Kids Say the Creepiest Things: Five Kids That Will Keep You Up At Night
Childhood should be a time of innocence and glee, but have you noticed how often children get involved in the creepy stuff? We might want to believe that children are sugar and spice and everything nice, but as it turns out, most kids are downright morbid. There’s something Not terribly long ago, a poster on Reddit asked the parents of the forum, “what’s the spookiest thing your child has ever said?” The answers serve to remind all of us that the world of children might not be such a comfortable happy place!
Psalm_69: I was sound asleep, and at around 6am I was woken up by my 4 year old daughters face inches from mine. She looked right into my eyes and whispered, “I want to peel all your skin off”.
Fortunately, this referred to the fact that the child’s mother had been badly sunburned. Peeling off dead and drying skin is a simple enough thing, but being woken up by a child who wants to do this has got to be a fairly terrifying experience!
Seethella: When my son was little he, maybe 3, he used to do this weird crawl where he would slide his forehead along the floor. That was pretty creepy in itself. Then one night he crawled across the hallway into my room like that and stood up a few inches from my face and made a weird meow sound. He got into bed with me and went to sleep. Another time he was freaking out about a monster in the basement so we went down and saw nothing, of course, and as I turned out the light and headed upstairs and he said “Hes right behind us now.” I might have peed a little. Possibly the creepiest thing he did was one day I scolded him for misbehaving so he hid his head under his blanket. I pretended I couldn’t find him by saying “Where is my little Carson?” He slowly lowered the blanket and with a dead evil stare said, “Carson is gone, I am Rick.” I’m certain he’s possessed. We never knew any Ricks, as far I can remember. Still don’t. Never figured out where he picked up the name.
There’s something truly horrifying about your child’s new and developing personality being replaced with something alien, something evil, or something truly malicious. In the old days, people used to worry about children getting taken away by the fairies and twisted little changelings being left in their place. One wonders if it was incidents like this that gave rise to that kind kind of myth.
Infowin: My 3 year old nephew was at my cottage. He’s asked me numerous times about the “girl over there” while pointing at one of the back bedrooms. The place is small, and there is definitely nobody there so I just dismiss it as a really active imagination (he has lots of imaginary friends).
Then some friends are visiting and they have a daughter around the same age. She has never met my nephew. Twice in the one day she asked about the “pretty girl” while pointing at the exact same room. Definitely caught me out and I didn’t know what to think.
Then at Christmas my family was over at my place and my nephew points at a picture of my wife and asks if she is coming to visit us here or does she just stay at the cottage. My wife died ten years ago. Personally I don’t really believe in paranormal stuff so it’s probably just my logical brain putting together a bunch of kids ramblings but it definitely got my attention.
Some children just seem more tapped into the spirit world than any of us are comfortable with. Perhaps this little boy was putting together scraps of things he had heard, or perhaps he really was getting a visit from a loving aunt. Either way, it seems to make the kids happy while leaving the parents clawing for the locks.
Jmersh: My wife was getting my 2yr old son up one morning. He was standing in his bed/crib. As she said good morning and walked over to him he picked up her shirt a little and crooked his head to the side. She asked him what he was doing and he said, “looking for my baby sister in your tummy.” She laughed it off as a weird kid imagination thing. We found out later that at the time she was 2 weeks pregnant and it was, in fact, a girl. We are due in September. We had never really had the talk about where babies come from nor did we talk about having another child at all around him. So spooky.
We’re used to teaching our children things; it’s pretty creepy and fascinatng (though mostly creepy) when we realize that they know more than we do.
Here’s an older one, marked down in academic journals. Donald Winnicott, a psychoanalyst who worked primarily with young children after WW2, was called in to help a very young girl who started having nightmares directly after her little brother was born.
After an extended period of playing and communicating with the child, Winnicott realized that she was afraid of a “black mummy” who would come into her room saying “where are my yams?” Given that for the child, ‘yams’ referred to the act of eating, she was afraid of being eaten. The black mummy came from the babacar, a concept which confused Winnicott until he ventured a guess that the babacar was the inside of the child’s mother.
When he said this, the child was relieved and said, “Yes, the black inside.”
Children often seem tapped into another world; we’re lucky that most of them leave that world behind as they grow up!