The “Hat Man”

Posted by on October 28, 2011 ⋰ 20 Comments

Have you seen the “Hat Man?”

Given the widespread nature of this phenomenon, it’s not unlikely that you have.

Perhaps belonging to the often mystifying “Shadow People,” the so-called Hat Man is a phantom who appears for just an instant, a tall shade wearing old-fashioned clothing and a top hat.

Many say they feel no fear when he materializes, but others think he is the devil himself.

Like the Old Hag, the Hat Man — whose name seems to have originated on Coast to Coast AM — appears to be a global phenomenon, an experience shared by thousands of people around the world.

Many don’t even realize just how widespread this phenomenon is until they’re driven to research it themselves.

What they inevitably find are tales of strange sightings, reports of a tall man, six feet or more, wearing his trademark top or bowler hat. He’ll appear when you least expect him — a quick glance while walking down a hallway, or a shocking reflection in a bathroom mirror. Standing motionless, watching you with a devilish grin on his face, and eyes that glow with some dark light.

When you turn around, he’s gone.

Sightings often occur in the bedroom, while an individual is just getting ready to go to sleep, or just after they’ve woken up. But the Hat Man can and will appear anywhere, in broad daylight and in the presence of others.

Is he a demon? A mischevous spirit? We simply do not know.

Shared Suffering

The Hat Man. The Old Hag.

What are these entities that seem so pervasive throughout the world? Could they be a type of shared psychological phenomenon, something within the human mind that causes us to interpret these strange experiences in a similar way?

I’m reminded of the fMRI images highlighted in the post Brain Scans Reveal What You See (Sort Of), in which scans of the human mind were used to recreate videos that test subjects had seen.

Many of the figures and people in those images seemed to be place-holders, familiar representations of more complex images. Perhaps this is a way for the brain to handle such complicated information, by comparing them to something familiar they’d seen in the past.

For whatever reason, could a man wearing a top hat have some kind of familiar connotation within our paranormal psyches? Could the vision of an ordinary man in old-fashioned clothing be our mind’s way of “coping with” and interpreting something that we would otherwise be unable to perceive?

Or is there something more nefarious at work, here? Is this “Hat Man” an actual spirit, or some other form of supernatural entity, stalking and visiting individuals around the world for reasons unknown?

I’ve personally never been visited by the Hat Man, but whatever he — or it — is, many people have come to face him, and undoubtedly more will follow.

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Post by Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

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20 Replies to “The “Hat Man””

  1. I think everyone has, at one time or another, seen a shadow out of the corner of their eye-then on second glance, found nothing there. Very interesting……….

  2. The hat man I saw and many others also wears a long trench coat and a wide brimmed hat..the top hat and tuxedo describes Baron samedi..a whole different entity..

    1. I have also seen the shadow people a group of them trying to get to me . I was with 2 people who knew them they were wearing long black coats and tall hats like Amish hats they had the road blocked my friend saw them all over out side we ran around and got in the house she told me I had something spiritual gift they wanted it. So I really didn’t know what to think , still today I feel like someone is watching me .

  3. The Hat Man I encountered had a laugh like a blast furnace; his Hat–which seemed a leathery ebony breathing skin–held more Hat Men within it; with a slow bow he doffed that rippling top hat, and like Russian nesting dolls the other Hat Men oozed out and repeated the bizarre formality of their introduction process until they surrounded me…

  4. i saw him, but he didnt disappear, he just stood there looking at me, walked up to me after about 20 or 30 seconds,(i was too mesmerized to move) then he walked up to me, swept off his top hat, and introduced himself as “Ebenero”, i dont know how to actually spell the name or pronuonce really, it sounded like: Ebb-in-ear-oh, but anyway, he shook my hand(he had to reach down and pull it up because i wasnt responding) and just vanished. This happened 2 days ago

    1. I sometimes see Shadows that would move along the wall and they can see me I’ve had a lot of bad experiences psychically I hate dead people and what is really scary my kids see it too at first I thought when my daughter told me Mommy make it go away I thought how could she see something from imagination but now my grandkids see things to and tonight we all saw the white cat it was just weird I haven’t seen anything in a long time before this and I was glad

  5. I saw this dark shadow hat man with a big overcoat 2 times in 1982. Super scary!! I prayed to God that I would NEVER see it again and I haven’t. I really never told anyone until recently and then decided to look up on the web to see if anyone else had this experience. CRAZY…so many have. I don’t feel so alone, but doesn’t make it less scary.

