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Tell me your Austin Ghost Story

In the spirit of Halloween, I want to hear some ghost stories! Have you experienced something spooky in Austin? Did you rent a haunted apartment? Does your work place have a ghost? Tell me your best ghost stories about haunts around Austin, TX...

ImpossibleHappening

I rented a haunted apartment for a while. This wasn't in Austin but I like telling this story (and I see from another comment that you don't mind stories from outside Austin) When I found the apartment, the management said the previous tenant had lived there forever, so they were replacing everything so that it would have the same carpets, flooring, appliances, etc. as the other units. They also redid the kitchen cabinets. After I moved in and got my mail key, I started getting mail for the previous tenant. I took it to the office to have it forwarded. But I was also getting a bunch of magazines that don't forward, so I was told I could keep them. A lot of creepy things happened in the apartment. I'd hang up pictures with those heavy duty picture hangers and wire, and the pictures would come off the wall. The brand new cabinet doors and drawers would open and close on their own. The blinds would all flip over to the other side even when there were no windows open and no other drafts. My sink started dripping constantly, so I went to the office and put in a maintenance request. While I was there I asked if they had a forwarding address for the previous guy, since he was subscribed to a lot of magazines and I was fine with boxing them up and helping to get them to him. By this point I was really chatty with the office lady. She let me know that the previous tenant was old and died in the unit, so I didn't need to worry about the magazines. So I went home, got out the stack of magazines, opened each one to the first page, and left them laying out on my table and the kitchen counters. Every day or so I'd flip to the next page. Whenever something creepy would happen, I'd just say the name the magazines were addressed to out loud. I don't remember the name now, but something like "Hey George, how you doing man? I'm going to watch a movie if you want to watch too". All the activity slowed down quite a bit until, after a few months, it completely stopped.


True_Somewhere8513

I love this! You have a ghost friend! Glad he’s enjoying his magazines and leaving you alone.


CiriacoG

You are cool guy.


rose_bud_22

This is the best. Way to care for your 👻!


Glittering-Spell-806

Though I’ve had a few, the most notable was when I first moved to Austin. I lived at Ladera Apartments in a unit that backed up to a small strip of woods, with 2 cemeteries beyond the woods. These cemeteries were along I believe circle s road which I frequently took to get home. One night pretty late, like 1am, I was driving home and there was an old man standing in front of one of the cemetery entrances just staring blankly at the road. This could very much be explained as an actual person but it scared the hell out of me. I also frequently heard someone crunching along in the woods which is a distinct sound (2 feet vs 4 of an animal). I also had horrendous sleep paralysis living there. I was outta there in like 3 months for other reasons, but all the creepiness stopped when I moved.


spaceboundboner

I drive down Circle S every once in awhile hoping I see something creepy at that Masonic cemetery. Haven't seen anything yet though.


Glittering-Spell-806

Hold up! Like, as in Freemasons!? Aw hell no! Lol I knew the other one was a historic Hispanic cemetery, but I’m not the sure I realized the one with the friggin old white guy standing in front of it in the middle of the night (or that my unit backed up) to was a Masonic cemetery at the time…which was almost a decade ago at this point.


spaceboundboner

Yup, it has the Freemason square and compass above the main gate iirc.


Glittering-Spell-806

I’m very glad at the time I either did not notice or did not associate “Masonic” with the Freemasons. Lol (edit bc of repeat info). Partying was the priority, not mysterious brotherhoods. Now I kinda want to go back and I went down the rabbit hole today!


CountryNew5744

I lived in ladera for a while. HORRIBLE management. Never saw anything in relation to the cemetery. However I also had a yard by those woods, the crunching noise you would hear are homeless ppl passing through behind that vent. We actually had one camp out there for about a month. Also had a homeless guy squatting in the apartment on top of me. Don’t get me started.


Glittering-Spell-806

Yea, on the crunching noises, I figured regardless of what caused it, I wanted nothing to do with it lol. I didn’t have any major issues (outside of the creepy stuff) when I lived there, but this was more than 8 years ago when they were first built. Sorry it was such a bad experience for you! I only moved because being young and dumb, I way overestimated how much rent I could afford at the time lol.


resetrequired

Rented a haunted apartment. The Rio House on 17th and Rio Grande. Used to be an old hospital. The bathroom door would open on its on. Small puddle of water would always appear near the front door. With zero explanations. The ceiling was dry as a bone and no cups in site. Couldn’t explain it. Only once did a wine glass move from a drying rack to sink broken. With again zero explanation.


Being_Time

I’ve been in this building. It’s the old St. David’s hospital right? Man is that place creepy at night.


austinrunaway

I was born in this building.


resetrequired

Believe so. Never found it creepy at night. Always wanted to visit the basement. Used to be the morgue.


Yooooooooooo0o

> 17th and Rio Grande https://austin.towers.net/on-17th-street-historic-austin-architecture-hides-in-plain-sight/[email protected]


reddituser567853

Ghosts really need to step up their communication.


pfug

back when i was a student at UT and living in jester, some spooky ghost kept pinching weed from my sack. It couldnt have been my roomate because they were never there.


kdaug

I was in Jester east back in the late 80s. Many unexplainable things happened.


PaigeAllan

Me too! That is the smaller Jester, right? 88-89


brothmc

lol


Ineedsoyfreetacos

Yeah whenever anything happens that slightly annoys the other spouse in our house, it's always "the ghost." O who broke this glass? The ghost. Who left this window open? The ghost obvs. Why are these brand new jeans I got on the floor? Ghost must have thrown them there. I don't know why it's just easier to blame a non-existent third party than assign or accept blame. The ghost is saving our marriage. 🤣


MetalKittyy

Worked night shift at the Driskill, doors would constantly open and close by themselves and walking the hallways at night was terrifying because all the portraits of little kids felt like they were watching me and breathing.


