The Shadow People Phenomenon
By James Donahue
The Halloween season is perhaps a good time to look at a thing most people have encountered but nobody
talks about . . . the shadow people.
Actually there is no proof that shadow people are real, or that they are people. They appear sometimes
in our peripheral vision. We think we see someone or something flip past us, usually in the darkness, but when we look there
is nothing there. I think we have all experienced this and the eerie feeling of dread that sweeps over us when these events
My wife and I have seen these shadowy figures, usually while visiting known haunted buildings or walking
the streets of towns where tragic events have been known to have happened in the past. Thus we sense that the moving shadowy
figures are in some way connected to the spirit world that surrounds us. They may even be ghosts.
Wikipedia describes shadow people as "supernatural shadow-like humanoid figures" that appear so briefly
that it has been difficult for the observer to believe it really happened, or to give a good description. The Wikipedia account
says they are often reported "moving with quick, jerky movements and quickly disintegrate into walls or mirrors."
The encyclopedia goes on to note that in 2010 paranormal researcher Heidi Hollis told listeners to
Coast to Coast radio that "the apparitions (visions of shadow people) were described as one of the most regularly reported
paranormal phenomena in the United States."
Hollis said she believed the shadow people feed on human fear and that they can be repelled by just
thinking positively. Others consider that the shadows may be brief glimpses of extra-dimensional visitors from a parallel
Of course the "logical" scientific community scoffs at the shadow people stories, writing them off
as optical illusions or hallucinations, perhaps brought on by drugs or physiological issues. In other words, if we think we
see a shadow person flash through our living room in the night, it’s all in our head. We are just a little nuts.
Those of us who have encountered these creatures are pretty sure they exist, but they remain as much
a mystery as the appearance of ghostly forms, haunted houses, UFO’s and crop circles. They are part of our matrix existence
that causes us to constantly question our reality.
The general opinion is that shadow people always appear unexpectedly, in darkened rooms, on dark streets
or even in shadowy forests. There are two different descriptions by people who claim to have caught a good view of them. Some
of them look like hooded shapes, making them look like ghostly forms. Others have been described as wearing a brimmed hat,
giving it a male appearance. Those that see the "hat-man" say his appearance always gives them a bone-chilling sense of terrifying
The shadow figures are exactly what the name describes. They are dark, often solid black humanoid
shapes. They offer no facial characteristics. Some reports say they even appear in shapeless form. Others have suggested that
they have seen glowing red eyes, but we seriously doubt such stories.
As far as we know these figures are innoxious. We have not heard accounts of anyone ever being attacked
or injured by a shadow figure. They merely seem to exist among us, and scurry away the moment we look their way.