They're ingrained in our minds: Damien from The Omen, the Grady twins (The Shining), Regan (The Exorcist), Carol-Anne (Poltergeist), all of those Children of the Corn... the list goes on. There's something powerfully disturbing about the innocence of childhood combined with the macabre, the creepy, the frightening, or even the slightly off-kilter. Perhaps it's their honesty and head-in-the-clouds nature that causes children to say and do freaky things from time to time. Or maybe it's their inability to distinguish fantasy from reality. At any rate, Hollywood has certainly capitalized on it.
Writer Mikki Kendall asked people to share their creepiest stories about kids, offering some real-life fodder for our nightmares.
Some responses were mildly odd or freaky:
Little girl, abt 4, my friend’s kid obsessed with this horse cartoon dvd. One day out of the blue she’s watching it, hits eject, pulls out dvd and immediately snaps it in two. Not a word. 😳— Benjamin L Clark (@BLClark) January 28, 2018
Same girl a year later, watching her climbing a little tree in the yard, falls out. She stands up, arm dangling at unnatural angle. Not a word, not a tear. Freakiest thing I’ve ever seen.— Benjamin L Clark (@BLClark) January 28, 2018
It’s not as creepy as the rest of these, but I was babysitting for my mom’s coworker (6-7). He was playing some video game when he got up and somehow locked us in the basement. Standing in front of the door he slowly turned to me and said “now you’re stuck with us” pic.twitter.com/dr5LND3RRD— aleaka c. (@_LeakSpeaks) January 28, 2018
I was was watching a prek class while the teacher was out and this little girl walked up to my belly pointed and said "There's a little tiny baby in there. There's a little baby right there." I was pregnant but hadn't told my job.— Noonie Kat (@KitaMargarita) January 28, 2018
Other stories were straight up spooky:
I'm a funeral director/mortician and at a service a child around 4 years old said, "It gets loud working here with all these ghosts, doesn't it?"— wapshkankwet (@wapshkankwet) January 28, 2018
And some were downright terrifying:
My two year old son said 'They come for me at night and bring me back by morning time'. When I asked him more, he said 'They do'. And pointed to the sky.— Lisa Campbell 🌈 (@LCLuckiest) January 28, 2018
Back in the day my younger brother used to tell us about his “other” grandparents, and the blue house they used to live in.— phenetiks (@phenetiks) January 28, 2018
After always telling him he was making it up he told our mother he could bring her there.
So, we went for a drive...
And this 5yo old little psycho gave her turn by turn directions for close to 45 minutes. We ended up 4-5 towns away at a dead end street with an abandoned blue house.— phenetiks (@phenetiks) January 28, 2018
When my daughter was 2 I found her under the table with one of my husband’s old children’s books, turning pages as if she were being read to. I asked her what she was doing. She said “reading with Grandma” my husband’s mother died two years before she was born. It was her book.— Michelle B. Young (@MichelleBYoung1) January 28, 2018
And a couple were just a little gross:
I was at an amusement park when a random kid said, “people taste better when they squirm,” to his parents but looking at me. Needless to say, I left.— kambesyes (@kambesyes) January 28, 2018
I woke up to 3 yo kid #4 petting my head. I asked what she needed and she said 'i wish i had a piece of you that i could carry with me all the time. like your finger.' Haven't slept soundly since.— marie bourgeois (@mmbtox) January 28, 2018