8 Seriously Creepy Things Kids Have Said About Their Imaginary Friends

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A Reddit user asked people on the social media website to share stories of the creepiest things their kids have ever said. Blogger “Single Dad Laughing” did the same on his Facebook page. Here is a compilation of some of the creepiest answers they got.

1. Sally the Murderer

My daughter had an imaginary friend named Sally, she told me once about how Sally was in jail for chopping her mom’s head off.

Shared on the “Single Dad Laughing” Facebook page. 

2. The Captain 

A parent of one of my students told us in a meeting that she was concerned because her son (7 years old) talked about an invisible ghost who would talk to him and play with him in his room.

He said the ghost was called The Captain and was an old white guy with a beard. The kid would tell his mom that The Captain told him when he grows up his job will be to kill people, and The Captain would tell him who needed to be killed.

The kid would cry and say he doesn’t want to kill when he grows up, but The Captain tells him he doesn’t have a choice and he’ll get used to killing after a while.

Shared on Reddit

3. Glowing Red Eyes

When my boy was 4, his imaginary friend would sit in the corner of the room when you switched off the lights and light the room with red glowing eyes.

Shared on Reddit

4. ‘That looks like Kelly’

When my daughter was 3, she had an imaginary friend named Kelly who lived in her closet. Kelly sat in a little rocking chair while she slept, played with her, etc. Typical imaginary friend [stuff]. …

Anyway, fast forward two years later, the wife and I are watching the new “Amityville” … and our daughter walks out right when [the] dead girl goes all black eyed. Far from being disturbed, she said “That looks like Kelly.” “Kelly who?” we say. “You know the dead girl that lived in my closet.”

Shared on Reddit.

5. A Native American

I have a younger brother who had an imaginary friend when he was younger. He was also an avid sleep walker. When he was around 3 or 4, he started talking to someone he called Friya (Fry-uh).

He described Friya as a dark skinned man with little clothes who loved to hunt in the wilderness. Then one day he told me that Friya used to live nearby the house a long time ago, and then some white people came and burned him alive and killed his village.

Not exactly something you expect to hear from a 4-year-old. …

Shared on Reddit 


6. Emily 

When my sister was probably about 6 or 7, she had an imaginary friend named Emily. She told us Emily lived in her closet, wore an old black dress, and had long dark hair and she was the same age as my sister.

My sister played with Emily constantly. My parents started noticing my sister acting weird. Just sitting in the middle of her room whispering to Emily quite a bit and acting a lot more distant towards them.

I remember a very specific day, my brother was walking by her room and my sister was sitting in the middle of her room, but she turned around and hissed at him. He was scared. … He told me it didn’t even look like my sister. My parents ran up to her room and Icould hear my sister just screaming and screaming as loud as she [could], “Get out!”

I’ve asked her about it today. She’s 24 now. She told me that Emily used to tell her to do horrible things to herself. She actually used to wake up on the roof and not remember how she got there. I’m not kidding. Apparently Emily absolutely hated my parents, so she turned my sister against them. She hates talking about it, so I never brought up that specific night.

This all happened at my old house. When we moved into a different house, Emily was gone. I’m not making any of this up. My sister’s little friend was a really big deal to my family and messed things up for a long time. I’m just relieved we left that house.

Shared on Reddit

7. ‘I can’t kill him’

When my brother was little he acted like he had … [spirits] talking to him every second. One day my mom overheard him say: “I can’t kill him! He’s my only dad!”

Shared on Reddit

8. Icy’s Death Prediction

In high school, one of my best friends had a little sister who was 5 or 6 years old. One day we stopped by his place … While waiting for him to come downstairs, his sister came up to me and said, “Icy told me to ask you if you know when you’re going to die.”

I laughed nervously—morbid question, right? But I knew all about Icy, her imaginary friend. I even helped her draw a picture of him once. So I played along and said, “No, of course not! No one knows that. Hopefully when I’m very old.”

The girl shook her head sadly and said, “No, Icy wants me to tell you it’ll be tonight.” And with that, she just walked away.

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  • HeyJude

    Now I’m going to have nightmares…that really is creepy! I am so glad my kids never had any imaginary friends…..

