my dog woke me up, probably at around 4-5 am, by scratching on the door to go out. Just as I got up, the door opened, the dog went out, and the door closed again.

I stepped out into the hallway to see who opened for my dog but nobody was there. I checked my siblings, and my parents' rooms and they were all fast asleep.

My room is the first in the hallway, so I would have definitely seen anyone who opened my door.

Asked my family later on and they just looked really spooked and asked if I didn't just imagine it all.IdkIfImADoctorOrNot


I'm fairly certain this was just hypnogogic hallucinations, but it's more fun to think it was paranormal.

I woke up around 4:30 am and had just snapped out of a fairly vivid dream.

I looked over at my bedside and noticed there was a dog standing there. I do not own a dog.

My eyes started to adjust in the darkness, and I realized it was my parent's deceased Greyhound.

I remember moving forward to confirm he was actually there and he stepped back a bit reacting to me. Then slowly he started to fade away as I blinked and rubbed my eyes.

Kind of creeped me out but it was also a little comforting like he was checking up on me.– augustholiday

Burned out

I had a terrible dream and woke up screaming. I ran to turn on the light in my room because I still felt terrified. I hit the light switch, and the light did that bright flash thing and burned out, so I panicked and opened my bedroom door. There were two dark silhouettes and one reached out to touch me. I woke up again. Turns out that was a dream too. I went to turn my light on a little less panicked this time, and it was burnt out. I ran upstairs and made my roommate change my lightbulb because every time I tried to go in there, I instantly got goosebumps and that "not alone" feeling.MacNamedDre

Phone transporter

Every night, just before I go to sleep, I'll watch a couple youtube videos, peruse Reddit, then set my phone's alarm and put it on the nightstand next to my bed.

Well, two weeks ago, I woke up late for work from my wife's alarm instead of mine.

My phone was missing, and I knew I had put it next to me like I always had. She called it and, somehow, my phone was on the other side of the house on a shelf in a closed closet.

It was super creepy because I have never slept walked (as far as I know).

So, somehow my phone was transported from my nightstand, across the house, and into a closed closet.

The whole thing still baffles me.Mr-Phish

Calling Your Name

I’m around 12 years old. It’s early in the morning, I’m in my bedroom upstairs, getting ready for school. My mother is in the shower in the upstairs bathroom. Clear as day, from the bottom of the stairs, I hear my dad call my name, full volume. I answer. Nothing. I go to the stairs, no one there. I call my dad at his office that is a half-hour drive away. He answers his office phone. No one else was in the house.dollar_slices Share this post with someone to freak them out!