As Halloween approaches, everything seems to make us jump a little easier. Our senses are heightened, and everyone is just waiting for someone to pop out and scare them. From creepy ghost babies to food looking like scary clowns, these people were given the fright of their lives! After feeling like they were going to get a heart attack these people realized that most of the scares were nothing more than optical illusions or coincidences. You can probably sympathize with the people who took these absolutely terrifying photos, but pray that nothing like this happens to you!
1. The Sunset Made It Look Like The Apartment Was On Fire
As the sunset one evening, someone looked out their window and thought their neighbor's apartment was on fire. After a closer look, they realized the sunset was just reflecting onto their neighbor's windows. They had a mini heart attack, but they were glad it was only a reflection.
Obviously, in a split second, most people aren't thinking logically, but if something was on fire like that, wouldn't there be smoke? They were probably more concerned for their neighbor than wasting time thinking about the logistics of a real house fire.
2. Just A Dog And A Log, Nothing Out Of The Ordinary
When this person went into their yard to find the dog, they were frightened to death by this sight. They thought their dog had been cut in half, but they realized it was just a log. The dog and the wood have the same coloring, so at first glance, it was terrifying.
Maybe the dog was playing a prank on his owner purposely. It is like revenge for pretending to throw the ball all those times or tricking him into going to the vet. The dog said, "I finally got you back for all those times you tricked me. Revenge is a dish best served cold."
3. Wife Gave Him A Heart Attack When She Left Her Gloves Out To Dry
Sometimes people scare others without even trying. This woman left her cleaning gloves out to dry on the side of the washer, and her husband nearly screamed when he saw them. He thought some scary monster was trying to crawl out of the machine to attack him.
Maybe she is trying to tell her husband that she would like a helping hand with the chores at home. After he saw this, it took him a second to catch his breath, and then he realized it was just a pair of gloves. He still gets frightened every time he sees her gloves.
4. Ghost Baby On The Monitor Turned Out To Be Something Much Less Scary
In the middle of the night, this mother checked the baby monitor to see that her son was asleep. When she looked at the screen, her heart stopped for a moment because it looked like a ghost baby was sleeping next to her son. In her sleepy state, she had no idea what it could be.
The next morning when she woke him up, she realized the mattress had a picture of a baby on it. The whole time she was just seeing the image through the sheet, which was rather unsettling. Why would a company put a picture of a baby on the mattress?
5. Don't Worry, It's Just Paprika
Cats are always so mischievous. They will play or destroy anything interesting to them, like this cat. He found some paprika and gave his owner the fright of her life when she walked into the kitchen. Her immediate thought was that the cat hurt itself, and it was bleeding all over the floor.
She quickly discovered that the cat was just playing with the spices and making a mess. He probably did it on purpose knowing his owner would be horrified. Cats are devious like that; they will scare you to death and then pretend like they did nothing wrong.
6. Get Out Of Here, Gollum
Although we don't know much about Lord of the Rings, we do know that Gollum has to be the creepiest looking character from the movies. As Halloween gets closer, people are starting to play spooky pranks on unsuspecting people like this. When the person got into their car, they were terrified.
It took them a second to realize that someone had stuck a picture to their mirror because they really thought this creepy creature was standing behind them. They might need to drive home and replace their pants after a fright like that.
7. This Dog Is Trying To Give His Owners A Heart Attack
There are three things that this dog loves, shoes, his bones, and scaring his human. He puts his bone inside a shoe to combine his three passions, so his human thinks he found a decomposing leg, like something out of a murder mystery show.
This person was horrified when they saw their dog chewing on what appeared to be a human leg at first. Then they realized it was the dog bone inside the shoe and calmed themselves down.
8. They Need To Warn People When Their Fishing Waders Are Hanging In The Laundry Room
One day, this person came home to find their roommate's fishing waders hanging in the laundry room. At first, he thought it was a body hanging from the ceiling and almost had to add his pants to the load of wash he carried in there. They should have a warning system for this.
We would be horrified to find what appears to be a pair of legs hanging in this dark room. That is not something you casually forget to tell someone because you never know how a person will react to this sight. What if they actually caused someone to have a heart attack?
9. The Snail In The Office Fish Tank Freaks People Out
This office has a colorful fish tank display, and the skull is the favorite hiding spot for the snail. When someone looked into the tank, they were shocked to see the skull had an eye before realizing it was the snail. It just wanted to bring some excitement to the daily workflow.
It didn't understand how terrifying it looked and why people kept tapping on the glass. Eventually, the snail moved so people couldn't see it anymore. If only it could have seen that it looked like an eyeball.