    1. That’s how I seen him! He doesnt look like the picture posted. I’ve only seen him twice when I was little. Once when I was about 4, cause i remember i was still just in daycare, woke up in the middle of the night for no reason. I slept with my mom, but I didn’t go to the bathroom, I just had this way of how i got out of bed when i was small that i just slid down the side of the bed under the blankets still to the floor on my hands and knees. Well I didn’t need to use the bathroom and I didnt say anything to my mom, just rolled out… So i crawl just like 5 feet. Her bed was by the exit of the bedroom which lead directly into livingroom. So I was just staring at the figure sitting on the couch in front of the window with legs somewhat crossed, his foot over his knee. I thought it was just my god brother, sitting in the dark for some reason. I was going to stand up to turn the swith on, but I really just didn’t want to stand and felt it was in my best interest not to. I just kinda shoulder shruge and without a word I just turn around and crawled back in bed and went straight to sleep. The second time my family and I moved in a new home from the last visit. I was 12 and taking a bath, with bathroom door wide open. I glance to me left and in the hall he was walking by at that same exact moment. He walks real slow but has a superfast appearance at the same time. Like the control of time is in his control, but he looks cool. That’s the moment I realized that all those years before, I wasnt looking at my god brother on the couch. It was him! When he revisits you’ll know if ever does. He was solid, more than a shadow. I never saw through him either time, alough when I saw him in light he was a shadow color but still I noticed I didnt see the wall or door through him. I saw him twice too. But only as a child. I dont know what it means when adults see him. I wish he were here now. He made me feel lie i could be at ease no matter what. His composure is tranquil, strong and powerful. I am now bothered at this moment by at least 5 of them and they arent big I dont think. But I am so scared. Bibles, holy water, prayers do nothing to it.

  6. Im 33 now, but when i was younger maybe 11 -12 i used to be terrified of the dark and didnt sleep. One night i woke to see a silhouette of a man standing in my door way wearing a suit and a bowler hat carrying a suitcase, i hid under the blankets and eventually fell back to sleep. After that night i found i felt more comfortable sleeping in my room and sometimes i would wake with terrors and i would see him in the corner of my room and i would calm , strangest feeling. About 3 years later we moved house and on the 3rd night in the new place i woke up to see him in my doorway again but with his back to me and ive never seen him again

    1. Maybe he felt offended that you moved XD (note: I’m not making fun of you or anybody, it was a joke and should not be taken seriously, please don’t be angry at me)

  7. I also seen the “Hat Man” i was sleeping with at the time my 4yr old who had woken me up saying mommy im scared, I asked why and he said because of that man at the end of the bed and as i turned to look sure enough he was there. I couldnt believe my eyes, I yelled at him Go Away! Leave us Alone! And i turned back to my son and asked him if he still could see him and he said no that he was gone. I assured him he couldn’t hurt us and we began to pray n went back to sleep. Ive seen many spirits in humam form but never confirmed what i was seeing with someone else also seeing the same thing as me. In that home many others have shared to see this man as well.

  8. Saw this thing after waking up in the middle of the night, feeling watched, when I was a child. Tried to scream but no sound came out. It had a bowler hat. Was all black – as if it was a shadow – very tall and wide.
    What differentiates my story, is that it was holding a blue orb in one hand, and a red orb in the other hand.

    I strongly believe that the house I was raised in was/had a portal or something – when I talk about it with my siblings (5 of us now, 1 passed away), we never run out of encounters/happenings/stories to tell each other…We’ve all been through our own Hell in that house. It didn’t surprise me one bit when I was told (after we demolished and used it for a bonfire) that the house was once the house the villagers used to expose the dead, like a funeral home.

    I wonder what the orbs the Hat man was holding could have meant?

