We recently shared a viral Reddit thread that asked nonbelievers to share the personal ghost experiences they had that changed their minds. These horrifying tales sparked even more spooky responses from our very own BuzzFeed Community! Here are just a few of the best:
1. This not-so-next-door neighbor:
"When I first bought my house a few years ago, the house next door had been vacant for several months, but after the first few weeks of moving in I saw a young woman inside the house. I never saw a vehicle or anything in the driveway, and I would only see her during the day. I kind of just assumed it was a woman sent to look after the property.
A few months go by, and the house is put up for sale at an ALARMINGLY low price (considering what I paid for mine). I later learned from the realtor that the previous owner had murdered his wife and then killed himself. He told me the couple's names, so I googled them out of curiosity, and was beyond shocked to see a picture of the wife...because it was the same woman I had seen through the windows. The house has since sold and I haven't seen her since, but I am truly a believer now."
2. This fatherly visit:
"My father passed away when I was around 7. Whenever my mom wasn’t home, my brother and I would hear footsteps upstairs. They originated from my dad's side of the bed, continued into the hallway, and then stopped at the top of the stairs. It freaked us out at first, but — to this day — we still believe it was just him checking up on us."
3. This child's closet creeper:
"I don't remember this myself, but my parents say that when I was young I would run into their room crying because 'a man was in my closet.' I described him as 'a civil war soldier,' which I couldn't have known how to describe on my own, given my age. After a little research, my parents found out that the last people who had lived in that house had found rare civil war artifacts..."
4. This fond farewell:
"When I was a kid, we lived in a city three hours away from my grandparents. They rarely visited, since my grandpa was suffering from an illness, and if they did visit, I typically knew in advance.
One day, I was looking out of the window and saw my grandpa waving at me from the driveway. I told my mom, super excited that they'd planned a surprise visit. My mom didn't say anything. Years went by and I forgot about this, but she retold me that story recently...and apparently, my grandpa had just died that morning."
5. This hometown haunting:
"I live in an area of Tennessee that many people say is haunted. When I was in high school, a group of friends and I decided to go out at night to see if we could find anything. We walked around town and even went to the cemetery, but nothing happened.
That is, until we were driving away — still on the cemetery grounds. The two other girls in the car and I heard a bloodcurdling scream so loud that we had to physically cover our ears. We FREAKED out, but the craziest part of the story was that the three guys in the car didn't hear a thing. Safe to say we got the heck out of there and didn't question the ghost rumors again."
6. This name-caller:
"I lived in a haunted house, so I was convinced that ghosts existed pretty early on because of that. The creepiest thing that would repeatedly occur was that we'd all hear our names being called loudly from right behind us. Nobody told anyone else this had happened to them until it happened to me, and my mom saw I was scared. With no context, she asked if I had heard my name being called and confirmed she'd experienced it too."
7. This baby's first meeting:
"My Nana had passed away in June of 2018, and my daughter was born in March of 2018. When I was pregnant, I was so excited for my Nana to meet my daughter. I talked about her all the time but, unfortunately, since we were living in different states and her health was rapidly declining, My Nana didn't get to meet my daughter.
Right after I got the call that my Nana passed away, my infant daughter woke up suddenly from her nap, smiling and making noises like she was trying to speak. It was VERY odd, but I like to believe that my Nana paid a visit to my daughter for the first and last time."
8. This similar sighting:
"My cousin and my aunt had recently moved into a new apartment, and while I was hanging out there once, my cousin told me that they had a ghost. I didn't believe them AT ALL, and a couple of weeks later we had a sleepover.
We were having some drinks and eating pizza in my cousin's room when — from out of the corner of my eye — I saw a man go from the hallway to the restroom. He looked see-through, but you could clearly make out that it was a man with blue jeans and a white shirt on. It creeped me out so bad that I didn't know what to do, so I turned to my cousin and explained what I'd just seen. He calmly confirmed that it was the exact same person he'd been seeing. I've been a believer since then."
9. This sweet dream:
"I'd never been a stern nonbeliever per se, but I myself hadn't had an experience...until after my mom died. She died very suddenly. It was very unexpected and, because of that, it meant that I had to quit school to help run the family business. I moved out of my apartment and back in with my dad.
One afternoon, I was taking a nap and I 'dreamed' of her. I knew it wasn't truly a dream, because in the dream I KNEW that she was dead, and I didn't understand why she was there. It was VERY real. She sat on the couch across from me, and we had a very long conversation. She looked ethereal. I don't remember much of the conversation, except the very end when she said, 'I'm so glad he has you.' I assume she was talking about my being home with my dad during that difficult time."
10. This unexplainable occurence:
"So, I was actually the reason my PARENTS are believers now, and I still get chills whenever my mom or dad tells this story. A lot of odd things happened building up to this, but this is the big one:
I was only one year old, and I was sleeping in-between them, but when they woke up, I wasn't in the bed anymore. They searched EVERYWHERE for me and said that when they finally looked under the bed, they found me underneath it, directly in the middle where I'd be sleeping up top. They have no idea how I got there, and it completely spooked them."
11. This disgruntled granny:
"One night, my grandmother was looking after me, and it was just the two of us in the house. I was sitting on the floor in front of her while we were watching TV. Suddenly, we heard loud footsteps upstairs, then one of the doors SLAMMED shut.
I grabbed onto her leg, because I was horrified that someone was in the house, but my grandma just looked up at the ceiling and yelled, 'Don't slam any doors in my house!' I never got to talk to her about it, since she passed when I was still young, so I'll never know who she was talking to..."
12. This OTHER mother:
"When my daughter was VERY little, she heard someone speaking another language. Without pause, she told me that that language was what 'her mother before' me spoke, but she wasn’t supposed to be with 'that mother,' so that’s why she came to be with me...it definitely freaked me out."
13. And finally, this wave goodbye:
"We would go to visit my mother's father every once in a while when I was younger, and whenever we would go to leave, he would walk us to the front door. We would then walk across the road, stand by our car, and wave goodbye. He would always be standing there waiting for us, waving back.
When my grandfather passed away, my mother went to his house to clean up (since he lived alone) and, as she left, she closed the door behind her, locked it, crossed the street, and got into her car. She said that, just out of habit, she looked up at the front door...where she SWEARS to this day that she saw my grandfather waving to his daughter for the last time."