    • rg9rts

      The nightmares are in the barn making MORE work for you dear! LOL

      • HeyJude

        Ha! No way…..I never have to worry that any of my barn “mares” are being told I need killin’. LOL You won’t have nightmares, because apparently you never sleep? 4am rg? You are even worse than me with the up before the sun habits. :-)

        • rg9rts

          effin alarm~~~(^.,.^) 230

  • Gin1234

    Sounds like some of these kids could turn out to be serious problems for society when they grow up.

    • rg9rts


  • rg9rts

    Who says that they are imaginary?? Those that can’t see them or those that have lost the ability to see them It is well known that children especially those about to enter puberty give off energy that the spirit world feeds on. Poltergeists are most active around this group.

    • HeyJude

      I have heard that….wishful thinking that they ARE imaginary? LOL I don’t know which is worse though, psychotic kids exhibiting a hint as to what is to come, or that poltergeists could exist. Hmm, not curtain one OR two, thanks…is there a curtain 3 we could choose from?

      • rg9rts

        No dear they exist. My grandmothers house has one that I heard as a child but when my two cousins were there alone one afternoon he went on a tirade . Kids? No the dog heard it too and was going nuts. The house dates back to pre revolution times.

        • HeyJude

          Is the house still in the family? I think it’s your duty to go back and spend the night, with recorders and video. Take that cat with you, she’ll let you know when to start screaming….. report back, ok? LOL Now…what did you hear when you were a kid?

          • rg9rts

            No my cousin lives there. Think what you want I know what I heard

          • HeyJude

            Hey, I was not being mocking….remember me? I saw the UFO and know what I saw, I never dismiss anyone’s experiences. That was a real question after kidding you….what did you hear? And does your cousin and family still experience it?

          • rg9rts

            The creaking of the stairs coming up to the bedroom area. They had sound order to them It is a 250+ year old home. The cousins and the dog heard hysterical laughter. They never mentioned it to anyone and one day I asked if they ever heard it and they freaked….some one else heard it too. They thought it was my grandfather but I told them it was there long before he died.

          • HeyJude

            That is pretty creepy! Not quite the same thing as voices and noises coming from an old house, but a few years ago I heard someone call my name outside…clear as a bell, a real voice, loud as if they were calling me from a long distance. I answered with the same loudness…but no one responded. I tracked down the hub, asked him what he wanted, why was he looking for me. He said “I’m not, I’ve been right here, and I didn’t call you.” Hmmmmm.

          • rg9rts

            I’m watching you!!! LOL

          • HeyJude

            I’ll bet…now I’ve got you wondering what other weirdness I’ll exhibit.
            Good morning, btw! Late start getting here, bit of snow, extra attention to critter needs. :-) Ya know, about the other…whenever someone has a story/experience about something off kilter, and they’re being sincere, I always take them at face value. I’ve been called gullible and easily misled, fall for anything, whathave you…but….having had the completely unexplainable happen to ones’ self makes it impossible to say “well, it happened to me but your story doesn’t sound true.” Just the opposite…knowing that weird things happen makes other’s weird experience within the realm. :-) Maybe there is an explanation, maybe not, but the experiences are very real.

          • rg9rts

            I’ll believe what you say till you show me otherwise. That was my mistake with #2

          • rg9rts

            Were your ears burning? We roasted you on the square!

          • HeyJude

            My ears are on fire!!!

  • z–man

    I have some experience with this. These things are not imaginary, they are real. Yes, sometimes kids really do have imaginary friends. But when a child starts saying that their imaginary friend is prompting them to do bad things, or talking about death and killing, that is not imaginary. Kids don’t make up stuff like that.

    • HeyJude

      Late getting to you z-man, just now saw your comment…but what is your experience? Do you mind sharing that?

      • rg9rts


  • OnyxE

    Seriously depressing kids. I wonder how many horror movies their parents let them watch. When my sister and i were in our late teens and living in my first apt we got addicted to horror movies…and it really affected us. Really. We finally decided no more horror movies and I never watched another one for decades. I finally decided I was old enough to watch the cult classic ‘the hills have eyes’ since it scared the p**s out of me when I was younger when I could only watch about the first 20 minutes of it.