Whether you are in the middle of a scary storytelling session around a campfire with your friends or just browsing through the Web for terrifying ghost tales, you must know that the collection of real-life ghost stories you are about to read is definitely not for the faint of heart.
From the ghost of a dead family member to a menacing phantom tormenting a young child, here is a list of five real ghost stories that will make you believe in the paranormal.
Real Ghost Stories: 5 Blood-Curdling Encounters with the Supernatural
They say children are the most susceptible to ghost sightings. Experts confirm that us humans are all born to communicate with the afterlife but lose that ability as we grow older. In this tragic tale, a woman’s young daughter is contacted by the soul of a family member gone too soon.
“When my daughter was 2, I found her twirling paper towel tubes, tied with twine, in the air.
“I asked her what she was doing. She said she was practicing her ‘nunchucks.’ I was very confused as she’d have no way of knowing what they were.
“I asked her what she meant, and she said that Adam had told her how to make them and showed her each night how to use them.
“She went on to say that Adam told her to practice because she may need to know how to defend herself someday.
“I almost freaked out but asked her what Adam looked like. She said he was tall, blond, and had blue eyes.
“She said, ‘Mommy, you know how he looks—you know him! He died of a headache.’ I had to leave the room.
“You see, 4 months before she was born, my tall, blond, blued-eyed, martial arts pro friend had died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 27.
“She has not spoken of him since that day, so I’m not sure if I scared her with my reaction or if she had completed her lessons.”
—Michelle Froelick Young
2. “The School Bus”
Phantom school buses are often the subject of popular urban legends that have been retold countless times. Some say they are products of terrible accidents that claimed the lives of many. The story below recounts an actual encounter with a phantom school bus while driving through Mexico.
“So we’re driving from Tijuana to Sonora late at night. I fall asleep and wake up hearing my mom say, ‘Is that real? How can they drive that way?’ and my dad just replying ‘I don’t know, why would he be driving like this at this hour?’
“I opened my eyes a little bit and saw a very creepy school bus driving in front of us in the middle of the desert with all the windows broken and pieces of plastic all around.
“My parents decided to pass the bus because he was going slower than we were. It was dark, so we couldn’t see who was driving.
“He hit the accelerator and left the creepy bus behind. We waited at a rest stop about 45 minutes for the bus to pass. The road had no turns, so you had to pass this gas station. It never did.”
3. Ouija Board, Ouija Board
Paranormal experts are strongly against the casual use of the Ouija board as it can open doorways to unworldly dimensions. On the other hand, Catholic priests believe that tampering with the Ouija board can cause demonic possessions. In one of the most nightmare-inducing real ghost stories ever, a woman recalls the time she heard paranormal voices after performing a series of Ouija board sessions.
“We did about three Ouija board sessions in our dorm, freshman year.
“After that, we started hearing carousel music, growling, laughing, all when we were in our dorm alone.
“My roommate Jackie also heard a little girl singing along to a song with her when she was driving. Also, one night she felt a child grab her hand.
“Throughout all of this, I kept seeing apparitions: a man in uniform standing next to my closet and a girl with long black hair standing at the foot of my bed.
“We were right next to Kennesaw Mountain, the site of a major battle, so I figured the man in uniform was a soldier who had perished in battle. As for the girl, I have no idea.”
4. The Dog
Dogs tend to have an incredible sense of taste, smell, and sight. Aside from that, many believe they can sense things that us humans can never understand. So when this mild-mannered dog suddenly turned feral over something the house occupants could not see, it was clear that there was some supernatural activity going on.
“About five years ago, my family was caring for my brother’s dog, a German shepherd-husky-chow-chow mix, an incredibly gentle dog who never barked.
“One day, me and my sister came home from school, and like every other day, he greeted us through the upstairs rails and came about halfway down the stairs where he laid down and watched us.
“Just as we put our backpacks down, we heard it—the little spot upstairs right before the steps, that let you know you weren’t alone, creaked . . ., and right after the creak, the shuffling followed, like something running away after getting caught.
“Me and my sister just stood there, I wanted to scream and run out the house, but we stood there frozen not knowing what to do.
“Then the dog immediately stood up and bared his teeth. He was facing toward the stairs, and all the hair on his back started to rise.
“He chased whatever it was, barking and growling the whole time. It sounded like he was going to freakin’ kill something! Then out of nowhere, he stopped and came downstairs and stayed by our sides until our dad came home an hour later.
“Of course, our dad didn’t believe us, stuff like that never happened to him, so it didn’t exist. That is one of the creepiest things that ever happened to us, and it never happened again after that day.
—Katya Tatiana Almaraz
5. The Black Mama
William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist was definitely one of the most terrifying books of all time. Now everyone knew the book was vaguely based on actual facts, but no one expected that it would go on to influence the demon that tormented this family.
“When my mom was about 3, my grandma began reading The Exorcist, when all of a sudden, she heard humming from my mom’s room. When she went in, my mom was waving her arms at the end of her bed.
“When my grandma asked what she was doing, she said, ‘Dancing with her.’
“My grandma asked, ‘Dancing with who?’
“‘With the Black Mama.’
“‘How is she black, hon, like her skin?’
“‘No, Mommy. Like her heart.’
“My grandma burned the book. What’s creepier is that my cousin and sister have both claimed to see the black girl. Both of them wave their arms.”