This event took place in the winter of 2011, when I had just relocated from Portland back to my hometown in rural Oregon. My house was built by my maternal grandparents in the 1960's. After they were both gone, my mom didn't have the heart to sell or lease the house. So, here I am.
The property sits just off of a highway (not a busy one) and on a slope. There are several stairs leading up to the front door from the carport which sits underneath our dining room. My grandfather was a veterinarian, and also had a horse, so there is a large barn down the slope about 20 or 30 steps from the house. At any rate, you can see the barn clearly from the house. This isn't terribly relevant, but it gives you a bit of a visual.
It was a Friday or Saturday night as I was up late, around 11 or midnight. The night was foggy, and it was seasonably cold outside. I stepped out of the front door to have a smoke (no judging... I know it's bad!). I sat on the front steps, and down just to the left of the barn, I saw 3 or 4 hooded figures, wearing white. What I would describe as KKK garb. I thought, "What in the ----?!" Maybe it was an animal, or I'm just tired & seeing things. I stared & they moved around, like they were busy working on something as a group. I rubbed my eyes and could still see them, though foggy, these were human forms. I should also say that it was dead quiet outside. Not a peep from an animal, no traffic, nor were the figures making any noises with whatever work they appeared to be doing.
Oddly enough, I wasn't really afraid of trespassers - I was certain these were ghostly figures I was seeing. So, I stepped down a couple of stairs to see if I could get a better look. Still blurry, but definitely a group of human-sized beings wearing white. They didn't appear to notice me. This all lasted the length of my smoke, about 5 minutes.
I went inside to grab my phone & a flashlight to shine down on them. By the time I was back outside, they had vanished. I shined the light down to see if there were any errant animals running about and there was nothing.
I told my boyfriend about this, as he was still up watching TV. He is easily creeped out and can't even watch the Shining without carrying on & making a fuss. He pretty much just said, "Seriously? Creepy!" and went back to the TV, I think probably pretending like I hadn't told him anything. (haha)
Seeing figures that appear to be KKK is definitely chilling to say the least, however, in this region it would not surprise me. A lot of confederates migrated to this area following the Civil War, and as weird as it sounds, their children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren, great-great, etc. Still sound like they're from the South, with thick southern accents. This has always baffled me.
It's possible this was a residual something-or-other, a ritual of sorts. What it was, I don't want to know... And I haven't seen them again.