10. The Mouse Loves To Sleep Like This, But Everyone Thinks It's Dead
Like everyone else, the mouse likes to find a comfortable position to sleep. Unlike regular mice, this one doesn't curl up in a ball because it prefers to sleep on its back. Whenever people see it, they think it is dead; however, that is just its comfiest sleeping spot.
It looks like he got drunk from the water and passed out below the spout. It was a long night of partying, and he is going to be extremely hungover tomorrow. We have never seen a mouse sleep like this before, so this one is special.
11. Everyone Thought This Man Was A Mannequin Until He Started Moving
This is what happens when you blend into the mannequins so well that people jump when they see you move. This man was waiting for his wife while she was shopping and decided to stand next to the two people in the store that looked like they were also waiting. He didn't realize these men were not real.
When he heard someone let out a gasp, he realized he was standing by two plastic men that looked just like him. He could have been filming this for a prank and posted everyone's reactions on Youtube for millions of hits.
12. The Emergency Light In The Hallway Caused Quite The Scare
We are getting serious Nightmare Before Christmas vibes from this emergency light shadow. This cause many nightmares for the person who stumbled upon it one evening. They walked to the bathroom in a sleepy state and had a small heart attack when they saw this in the hallway.
It is like a ghostly bride who died just before her wedding, and she comes out at night to haunt people. For weeks, this person had nightmares of the image, and they were never able to walk through the halls in the middle of the night again.
13. "Mom, There Is A Man On The Porch With A Stick."
At three in the morning, this couple's son woke them up and said a man was on their porch with a stick. They checked the camera and saw the man, but didn't know what he was doing. The family was terrified and contemplated calling the police because they didn't know who he was.
They calmed down and realized it was the paper delivery guy trying to get a misthrown paper from the roof. He looked terrifying on the camera, and they all had trouble falling back to sleep that night. It could have been a murderer trying to get in their home for all they knew.
14. "Grandma, Are You Ok?"
Many people worry about their grandparents as they get older. It is natural because no one lives forever. This older woman fell asleep in a frightening position, and her grandchild walked in and feared the worst had happened. She started to shout frantically, and then her grandma woke up.
Strangely, they decided to take the picture first and then check on their grandparent. Why help her first when you could take a picture and post it on the internet for a funny story to tell everyone?
15. "Hello, What Are You Doing Down There?"
When you have a cat, they roam around the house freely and don't require that much attention. If they need something, you would know because that is how cats act around humans. This person is used to their cat hiding for a day or two at a time, so they weren't concerned when they hadn't seen her.
While they were going to the bathroom, they heard a funny noise coming from the ceiling and looked up to see their cat watching from above. They had no idea how she got up there, but they couldn't believe their eyes. It scared them to death to see their cat watching them through a hole.
16. What Are You Doing To That Dog?!
Everything about this picture looks like a doggy nightmare. When his aunt got her dog groomed, she sent her nephew a picture, which freaked him out. It looked like the man was elbow deep in the dog, and he was concerned.
His aunt explained that the groomer is missing half of his right arm, so the picture looks bizarre without explanation. Besides the arm, the dog looks very unhappy to have its hair aggressively shaved away. It is not a relaxing process, unlike going to a human hairdresser which is wonderful.
17. The Bacon Looks Like An Evil Clown
Remember Pennywise the clown from It? Well, he is back from the dead to haunt you while you eat breakfast. Instead of coming to eat children, he is back to scare you from eating high-fat breakfast meats. He changed his name to Pennywise, the health clown.
People see many things in their food like Abe Lincoln, the potato, or Jesus's face on a piece of toast; maybe it's a sign or just a coincidence. Whatever it may be, this person was freaked out by the clown face staring at them.
18. "Come Play With Me Forever , And Ever, And Ever"
Sometimes little children can be creepy without realizing it. Because of movies like The Shining, expressionless staring children remind people of horror films. When this little girl woke up in the middle of the night, she stared straight into the camera and scared the life out of her parents.
She just stood there motionless for a few minutes before she lied down again. Her mom was utterly confused and wondered why her daughter would do that. Kids can be so scary sometimes if you really pay attention to them.
19. That Is One Realistic Looking Camera Thermos
This man bought his wife a camera lens thermos because she is a professional photographer. When he was walking by the sink one day, he had a mini panic attack because he thought she put her real camera lens in the sink, but it was just the to-go cup.
Can you imagine if she accidentally switched the real lens for the mug? These cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, so it would be a costly mistake. Her husband always gets nervous when he sees the mug in the sink.
20. When You Look In Your Rearview Mirror And Two Giant Monkeys Are Watching You
"Oh, no! My kids turned into monkeys!" When this man was coming out of the store, he got into the car and almost had a heart attack when he looked in the rearview mirror. He forgot that his wife left the kids' presents in the back seat, and he was not expecting that.
