We all love a good ghost story, especially when it’s based on a supposedly true experience. As a kid, we might’ve had a creepy ghost encounter ourselves. Whether it was a ghost or our imagination running wild, we’ll never know. Regardless, hearing other people’s ghost stories is just as good, especially because it’s not us it happened to. So we’ve collected some of the most chilling real-life scares on the internet that happened to people in broad daylight.
These aren’t scares that happened by mistake and led to an embarrassing moment either, they’re pretty scary. Whether that was horse legs appearing out of nowhere, a mysterious moving couch in the middle of the night, or an empty movie theater, these stories will give you goosebumps.
30. Horse Leg
We’ve all heard of a dead pigeon appearing on a driveway usually from a dog or cat. But a horse leg? This is one of those real-life scares that make our jaw drop, run inside our houses, and lock the door. Someone living on a farm found a full horse leg, hip still attached, in their driveway. Since they live in Canberra, Australia, a lion or bear wasn’t to blame. That’s pretty creepy. Maybe a horse spirit was giving them a warning sign about their horses; we’ll never know (via MushyLover6969).
If you’ve ever snuck past the movie theater ticket collector as a kid, you’re not alone. We’ve all done it once or twice, maybe more. But what if there was no ticket collector? Or no employees? Or no other people? We’re not sure if we’d even go into the movie theater, but that didn’t stop this Reddit user. They entered a completely abandoned but operable movie theater, watched a movie, and left, without seeing another person the entire time. This is one of those real-life scares that’d make us believe we entered the Twilight Zone. Nonetheless, it’s a good story. At least they got a free movie out of it (via alrxa).
Alright, if we saw this, we’d bolt out the back door and never look back. Seriously, we’re surprised this Reddit user stood there and watched someone tie a rope to their front door. Real-life scares like these are the ones that shorten our lives by a decade. It’s such a strange scenario. What were they doing? Trying to lock them in the house? It doesn’t make any sense. What’s even scarier is that they live in a remote area with no other neighbors around. At least they managed to call the police and were left unharmed (via m1shmc).
Hiking as a kid with your friends is one of the greatest adventures you could go on. Unfortunately, this Reddit user experienced one of the creepiest real-life scares out there when he found a bloody shirt in the woods with his cousins. Not only that, but they found a Ziploc bag with more clothes, which they figured were from a petite woman or an older kid. That sounds like something the police need to investigate. Instead, their uncle punished them when they told him. That sounds suspicious, to say the least. At least this Reddit user doesn’t have any more contact with them (via Reddit).
This person suffers from a term they coined PTSD: Planking Traumatic Stress Disorder. We would, too. If you accidentally stumbled upon hundreds of people planking, what would you do? Join them? We’d run the other way. These kinds of strange, one-off real-life scares are something we like to avoid. At least the world wasn’t ending, and there was a simple explanation for the absurd amount of plankers (via Thequeensarmpit).
This is something that’s probably happened to more people than we think. It’s something that should be checked by a psychologist, but at least this Reddit user was able to snap out of it. It was probably triggered by smoking. We can’t imagine sitting in a familiar place, and then suddenly being unable to recognize where you are. That sounds horrible and is one of those real-life scares that we hope would never, ever happen to us. This Reddit user sounds like they handled it pretty well, by only shaking their head in a “no” gesture, and somehow managing to shake it off. Let’s hope they never go through that again (via ItsPaulKerseysCar).
This sounds like a living nightmare and something from a horror movie. It’s one of those real-life scares you wish you could remove from your memory. We feel sorry for this Reddit user. They’re probably scarred for life. We sure would be. We can’t even imagine what that man was going through, and why he was so calm about the whole thing. How could you smoke a cigarette if your arm is falling off? At least this Reddit user managed to call 911 and allowed the cops to handle the situation. Hopefully, they found the guy (via bradbrok).
These kinds of real-life scares stop us in our tracks. It’s something out of a horror movie. Unfortunately, this Reddit user was a teenager, so their mother already didn’t believe them. We’ll never know what happened to that woman, or the man with the rifle, and all we can do is hope she made it out okay and that it was nothing serious. It’s one of those things that will remain a mystery forever. It’s a shame that the kid’s mother didn’t believe him (via summeralcoholic).
Watching a dog walk on two legs would freak us out, too. How is that even possible? It’s one of those mysterious real-life scares that don’t have an explanation. It happened, but we’ll never really know how (via Snufffie).
We all have lookalikes walking around somewhere in the world. We’ll probably never meet them, but someone we know might tell us they met them somewhere. This Reddit user shares their experience meeting their perfect double, locking eyes, and then continuing on. Despite one of the rarest real-life scares, they admitted their reaction was one of anger that someone had “stolen their face”. That’s hilarious, and we can totally relate. How dare they look like us (via Basher57)!
Talk about Area 51 right in your backyard. This Reddit user shares one of their real-life scares about a field near their house that glowed rainbow colors. The grass had many different colors, all the time. Even though it’s not creepy or scary, it’s downright strange. What phenomena causes a rainbow field? Too bad it was bulldozed in the end (via KGhaleon).
We can usually feel when someone is watching us or standing behind us. This Reddit user shares their experience about a creepy psycho killer watching them and lurking in the bathroom at a run down gas station in Alabama. This is one of those real-life scares that would leave us running out the door, jumping into the car, driving away, and never looking back (via Luney_Tuner).
A job as a paramedic takes a lot of courage. This Reddit user’s dad is a paramedic who had to clean up a fatal car crash. The lights flashed on and the windshield wipers went full speed as paramedics pulled the dead bodies out of the car. We’d probably quit our jobs right then and there. This is one of those real-life scares that’d make us want to switch careers. It’s creepy to say the least (via hamaharg).