MindTraveler48

Somewhere, I have a photo I took of a friend on the stairs from the Driskell lobby up to the bar, 10-12 years ago. People were milling around, and I didn't specifically notice a man coming down those stairs while taking the photo. When I looked at the photo later, the man's legs from mid-thigh down were missing, fading from solid to transparent. You can see the carpet where the rest of his legs should have been. Everything else about him seemed normal, and contemporary clothing. I'm sure there's a logical explanation -- lighting, motion, pixels, whatever. But it's still spooky fun to consider the alternative.


International_Map870

I was bored & mischievous one night and snuck into the Driskill thru an alley door at 3ish am and snuck into a food closet and when I started ransacking the place a I heard voice in my head (hard to describe hasn’t happened since) say “Oh how lovely” and I turned to look and a mist in the shape of person is the best I can describe fade away.


damndirtyhippy

I posted this in the 'Haunted places in Austin' thread from yesterday: One time a few years ago I was out walking at night in Shipe Neighborhood Park in Hyde Park. There was nobody else around and I had just walked through the little gazebo/bathrooms wooden building thing and then went around the big tree near said building heading towards 44th street. As soon as I passed the tree there was someone standing there - heavily clothed, wearing a hoodie, staring at the ground. And I swear to god they looked like they had just gotten done rolling around in and were covered in flour. Completely chalk white from head to toe. 'Woah, shit...hello?' I said and they didn't react or respond or budge. I just kept walking and kept my eye on them until I couldn't see them anymore and 20 seconds later I got to the corner of 44th and Ave G and saw the ghost bike. Ran the rest of the way home after nearly pissing myself.


Being_Time

Ghost bike?


Sailor_Bettie

Ghost bikes are memorials to cyclists that have died, usually painted white and placed at the scene.


Being_Time

Ahh okay thank you


maecenus

Check out The Night Owl podcast for all the best haunted tales from around Austin!


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Came here to say the same!


[deleted]

Rented a weird apt off st johns this year. As far as actual "ghost" stuff, I've heard someone whisper "hey" on multiple occasions late at night while I have my headphones on. Idk, could just be my head playing tricks on me. I've found lots of weird shit from the previous tenants. Scratches in the drywall that look like they were done by hand. Weird nonsensical ramblings written on the bottom of the built in ice tray in my fridge. Pentagrams and witch stuff drawn on my patio floor. There's also this dude that keep showing up LATE at night looking for a woman that doesn't live here. I called the cops, give them the woman's name that he's looking for, and they told me they had 32 domestic dispute calls to that apartment in the past couple years. All related to this woman.


lizk903

So the whispering could be a hypnogogic hallucination. I used to have them all the time specifically as I was falling asleep. Once I heard a demon voice in my ear. But it's a medical phenomenon with a known cause.


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afternoonmoons

And Shady Grove, RIP


kanyeguisada

The building where Liberty Lunch used to be. *wipes tear*


austinrunaway

Sobbing


Living_Associate_611

And literally everywhere else:(


dudecrapper1love

State hospital, night shift, five years. Just a random flushing toilet in a locked bathroom. I also lived where you had to drive through a cemetery to get to my place, many a nights hanging out with the dead.


superdopeshow

I lived in a house in crestview, a rental that we moved into quickly after our daughter died. We had three cats, one of which was kind of the loud meow annoying type (but we loved her.) The cat kept getting trapped in weird places. She was trapped a few times in the cabinet under the sink that was impossible for her to open. I tried to wrap my mind around how that could possibly happen, but nothing. The scariest time: we came home and heard her meowing from a distance. We followed her meows to our bedroom, to the dresser. This cat was stuck under the dresser. (There was a kind of carving at the bottom so the cat could easily get in, and did on occasion.) Blocking off the opening to get out, a pair of my sandals had been shoved, firmly into the carving space. I had to tug them HARD to get them out. Finally the cat was able to escape. But to this day I cannot imagine how those shoes got crammed under there. The cat absolutely could not have pulled the shoes in. Who trapped the cat? That house always had a weird vibe, I attributed it to our grief. But I did NOT like walking around it in the night.


PaludisVulpes

I used to work for a company based out of an old house in the Crestview neighborhood. I had a few strange experiences there but the main one was this: It was the middle of the day (3-4pm) and I’m standing in one of the rooms, by the closed door, marking tasks off of a paper I had hanging on the wall perpendicular to the door. I remember thinking it was oddly quiet when suddenly something YANKS my ponytail, hard enough that my head snaps back but not hard enough to hurt. I spun around to yell at whoever was messing with me but I was shook to see there was no one there. I was alone. Yes I cried.


superdopeshow

Wow that is terrifying. Being touched oh hell no. I’m glad my experiences weren’t as scary.. my friend moved in and saw a man peering at him around the corner of his bedroom door… 😱 he grabbed a bat and went after him but no one was around.


