A couple blocks from my house in New York there is a large church. Being that I was raised Jewish I usually have no business going in there. The other day I got a call in the middle of the busy street, so I ducked into the church lobby to take the call, given it was the closest quiet place. When I was in there I saw a man wearing an "angel with wings" costume they sell in Halloween stores or novelty shops. Or so it appeared. I assumed he was either a brand ambassador doing a promotion to sign people up for the church (which is common in NYC), or some nut job trying out his Halloween costume randomly on a weekday, which is unusual but not implausible. The costume looked fairly elaborate for just a random day in August with no celebration or festival of any kind. I quickly finished the call and turned to say hi to the man, if only to acknowledge the effort he put into it. But the man was gone.
I stepped outside the church and looked all around the surrounding block for his promotional booth or sales truck, just out of curiosity why an established church would resort to hiring a salesman in costume. No dice, no sign of him. I went back inside the church and searched all the corridors and exits nearby, even entering the sanctuary where there were several people praying at the time. He was not one of them. On the way out I asked the old bum sitting in front of the church whether he'd seen the man. He gave me a confused shrug. I went back to the office, and quickly forgot about it. A couple hours later, I got a huge chill down the back of my neck, causing me to nearly knock over my coffee. I remembered the man, remembered seeing his face. There was nothing glowing or transparent or ghost-like about him. But the fact he just disappeared is something I couldn't shake. And still can't.
I've never actually seen a "ghost" before, awake and sober. I've seen random people's faces in my sleep, met people in my dreams that seemed real, even felt cold spots in hotels. But I've never actually seen a person in an awake/sober state that even had the possibility of being anything but a flesh and blood human. Could this have been the first time? Was someone "up there" angry about me taking a call into a church lobby? I honestly have no idea what happened to that guy, it drives me crazy just to think about it. With the size of his "costume" I would have definitely seen him make an exit. Most people would just let it go but this is freaking me out, please help. Is this something other people have seen?