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These 15 Skeptics Shared Their Weirdest Paranormal Encounters And I'll Now Be Sleeping With The Lights On

"I've never been so frightened in my d*mn life."

Hello to all the skeptics, the believers, and everyone else who falls somewhere in between the two! I don't know about you, but when it comes to ~paranormal activity,~ I can be a bit of a skeptic.

So, when reddit user u/LordMaboy asked, "What's the creepiest thing you've ever seen even though you are very skeptical about paranormal things?" my curiosity was piqued because apparently a lot of skeptics had some pretty weird things to share.

So let's get to it – here are 15 eerie encounters skeptics had with the paranormal:

1. Only In the Dark

2. Time to Pack Up

"Was working as an EMT in a rural small town for a few years. Was up late after a run finishing my report when I started hearing someone come down some wooden stairs in the bay about 40 ft from me. The stairs go up to a training room and it’s just me and my partner there. I go look, nothing there. I go sit back down and try to finish the report. Sound gets loud and fast down the stairs so I just get up and start walking out when the plug in for the ambulance just shoots out and crashes against the wall. Decided to finish my reports in the bunk rooms."

u/Drake9214

3. Wake Up Call

4. She Wasn't Hallucinating

"I worked in a memory care unit and one night this lady spent most of the evening talking to her husband, Jim. He had been dead for years. This kind of thing wasn't that unusual though, her mind wasn't sound and we figured it was just her memories and comforting for her to talk to him.

But then later that night another resident turned on her call light asked us to make the man in her room leave so she could sleep. We didn't see anything and asked her who it was. She looked over at the empty corner and said, 'What's your name?' Then a second later she said, 'His name is Jim.'" 

–u/burnallthepages

5. Sardines

6. A Glitch In the Matrix

"I was a manager at a pet store, and we used paper bags. This elderly lady bought a couple things, and was rang through and then continued to browse for a bit while she waited for friends/family. As I was filling out something on one of the unused tills for paper work, I noticed this woman's paper bag start to leak out of the corner. Then turned into a steady stream that did not stop. At first I was like maybe she put a bottle of water on the bag upside down, no biggie. So I went over to point out her bottle was leaking in her bag (she didn't notice) and then I looked into the bag. No bottle, nothing that could have been leaking. It was a clear bag of biscuits packaged in store, and a bully stick.

I took the bag of biscuits out and it was completely full of water, draining out of the corner, but here's the paranormal/unexplained bit: the bag never decreased in level of water. It just kept pouring water with no stopping. Me and a few customers just watched it for 10 seconds before I realized I should take it out side. So I did, customers in tow, and just sat the bag down while it continued to pour. And after 30 seconds after I put it down, the bags water level started to sudden decrease and was empty in like 5 seconds. I was fucking floored. Like what did I just witness? A bag that was magically connected to a source of water? I don't and still don't know. I watched the cameras over so many times and couldn't explain it." 

u/Lunatik21

7. Night Visitor

8. Babysitting Dilemma

"The girl I was babysitting one night came running out of her room crying. Saying something was walking by her window. Now I get a lot of creepy stories and things from the kids I babysit. They have crazy imagination. So I go check not really thinking anything.

Something runs by the window as I’m checking it out. A distinctly humanoid figure. At this point I needed a diaper as much as the little girl I was babysitting. So I text the parents asking about it. And this is the response I get: ‘Omg you saw it too?!’

Yeah I cried. Called the cops too. They came by and said they didn’t see anything around. The thing is. The parents had called the cops several times before too for the same reason. One of the freakiest times I’ve ever babysat." 

u/cleaningmeaning

9. The Feeling Was Mutual

10. Lost Cat

"Roommate lost her cat. There's an old empty house next to where we live, also owned by our landlord and we were allowed to use the space for parties etc so we were very familiar with the house and all of its rooms. Its about 1 am and she is freaking out about the cat so i propose to help. We thought perhaps the cat might be in the house so we go in there with a flashlight. My friend tells me she thought she heard meowing coming from the house earlier so we keep looking. We get to the hallway and there's a ladder in the middle of the hallway, leading upto an attic (door of the attic was a hole in the ceiling of the hallway).

Now i had been on a cruisade in this house many times and saw all of the rooms, but i had NEVER seen an attic, so this was really weird. Now listen, normally i'm intruiged by these things and i'd be like, 'Oh an attic, let's go up there, adventure!' But nonono...my stomach turned. Never ever had this ladder been down, nobody knew there was an attic there and we know it weren't squatters since the house was in the backyard of the place we lived. I had a very very bad feeling, because the ladder looked so inviting. Almost too inviting.

I told my friend that her cat probably wasn't up there and that we should go. We walk back and she tells me, 'You know, i really thought i heard meowing up there before.' But we both chickened and just went back...walk out of the door back to our place and guess who is sitting at the front door? Her cat." 

u/churchisforbrunettes

11. Vague Intentions

12. Empty House

"I went to my SO's house and was staying there for the first time ever by myself. He just moved in and didn't have furniture so his bed was just laying on the floor in the biggest room in the house. I was sleeping when out of nowhere my mind was telling me to wake up. When I snapped my eyes open there was a man laying on the floor next to me propping his head up on his bent hand. I just stared not moving for a second, like I couldn't do anything but stare back at him, taking in every detail of him and not believing what I was seeing. All of a sudden he cracked a smile and I reacted by shooting up straight and reached for my phone to shine a light at him. By the time I turned back from grabbing my phone he was gone and there was nothing in the corner of the room. I've still never told my SO this story because it sounds crazy." 

u/shaakaakaa

13. Backyard Guest

14. Spirits

"Okay, there is a story my mom hates to tell because it scares her that much. I don't believe in someone being possessed, but my mum seriously gets scared every time she tells this so I somewhat believe her... I already have goosebumps writing this...

There was a man in our village that apparently got possessed by his own dead father. And one night he went out drinking. At around 3 am he went home and on his way home he started to break every window he saw. He also walked through the cemetery. Anyways, when he got to my grandmother's house and started to do the same, break windows, my grandmother, uncle and his wife and my mom came out. They knew him and thought he was drunk, so they started to talk to him. His hands were bloody because of the broken glass and his voice was growly and low. They tried to calm him down, but he wasn't having it.

Once my mum got closer to speak to him, he told her to back off with his normal voice. He apparently said that because she was pregnant with me at the time and somehow my mum being pregnant was able to bring him out idk... My mum fainted because she got weak out of nowhere after he told her to back off with his normal voice. His voice got growly and deep again afterward. Then when my mom woke up she saw him literally crawling a palm tree my grandmother had in her garden. She said he was crawling the tall tree extremely fast and looked like an animal crawling on his fours instead of using mostly his arms like normal humans do while climbing.

I don't remember what happened next, but when the sun rose he started to speak normally again, and apparently, all his wounds from the broken windows were healed and he had not even a scar, also he could not remember anything."

u/Pthn23

15. And lastly, Questions and Answers

Are you a skeptic-turned-believer who's got a seriously spooky story to share? Feel free to drop 'em in the comments!