I’m pretty obsessed with all things creepy, so I’m really excited to read these stories from people talking about the scariest things that have ever happened to them when they’ve been home alone.

I mean, is there anything more terrifying than something going very wrong when you’re home alone?

I don’t think so…so let’s get creeped out!

Let’s check out these stories from AskReddit users.

1. Who’s there?

“A couple years back I woke up at 3am to see someone walk past my bedroom door, I called out in my just woken up, not thinking haze thinking maybe my boyfriend had come over while I was sleeping but got no response so knew it wasn’t him.

Got out of bed, stupidly forgetting to take my phone or any kind of defensive item with me and went into the front room where the light was on to be met with a random guy staring at one of the walls, I asked him who he was and got no answer.

At this point I’d actually woken up enough to realize I could really be in trouble so ran back to the bedroom, grabbed my phone and ran outside on the phone to the police who showed up within a few minutes.

Turns out the guy was mentally ill and to this day neither myself or the police know how he got in.”

2. A head pops in…

“One day while I was working afternoons a couple years back I woke up at around 10am and started to watch American Dad before getting up. Next thing you know I hear my back door open. A normal thing in our home since we only use the back door.

But no one was supposed to be home yet. I assumed it was my mom and didn’t think anything of it. Then I heard footsteps coming up the stairs as my bedroom was on the second floor. I call out to my mom and get no response.

Then my door cracks open and a head pops in. It’s a 30-ish year old man with a blonde beard and a big mane of greasy hair who looks shocked to see me. At the time I was about 260 lbs, 6’3 and 20 years old (m). I was also sitting in only my boxers.

Before I was able to realize what was happening he asked “is this the ____ residence” to which I reply “no?” .

He makes a swift exit and before I can recollect my thoughts he’s not even in my driveway. Talked to a family friend who is a veteran police officer turns out a man has been pulling this kind of stunt to rob people in nearby towns.”

3. Creeper.

“I moved into our house a month before my husband did and I was painting our guest room with the windows wide open.

I was busy painting, listening to music when I realized it had gotten dark outside. I heard the leaves crunching outside but didn’t think anything of it because we have a lot of neighbors who walk their dogs.

When I went to close the windows I saw a man standing in my backyard under the tree maybe 5 feet from our back door staring up at me. I fell to the floor and realized the back glass door was probably open and nothing but the screen which he could have easily just walked into my house.

Crawled to my phone and called my husband who then called 911 while rushing home to me. We have a 6 ft tall fence around our yard, this person hopped it to watch me. I couldn’t sleep right at night for months.”

4. Babysitting…

“I was babysitting a kid who had a video monitor and was told that she wouldn’t wake up while the parents were out and if she did to call them right away.

I was watching tv with the monitor set off to the side to keep an eye on her and right around 11, the cameras view shifted a few inches. It then began to slightly jiggle like someone was messing with it.

I was squinting at it trying to decide what I was actually seeing, and I kid you not, the whole screen burst to static for a few seconds, and the kid started WALING.

She stood up and was screaming in her crib just like one of the kids from the sims. When she didn’t fall back asleep after a few minutes I called mom and she said “okay were on our way home anyway. We think she has nightmares sometimes it’s fine.””

5. Let me in…

“When I was like 9 my parents were both at work one day and I was chilling at home by myself when the intercom rang.

It was some lady asking if I’ve ordered a pizza. I calmly told her no. Then she said, “Oh…well, do you want a free pizza? Just let me in and I’ll give it to you.”

9 year old me was  terrified by this. Not because I found the idea of free pizza particularly scary, but because my dad used to tell me really drastic cautionary tales for why I shouldn’t open the door to strangers (and other stuff).

So I was genuinely convinced that the woman wanted to come in so she could murder me.”

6. In the middle of the night.

“Woke up in the middle of the night because I smelled smoke, and I reached out to turn on my lamp and my hand hit what was very obviously a person.

My brain fully woke up at that point, and I realized there was a shirtless man in my bedroom, smoking a cigarette and staring at me. I remember yelling for him to get out, and I must’ve spooked him just as badly as he spooked me because he leapt out my window and took off.

I slammed it shut and moved a bookcase in front of it, and when I went out the next morning in the daylight found the screen sitting against the house.

Didn’t sleep the rest of the night, and I haven’t slept with a window more than cracked ever since. I also absolutely refuse to live on the ground floor of a building.

