Date: Early 90s
I am not quite sure of the exact year this took place but I know that it was between the years 1992-1994. When my siblings and I were younger we used to sleep with the bedroom door open all the time. You know how you have those nights when you'll wake up and can't seem to go back to sleep, then you just lay there and blankly stare around the room until you drift off again? Well, on this particular night I was doing just that. The room was pitch black aside from the little LCD screen that would shine from the VCR and the alarm clock. As I lay there gazing around waiting to fall back to sleep, for some reason my eyes directed me towards the doorway and I stared at it for a little while. The only thing that was in view was the doorway into the kitchen. At this particular time there was a small night light on in the kitchen, though it wasn't directly in my view. I remember that the light wasn't bright at all and its illumination was just soft enough to allow you to navigate in the kitchen without bumping into anything.
I don't know if it was meant for me to look at the doorway or not, but after a few minutes I saw a dark figure slowly easing by and it went into the kitchen. It startled me because it didn't look like either one of my parents and it was somewhat faint-like. The shape was that of an older woman but there were no features, just blackness beyond darkness. I noticed that the lights in the kitchen didn't come on and there were no noises being made. I was frozen with fear just staring at the doorway. The next morning I asked my parents about it and neither of them had went into the kitchen, but they got up to use the bathroom a few times (which, by the way, was not visible from our bedroom doorway from the angle that the beds were in. Only the kitchen doorway was visible).
It was just very creepy seeing something lurking around the house like that. That event marked the first and, to date, only time I actually seen an apparition (aside from the Bingham Light, which I count as different. You can check that story out in my profile if you like). There were a few other times when I thought I seen one but I wasn't sure. I eventually told my sisters about it and one of them (I can't remember if it was my younger or older sister) mentioned that one night she had saw the same thing and it scared her. It was reassuring knowing that I wasn't the only witness, but at the same time it was unnerving because that only confirmed that there really was something going on.
Ever since then we could never sleep with the bedroom door open. Even until this day, being a grown man, I still feel very uncomfortable sleeping in any bedroom with the door open.