Children are known for their innocence and pure hearts, but sometimes their words can send shivers down our spines. From imaginary friends to past-life memories, these stories will make you question the boundaries of the known and unknown.
Has your little one ever said anything that has creeped you out? You’ve got company. After someone recently polled the internet, “Parents. What is the creepiest thing your child has said to you?” These were the top-voted stories.
1. He’s Dead to Us
“My two-year-old accidentally locked himself in a room and cried hysterically while I tried in vain to coach him on how to unlock the door. Finally, my five-year-old pulled me aside and said, in perfect seriousness, ‘Forget about him, Mom. He’s dead to us.’ I’m a little worried about that kid,” confessed one mom.
2. Think About Your Life
“I woke up one morning before my alarm went off to my three-year-old son standing next to my bed,” one explained. “He looks at me and then says, ‘Go back to sleep and think about your life.’ It was one of the creepiest moments of my life,” shared another.
3. When are They Coming to Get Me
One mom replied, “I was laying out in the backyard with my then four-year-old son, looking up at the stars one night. My son: when are they coming to get me? Me: who? Him: my people, and pointed up at the stars. Me: what?”
4. Are You Broken
“One time, my two-year-old nephew just looked at me over breakfast and goes are you broken? So I just had to sit there and let that sink in. Like, yeah, little man, I am. Still, it’s not something I’m prepared to discuss with a toddler over Cheerios and peanut butter toast,” another user joked.
5. That’s Him, Right There
“My oldest, maybe two and a half at the time, told me she kept seeing an old man in our apartment. We didn’t think much of it because neither my wife nor I believed in ghosts, and our daughter had just started having an imagination.”
“Then, one day, we were looking at photos of my Dad, and she said, ‘Oh, that’s the old man.’ He had passed away a few months earlier,” another explained.
6. Jodi Drank Medicine Water
One mom replied, “My son had an imaginary friend when he was about three of a little boy named Jodi who died from ‘drinking medicine water.’ There’s a gravestone in our local cemetery from the 1970s of a four-year-old boy named Jodi. So it’s my opinion that my son had a ghost friend when he was younger.”
7. The Angels Showed Me, My Parents
“My son, who was three at the time, told my husband that before he (my son) was born, the angels in heaven showed him who his parents would be, so he knew it would be us before he was born. At that point, we had never talked about heaven or angels with him,” admitted another.
8. The Girl by the River Wants Me to Play in the Water
“My nephew had an issue where he would see the little girl by the river who wanted him to play in the water… Unfortunately, a flood destroyed another house next door, and their little girl tragically died inside the house.”
“So I told the story to a co-worker, only to find out that the little girl had been her cousin and that other people had seen her playing on the riverbanks,” said another.
9. Mr. Peterson is Proud of You
“When I was about four, I would remember talking to Mr. Peterson whenever I was at my grandmother’s house. He looked like a hobo from the Great Depression, had a guitar, and sang me old-timey blues, and he told me that he died when he fell off a train he was riding while drunk on moonshine,” confessed one.
“I stopped seeing him when I was about six. So anyway, six months ago, I found my dad’s old acoustic guitar and started playing. My little cousin told me, ‘Mr. Peterson is proud of you!’ And then he left.; I don’t know what to think!”
10. My Son Said He Used to Fly at Night
“My son used to say when he was younger that he used to fly around at night—jumping from lamppost to lamppost in the neighborhood. It was hard to get there because of the connection to his body through the belly button.”
“I would have considered him having a wild imagination if it weren’t that my dad told me he had the same dream when he was little, as did I,” a final user commented.”