Are You Afraid Of The Things That Go "Bump" In The Night?

United States
October 15, 2008 8:55pm CST
Halloween is almost here. The trees are barren, the air has grown cold and the shadows stretch across the yards, blanketing the neighborhoods in darkness. When you go out at night, the full moon alone lights your way. In the darkness, you glimpse things that are probably nothing more than garbage cans, or a parked car, or the remnants of a picket fence. But then you look again, and for just an instant, you see something staring back at you from the dark, from the night....and you feel the scream roll in the back of your throat just long enough to almost escape your lips. But then you realize that it's nothing more than your imagination. It's not really a spectre glaring at you...it's not a monster or a psychopath waiting to strike out at you, it's just the fencepost, it's just a garbage can, it's just....halloween. Do you find yourself creeped out by this time of year? What is it that makes us all just a little uneasy about the growing darkness? Maybe it's nothing more than an irrational fear of the dark. Maybe it's something more?? Tell us about your worst fears and share with us any great ghost stories that might make this Halloween just a little more spooky for anyone who dares to read this discussion.
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• United States
16 Oct 08
I don't fear this time of year. It's one of my favorite holidays. Darkness in my bedroom is unheard of because I always have a night light on because my little boy does not like it dark in there and he usually sneaks in mommy and daddy's bed. But my husband like's it pitch dark and always ends up on the sofa because the living room is pitch dark. Me, don't matter to me either way. I saw a apparition many years ago in this apartment me and my husband lived in when we first got together and it was not dark when I saw it, so now I tend to think it does not matter if it's dark or all the lights are on in the place, if a ghost wants to be scene it will be. Me and my husband have seen and experienced so many strange and odd paranormal things on and off threw out our lives that we could write a book. I had a zippo lighter vanish over night and re-appear two weeks later balancing on a uneven surface of a tall empty candle holder right before my eyes when I woke up early in the morning. This apartment we lived in at that time was really haunted or something. Sometimes when company would come over and sit down on our sofa some of the people would jump up real quick and say " I think your cat is trap under the sofa because I felt something move around under me when I was sitting" and we would flip over the sofa and nothing was there. This happened a lot. It felt like something was moving and banging around under the sofa and this sofa sat so low to the ground that no cat could of crawled under it. And sometimes we would hear scratching and banging in our walls and in our ceiling, we would hear the sound start from the center of the wall then it would travel up the way to the center of the ceiling then go down the other side of the wall, it was creepy because this happened in a upstairs bedroom and the building was brick. My sister lived in a house years ago that was haunted also and I once heard mad banging travel from one side of the room to the other side in less then 3 seconds, it sounded like something was between the walls banging like crazy and this was during the early evening when light was still outside. It scared my nephew so bad he ran out of the room crying ( he was a little boy at the time)I just stood there in shock because I was on the phone in my sisters & husbands bedroom when this happened.I once stayed the night at my sisters house and her husband was out of town for work that night so my sister told me I could sleep in their queen size bed with her when I stayed. Around 1 am I was quickly awoke by a sound of loud stomping sound above my head, my sister was already awake in bed reading a book and when I heard this sound and jumped up & she said " Oh, it's just them" (meaning the ghost) she said they made a lot of racket at night in the attic.. creepy!.. In this same apartment complex where we had that banging in the sofa and walls, my husband went out one dark & rainy evening to get a soda in the laundry room that was in the center of the court yard of the apartment complex we lived at,he said on his way to get the soda he could see from upstairs from a distance(where he was standing) a very big hairy dog that did not look like a normal size dog, he said it was HUGE and very hairy, and it was standing in the middle of the court yard close to the laundry room and he said it freaked him out so much that he decided not to go get the soda because he said this dog wasn't really a dog but resembled one, he said it was almost as tall as a horse and it was creepy & other worldly like. I have more story's but I'm tired of typing & your probably tired of reading this..LOL
• United States
17 Oct 08
are you kidding me? Those are great stories. Not sick of reading them at all. Feel free to share as many more as you'd like. While we're at it, I will share one of mine too. My aunt, when she was pregnant, lost her husband during the pregnancy. When it came time to have her baby, she went to the hospital alone. She had a lot of anxiety because of his passing and it made having the baby much more difficult. The doctors decided ultimately to sedate her and put her under because her blood pressure was spiking and it was putting the baby into distress. After she was asleep, they performed a C-section on her...and there were complications. Now as she told it to my grandmother, while she was sleeping she had a dream...in the dream, her husband came to her, told her she'd had the baby, that the doctors had had some difficulty with her C-section but she was going to be fine and the baby was perfect. She was so overwhelmed in her dream that she jumped up from her bed and hugged him. He then took her to the nursery where the baby was sleeping. She held him (in the dream) and was struck by how beautiful he was. A little boy, with a tuft of red hair and very green eyes. He had a little birthmark on his belly as well. Her husband had turned to her then, said he had to go but wanted her to know that he was watching over her and the baby...he led her back to her room where she lay back down and, in the dream, fell back asleep. When she woke up, she was in recovery from her surgery. The nurses came into her room and when they found her awake, they asked if she wanted to see the baby. She said that she'd love to see him but also said that she'd seem him already. They argued with her that it was impossible...that she'd been completely under the entire time she was having the surgery and the baby had been removed from the room while she was asleep. There was no way she could have seen it. However, she identified her child perfectly....red hair, green eyes and the birthmark were all exactly where she said they'd be. This is a true story....my cousin is in his teens now.
