I haven't written in some time, I don't have a lot of experiences to write about, but when my eldest daughter was about 6 years old she woke up one night to something that really terrified her. She did not have a history of night terrors. Only one time before did she wake up to a bad dream. Also night terrors have an element of amnesia, as the child experiencing it has difficulty "snapping out of it" and when finally roused, are usually confused and don't remember what scared them in the first place. That wasn't the case here.
So anyway, I was asleep and it was the middle of the night when I was awoken by my daughter calling for me. Since she sounded so frightened I immediately rushed to her bedroom. She was sitting up in bed, wide awake and just had this look on her face like she had just seen a ghost. She told me she had simply woke up - she didn't mention she had had a scary dream that woke her up, she just woke up suddenly. When she looked at the open doorway she described to me that someone wearing a hooded robe was standing in the door, and this figure was glowing but was black where the face should be. She obviously was scared to death, but was still able to call for me. "Then you walked right through it and it disappeared."
I've written it off to a nightmare. My daughter never had any other experience like that before or since. As for me "walking through" this thing, whatever my daughter saw with her eyes, I certainly felt nothing. No weird vibes, cold spots, I wasn't even anxious or scared, other than the stress of seeing my daughter so scared.
My daughter is now 31. She is smart and very scientifically minded, studied physics in college, and doesn't put a lot of stock into things of a supernatural nature since she has to be able to have a logical explanation for everything. Yet she still recounts that story exactly as she described it that night, and still insists that I "walked through this thing" when I came to her in the night. She isn't denying what she saw, but only recounts it as a nightmare or bad dream.
Has anyone else experienced something similar. I've also heard of lucid dreaming, where the person is aware of having a dream, often with terrifying elements, but do young kids have these? My daughter have never mentioned having anything like this happen to her as an adult.