Not everyone has had an imaginary friend as a kid, but most of us probably know of kids who've had imaginary friends. Sometimes, it’s easy for kids to make them up when they’re feeling lonely or bored and want someone to play with. For the most part, these are innocent little friends that are nothing more than figments of a small child’s imagination. Unfortunately, some children have some pretty disturbing minds and are able to come up with some pretty terrifying things. Whether it’s inspiration from a scary movie they saw or something they dreamt of one night, kids can come up with some pretty scary stuff.
There’s always the chance, however, that a child’s imaginary friend isn’t so imaginary. Some believe that ghosts and other evil entities present themselves to children because it’s easier to. Children have more open minds and are willing to believe anything they see without always being scared. Some really think that kids are better at seeing spirits and other paranormal activity because of this. Maybe you don’t believe in any of that stuff, but part of you probably does a little bit, or else you wouldn’t have clicked on this list! After reading all of these horrifying stories, there’s a good chance you might change the way you think about imaginary friends!
Do you have a scary imaginary-friend story from a child you know? Even better, do you remember having a scary imaginary friend as a kid? Let us know! For now, here are 15 Chilling Stories People Shared Of Their Imaginary Friends:
15 Twins' Intuition And Their Imaginary Rabbit Friend
As we’ve already seen on the list, bunnies can be pretty freaky. That’s certainly the case for the next story of two twin boys’ imaginary “friend”:
“When I was 16, I babysat twins who were in the third grade at the time. They always spoke of a man in an Easter Bunny costume, and they were terrified of him. One day, I was babysitting, and one twin was in the shower. His brother and I were sitting downstairs watching television when all of the sudden, he said, 'You need to go check on Matt.' Seconds later, Matt yelled, 'He's in here!!! He's in here!!!' I ran upstairs, and I had to check every room before he would calm down. I'm not sure which part of the experience freaked me out the most.”
The scariest part about this is that the twin somehow knew telepathically that his brother was in trouble!
14 Amanda Tells Stories But Gets Mad Easily
Reddit user jockster72 tells the tale of Amanda:
“My little cousin (age 4) constantly talks about how there's a lady who watches her sleep at night. I don't really know how to interpret it (her parents think she’s going through a phase), but it's some really creepy stuff. The ladies [sic] name is Amanda and sits in the corner every night and just watches her. She said Amanda is old and tells her stories about her life.
I was pretty hooked at this point, so I asked her what kind of stories she told. She said Amanda told her stories when no one had money and people had no food and people were always fighting. It personally reminded me of a person from the great depression. But hey, who am I to decide the time period? The creepiest part is that she won't sleep in any other area of the house because she said Amanda gets mad when she does that. Kids, kids scare me.”
13 The Man With The Sharp Hands
This little kid definitely has one of the most horrifying imaginary friends on the entire list:
“A buddy of mine was having dinner with his college professor, his professor's wife, and his professor's 4-year-old son. The four-year-old son kept looking towards the hallway behind my friend nervously. Finally, the professor asked his son if he was seeing one of his friends. The son said yes. 'Good friend or bad friend?' asked the professor.
'Bad friend,' said the son.
'...Why is he bad?' my friend asked.
The son looked at my friend and whispered, ‘Sharp hands.’”
It’s always concerning when kids are able to dream up something terrifying looking. Sure, maybe they got it from a movie their parents were watching, but for the people who don’t expose their kids to certain scary media, where are they getting these horrifying ideas in their heads?
This is another chilling tale of a kid who knew something she shouldn’t have learned yet:
“My niece had an imaginary friend, said she wasn't allowed to tell her mom her name, though, because the friend said her mom would get scared if she knew it. Never told my sister-in-law (her mother) her friend's name; then, one day, her mom was in the hallway, and my niece didn't realize it and called her 'friend' by name. Her name was Molly.
Now, this doesn't sound creepy until you realize that my sister-in-law's grandmom's name was Molly, and she died when my niece was only about 1 year old. The name was never mentioned because my sister-in-law took her death horribly since they were extremely close. My niece knew NOTHING about this grandmom and had no reason to know the name or that it would affect her mother. Still creeps everyone out to this day.”
11 The Creeper Man
The Creeper Man is a short tale but definitely, gives us chills:
"My son from the age of three always tells me about the 'creeper man' who lives in my mom and dads [sic] bedroom. He brings it up after he visits them. I made the mistake once of asking what he looks like. My son said ‘Oh, he doesn't have a face.’”
