I was 8 years old, coming back from my piano lesson possibly around 8pm. I was waiting in the car whilst my dad was opening the garage door. I saw what appeared to be the shadow of a long man on the side of the garage, only a couple of doors down. The shadow seemed to be walking but was not touching the ground. For some reason, I felt in a 'trance' for the moment until I saw the shadow float upwards and disappear immediately. I soon came to realize that the happening was strange and looked at the opposite side of the road (the side I was on) and upwards toward the roofs to see if there was anyone. But there was no one. I grew terrified and did not tell anyone about it for a long time. Needless to say, no one believed me but I heard a rumour that said that a 'sect' used to hold their meetings nearby.
Several times throughout my childhood, whilst I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, I could hear footsteps walking from the kitchen to my parents' bedroom. This would always be around 10-11pm. I asked my parents several times if they were moving around, but they always answered that they were in different parts of the house at the time. I was always terrified when this happened. At other times, I would wake up in the early hours of the morning, almost paralyzed in bed, facing up. I could not move my head or neck and all the other parts of the body seemed dead. I couldn't call my parents for help.
I was on a trip to Italy with a group of friends and we were staying at a convent. I was 15. We were walking around the gardens around 11pm and stopped on a track. I heard someone whisper my name (it sounded quite amplified) and my friends reassured me that they heard it too. They said that it could have been someone from the apartments in the vicinity. I kept wondering who it could be and at one point, while my friends where chit-chatting and taking photographs, I was looking at the direction toward the convent chapel, precisely at a tall plant on the right side of the chapel entrance. There I saw a luminous yellowy, candle-coloured figure of a bald man with black round glasses and a black robe. This man was not standing on the ground. Again, here I was absorbed by this figure and stunned until the figure disappeared and quickly realized what I had seen. I was so scared that night, thinking the figure would follow me to my room.
Can anyone explain these happenings please?