I am very much a night owl. I quite like being up at night.

For one thing, it's quiet.

There's no one to bother me. If I want to watch television and vegetate, I can just do that.

If I want to do some work, I can get my work done without interruptions. It's pretty sweet.

Nothing particularly scary has ever happened either... yet. My fingers are crossed.

But others haven't exactly been so lucky.

They told us their stories after Redditor citric_acid asked the online community:

"What is the scariest thing you’ve witnessed in the middle of the night?"

"Driving through an abandoned section..."

"Driving through an abandoned section of Baltimore at 3 in the morning, my CB radio turned itself on and crackled for a bit. Out of nowhere some voice over the radio said in a deep southern drawl, 'I ain't got no panties on.'"

"I could see up and down the interstate for miles and saw not one set of headlights..."


What in the world?

No, thank you.

"It was a bright moonlit night..."

"I stepped in and fell over a cow carcass on a night hike. It was a bright moonlit night but I didn't see it in the shadows. Thankfully it was mostly dry."


I would not want to stumble into that late at night!

No thanks.

"Turns out..."

"When I was around 8 I woke up to hear my parents whisper yelling. Turns out someone was beating on the back sliding glass door with a baseball bat. Turns out he was drunk and mistook our place for his ex's."


Imagine something like this happening to you because you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I cut down a tree..."

"I cut down a tree in my backyard one afternoon. The tree was in front of my backyard slider so at night there was a lot more light coming in from the neighbors lights and street lights."

"I get up the next morning before sunrise to make my coffee and I saw a shadowy figure down the hall. I yelled what the f**k?!"

"At the moment I didn't realize that now more light was being let in by the lack of tree it cast my shadow on the wall. So basically I was a 37 year old dude that was scared of my own shadow."


It happens to the best of us.

Fear of the unknown still gets us, no matter how old we are!

"Don't know who it was..."

"When I was in high school I was out late (around 2-3am) with a friend chilling in a park. We are just chatting on a bench and after about an hour there I noticed a silhouette in the distance move slightly."

"To my horror I realized there had been a person staring at us from the same spot for almost half an hour or more. As I told my friend and we started to run back to their place, they started chasing us."

"Don’t know who it was or what they were planning but probably the most freaked out I’ve been in my life."


This is horrifying.

Thankfully you got away!

"Last week..."

"Last week I saw a shooting in the middle of the street while having a pint outside a bar, probably that."


That is terrifying.

Hopefully you've been able to see someone after seeing something so horrific.

"She had her own nightmare..."

"I once woke up from a nightmare about a demonic little girl to my little sister hovering above my bed. I freaked out and punched her in the nose."

"My sister had her own nightmare and was standing over me because she was debating whether or not to wake me up. I have a history of waking violently so she was weighing whether it was worth it or not. We spent the rest of the night watching Disney movies."


You must have been sleeping very deeply!

But Disney cures all ills.

"Remind you of a movie?"

"My daughter, 4 years old, black hair, pale skin, came into our bedroom in the middle of the night. Hair in her face. Middle of the bed by our feet. And started climbing up towards me and my spouse. Remind you of a movie?"


I've definitely seen this movie before.

Has your daughter ever emerged from a television?

"The police banging my door..."

"The police banging my door at 3am looking for a missing teenage girl... even though I knew my daughter was safe in her room. It still freaked me out."



Thankfully she was okay and hopefully you were able to rest easy.

"Thought he was drunk..."

"My downstairs neighbour walked into my apartment at 1:30 a,m. I was only dressed in underwear and didn’t have my glasses on. Thought he was drunk and managed to convince him he was in the wrong apartment. He backed his way out, closed the door and went down the hall carrying something."

"A week later I run into him downstairs and laugh about how drunk he must’ve been. Turned out he’d been away. That wasn’t my neighbour who’d walked in."


This would creep me the hell out.

The last thing I want is anyone uninvited in my space.

I think I'm just going to lock my doors and never leave the house after reading these.

Or maybe not stay up so late. Not be a night owl.

What I don't know won't hurt me.

Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!

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