The casual way that the little boy described the creeper man is what really freaks us out. If a kid really saw that, how could he be so nonchalant and ok with a terrifying being that doesn’t have a face?! Some state that maybe he saw a mannequin or some other doll without a face. Others think maybe he just didn’t feel like talking about him at the time and made that excuse. Either way, an imaginary friend without a face is definitely something we don’t want to think about.
10 The Stuffed Rabbit That Says Evil Things
Little stuffed animals are supposed to be cute toys for kids to play with. However, sometimes, they seem to have some other pretty chilling purposes:
“…my cousin, when she was 5, and I was 17, had a stuffed rabbit that she talked to and carried everywhere.
One day she was asleep on the couch while I was watching her, and she woke up and started yelling at her rabbit for no reason. One minute, she was knocked out; the next, she's awake, glaring at her rabbit, yelling, 'No! You can't do that! That's bad! Don't do it!' repeatedly. I asked her what was wrong, tried to get her to stop, but she wouldn't listen. I finally just took the rabbit up to her room, and when I came back down, she was asleep on the couch again. F*ck whatever that rabbit was planning on doing.”
Yikes. Throw away your stuffed rabbits if you have any!
9 Roger Lives Under The Coffee Table... Roger Killed His Family
It’s always nice to know about kids who have a nice imaginary friend. Unfortunately, things aren't always like that:
“My little brother's imaginary friend, Roger, lived under our coffee table. Roger had a wife and 9 kids. Roger and his family lived peacefully alongside us for three years. One day, my little brother announced that Roger wouldn't be around anymore since he shot and killed him[self] and his whole family. I don't know if he remembers any of this, but his genuine lack of remorse was very disturbing.”
It's crazy to think that a young boy would be able to come up with that story. It makes us wonder if Roger is some sort of paranormal entity who found a way to communicate with the little boy. That’s a lot of kids for someone to have, too. It wouldn’t be surprising if Roger snapped one day and his ghost stuck around to haunt more little kids!
8 Imaginary Friends That Pose As Angels
Imaginary friends represent themselves in all sorts of ways to different children. The idea of having an angel as an imaginary friend is actually kind of sweet for a young boy. However, an imaginary friend with evil intent would make sense to present itself in something a little more innocent to appeal to a child!
“When my brother was little, he acted like he had angels talking to him every second. One day my mom overheard him say,
‘I can't kill him! He's my only dad!’”
Of course, no one can ever really know what’s going on in a kid’s mind. They have wild imaginations, and while trying to navigate our thoughts as adults can be challenging, imagine what it’s like for children! Imaginary friends can be ways for them to work through thoughts they have every day and the way they work those bad feelings out. Either way, it’s got to be scary to be his dad!
7 The Man Who Puts A Cross On Her Head At Night
Sometimes our past relatives might come back to children and present themselves as imaginary friends. That might be what happened in this chilling tale:
“My daughter used to tell me about a man who came into her room every night and put the sign of the cross on her forehead. I thought it was just a dream. Then my mother-in-law sent over some family photos. My daughter looked right at the picture of my husband's father (who has been dead for 16 years) and said, 'That's the man who comes into my room at night!' My husband later told me his father would always do the sign of the cross on his forehead when he was young.”
It's scary that she was able to point out a face she’d never seen in real life in a photograph full of people! You never know what to expect with kids and their creepy experiences.
6 Imaginary Friend Or Dead Relative?
This next one really might make you believe in life after death:
“When my niece was about 4, she had an imaginary friend, which I don't remember the name of. She would blame things she did on this imaginary friend but also talked about how this friend would watch Scooby Doo with her. One day, I thought, 'Why don't I find out more about this friend?' So, I asked her to tell me about her friend. And she said, 'She's a she and she's dead.' And I said, 'Okay, does she have a job?' And she said, 'She does what my daddy does!" which is that her imaginary friend was a cop. Okay. So then I said, 'Where is your imaginary friend a policewoman at?' And she said, 'Right next to where my daddy is a policeman.' And I said, 'Okay.' But then she said, 'I met her when I was in my mummy's belly. She touched it when I was inside.'