PaigeAllan

I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter.


superdopeshow

Thank you so much, that’s very kind 🖤


Then-Ad-587

I woke up with random scratches on my back… a person I knew literately cut me off believing I was possessed by a demon. On his last visit he left a card with a saint on it. Not sure who it was but i read the back of the card and supposedly some saint that did exorcisms. He justified his belief by saying he would smell weird smells at work and would get tummy aches… once I left my pants in his car after a pool sesh. I said I’d grab tomorrow since we planned on hanging out. He told ppl I left em there as a hex or something 😭😭😭😭 for a bit I thought maybe this was a nice way of cutting me off without feeling bad but he told everyone around him how afraid of me he was and what I’ve been doing to him this whole time. Regarding the scratches on my back I believe it might’ve been my self or something over night. I woke up with my back being all itchy.. almost looked like a cat had done it but I didn’t have any at the time. Anyways if you ever think ur friend is a demon don’t just cut em off try to save them or something


cleopatwat

somewhere zak bagans is rage crying


thetinybunny1

💀💀


secondphase

Ah yes... the old "backseat pants" hex. Very powerful. Doesn't matter that he figured it out, its too late. Once the pants hit the back seat, your fate is sealed.


Optimisticatlover

East side 2016 We first move to our new house on 12th and Springdale , the moving and setup run smoothly , we even met the neighbors , our dogs get along but they do bark at each other thru the fence The first night we were there , we slept upstairs , around 3 am we hear a knocking at the front door , we heard wailing , knocking and grunt , we turn on lights , we race downstairs ,we open the door An entity resembling old lady covered in black substance , she retreated back thru the dark road and we close the door. Second night it happens again , next day we tried to find information , we go to 311 we explain the situation , we check “Nextdoor”, we recorded the whole interaction thru ring doorbell camera app And it’s not just me but my neighbours too [https://nextdoor.com/p/2jwNR_pt7p-k?utm_source=share&extras=MzY2MzU5MjY%3D](https://nextdoor.com/p/2jwNR_pt7p-k?utm_source=share&extras=MzY2MzU5MjY%3D) FYI we lives right by givens cemetery and another cemetery by springdale corner


heysashap

Ooooooo this one is good! 🥇


Optimisticatlover

I got another story , it’s a believe it or not about fengshui I’m from Indonesia and used to lives in a 100 years old house


aheartwithlegs

The first house my family rented after moving to Austin in the late 1980s had a ghost. Something punched my dad in the stomach while he was sleeping, something hopped into (or sat down on) my mom’s waterbed when there was nothing visibly there, and I asked my dad “who that old man was”. When my dad asked what man?, I apparently said, “The old man who walked through the bathroom wall.” I was about three years old when all of this happened, so I don’t remember it as it was happening. This was in an old house off of Parkside Lane by Garrison Park.


Yooooooooooo0o

Which house on Parkside?? I lived at 1800 for a year in the early 2000


aheartwithlegs

It wasn’t yours, but I’ll PM you!


mikeincedarpark

Worked next in an office near the Brackenridge morgue for 12 long years. Never saw one spooky thing. The end.


NoTie2415

I have a morgue tray and the morgue scale from Brackenridge Hospital. Nothing spooky happens at my house either.


kanyeguisada

I've gotta ask, what did you do with the morgue tray? I almost don't wanna know lol.


NoTie2415

I used it as table tray for my dinning room table for a long time, even served appetizers off it at a party once. Now it’s in my living room, propped against a wall in between some art. The scale is a metal and glass hanging basket scale, when I got it I thought it was rusty but turns out it was just covered in dried blood, the basket part is stainless steel and I use it to hold snacks in my kitchen.


kanyeguisada

Lmao. Got to "dried blood" and was like "please don't tell us you put fruit or vegetables or snacks in it... nooooooo!" Gross but I like your style lol.


surewhateverz

Our company took over what used to be the office space for Dropbox. The whole space felt cold and you sometimes hear the cries of the sales team in the booths.


LittleMissMushi

My husband and I went to a show at The Paramount and had balcony seats. He left to go get popcorn and I felt someone sit down next to me, thinking it was just him, I turned my head to ask him a question and no one was there.


[deleted]

met her at Casino El Camino. thought we got along great, but didnt hear from her the next day. happens


Datjuicecaboose

I grew up in a neighborhood with a graveyard and we'd always see these white/blue orbs in the sky. Might have been ghosts, might have been aliens harvesting ghosts, Hell if I know dude,


darklonesomedove

Respect


Frosty-Shower-7601

I once blew a ghost in a parking lot for $10. It might have just been a random dude, who knows.


catslay_4

I have two really good ones but they are not in Austin but I am down to tell them if you want to hear OP...


heysashap

Tell them!


Public_One_9584

Let’s hear em!


pah2000

We bought a HUD home in RR back in the late 80s. I got a creepy feeling in the front bedroom that was darkened by a tall bush outside the window. We had seen an apparition a few times in that tiny hall. I had a friend stop by at midnight one night, and we had a beer. I came back into the living room with him and he asked if I knew we had a brujatita. I was surprised and answered yes. I asked him what she was doing here. He said she was protecting my infant son (in the second room). When we moved she stayed put.


Buddhagrrl13

My former husband and I were hanging out upstairs at Casino El Camino (before they remodeled it) back in the late 90s. It was a weeknight, and the place was slow. I realized that the door from the upstairs lounge led to some stairs that went down into the courtyard. We stepped out onto the landing and heard the deadbolt lock. There was a window in the door so you could see that the room was still empty. We went down the stairs and found the downstairs door back inside also locked because the patio was closed to patrons. They let us in and asked us how we got out there. I told them what had happened and that the door automatically locked. The bartender told us that there was no automatic lock on that door. She then told us that the bar had previously been a store with an apartment above. A family had run the store and lived in the apartment over the store. One night, a fire burned the whole place down, killing their little girl, whose bedroom was supposedly the upstairs lounge area. She said the little girl haunted the upstairs lounge and would do things like lock people out or turn the lights on and off. They've since remodeled the upstairs, and I don't think there's a way to get to the patio from the upstairs anymore. I haven't been back in years.


alreyexjw

This story didn't happen in Austin, but it's interesting. I lived in an old 2 story 4 plex that was built in the 1930's. I used to hear tapping and creaking stairs when I knew I was the only person in the building. I ended up adopting two kittens and they would play all day long. Many times they stopped playing and they would both stare at something towards the ceiling. They both turned their heads at the same time to watch it go by and get up to follow it into the kitchen or down the hallway. I couldn't see anything, but they could. It used to freak me out! I lived there for 5 years and it happened the whole time we lived there. The previous tenant came to a yard sale I was having and said he saw some sort of figure at the top of the stairs in my apartment when he lived there. He couldn't make it out and it kind of just faded away.


