07/27/17

6 Creepy Camping Stories (That Actually Happened)

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Telling ghost stories around the campfire is all fun and games, but not all campfire stories are fiction. From strange lights in the sky to women wailing in the forest, here are six real-life creepy stories that will put you off camping forever.

A Rocky Trip

“I was backpacking in the Beartooh Wilderness in early 2000s with a good friend of mine. Three days into the hike, we had only seen one other couple. On the third night, at about 4 AM, we were awoken in our tent by what sounded like screams in the forest…big, guttural screams.

Obviously, we were freaked out sitting in the tent not knowing what was out there. We started hearing what sounded like hail for about 15 minutes, followed by heavy footsteps near our camp. My friend and I started yelling and making tons of noise, and the commotion outside the tent slowly came to a halt.

In the morning, after not sleeping at all, we unzipped the tent to the creepiest scene: all around the tent were literally thousands of little pebbles that were not there the evening before. Surrounding the tent in a near perfect circle were 20 or so 150 to 300-pound boulders. My friend and I noped out of there making a three-day hike into one, practically running the entire way to the car.” – Ranker

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07/17/17

Reader Submission: Kitchen Poltergeist

“Last week, my parents went out of town and I spent a few days alone. This was no big deal as I’m 18 and stay alone often, but this time the creepiest thing happened while they were away.

One afternoon, I was up in my room when the kitchen cabinets downstairs started banging. Now I’m not talking about little thumps and thuds. It sounded like someone was in my house slamming the cabinet doors as hard as they could. BANG! BANG! BANG! I was sure someone had broken in.

I stood there for a minute, freaking out and not sure what to do. I eventually snapped out of it and headed to my parents’ room to get the gun. Like I said, I was sure someone had forced their way inside the house and was ransacking the place. So I got the gun, loaded it, and left the room. The cabinets kept banging the entire time.

I headed downstairs, and the SECOND my foot touched the bottom landing, the banging sounds stopped. I mean one second there were these deafening bangs, and the next second it was silent. I thought that whoever was in the house had heard me coming down and was hiding somewhere.

I searched the house from top to bottom. I looked under the beds, in the closets, up in the attic, everywhere. There was no one around, and nothing had been disturbed. The cabinets were all closed when I downstairs, and the dishes were fine.

Once I was sure the house was empty, I grabbed my uniform and went to work two hours early. After my shift, I was too afraid to come home, so I stayed out until two in the morning. Thankfully, nothing happened when I got back , and nothing weird has happened since then.”

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07/8/17

Reader Submission: Haunted Home

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“In the ’80s, my aunt used to live in a haunted house in Columbia, South Carolina. As far as I know, it was an average home- there was no dark history or murders -but the creepiest stuff always happened. Here’s just some of what my aunt and her family experienced there.

It started off with strange noises. For example, my aunt would hear what sounded like a broom falling in the closet, or shoes shuffling in the bedroom. When she went to investigate, however, the noises stopped and everything was where she’d left it.

Soon after the noises began, weird things started happening around the house. For instance, after a night of heavy snowfall, my uncle went outside and noticed water pouring from the faucet. The handle had been turned as far as it would go, but there were no footprints in the snow. How could someone turn the faucet on without leaving tracks?

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06/18/17

Ghosts of the Antofagasta Mudslide

On June 18, 1991, exactly 26 years ago today, a sudden mudslide swept away large portions of Antofagasta, Chile. More than 100 people died in the disaster, while thousands more were left homeless. And according to a local paper, victims of the disaster continue to haunt Antofagasta and neighboring villages.

In 2005, the newspaper Las Ultimas Noticias of Santiago de Chile reported that residents of Villa Los Salares, a village near Antofagasta that was home to half of the landslide’s victims, hear screams and sobs in the night. There are also tales of a ghost boy, a child in white who wanders the village and passes through solid objects.

“A few weeks ago, I saw a little boy dressed in white, about four years old,” a man named Luis told the paper. “He passed right through the gate without any effort. My oldest son also saw it. He told me that he felt chills, and, when he went to the window, the little boy was staring at him.”

Other eerie events in the village include levitating glasses, disembodied sobs, and floating apparitions. And while the 1991 mudslide was by far the most deadliest, other mudslides have claimed lives in Antofagasta since then.

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