    1. Are you sure that wasn’t a sleep paralysis scenario? I’ve had sleep paralysis once before and it seemed like this. (Just asking out of curiosity)

  9. yo vi al hombre del sombr hace ya casi 8 años en octubre del 2010, para ser exacto, yo hiba caminando hacia la casa de mi hermana, pero para cortar el camino me meti a un acantilado donde pasaba un arroyo, serian las 6 de la mañana cuando pase el estaba ahi parado en medio camino, era un hombre alto, como de 2 metros de altura,traia un sombrero negro una capa negra y unas gafas oscuras, cuando estuve frente a el sentido un miedo espantoso como nunca lo habia sentido, se puse a temblar enfrente de el, el no me dijo nada ni me agredio solo se me quedaba mirando, yo me fui y no regrese a ver para atras, pero de ahi a sido como un infierno cai de nueva cuenta en el alcohol y las drogas y se me volvio a presentar un año despues, y ahi si me quiso llevar fue la ultima vez que lo vi, si alguien sabe mas a fondo de esta entidad quisiera me pudiera ayudar por que aunque no lo eh vuelto a ver yo se que el influye en mis emociones, ya no tengo amigos, ni familia, me encuentro practicamente solo, cuando tomo me transformo no soy yo, es algo diabolico que siento que esta manipulandome.

  10. i saw him in 2011 one morning during my sleep paralysis, somehow i could see him even though i was faced the other way, then right when i came out of the sleep paralysis i quickly turned around to look at him and he was gone, i know that he is an evil spirit but there are many of them, i used to think it was only one that was tormenting me. either way they all fear the name of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

  11. i have seen him too, like you other guys i woke up middle of night to feeling that someone is watching me.

    i turned around and stared right into his red eyes, i remember that i wasn’t “scared” or “shocked” i remember that i asked him questions.. like “who are you” “what are you doing in my room” and every time i asked question he used to turn his head like a dog and asked me same questions that i asked him.

    i was like 5-8yrs old when i first saw him, i’m now almost 25 and have seen him couple times.

    he definetly is searching something special.

  12. I have seen him too. I was standing in the dark outside my shed while my fiance was inside the shed doing something. I looked up and saw “hat man” silhouette walk from the middle of my house, acrossed my Lawson, and into the next person’s house. Poof he was gone. I think he had a cane but am not sure. It was atmround 2010. I remember the feeling of blood draining from my face, a very weird feeling iver came me, and I looked over at my fiance expecting that he saw it but he said what’s wrong you look like you saw a ghost and I asked him if he saw it nd he saud saw what?!…and then responded no and I freaked out and ran into the house!

  13. I had a dream about him the 1st time when i was 5yrs old. Me and family was at a friends house in Oak Ca,4bed house with an upstairs room, i was upstairs napping. 8am i woke up,but just a little before i woke up this figure with a red hat on and long red trench coat was just standing thier looking at me,i couldnt see his face and he stood only where i can see his side going down the stairs very slowly and could here his footseps like he got on boots.

  14. I’ve seen him twice. Once during sleep paralysis (he was standing over me and ripped the sheets off my bed) another time I saw him standing in the corner when I woke up. I have a sun roof and was able to see this extremely tall man with a top hat, I actually thought it was a friend of mine at first. I felt no fear either time. He was slightly bending his legs and swaying back and forth, an image that still haunts me. I suspect he comes when people are involved in anything New Age related, or some type of witchcraft. I told a friend’s father about it, and he told me to say “in Jesus name, you must leave this place”. I did, and never saw him again. There is no other way to get rid of him. He is absolutely terrified of the name of Jesus. No need to be afraid!

  15. I was about 8 or so. I was in Alabama for a miranda sings show. It was me, my mom, my grandma, my aunt, and my two cousins all in one room. We were at a hotel but i cant remeber because it wasnt a normal hotel like holiday in. It was like..an Alabama hotel. We checked in and had a day or until the show. So the grown ups went to dinner and the bar while me and my cousins were in the hotel hanging out and talking. They come back and we all go bed around 9. At exactly 1:46 am i woke up feeling like somebody was watching me. I was facing my mom (away from the door) and rolled over towards the door. I look over to see a tall black figure wearing a fedora and a black trench coat. He was all black. No face. But he was super tall and skinny with super long arms and legs. He stood by the door for a good 3 mins. in that time my cousin went to the bathroom..and walked right by him. but she didnt say anything and ive asked her about it and she said she said she never saw it/him.
    then after she went back to bed it walked over to my foot of the bed. i was sharing a bed with my mom. it slowly dragged the covers off of us and my mom pulled the back up. and thats how i knew i wasnt dreaming and i was wide awake. he then came up next to me. right next to my face. caressed my cheek and disintegrated and i havent seen him since. im 15 now

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