22 People Talk About The Paranormal Encounter That Made Them Believe In Ghosts

These stories from Ask Reddit will make you believe in the unbelievable.
Someone who believes in ghosts
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1. I used to play with a family member who had died

“When I was a child, I always had bizzare dreams where I had a friend named Michael, he was a young boy a few years older than me, and we always played games and had fun. When I told my parents they didn’t seem to care too much until I described him; Unbeknownst to me, Michael had the same name and appearance as my uncle who died in a boating accident as a child. His death devastated my grandparents and so my family never displayed photos of him (Which freaked my mom out, how did I know what he looked and acted like if I’ve never seen him?)

After a couple weeks my family decides to light some candles and pray in an attempt to exorcise him I guess. When I went to bed that night I had a dream where a very serious Michael offered me some candy (it looked like a red jawbreaker), he kept insisting over and over that I eat a piece of candy. Seeing him so serious scared me, he’d always been so happy and playful, so I declined his offers, the last thing I remember before waking up is seeing how sad he was.

That was the last time I saw Michael, when I told my mom she looked relieved and told me that, ‘That was him trying to take over your body.’ No one’s talked about it in around 15 years so I’d have to ask my mom about the story again.” — Hobbsgoblin123

2. I saw a black shadow beneath the deck of my house

“I was probably 7 or 8 and my parents were throwing a big summer party for my dad’s birthday. All the adults were om the deck or inside so us kids (maybe 8 or so of us between the ages of 5 and 12) decided to play Ghost in the Graveyard. Our yard was narrow but very long with a lot of grass on the left and a raised deck that spanned the whole right side of the yard. For a short kid, you could easily crouch under and walk around under the deck, so it made for awesome hiding spots.

I was at the very back of the yard and hiding next to the shed, in the pitch dark. I had a little flashlight but this was my yard, so I knew every inch of it and was comfortable in the dark. I could hear the other kids on the side of the yard that was all grass but from where I was, I was looking directly at the underside of the deck that went around our above ground pool. I heard a noise and looked over to see if anyone was coming from under the deck and I remember suddenly freezing in place.

From under the deck, this thing came forward. It was all black, just this dense black shadow the size of a huge man, definitely not a kid and there was no way an adult could have crawled the whole length of the deck to the back of the yard with so little noise. It looked like it was made of smoke, and it moved weirdly, like it was unfolding. I was terrified, all I could do was stare and hear my blood pounding in my ears. It stood up all the way and it looked massive, the only way I could describe it was like a silhouette of the Hulk, I swear to god. It stood for a moment then walked through the chainlink fence into my neighbors yard and blended into the trees.

I started crying and ran for it, found my best friend Adam and just wailed. He was so confused and just brought me inside to my mom. I was so scared to go outside for a few months after that and I NEVER went back under the deck again. We moved from that house when I was 11 (I’m 28 now), but I can still clearly see that thing in my mind. I’ve seen other things a few times since but that was the first time and the scariest.” — Via-Kitten

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