BobbieKnuckles

My wife and I didn't know The Driskill was haunted till after our "encounter". We met some paranormal investigators at the bar the next day. They also told us we were in the "most haunted" floor. At around 3 am the door of our hotel room started shaking slowly and then pretty violently for about 6 seconds. Sort of like how many earthquakes I've experienced have shaking walls and such. It scared the hell out of us. It could have totally been a drunk asshole trying to get into the wrong room but after we learned it was "haunted" and we were on the "most haunted" floor we like to call it our Driskill ghost encounter.


OpusJess

Which floor is the most haunted??


BobbieKnuckles

I can't remember.


iamgard

Near round rock, my step mom lived in an apartment were a bunch of weird shit just kept happening. It was the classic thing turning on and off, presence of some one watching you, pulled the covers off of you kinda stuff. I never noticed but later my dad told me it was and just lied to us cause he didn’t want us to freak us out. None of our family believes in ghost now but it’s a we also don’t want ever live there.


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happywaffle

Aww, I forgot I did that! (The free one I mean, I remember doing ghost tours generally.) Thanks for the shout-out.


EmbarrassedPianist78

I’m off Oltorf and if my ghost is reading this, stop closing my bathroom doors and making my cat stare at you at 3 am. Shit you live here rent free, so do some chores. Maybe fix that broken lamp? Be a good ghost


Winter-Tiger-6489

I was babysitting my 2 year old nephew. I decided to pick up a coffee from Brentwood Social. The store was closed so we went to the Brentwood park. The park was empty. We were playing in the sandbox and my nephew said he saw a ghost. The ghost was bad and mad. I just ignored it the first time. Kids say weird/dumb things. He lives in circle c. He’s never been to this park. We went back randomly 6 months later and he mentioned it again. I asked him where and he said behind the big kid playscape. We found a plaque with a dedication. My SUPER sheltered nephew has never been exposed to this kind of stuff. I asked my entire family. He has never said anything like this before. We went back a 3rd time to test my theory a month later. He said it again. He doesn’t say it at any other place. He doesn’t talk like this. Creepy AF! We don’t go there anymore.


ApprehensiveHippo401

Perry's Steakhouse downtown has had several people die inside of it, both before it became Perry's and during. The most famous is, of course, Jamie Minor, who got stuck in the air vents in 2011. I also know someone had a heart attack in one of the dining rooms in the last year. It is, consequently, a very ominous place to work. Lights turn off constantly, stuff falls off of shelves or slides impossibly off tables, and sometimes when you're alone in one of the utility rooms - the one right next to the big, giant air vents - you can hear someone sobbing, or screaming. A few people have told me they've seen things, after closing, or felt someone touch their neck or whatever else. I have too. It's a weird fucking restaurant.


brothmc

I know it is spooky season and I like a good ghost story, but I am curious how many people actually believe in them. I just started listening the 'otherworld' podcast about ghosts and find myself getting mad that people are genuinely convinced that an entity is controlling the weather and their dreams and physically moving things. This is insane to me and I just can't accept the fact that so many seemingly normal people actually believe in... ghosts 👻😂👻


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I'm a fairly normal dude with a doctorate and I've seen and heard stuff that had no apparent explanation. it's like, if i went back to the 1500s and showed a dude my phone, took some video, etc I'm sure there'd be someone in his village acting like you.


brothmc

i think I am the dude that went back to the 1500s and tried to convince you that witches and magic aren't a real thing lol, I get there are things that have no apparent explanation, but the mental gymnastics required to think that it means the most outlandish thing like the supernatural is the answer. Like if a tv just turns on there are so many things that could explain it and to me ghosts is not in the running for me. Now that I have proven how skeptical I am, I am curious what experience you had that had no explanation, I am open minded - I just need evidence before I am sold


DWwithaFlameThrower

Well, loads of seemingly normal people believe in religion, and a lot of that concerns similar phenomena 🤷🏻‍♀️


brothmc

yep and this is also completely insane to me 😂


DWwithaFlameThrower

It’s like ‘I believe in talking snakes, virgin births, visitations from angels, and the dead rising from the grave to be beamed up into the sky, but …ghosts?! UFOs?! That’s **crazy** talk!’


brothmc

lol, yeah slippery slope of silly shit


MindTraveler48

The ones who scare me most believe in *all* the stuff.


tomacco_man

I think Religion and Aliens / UFOs are intertwined in many ways. Virgin birth? Alien abduction for hybrid experiments on humans. Talking Snake? Alien / Reptilian / Demon. Visitation from Angels? Aliens. Jesus rising from the dead? Alien Scotty beaming Him back aboard the space ship! What if all the stories for the Bible and other old Religious texts are true in someway but the events were just dumbed down by our overlords to cater towards the human mind?


