I live in the house I grew up in as a child in Corpus Christi, TX. I am 28 and we moved there when I was 2. I remember having an experience in my bedroom as I was going to sleep; I was probably between 4 or five years old.
I had a children's movie viewer and I saw something jump out of it. First it was a lady - I talked to it, said hello, and then it changed in to a few other things, can't really remember, but it never talked back. Finally it changed into a fox or dog maybe and ran out of my room. I remember being terrified at first, but then when it ran I called it back, wanting to ask questions since it wasn't scary looking. I never had an experience after that.
I got married about 4 years ago and now have a 19 month little boy. I bought my house from my parents who have retired and moved out of town. My son sleeps in the same room I did when I was a child. We have officially lived there by ourselves for a little over a month and he has never had any problems going to sleep.
He has a childrens music box that hangs on his crib and plays music. Our nightly bedtime ritual has been the same - he takes a bath, brushes his teeth and then we read a story, turn on his music, turn off the light and close the door. He puts himself to sleep. He never cries, always just lies down and goes to sleep by himself.
About three days ago this all changed. Sunday night (today is Wednesday) I put him to bed as usual and went to go fold laundry in my room, which is in the back of the house. I heard my son fussing a little, but sometimes he plays or fusses and then goes to bed. This time he started screaming and crying like I have never heard out of him before. He climbed out of his crib and started banging on his door screaming mama mama mama!
Of course I ran to his aid and tried to calm him down. I took him back to his bed, but he was in a panic. So, I took him to my room for a bit and then after we both settled down (I was shocked to hear him scream like that - he was terrified) I took him back to his room and rocked him until he fell asleep. I closed his door and went to bed (this was about 10:30pm).
At 1am he woke up screaming again in the same petrified tone so I just put him in bed with my husband and I so we could sleep through the night (sort of).
During the day and even in the evening he is not afraid to go into his room and play or go get his toys as long as the light is on. If the light is off he just stares in there from the hallway.
He had to be rocked to sleep Monday night; when I said to him that it was time for bed he immediately went into panic mode, would not lay down in his crib even though I told him I was going to stay with him. I rocked him to sleep and left his door open instead of closing it and he did not wake up that night, thank goodness.
Last night I had class and my Mom came to babysit. I got home early enough to put him to bed and since he hadn't shown any anxiety during bedtime rituals I decided to try to put him to bed like before. He turned on his music box and laid down, no problem, he even hugged and kissed me goodnight. But when I turned off the light and closed the door he freaked out, climbed out of his crib even though I lowered the base to the very bottom - he still found a way out, and came running toward the door - I opened it immediately of course. He ran to my Mom who was sitting on the couch and sat with her. He just kept looking over her shoulder toward his room like there was something there. I ended up rocking him to sleep (I have been leaving the door open so he can see the light if he wakes up and hopefully won't be scared) and he was fine.
My son talks a little bit and the only weird thing he has done is point into the hallway (when I'm putting him to sleep) and say dada dada when his Dad isn't home. I have a dog and a cat and neither of them act out of the ordinary (barking into corners, things of that nature).
I have never felt cold spots in that room, had goose bumps, heard voices, heard footsteps or anything of that nature in this room. None of his toys go missing or get moved to different places than where I left them and nothing gets stacked. I have not seen anything since my childhood encounter and have never felt watched or creeped out until my son started acting this way. We have not had any relatives pass away recently and I can't think of any reason for a spirit to present itself now.
I guess I am looking for some understanding in regards to what is happening. My husband works two night shifts a week and I am really creeped out in my own house right now. I have been praying extensively in his room every night before I put him to bed, I just don't want him to be scared of his own room. I want him to feel safe, but am finding it hard to reassure him when I am a little scared myself.
Any advice and/or comments are welcome. What should I do?