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@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
Halloween or not I always hear things that go "bump" in the night on the rooftop. When we just transfered to our home now, I can't hardly sleep because of the noises on the roof. I had to do a little investigation one night and the scurrying sound is from a big rat from a nearby mango tree up to the roof, then there are fruit bats too with their weird sounds because there is a fruit tree at the front of the house and sometimes cats are fighting on the rooftop. And from far I can hear the howling of the dogs and barking of the spotted deer in the nearby mini zoo. I got use to the bumps and the noises but I get irritated by the cats especially at 2 AM. And speaking of spooky things, I and my cousins love to exchange stories about ghost during this time. And the spookiest of all is that one of my cousin said that everytime she does a sleepover in our house, she is sure there is someone she can see but we can't.
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• United States
17 Oct 08
Oh, do share some of your ghost stories, won't you? Tis the season after all. It sounds like you live out in the country a bit? I would be freaking out if I heard the sounds you heard too....of course, I would be going up there with some way of getting rid of them on a more permanent basis. Still, I have cats too that do the same thing...it will be some weird hour of the morning and they'll start running around and make noise. Drives me crazy.
@amoisan (240)
• Canada
16 Oct 08
this time of year i find is just another time to buy some candy and time for me to get to scare some kids when they come to my door so i get my moneys worth lol. no fears here and i dont know any ghost storys and for things that go bump in the night well i chalk that up to things go bump in the daytime and i dont get scared then so why would it be differnt in the dark.
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• United States
16 Oct 08
Fearless eh? Good for you. Halloween is a time for kids...and I am glad you bring a little fear into their lives. Everyone deserves a good scare on Halloween, don't you think?
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• Lubbock, Texas
16 Oct 08
Ummm, It's not just this time of year. As far back as I can remember I've had an irrational fear of the dark. I grew up on a farm with no outside lighting and no indoor plumbing. You think trips to the outhouse in the dark were fun? there are all kind of weird noises in the country at night! I never quite got over that fear.
• United States
16 Oct 08
And there is nothing irrational of being afraid of the dark...certainly it is much more precarious to wander around in the darkness than in the daytime. I have spent some time out in the country as well. I totally get what you're saying about the darkness and I agree with you.
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@unuzzz (1274)
• Indonesia
16 Oct 08
hi sksongwriter what an interesting discussion, hehee i feel uneasy in darkness, as i'm phobia with darkness hahaa.. if i was in a dark place, my imagination will gone wild i imagine that someone would touch my shoulder while i'm alone that time i often watched japanese dvd, where there're lots of beliefs that from the shadow, a hand will appear brrrr.. yeah right ! hahaaha, thanks sksongwriter XD
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• United States
16 Oct 08
I have a fear of the dark but it's not just this time of year. I mean, I've gotten really good at being logical and at figuring out what the noise is or what that thing is that looks like something else. For one, I'm just not a fan of being outside by myself at night unless I have a lot of light to see with and if I've got someone close around me. It's just a comfort factor. It doesn't have to be Fall for me to be a little jumpy.
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• United States
16 Oct 08
The dark doesn't scare me too much. I have been to the darkest shadows in my mind, and it doesn't get much scarier than that. As for things that go bump in the night, it's usually just me running into the door or a wall, if I get up for some reason, during the middle of the night.
• United States
16 Oct 08
Hey, you! Are you feeling better today?
• United States
16 Oct 08
How about unsweetened tea? Can I drink that?
• United States
16 Oct 08
I am glad that you are feeling better
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Although i really enjoy Halloween, I have never been one that enjoys to go out at night, especially to go walking around. Something about the dark of night itself makes me leary. I always feel like there could be someone following me.
@Metalchick (1387)
16 Oct 08
Although i'd like to believe in ghosts I don't feel I can truly believe until i've felt or seen one. However when I was younger I was often afraid of the dark and it took me a while to get out of it. Nowadays the only times I feel uncomfortable is being in the house on my own at night...if I hear an unusual noise or sudden sound that does tend to freak me out quite a bit. Another example would be walking home in the dark after a night out...i'm usually drunk so don't know too much about what i'm doing other than i'm trying to get home. Often on way home have to walk past some dark bushs and trees. Who knows what could be lurking in the depths of those trees?