When you’re used to the creature comforts of home, camping can prove to be a little unsettling. In the wilderness, when the night falls, scary and unimaginable things come out to play. From lurking strangers to terrifying predators in the dark, these stories give The Blair Witch Project a run for its money:

1. How Daddy Screamed

I was camping with my kids in the woods for the first time. They were very nervous, but I assured them that nothing was out there to be afraid of. Then the night took a turn. Immediately after one of my assurances, we heard something moving outside of the tent. They started crying a bit, and I said it was either the wind or maybe a distant raccoon.

At that moment, something came down on the top of the tent…and it started pushing in at four spots. They lost their minds with terror…even I screamed. But when I went outside to check it out, I let out a sigh of relief. It was our cat. My wife had let him outside, and he made his way down into the woods to see us. He was young and had never seen a tent before, so he jumped on top of it right above us.

This was a few years ago, and my kids still bring up how scary it was (and how daddy screamed).


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