ApprehensiveHippo401

If you're a rationalist of any kind, I think it's fairly rational to realize that the universe is a lot weirder and stranger than we're aware of.


heysashap

ALSO you should check out "The Night Owl" podcast which is about local Austin area ghosts. They cover the history of the location and include a lot of first hand account interviews and then they do an investigation. The most recent episodes on the Williamson Museum (in Georgetown) is really good as is the one on House of Torment. Hearing first hand accounts of what people experience can be very convincing. But I do agree when a lot of shows start talking about possessions and demons it gets silly and not believable. Here's the link to the podcast: https://www.thenightowlpodcast.com


the_maestr0

Night Owl is great! I loved the Pioneer Farms series. I attended an Alamo roadshow there 20 years ago where they screened a bunch of zombie movies with George Romero in attendance. I went back after listening to the podcast to look at the photos I took and saw some of them were filled with orbs, at the time i thought they were just bad photos. Probably were.... and just dust, but fun to think about.


PureYouth

Im part of a “ghost” group on Next Door. Someone started it because there was a post about someone’s ghost and everyone was annihilating each other in the comments, lol. I joined for the stories but there are rarely any good ones. Go figure


brothmc

dude the nextdoor comment fights are hilarious. I have a neighborhood fb group that has 100 plus comment threads of drama and infighting, quite entertaining


PureYouth

Everyone is SO fucking mean to each other. It’s wild


dysrog_myrcial

I read a good article a couple years ago (forget where it was from sadly) that tackled this. In the late 1800s the British Society for Psychical Research asked thousands of people if they ever experienced seeing apparitions and a good chunk of them had. Then the article bounced around mentioning a number of other researchers from the past 100 years. Eventually it come to one of them theorizing that regarding the specific issue of seeing hallucinations of loved ones that had recently passed, it could very well be a biological coping method by the brain. I don't think ghosts are real but I definitely think there could be something going on with our brains. There's just so many anecdotes on the topic that there has to be a root cause. Unfortunately not a lot of serious research has been done on it


brothmc

that is exactly it! I believe that people truly believe that they had a supernatural experience. I think that they are convinced that the weather changed due to an entity and trying to convince them otherwise is futile. The brain is incredible and can convince your body of things like making a placebo actually work. I just get annoyed when they don't connect the dots that their reality is not necessarily reality


LadyAtrox

I don't believe in things that can't be proven, but I'm certainly open to possibilities.


Ineedsoyfreetacos

My house growing up was haunted. As I got older I was sick of it. I was raised very religious but was not very religious in college and have always had a firm belief in science. One of the last times I dealt with whatever it was messing with me at my mom's was when I was in my 20s. I had an old brick cell phone and the back was missing. I put it to charge on a side table in my bedroom and went to sleep. I woke up the next morning and the phone hadn't charged because the battery had fallen out. The phone had been set so the battery was on the table so you would have had to lifted the phone for it to fall out. It didn't make sense but I assumed user error. The next night I plugged my phone in again and this time I lined it up so the bottom was perfectly parallel to the line of the table, so I'd know if it was moved. I also set it face down so the battery was up so it couldn't fall out somehow. I woke up the next morning and the battery had been removed from my phone and was sitting next to it, perfectly parallel to the table. And of course it had no charge. It felt like a big FU. I can't explain that. My mom was the only other person in the house. The last encounter I remember was after that. It was broad daylight but that house is always dark. I was making a sandwich on one counter and there was a fork and lemon on the other kitchen counter behind me that my mom had left out. I heard the fork drop - it sounded like it had been dropped from a foot or more onto the counter. I turned around and the lemon spinning. I was so tired of it at that point I just calmly took my sandwich said something to the effect of "I literally don't fucking care anymore" and walked off. And that seemed to stop it. But yeah I can't explain that. I tried to explain the really unhinged stuff as a kid. But those two incidents in my 20s have no good explanation.


brothmc

They may have no apparent explanation but the jump from the million and 1 possible things that it could have been and going straight to the most insane supernatural explanation is what blows my mind. It is way more likely that you bumped the table in your sleep or that you have a rat infestation, or you have a propane gas leak, or you were just mistaken because memory is not trustworthy. So no disrespect as I believe that you think it was supernatural, I just think it is way more likely that it is something else


Ineedsoyfreetacos

The table was across the room from where I slept sandwiched between two dressers so didn't bump it. Also I couldn't have bumped it, not moved the phone, and had the battery magically pop perfectly parallel to the phone. I thought maybe the fork had been sitting on the lemon and it just lost it's balance, but the fork bounced on the counter, so it would have had to been dropped from a higher height to make it bounce in the way that it did and I had seen the fork on the counter before I started making my sandwich. Also the lemon was spinning, not just wobbly. I don't think it's such a leap to think that some entities that cross-culturally humans have believed in for millenia actually exist and we still just aren't capable of perceiving them or fully understanding them. Maybe 500 years from now we'll have an answer but I think it's the height of hubris to think we have it all figured out.


Ineedsoyfreetacos

Also my husband is not religious and has a masters degree in engineering but we had an issue in an Airbnb in Sweden with some entity that hated women. I couldn't turn on any light in the apartment - the light switches only worked if he switched them. We heard such a ruckus in the other room my husband thought someone had broken in and was tearing up the apartment, but he went out there and there was no one. The door was still locked, but some stuff was moved around. He even looked in the closets but we couldn't find anyone. It happened again the next night. We were glad to leave that place.


brothmc

it is also interesting to me that people think that they because they have some education or lack of religious beliefs that they are not susceptible to the cognitive dissonance needed to have such a lapse in judgement that they think a ghost turned off a light as opposed to some electrical issue or something 🤷🏻‍♂️