A few months before my niece was born, my cousin Tracy had died. She was hit by a train. She loved watching Scooby Doo and had a ton of memorabilia. She was also a cop. She was a cop in the town that is right next to the one my brother in law is a cop in, my nieces [sic] 'daddy.' My niece's imaginary friend was my dead cousin. There is no other way she could have known all that at the age of 4."
5 The Girl Next Door
This has to be really creepy to remember as an adult:
"Not imaginary, per se. I used to break into houses as a little kid. I lived in a really run-down part of town with a huge amount [sic] of foreclosed and empty houses. So, I would pry off the window screens, and if the windows were unlocked, I would crawl inside them. I was maybe like five or six.
Well, in one abandoned house, there was always this young Hispanic girl hanging out in the upstairs bathroom. I would go up there, and she would talk to me, and we'd play tag and hide-and-go-seek and truth or dare. I'd always invite her home for dinner, but she said she couldn't leave because she had to wait for her mom to come home. I guess it made sense to me at the time, but when I think back, there was nothing in that house. Not even silverware in the kitchen drawers. The carpets were all mildewed, and it was seriously empty. I don't think she could have really been there.”
4 An Imaginary Friend Needs Help Finding Her Cat
This one is incredibly spine-chilling:
“My Grandma and her sister (my Aunt) told/tell me stories about my Aunts [sic] imaginary friend when they were little. My grandma was 8, and my aunt was about 6. They would play together, and my Grandma would play along, and one of the biggest things my Aunt and her friend 'Annie' would argue about is their cat. She would always say, "I don't care if it's not your kitty; it's mine, and I love her. I'm sorry you don't have yours anymore' and 'NO, I'M NOT GETTING YOUR KITTY!!' One day, my Aunt took off, and my great grandma took off to find her where they usually played (mountains of Nevada).
He found her with a shovel, pissed off and yelling at 'Annie' saying, 'I can't believe I'm doing this for you.' My great-grandfather and Grandma asked what the hell she was doing. My Aunt said, 'Annie won't shut up about her kitty' then pointed to thin air as if yelling at Annie and said, 'There are you happy???' pointing to the ground. My Great Grandpa and Grandma went over, and there was a really old box in the ground with a cat skeleton in it. My Aunt to this day doesn't remember anything about it or 'Annie.' It still freaks my Grandma out even mentioning the name.”
How on Earth did she know that the cat was buried there?
3 An Imaginary Friend Who Finds Wedding Rings
This is another story that can transform non-believers:
“When my niece was 2, her grandfather (my father) died. A few months later, she started the phase of talking to herself, imaginary friends and such. One day, I asked her who[m] she was talking to. She replied, 'I'm talking to The Man.' I asked what The Man looked like, and she described my Dad perfectly. I asked if he had a name, and she gave my father's name, even though she only knew him as 'Grandpa.'
The creepiest part was when she told my mother that The Man told her where his lost wedding ring was, which she had been looking for since he passed. It was right where she said.”
Some say that it’s fake and that she’s the one who could've hidden the ring in the first place. It still seems totally terrifying that she would make up the story in the first place.
2 It's The Punishment
Sometimes, babysitting can be pretty scary. Your own kids can be terrifying enough as it is sometimes, but other kids that you don’t know as well can do some really freaky stuff. Just read this next story, and you’ll understand what we’re talking about:
“I was seventeen and babysitting a friend of the family's six-year-old. He'd been in bed a couple of hours, and I just peeked in to check on him. He wasn't in the bed, and when I opened the door wider, I saw he was standing in the corner, facing the wall. Creepiest f*cking thing ever. I asked him what he was doing, and all he did was turn around, smile, and put his finger to his lips as if to say 'shhh.' I asked him again what he was doing, and all he says is, 'Leave us. It is the punishment.’”
Yikes, whatever the punishment is, we don’t want to know. What would you do if you walked in on this?
1 The Boy Next Door
We probably have a lot of memories as adults of when we were kids that are way different than what actually happened. Our brain has a funny way of distorting things. This one is seriously messed up, however:
“So, when I was at dinner the other night with my parents, we were talking about our old house I grew up in. And I mentioned how I loved that house and the boy Berret that lived next door to us and would play with me. Now, I have several distinct moments and memories of playing with this boy. I learned to play jacks from him. But according to my parents, the house that was next to ours was vacant and the boy Berret was who or what they thought was my imaginary friend. Creepy much; I thought he was real... Don't know what to think right now.”
She learned an entire game from this boy. How could she make that up?!