I don’t know if he was planning to rob me or rape me or both, but it was absolutely terrifying and makes me wonder how many times it happened and I didn’t wake up.”

7. Peep hole.

“When I was 19 in my first apartment I had someone knock at the door. I looked through the peep hole and saw this burley, heavy set man who abruptly started screaming to let him in.

He was screaming things like he was going to beat my *ss, and kick the door down if I didn’t open. I called the cops and as soon as someone got on the phone he started body slamming my door to break in.

I was freaking out and crying as they quickly had 5 cops show up within 5+ minutes. As soon as he heard the sirens he quickly walked away and they met him at the bottom of the stairs. Apparently he was after the previous renter but was extremely intoxicated.

They arrested him and thankfully he never came back. I ended up breaking my lease and moving out 3 months later.

It was in a very nice neighborhood but it quickly made me wish I was back home with family instead of being on the other side of the United States.”

8. Outside the window.

“My bf worked away from home a lot and I always struggled to sleep on the first night he was away. On this occasion I was woken by the sound of a man shouting and then someone banging on wood or a front door.

I jumped up and looked out my bedroom window….. just in time to see a man dressed all in black walking through our garden towards the house. I ran to the front of the house to look out of the front window and make sure he kept going.

He did, but he met up with another man dressed in black walking towards my house. I was terrified and called the police, they arrived in a matter of minutes and checked out the back garden but they were gone.

Turned out a neighbor had caught them both trying to steal his car and one had escaped through the gardens while the other had run through the roads and they had met up outside my house. I didn’t sleep at all that night and my brother came to stay the next night.

I’m so glad I live in an apartment now, much more security.”

9. Big bang.

“When I was like 14, I was home alone one night around 10pm stood in my kitchen making some cereal.

It’s dark outside and then all of a sudden the loudest sound.

Some drunk woman literally launched a hammer through my kitchen window.

Was so loud and glass was everywhere.

I followed her down the street whilst calling the police.

Pretty strange.”

10. Bombs away.

“One evening an explosion at a petrochemical plant (located a mile from my house) blew out the double window in my living room while I was in the room.

I definitely thought we were being bombed until I remembered where I live.

I had just let my dog out to the backyard and he was completely traumatized.

For the following two months I had to carry him outside and sit in the grass with pieces of chicken just so he would potty.”

11. Shady business.

“When I was young, I came home from a party in the middle of the night, when my dad were out of town.

I started making a midnight quesadilla when I heard someone cough in the basement.

I yelled and ran outside, and they took off through the back yard.

Come to find out, my dad’s ex gfs daughter stole her key to our house and came to rob us. She was busted a couple years later doing this to her SIL.”

12. Breaking in.

“Somebody tried to break into the house while I was by myself.

The whole place was quiet and dark at nighttime. I walked past the front door to go upstairs for bed, and the handle suddenly started jerking around like The Hulk was trying to get in.

Then whoever it was started to either kick or shoulder the door, and it was making the whole frame jiggle. I completely froze and my mind went blank. Just standing there like an idiot and staring.

My dog bolted down the stairs like it was her time to shine, scrambled on the tile, and let loose the most vicious barks I’ve ever heard. Whoever it was left.

She was a very good girl. I miss her.”


“I was home from university for the summer and didn’t have a job so was home alone whilst everyone was at work.

I live in a small village on a quiet street so was completely normal to have all the windows and doors open during the day. Late on in the afternoon I get a call from my Dad, “I’m around the corner but struggling to get into the street. I’ll explain when I’m home but lock all the doors, close the windows and go upstairs.”

This was obviously strange, we don’t live in a bad area and my dad’s sense of humor isn’t that mean but the tone in his voice made me do it without hesitation. Everything closed and locked and upstairs I go.

A few minutes later I get a second call from my Dad, “some police are going to be going through the side gate into the back garden to check the shed. I’ll be home soon.” A

gain, I was terrified but knew to just ask later. Stayed upstairs but did see armed police checking the back garden. When my Dad finally got home I obviously asked what had happened.

Turns out some 16 year old kid on our street had taken some legal highs, stabbed a neighbor, then did a runner. Absolutely terrifying but a sad part is they found him at night time because he is scared of the dark and came out of hiding.”

How about you?

What’s the scariest thing that’s happened to you when you’ve been home alone?

If so, please share your stories with us in the comments!