Ineedsoyfreetacos

I would just posit that if you take the stance that nothing anyone can say would ever convince you other than to your point, then why are you even engaging in this post? Because you have a self righteous indignation that your beliefs are somehow superior and you want to shit on people having good fun? If you have a belief that you firmly hold that cannot change no matter what other evidence is presented, is that really factually based? My husband and I are both well educated with advanced degrees. We thought of all the variables as best we could and found all other explanations wanting - but no I'm sure joe schmoe on the Internet knew those specific situations better than us. Is it a ghost or something else? Who knows. I have a personal belief system that defines what I think it was. Other belief systems would probably differ. All we really could surmise is that whatever the cause, it was beyond our current understanding, which the older I get the more I realize we, as a human race, still don't know so much more than we actually know.


brothmc

I am just curious what people believe, it is fascinating to me and I am in no way superior or trying to shit on anyone, I just have my own beliefs which I would totally change if presented with some actual evidence and I agree we don't know everything and I sure as hell don't but for some reason I can't get enough of people that are flat earthers, think there are lizard people, q-anon cloned people and the like. I guess I lump supernatural folks into that same bucket which there are def levels to it


heysashap

I get it. I'm a pretty normal person but I've had unexplained things happen to me enough times that I believe it's possible. I mean the government just confirmed aliens are real, why not ghosts? 👻😂


nutmeggy2214

> I mean the government just confirmed aliens are real, I'm sorry, what


heysashap

[https://www.npr.org/2023/07/27/1190390376/ufo-hearing-non-human-biologics-uaps](https://www.npr.org/2023/07/27/1190390376/ufo-hearing-non-human-biologics-uaps) https://www.npr.org/2023/09/13/1199251336/mexico-alien-corpses-congress


nutmeggy2214

Neither of these are the US government confirming aliens are real.


kanyeguisada

Both of those stories are completely made up and that dude was clearly lying.


analog_approach

Sorry, the government has not confirmed aliens are real.


heysashap

[https://www.npr.org/2023/07/27/1190390376/ufo-hearing-non-human-biologics-uaps](https://www.npr.org/2023/07/27/1190390376/ufo-hearing-non-human-biologics-uaps) https://www.npr.org/2023/09/13/1199251336/mexico-alien-corpses-congress


analog_approach

A person testifying to the US govt about second-hand witnessed events is not the same as the govt saying aliens are real.


kanyeguisada

Those are called quacks, that is not "the government".


heysashap

Bro, they’re literally testifying to congress for both governments. They’re not going to hold a hearing if it wasn’t legit and they are “quacks”. The guys testifying in the US are very credible career military and intelligence. What do they have to gain doing this?


kanyeguisada

Your first article is one Air Force vet who admits he has never seen a shred of evidence and his testimony is based on stories other people have told him. If there was actually such a government program, it would be classified at the highest level possible and he would already be getting court martialed right now. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/a-logical-take/202307/a-logical-take-on-the-new-news-about-aliens >>For Grusch, the subsequent notoriety and book deals could totally be worth the risk of a contempt charge. >>What’s more, if the evidence he has simply doesn’t entail what he thinks it does, he can’t be found guilty of lying; he’d just be mistaken. And that’s what seems most likely. If there is one thing I have learned during the 10 years of authoring this blog, it’s that critical-thinking skills are sorely lacking in our society, across the board. Even in professions that would seem to require them—lawyers, lawmakers, military personnel, and even philosophy professors—there are large collections of people that simply lack the ability to think critically. That means there are a lot of people who are not nearly as good at evaluating evidence as they think they are. As a result, the likelihood that Grusch and his sources have convinced themselves that they have good evidence of aliens, when they don’t, is extremely high. >>when you can’t find a natural explanation of something, “I’m not as smart as I think I am” will always be a better explanation than “It must be ghosts/aliens/Bigfoot/ESP, etc.” (It’s akin to recognizing that you might be suspectable to the Dunning-Kruger Effect.)   As for the Mexican alien hoax, the guy that perpetrated it, Jaime Maussan, has been a known charlatan about finding aliens in Mexico for decades. https://www.wired.com/story/mexico-fake-aliens-science-fightback/ https://www.wired.com/story/mexico-congress-aliens-fake/ https://www.space.com/alien-mummies-nasa-uap-study-team


brothmc

that is the difference between y'all and us skeptics I guess - I don't believe there is definitive proof of aliens either 😂


[deleted]

I'm not religious or spiritual. There is shit out there that just has no logical explanation. I wouldn't assume ghosts or spirits right off the bat, but what do you do when you've crossed out every logical scientific explanation?


brothmc

I would have to come to grips with not knowing, instead of assuming supernatural 🤷🏻‍♂️


123trumpeter

Otherworld and Jack are amazing, though.


RangerWhiteclaw

While there are true believers out there, I think a lot of people who “believe” in ghosts either do so ironically or conveniently (like that bit in the Community purple pen/bottle episode, where after exhausting every possible scenario they could think of, the group decided that a ghost stole the pen [in reality, it was a loose monkey]). Sometimes, it’s easier to just conclude that a ghost did something like turn on the TV at 3am rather than figuring out what actually happened. And it adds some mystique to an otherwise boring event.


Miguel-odon

I can't say I believe in ghosts at all, but I've seen a few things that I can't explain


abnormalbrain

It's 1840, legend has it...there was a four-foot-ten guy with syphilis, no teeth and nothing to do all day but try not to fuck horses. He got drunk and fell out of a window after losing a bar fight where the other guy wouldn't even consider it a fight, and now he opens a door in my apartment at 2am. Bro GTFO, ghosts couldn't handle the shit we put up with before 9am.


AMediocreWhiteGuy

We went out to dinner, she said she had a great time, then she disappeared and I never heard from her again. 😱👻


corgisandbikes

the ghost of LBJ at my ass in a room at the driskel.


kanyeguisada

Did he show you his big dick?


