Witness: The Day the Terrifying Ghost of the "Hat Man" Came to Visit

Witness Report: I Remember the Day the Terrifying Ghost of the “Hat Man” Came to Visit


There’s no shortage of eyewitness reports of ghostly phenomena that filter in from throughout the globe, but there’s one strange pattern that has continued to emerge: visits from the mysterious “hat man”. While most people’s personal tales of hauntings are varied enough to be considered unique entities, there is a growing number of people who report encountering a similar entity, particularly as children.

The latest eyewitness report to reach the desk here at Weird HQ comes from Dan in Wisconsin, who says he’s had several terrifying run-ins with the “Hat Man”.

The Week in Weird story about the “Hatman” phenomena just sent shivers up my spine, especially the part about it manifesting during times of family negativity. I’ve experienced the Hat Man too, but I really thought my incident was isolated until now.


At 13 I got in a huge fight with my parents over something stupid having to do with Halloween, and they refused to let me go out trick or treaking. I sat in my room just fuming and furious, throwing a ball up to my ceiling and catching it.

Sure enough it came down and I didn’t catch it once, and it rolled towards the corner of my room. When I flipped over, there was what I always called “The Hat Man” standing in the corner of my room, almost like he was facing the wall. I shot up and backwards, but he had disappeared.

Years later, while talking to a friend on the phone, I saw him once again, this time outside my window. That is scary by itself, but the fact that my bedroom was on the second floor, with no balcony or landing, was even worse. I slept at a friends house that night, and it took me days to convince myself to go back into my room and sleep.

Only one other time did I see him, and that was in a dream. I dreamt he was at the foot of my bed, just standing over me, watching. When I woke up, I saw him reaching for me, but he disappeared as quick as he did the first time.

I’m almost 30 now and can recall these vividly. This has given me the worst case of chills, I can’t believe my incident wasn’t isolated (and I don’t feel so crazy anymore seeing others being affected by this). Wow, truly scary.

The number of Hat Man encounters continues to grow. Who is the entity? What does he want? Why does he tend to appear to children more than anyone else? Our research into the phenomena hasn’t answered these questions yet, but the more he appears, the closer we get to solving the mystery.

Have you seen the Hat Man?

Got a witness report of your own to share? Drop me a line at [email protected], tweet me @nuekerk, friend me on Facebook, or start a conversation in the comments below!


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  1. Traci Francisco

    11/23/2016 at 8:30 PM

    My mom told me that when she was a teenager, she was in the kitchen doing dishes late one night and she looked up out the window and there was a dark man standing there looking in. She said she could tell he wasn’t entirely solid but was made up of something like smoke and he had a fedora-style hat on. As soon as she saw him, he disappeared. If there’s anyone that I believe, it’s her. She wouldn’t talk about it again though after she told me that one time. Their house when she was a kid was reportedly haunted but she only saw the hat man once that I know of.

  2. John East

    11/24/2016 at 6:52 AM

    I think I saw the Hat-Man a long time ago. I must have been 13 or 14 (36 now). It was on the stage in my schools auditorum. There was a little girl singing on the stage, and the Hat-Man was behind her. I wasn’t the only one who saw it either. I had two friends with me who saw the same thing I did.

  3. Susan

    11/27/2016 at 10:29 AM

    My husband and I both saw the a man in a hat standing outside our bedroom door. He was completely solid and we can describe his clothing in detail, apart from the top of his hat which had a spiralling light moving around it…sounds bonkers but its very true.

  4. Elodi Nichole

    12/03/2016 at 5:55 PM

    Wow! Not sure if we’re talking about the same “hat-man” but the first nightmare I can recall EVER having (I must have been between the ages of 2-3 because I clearly recall still being in a crib, but being able to speak)… In this dream I was sitting in my parent’s bedroom which was at the end of a long hallway, the man was a dark silhouette wearing a fedora style hat. He came in there and grabbed me off of my parents bed, walking down the hallway and shutting their door behind me. I remember struggling in his arms and looking back at their door, calling “Mommy! Daddy!”. As he was about to take me out the front door I woke up in my crib crying. Weird that this article stirred up that memory!

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