This is one of our worst nightmares and on par with the creepy guy in the gas station bathroom. Apparently, an older man followed this Reddit user for a while until they managed to escape on the highway. It’s one of those real-life scares we always hear about, but hope never happens to us. And this happened in broad daylight. Imagine it happened at nighttime? We’d drive straight to the police station. Luckily, they managed to escape unharmed (via Hbananta).
We can only guess what happened to that dog in that house to make it jump through the glass window and land on the front lawn. Did it see a ghost? Its own reflection? We’ll never really know. We can’t even imagine what this Reddit user felt, watching one of the most chaotic and random real-life scares out there. At least they managed to call animal control and the dog was left unharmed (via thetrueseabass).
This is one of the most interesting real-life scares on this list. While it’s not creepy, it’s definitely weird. Why was there a woman doing tai chi on the hood of a car at a gas station parking lot? Rural Louisiana definitely has some weirdos (via The_Observatory_).
The creepiest part about this Reddit user’s post is that the cowboy they saw, who was dressed in all white, randomly disappeared with the blink of an eye. It’s one of those real-life scares that are unexplainable. Did he actually see the cowboy? Was it the ghost of the person buried underneath the ground? And they’re living in the UK, so it’s not like there are cowboys randomly walking around. We’ll never have the answer to this very strange phenomena (via AnswerConsistent680).
This is another one of those strange phenomena we’ll never have the answer to. It’s similar to the Bermuda Triangle. Why are there so many car crashes here? Is it because of the intersection’s layout? Or is it because it’s haunted? These kinds of real-life scares make us question the world. Luckily, they ended up closing the intersection, which is something they probably should have done sooner than later. We’d never want to drive through this intersection, that’s for sure (via bretttexe).
This kid witnessed the real life “It” clown. It’s pretty strange that the old man just hopped into the sewer grate and disappeared underground. We’ll never know where he went, or why he jumped inside. These kinds of real-life scares really make us wonder if there’s something else going on than meets the eye (via jdog_woof1234).
Why did this man have a floppy arm? Did it just detach itself from his body? It’s interesting that no one else was reacting to his floppy arm, and that this Reddit user seems to be the only person who saw it. This is one of those real-life scares that would make us want to turn the other way and pretend we didn’t see anything (via daryl_cary).
This is one of the saddest real-life scares on this list. The mountain biker disappeared after he crashed into the ravine, and they couldn’t find his body. It’s horrible that this Reddit user even witnessed the crash, and couldn’t do anything about it. What’s even weirder is that his body just disappeared, and they never found it (via -Economist-).
This is one of the most hilarious real-life scares out there. This Reddit user’s father’s first experience with an opossum ended up terrifying him so much that he called 911. He explained to the police that he was trapped in the parking garage with a “monster.” We can all agree that opossum’s are not monsters, but if it’s your first time seeing one, we can understand why he’d think so. We would’ve loved to see what happened when the police arrived (via TheKurosawa).
We’ve never seen a black eyed person, so we can understand that this was probably terrifying. This is one of those real-life scares that come out of a horror movie. Not only that, but the black eyed person was staring him down, and staring deep into his soul, without looking away. We would’ve been frozen with fear, too. It’s interesting that the Reddit user couldn’t find an explanation, either. We guess we’ll never really know. Maybe he was a real life demon (via RevolutonarySun5533).
It seems like this drop of blood came from the heavens. Who knows where the drop of blood actually came from, and it’s something no one will ever have an answer to. Real-life scares like this one are unexplainable. Maybe it’s better left a mystery. If they had the answer, maybe they’d wish they didn’t know. Still, it’s pretty creepy that the blood landed directly on their hand (via MagicPedestrian).
Kids always seem to have the creepiest experiences. This Reddit user shares one of their real-life scares that left them freaked out. Their parents didn’t believe them until several years later, when they showed them the small house near their own. We’re wondering how the parents didn’t know about that house, and how that creepy man was able to live in it without being spotted by anyone except the little girl (via SnooSquirrels4093).
We have so many questions after reading this post. How did the couch move? The only possible explanation is…. Ghosts? Even that doesn’t explain it. Otherwise, someone must have broken into their house, moved the couch, and left. Which still doesn’t make much sense. These kinds of unexplainable real-life scares will never have an answer. Maybe it’s better left unknown, considering the answer might be pretty creepy (via timothyslimothy).
There has to be some sort of medical explanation for this, otherwise, this is one of those real-life scares that would make us second guess reality. Where did that entire hour go? Why did he think only 20 seconds passed? If we were that kid, we’d go to the doctor and get checked out. Hopefully it was a one time thing and never happened again (via ionlywanttheneck).
This has to be a ghost, right? It’s a similar experience to the Reddit user who saw a cowboy dressed in all white at a graveyard. This is one of those real-life scares that makes us truly believe in ghosts and the supernatural. If it was a person dressed as a man from the 1800s, then we have even more questions. Either way, it’s just plain weird (via kickingtv).
We’re all wondering who the dad saw. He either hallucinated, mistook a random stranger for his son, or saw a ghost. We’ll never have the answers to these kinds of real-life scares. Honestly, if this happened to us, we’d feel a bit less comfortable wandering around our house, wondering who that person was (via Go_Ask_Alyss).
This is one of the strangest real-life scares on this list. Where did the tooth come from, and why did it appear on their kitchen counter? There’s no way it could have just materialized from thin air. There has to be some sort of explanation. Once again, it’s a question we’ll never have the answer to (via Ultimator4).