So, when a Reddit user asked, 'what is the most unsettling thing you have heard/seen your child do?' parents everywhere were ready to vent about the horror-movie ready moments they had with their children. Is there anything more terrifying than seeing a kid staring at you from the corner of a dark room at 3 o'clock in the morning just because they want a glass of water? It's time for an exorcism.
I was putting my 3 year old to bed and she said “mommy, can you tell me a story where we all get electrocuted?' - SunnyTheToad
Watching my nephew. We were playing tag and I was chasing him around the house when he like disappeared. He showed up behind me and I said, “oh there you are Dylan how’d you get there?” He looked me dead in the face serious as ever and said, “ I’m not Dylan” in a deep raspy voice. I laughed it off and told him to go watch tv. - Blueeyes1101
My partner’s nephew was really into commercial jingles when he was about four. Grandma was babysitting one night and, after she had put the kid to bed, she fell asleep on the couch in the living room.
Now, this was one of those wrap-around couches with a high back, so someone who is the height of a four year old can’t really be seen coming down the hallway by someone laying on the couch.
Well, around 1am Grandma is woken up by a small child’s voice slowly singing “Nationwide is on your side,” from somewhere in the dark behind her. Scared her silly. Thanks, Brad Paisley! - twowaysplit
Me and my 15 month old share a room and sometimes she just stares at me while I sleep. It freaks me out when I wake up and the first thing I see is a tiny child staring at me. To make it worse sometimes she just stares and whispers at me and it sounds like she’s putting a curse on me. - CrockyCroc
I was pregnant, waiting my second child and my first born was about 2 years old. She had some speech delays and usually formed sentences containing max 2 or 3 words. Anyhow...I was making dinner and my daughter was in the kitchen with me. Suddenly she looks at me, points up with her finger and states calmly and matter of factly: 'I used to watch you from up there.' I had no words for her, I simply turned around and stared at her. She smiled and ran off to play. Now I wish I would've asked her more about what she meant by that... - Particular_Flow191
When we moved into this big house we all started hearing things and seeing shadows on the top of the stairs. The noise I heard was a loud banging on my bedroom door (think police banging rather than knocking) but everyone was fast asleep.
My youngest son was 3.5 - 4 at the time. He said someone sat in his room and he saw it crawl towards him. He drew pictures of it. It was black, with no discernable face. He said it always crawled into his room and watched him.
This all went on for 6 months before it calmed down. He's just turned 7. He's a normal kid but has remained scared of being by himself in his room. - dappled_light_
My son had an imaginary friend named Xavier... but Xavier was the ghost of a little boy who was in his room. He'd have whole conversations with this supposed ghost. It was f*cking creepy. He forgot all about him within a few weeks of starting preschool and has no memory of him now. - zerbey
I caught my nephew bringing food to a dead wolf he named Cody. We all thought Cody was a friend from school because he had a classmate named Cody that he would go hang out with. Nope. I followed him to Cody’s house which was a cave about 50 feet out of town in the woods and there was all sorts of wrappers from snacks and a decaying wolfs body. - DTG_420
My son went through a phase when he was 6 where he would write “Help me! Let me out!” on everything. It was on all his drawings and he’d write it outside on the side of the house for the neighbors to see. Then he started writing “Help me!” backwards, like some redrum sh*t.
Turns out he was really into Goosebumps and one of the episodes has a girl trapped in a mirror writing “help me.' To the people looking into the mirror “help me” was backwards. Mystery solved, my kid is just a bit theatrical - BlackCatAttack666
My daughter (4) was playing in the backyard one day and I quickly went inside to do something in the kitchen on our first floor. I did not go upstairs to the bedrooms at all. After a minute or so I came back out. She said 'mommy why were you in my room? I saw you look out the window at me!'
This freaked me out because we were the only people home at the time. I said I didn't go upstairs and she insisted she saw me look out her window. With great hesitation I went upstairs to look around but nobody was in my house lol - ghost or otherwise. - Stunning_Attention82
My two year old is sitting down at the table for dinner. It's dark outside. He looks outside and says 'What is that?' He doesn't know how to say 'who' yet. When meeting new people he says 'what is that?' My wife and I look outside and don't see anything... It's dark. We look back at him. He's staring into the darkness. He's a kid, his eyes are new, he sees better than us.
We freak out. Is there someone outside in a dark outfit and we can't make it out, and he can? I grab a flashlight, go outside, looking for the trespasser. Nothing. Come back in, he makes the same comment. I sit next to him and look in the direction he is. Like over 200 feet away, on another house, there is a small LED American flag that is turned on. It's barely a foot wide.
'Is what you're looking at red and blue?'
'That's a flag, buddy.' - theTrebleClef
When my daughter was learning her ABCs, one morning at breakfast she sang all the way through for the first time. We congratulated her and asked if she'd been practicing at day care. 'No, mommy's mommy taught me when I was in bed.' Uh.. Mommy's mommy died 3 years earlier. - cnewman11
My bedroom is really dark during the night. Woke up to my daughter right in front of my face whispering 'mommy'. All I could see was just a big shadow when I woke up. Scared the sh*t out of me.
My sons have done it too, just not as close to my face. She's also snuck in to our room in the middle of the night and grabbed my foot to wake me up. Childhood fear was realized except it was my own little monster instead of one that lives under the bed. - SaveusJebus
When we finally told my oldest, then three, I was pregnant, he stopped and grabbed my stomach intently. He thought for a moment and then said “and we don’t stab the baby with knives?”...correct, child. - Quicily
When my daughter was about 3 or 4, she started talking about 'the blue lady.' My wife and I asked her who she was and were told 'I don't know but she wants her hands back.' Chills. This went on for a few weeks.
The story never changed and it was always the Blue Lady needs her hands. We were seconds away from getting a priest or a witch in to bless the house. One morning, I'm watching TV and there is a woman in a blue US Post Office uniform saying 'thanks to blah-blah hand cream, I got my hands back!' and my daughter comes running into the room screaming 'That's the blue lady! I love her!' I relaxed so hard I nearly sh*t myself. - parkinglotguy
My son walked into the room butt naked holding a pair of scissors and asked why his younger sister didn't have a penis. He never explicitly said he was thinking of performing surgery on himself, but we kept a close eye on him for a few weeks and hid all the scissors. - hippopotameaffame