He nearly jumped out of the car when he saw the animals staring at him. What will he do when he brings those into his house and sees one in the corner while walking around at night? That would be ten times more terrifying.
21. When You Walk Into The Room And Find A Snake Belt On The Floor
A snake is probably the last thing you would want to find in your house. This person walked in to see what appeared to be a snake and ran out of the room, screaming. When she gained the courage to go back, she realized it was just a belt thrown on the floor.
Maybe it was a snakeskin patterned belt, so it was trying to transform into its true self. We can't begin to think about what we would do if there were a real snake inside. To all the people who wear belts, make sure not to leave them on the floor like this.
22. "Help Me, I Want To Get Out Of Here!"
When you see your baby on a sonogram, you are usually excited and filled with joy. However, this person was feeling more scared than any other emotion. It looked like a monster was on the screen trying to escape, and they couldn't see their baby.
That would make most parents terrified for the arrival of their child rather than excited. This is supposed to be an image of the baby's face, but all we can see is a demon skull. Everyone in the room must have been concerned when they saw this image.
23. Crime Scene Or Smoothie Explosion?
Someone in this classroom spilled their smoothie all over the chair, and it looks like a crime scene. Everyone who saw this before it was cleaned up thought someone had been murdered in the chair. However, the only thing that was harmed was the person's ego because it was an embarrassing mistake.
You never want to be that person who is on their hands and knees, cleaning up a spill in one of your classes. It is the most embarrassing thing to do, and everyone just stares at you until you are finished. Not to mention, this person wasted an entire smoothie.
24. They Forgot That Their Son Was Wearing A Halloween Onesie When They Checked On Him
These digital baby monitors with cameras might make checking on your child easier, but they are also so terrifying. Like the other parents, this person looked to check that her child was safely sleeping, and the first thing she saw was a jack-o-lantern face staring at her.
She forgot that she put her son in a Halloween onesie, so it was a scary sight when she checked on him. A jack-o-lantern is not what you want to see when you look at your baby in the middle of the night.
25. The Giant Spiders Are Coming To Life
If giant spiders ever took over the planet, we would be on the first space shuttle out of here. While this may not be a spider, it sure looks like one. This is actually an ancient whale bone over what used to be a well. When you look at from below, it is much more terrifying.
We would have nightmares about something like this. If you have seen Harry Potter, this looks like the skeleton of that giant spider that Hagrid kept in the Forbidden Forest. Either way, we would not want to come into contact with whatever animal this once belonged to.
26. I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me
There is a house in every town that people know about because of a creepy story behind it. When this woman drove past this house, she noticed a doll in the window staring at her, even though no one has lived in the house for a while. Maybe someone snuck inside to put this toy there to scare people.
There is a legend that on Halloween night, the doll comes to life and steals the children who try to trick-or-treat at the abandoned home. When someone rings the doorbell, they are never seen again. Typically, people avoid this house at all costs.
27. Slenderman, But Make It Fashionable
This store in New York must specialize in clothes for 14-foot tall people. While it might be an artistic display, we have to wonder why they would use a mannequin that looks like Slenderman. It probably scared a few of their potential customers away because no one has that body type.
This store is just further promoting unattainable body standards. Not everyone can be tall and skinny like this mannequin; it is just unrealistic body goals. Also, a child would probably run away screaming when they saw this creepy figure.
28. When You Think Someone Is In Your Apartment, But It Is Just Clothes
When this woman returned to her apartment late at night, she noticed a figure in the window. She started to panic because it looked like someone had broken into her apartment, and they were waiting for her. Suddenly, she remembered that she moved her clothing rack closer to the window earlier that day.
We would be terrified to go inside the apartment after thinking that someone is waiting to murder us. Are we the only people who have these fears regularly, or is this a normal thought? Obviously, she knows that it was clothes, but you can never be too sure.
29. Jackets in The Darkness Are The Stuff Of Nightmares
One of the most confusing things that will make you jump in the darkness is a jacket hanging on something. As children, most people were afraid of the monster in the corner of their room that turned out to be a coat rack when the sun came up. This person was reminded of their childhood fears when they saw this.
As they were going to the kitchen late at night, they encountered this jacket hanging on the staircase. At first, they thought it was a person walking around, but it was actually just a coat. It looks like a ghost girl haunting the halls of the home.
30. Say Goodbye To Your Password!
Besides the spooky and scary photos, this might be the most terrifying for anyone who had ever lost all of their files or work when their computer crashed. Although they aren't losing their data, this message made the person think they were suddenly losing their password.