Dr_Killbot

Lyndon or Lady Bird?


Dr_Killbot

Years ago I was at Red’s Scoot Inn. Went to the men’s room. The bathroom is small only a urinal and stall on the right. On the back left wall there is a sink. When you walk in you can’t miss seeing the sink and the faucet was off. I was alone and at the urinal when I heard water flowing from the sink. I finished up and stepped over to the sink and turned the faucet off. I was thinking oh maybe it’s a weird pluming thing and the handle is doing something weird. It felt completely normal. I twisted it to shut it off and it spooked the hell out of me. I got out of there and to this day I am convinced something turned it on to let me know they were there. Went home and looked up the history and it used to be a railroad stop. I imagine stuff has gone down there in the past.


Hustlasaurus

I once thought I saw a ghost, but then I remembered ghosts are made up same as vampires, werewolves and the boogeyman.


KonradFreeman

People seem to be so smug saying that ghosts are not real. They don't know what I know. People are just so stupid that they take everything at face value. A ghost is somehow able to do all these feats that are not natural in real life. What people do not realize is that the supernatural can easily be explained once you realize it is all metaphor. Of course the dead do not haunt the living as what Hollywood portrays at ghosts. Instead something much more nefarious is available for those that play with the occult. What is the occult? The hidden? Hidden knowledge. It is hidden because rather than talk about the physical world they are talking about the world of metaphor that exists in the mind. The goal of the philosopher's stone, to turn lead into gold was not literal but instead a metaphor for how to transform the common thoughts that weigh us down into the light transcendent thoughts that free the mind. What does it mean to be haunted by a ghost then? Let me tell you my ghost story. There once was a marine named Chris. He lost everything as so many do and became alcoholic and unhoused. I took him in and helped him. He took care of my cat and they became best friends. My cat liked him more than me. As he was drunk all the time he thought that my cat could talk. Well not really talk but instead, he came up with a way to communicate with series of meows and winks, he was convinced my cat winked at him. Chris had a secret though. He was a hit man. As he had the skills the marines taught him he had the skills and as his life had taken a downturn he had become desperate for money for his alcohol. I found this out when he talked to my cat, Captain, a black and white cat. Soon he started seeing black and white cats everywhere. He thought they were Captain. He would talk to them too. He loved Captain more than anything and would talk to him all day. Long story short, he became a hit man who just killed whoever my cat told him to. Chris ended up getting murdered though, as described in The Way of the Roach and Cat Was he murdered though? I only heard it and did not see it. I never saw Chris again, but still to this day if you see a black and white cat at a bus stop, beware if you see a homeless marine talking to it. That cat might tell him you are next! Chris's ghost haunts every bus stop where you see a black and white cat. If you are unkind to the cat, beware! He was a hitman. to the unhoused, beware! ​ ​ ​ So you see, ghosts are real. The spirit of Chris haunts the bus stops of Austin and all those who are unkind to cats. What is a spirit, it is just the non-corporal embodiment of a person that is not present. Spirits and ghosts are just the dead living in the mind and culture. Why would I tell this story to kids or idiots? Why have we throughout history done so? To scare people into being decent to each other. Parents make up monsters and ghosts to keep people in line. The supernatural as well is just a tool of culture to warn people about pitfalls in life.


pfug

The real spookieness was the latent mental illness within all of us. 10/10 read


felix66789

>10/10 read Still on the fence about it


brothmc

bingo


Juan_Calavera

OP asked for a scary story, not something to put them to sleep.


creepyposta

The first house I bought in 1998 was originally moved from the area where they built the LBJ Library to the far east side (not so east nowadays - east of airport south of Springdale Road). For while I kept seeing weird stuff out of the corner of my eye. Like the jeans I left on the floor standing up like an invisible mannequin was wearing them or once or twice the old piano that came with the house wouldn’t have notes played on it (turns out that was the cat, but it still creeped me out at 3 AM). Weird sounds / vibrations with no apparent cause. One of my woo friends came over with a fat sage smudge stick and we burned it to a stub and after that it all stopped.


floin

ITT: People who confuse the unhoused with the undead.


weswesruss

Buddy of mine and his then gf rented a house off north loop. Felt creepy as shit every time I was over there, day or night, especially in the back bedroom. Came to found out she had a Native American heirloom she got at a flea market hanging in the bedroom. They also had dead flies accumulate in their bath tub numerous times. Bathroom would smell like sulfur too at nighttime.


tayl0roo

I lived in a single dorm in Brackenridge at UT and had numerous spooky encounters in the bathroom on my floor. There were 2 showers and about 3 or 4 toilet stalls in the bathroom but it never got much traffic since there were probably only like 6 girls who I shared the bathroom with. Anyway, when I'd go in alone I'd often feel like there was someone else in there with me. Occasionally it was more than just a feeling. Toilets would flush if I was in the shower late at night even though the front door never opened. There was also at least one instance where I was using the restroom and it sounded like someone was squeaking the faucet on in the shower, though no water came out. Never felt those vibes in my dorm room itself, even though I did share a wall with the restroom (never heard anything weird while on the other side of the wall in my room either). After I took a tower tour during parents weekend and learned that Whitman got caught gutting a deer in his dorm bathroom, I kinda convinced myself the deer was my ghost - but I later learned he was caught at the Wooten so that theory was busted lol


kels83

The old LaBare (recently reopened as Superstition, a play on its reputation of being haunted)... Two people died there, confirmed in the Statesman. One parton punched by a male stripper, another male stripper was shot in the parking lot. But rumors also included that the bar was haunted by the head of the owner's deceased wife after she was beheaded.


synaptic_drift

So, I'll put this here also: This is true. I found a conjuring circle in the woods in Austin, when I went on a hike. I believe that something followed me home, trying to attach itself to me. I would be asleep, then wake up with the sound of a nail scratching across the top middle of my bedroom door, knocks/taps on the door, on several nights, when no one was there, and mimicking my son's voice calling to me. He was fast asleep at the opposite end of the house. I commanded it to leave by the blood of Christ, that it needed to leave. I also asked God to open a way for them to go to the light, and told it to go to the light. No, I'm not an evangelical nut, or a Catholic. It left, and has never come back. I will never go back to that place!


slut4chilis

I thought I saw a werewolf, or a wolfman. But then it turned out it was just a wolf. That was 100 % scarier than a half man, half wolf.


L0s_Gizm0s

Happened on 2011 Gathright Cove Unit A - don't mind sharing since my friend and his mother have since moved. Obligatory, don't pester the current residents, but if you want to check it out I can't stop you. ​ Ok, so this experience still gives me goosebumps. I'm a logic-based person and really try to approach these "unexplainable" events with occam's finest razor. I find a lot of people on this sub are similar and I really want to share this with everyone who uses reason to try and help me either validate or dismiss this. **Backstory:** My friend (we'll call him Fred) and his mother lived in their house for many years prior to me meeting him. I met him in 6th grade (we're 35 now), he's still my best friend to this day. Both him and his mother swore up and down that his house was haunted. All through high school we'd hang out at his house and I never had an experience. He ended up going to college in Louisiana but would visit on holidays. This experience happened in December 2006 - he was coming home from college for winter break. He brought a friend from college with him too, will call him John. **Experience:** We decided to try and coax a reaction from this ghost since nobody but Fred and his mom had seen anything. We were 18 and foolish so we had a Ouija Board (i know, i know but it was fun) and candles. We were sitting in his room, after midnight I'm sure because his mom was already asleep. We were burning a candle in a [thick-glassed "coaster"](https://imgur.com/MtVqrVE) designed for candles. We were playing with the Ouija Board and the flame flickered a bit, but whatever, it was just a draft. Then the coaster popped clean in half - no shards, just \\\*pop\\\*. My first thought is that this was just heat transfer and the coaster couldn't handle it. At least, that's what I tell myself. The candle was not low, so 1. I don't see how it could have transferred that much heat, and 2. those are specifically designed for candles - I'd have to imagine that the amount of heat it would take to cause this to happen would be far greater than anything a candle could emit. Sure, it was December, but we live in Texas so it wasn't that cold. It *definitely* wasn't cold enough to cause such shock on the glass. Even with those two considerations, I'm still able to dismiss this as physics, however unfavorable the conditions for such a reaction were. Here's the part that sends chills down my body 17 years later. I had [my laptop (2006 HP)](https://imgur.com/a/fz7DhIJ) and was searching how to perform a seance. When I got to the website and clicked the link for instructions, my laptop shut down immediately. The page didn't even load. I rebooted my laptop and noticed that the wi-fi button had been turned off (pictured in the link above in the middle of the chassis below the screen). I pressed it and it lit up, but I still could not connect to wi-fi. I had to go into control panel and re-enable the wi-fi radio. It had been completely shut off. I was finally able to get connected again, so I reloaded the website and attempted to click the link again. As soon as I clicked the link the lights in his room dimmed and we heard footsteps run down the hall. We freaked the fuck out (and I'm still covered in goosebumps just typing this). John who isn't as big a believer immediately opened the door and went out into the dark living room telling the ghost to show itself. We followed sheepishly and noticed that his mom was still in her room sleeping. There's no way she could have dimmed the lights, but even IF she could have magically phased through the wall to adjust the lights she absolutely could not have ran and made it back to her room to act asleep that quickly. Not to mention her room was out and to the right, but the footsteps clearly traveled left down the hallway. I had experiences in that home afterward but none nearly as terrifying as this one - just mainly "feelings" and sounds. His mother moved a few years later and hasn't had any experiences since.I know this all sounds crazy, and objectively I wouldn't believe it if I read it. All I can say is that the feelings I had that night were very real and continue to spook me when I think of it today. His mother is basically my second mother, I trust her 10000% and she has told me other stories of experiences, but since I wasn't there I don't want to share them because I can't verify it. I do know that she would sleep with a knife under her pillow. Not that it would help against a ghost, but it probably provided some comfort. It makes her sound nutso but, and I know this is rich coming from a random person on the internet, she is not by any means nutty. Like I said, I love her as a second mom and trust her just as much.Just wanted to share as I've never posted about this anywhere and have only talked about it with close friends and relatives.


kbaustin2013

I lived in the Dos Rios Apartments next to Ken’s Donuts on Guadalupe in 1988-89. For some reason, my next door neighbor, who I had become friends with, let me borrow her apartment while she was out of town. I think some repairs were being done to mine. Anyway, in the middle of the night, I felt her cat jump on the bed and curl up to sleep by my feet. I’ve had cats my whole life and I immediately recognize that little jump and curl move. It woke me up but it didn’t bother me, in fact it felt comforting, so I went right back to sleep. When I woke up in the morning, my first and immediate thought was “holy shit, she does not have a cat.” When she got back to town the first thing I told her about was the cat. She laughed and said “Oh that’s my ghost cat. He follows me to wherever I live.” Funny thing was I wasn’t really scared when she said that… instead that same feeling of comfort washed over me. She moved to Houston the following year and I guess ghost cat went with her. We never spoke of him again.