The message is just informing the person that they can use facial recognition instead of a password to log in. Their heart was pounding when this message popped up, and they scrambled to make sure everything was saved and wouldn't be erased.
31. Baby Shark Do Do Doo Doo
We have no idea what kind of shark this is, but it looks like it came from the deepest depths of the ocean. It looks like it has never seen the light of day, and shouldn't be brought to the surface. You do not want to know what its parents look like because that will haunt your nightmares.
If you ever want to scare the marbles out of someone, show them this picture, and they will have nightmares for days. The eye looks like a human's while the rest of it is a fish, and none of it makes sense.
32. The Frog Was Dead, And The It Suddenly Came Back To Live When It Got Some Water
This is the Frankenstein frog because it was fully dead until someone splashed water on it, and it came back to life. It was not moving or breathing, but suddenly it was hopping around like nothing ever happened. Maybe it was just faking it for attention.
The frog might have come back from the dead to haunt all of his other frog friends who refused to help him get to the water. He is back with a vengeance, and the other frogs better look out because they are in for the fright of their lives.
33. The Wasps Formed Their Hive Around This Creepy Doll
Wasps are already the demon insects of the earth, but they wanted to make themselves even more intimidating. They thought of the most terrifying thing and formed a nest around it. The creepy doll covered with the wasp nest looks like something out of a Stephen King horror movie.
If you weren't already having nightmares from the pictures on this list, you will now. Not only does this make your skin crawl, but it also chills you to your core with the branches coming out of the doll's eyes. We are sorry to whoever has to look at this.
34. "This Dog Is On Fire!"
This dog looks like it is on fire and running away from the flames, but in reality, the dog was not harmed in the making of this photo. The dog is covered in colored sand that is typically used to make Rangoli art in India. The dog must have gotten into one of the packets and ran around to get it off.
People who saw the dog leaving a trail of orange smoke behind were concerned but realized it was not hurt. The dog was having more fun than anyone could have imagined, but it looked horrifying at first glance.
35. The Employees Saw This Photo And Got Concerned For The Swimmers
When this family went on a tour of these caves, they forgot that their picture was taken. They were all looking below the surface to see what was under them, and this is the picture that was taken. The employees who saw the photo thought they were all dead at first.
The employees started to panic because they didn't know the protocols or who to call in this type of event, but then the family walked in and clarified that they were not hurt, just bad at posing for photos. They bought the picture to remember the hilarious moment.
36. Don't Look Up Broken Glass Pictures Unless You Want A Heart Attack
This person is a graphic designer, and they were looking up broken glass examples for inspiration. Their co-worker turned around and started to panic when he saw this because he thought the screen was really shattered. It looked so realistic, so he warned his co-worker.
They both had a good laugh about how scared the person got because it was just a picture on the screen. If you ever want to scare your parents, put this picture on your TV screen and see how angry they get.
37. The Tree Is The Portal To The Fiery Dimension
This tree looks like it is oozing hot lava, but it was actually struck by lightning. The tree was still burning after a day, and it glowed bright orange and yellow like a beautiful sunset. Unfortunately, the tree is not feeling pretty because it is slowly burning.
While it might not be the scariest image on the list, it is still shocking to see a tree look like this. If you were already on-edge, anything could frighten you, like this tree. This might be the break you were looking for from all these scary pictures.
38. So Many Bees In The Wall That Honey Is Leaking
When you have a bee infestation in your home, it might take a while until you realize how bad the problem is. These people didn't realize how many bees were in their wall until honey started coming out of the electric socket. We think it's time to call a beekeeper.
If honey were red, it would look like blood was pouring out of the wall, which is much more terrifying than honey. However, they could put a cup under the socket and get fresh honey for their tea. We wonder what the inside of their wall looked like.
39. The Portal To The Underworld
This is the hole to the underworld where Hades steals people's soles, and they get sucked into the lava waiting below. It is scary because this dried lava really looks like human bodies. Also, why is that person standing so close to a giant pit of lava?
She must be a scientist who is trained to get this close to this hole. Not only is she standing too close, but the person taking the picture seems like they are in a spot where they could fall in very easily. We hope these people left this spot unharmed.
40. A Hermit Crab Found The Most Horrifying Shell
This hermit crab found an old doll head and decided to use it as a shell. It is like something that Sid would make from Toy Story because he combined the most horrifying objects to create a cross bread. Anytime a doll's head is involved, you know it is going to be nightmare-inducing.
It is like this hermit crab wanted to scare everyone that saw him, so he picked the most horrific shell that he could find. We will probably never sleep again after seeing this, but we hope it doesn't scare you too much.