Vanessa Hudgens has had ‘a lot’ of run-ins with spirits, ever since she was a kid

On Wednesday, the tweet below went viral as people shared their stories about how their children (or children they were around) said some truly unsettling things. It’s a reminder, in case you needed one, that in many non-Western cultures, there are strong belief systems built around reincarnation and living people’s ties to the spirit world. There are some truly haunting stories in this thread.

I bring this up because Vanessa Hudgens was on The Kelly Clarkson Show and she started talking about how she can commune with the spirit world. Sure. After spending several hours reading that tweet-thread, I f–king believe it.

Vanessa Hudgens claims she can speak with those beyond the grave. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Tuesday, the actress told host Kelly Clarkson that she’s had “a lot” of run-ins with spiritual beings over the years and said she’s “accepted the fact that I see things and I hear things.”

“I remember getting ready for school when I was 8 years old, and there was … You know those ducks [toys] that you pull [the string]? There was one of those on the dining room table, and I started walking, and it just started going alongside me,” Hudgens, 33, said.

“I kind of shut it down for a while because it’s scary,” she continued. “The unknown is scary. But recently I was like, ‘No, this is a gift and something that I have the ability to do, so I’m going to lean into it.’ ”

Hudgens added that she uses a “spirit box,” which she said helps her analyze “radio frequencies really quickly.”

“Something about the electricity that it creates allows spirits to speak through it,” she explained.

This isn’t the first time Hudgens has opened up about her experiences with ghosts and spirits.

Speaking with PEOPLE in 2011, the actress said she was visited by an unearthly presence — something she could only explain as a ghost — while filming Journey 2: The Mysterious Island in North Wilmington, North Carolina. Hudgens recalled hearing footsteps while staying at an old house on location but couldn’t find the source of them, noting that North Wilmington is “one of the oldest, most haunted places in North America.”

[From People]

I’ve spent most of my life in Virginia, where you can’t shake a d–k without knocking into some Civil War battlefield or site of some horrific Antebellum tragedy. There are some truly haunted places in Virginia! I remember feeling so unnerved sometimes in college because several of the buildings were in use during the Civil War and there was just a profoundly eerie vibe. I was also terrified of ghosts as a kid, but that’s because my dumb parents let me watch horror movies when I was like 5 years old. Anyway, I’ve had some run-ins! I believe Vanessa has too.

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  1. susiecue says:

    *lets post marinate while ghost stories accumulate in comments*

  2. Emily says:

    I just finished reading that Twitter thread. It’s very creepy. But I believe it. I think children haven’t closed their connection to the spirit world yet. There is so much of our brain that we don’t access.

    Kids also just say creepy things. My 3 year old daughter told me this year that the snow would turn to blood. She said it multiple times. Thankfully it’s melting and no blood.

  3. Jess says:

    My first session with a hypnotherapist , not really expecting much. By the end of the session I had ‘woken up’ in some harbour in a man’s body and my hypnotherapist asked me who I was and where I was. I said I was a sailor and I was in An English harbour. She asked what year is it, I answered 1762.

    • Chlo says:

      Well, now I’m googling for hypnotherapists in my area.

    • Nick G says:

      I’ve had a bunch of experiences but I too had one of a sailor, in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean. I’ve not been to the Mediterranean, but I will never forget the colour of the sea and the smell of salt… it seemed more real than a lot of my memories, and years later I can still access it.

    • Elizabeth Phillips says:

      I’ve never been hypnotized, but I have what I believe to be past life memories.

  4. Harla says:

    I’ve been seeing spirits for as long as can remember. The house that I grew up in had malevolent spirits in the attic, my bedroom was directly across from the attic door, and 2 nuns that primarily stayed in the foyer that I kept trying to play with, they weren’t interested though. My current home is over 100 yrs old and I either see something or hear footsteps, knocks, talking, etc on a daily basis. I’m home alone a lot because hubby works out of state, so I find the presence of other people in the house rather comforting.

  5. Susan says:

    Saw a blur of squares, like static, human size, all browns and greys, wasn’t scared, I was very calm. I thought it was a trick of the light at first. I talked to it for a while, it seemed like the correct thing to do. It was in the lounge, just ‘watching’ me and my wee baby, for a long time. Eventually I went back to my work and I suppose it left. Husband saw the same but much smaller in the bedroom, up at the air vent. It made a kind of humming noise, like electricity.
    Weird thing is, we live and work together abroad with not many friends here, thus we eek out any bit of tedious information: “I saw a dog today” etc, and we didn’t mention it to each other for a week or so. Didn’t even cross my mind to mention it to him. Odd!

  6. salmonpuff says:

    I loved that thread! My son used to say, “Remember when I used to be a girl?” And when my oldest was 3, she pointed to my belly and said, “Baby in there!” I laughed and said there wasn’t, but she insisted. A week later, I found out I was very unexpectedly pregnant with my third.

    I used to see a man in a gray suit in our house when I was a kid, and before I got pregnant with all three of my kids I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a baby floating above the bed a few months before.

    I tend to be pretty agnostic about stuff like this, but it’s fun to think maybe there are other realms and we’re more connected than we know.

    • lucy2 says:

      That was a good thread! So many kids say things like your son did, I really feel like we get more than one go around.

    • Elizabeth Phillips says:

      My brother and sister-in-law used to live in a haunted house and they saw and heard all kinds of things. Came to a head one day when she was doing laundry. She was the only person at home (brother was at work and their sons were not home from school yet). When she went to transfer the clothes from the washer to the dryer, she noticed her favorite pair of pjs were missing and she remembered putting them in the washer. She said, “Okay. I’ve had it! I’m going to go start supper and when I get back, those pajamas better be on this dryer.” She started supper. When she came back about 15 minutes later, her pajamas were on the dryer – dry and neatly folded.

  7. I'm With The Band says:

    In 2018, an ex of mine died in a terrible accident. About a month later, I was sitting on the bed, home alone with my 3 year old, who said to me “mom, who is that man behind you?”. He was adamant there was a man sitting behind me. I know they say that kids are connected to the spirit world, and I’d like to believe it was true. I’m still skeptical, but it’s the only time he’s ever said this and he had no idea that someone close to me had passed. Spins me out to this day.

  8. Kelly Sunshine says:

    When I was 8, my great-uncle died of a heart attack. The night he died, his dog came to live with us. She was laying with me on the chesterfield, and all of a sudden she perked up and went in to the kitchen. I then heard my uncle’s voice say “Goodbye Penny” and then she started whining and ran back to me in the living room.

  9. Jenn says:

    I have reason to think I might have something in the vein of temporal-lobe epilepsy, but the fact remains that I don’t like to be left alone in the house after 3am… not since I heard someone hiss my name directly into my right ear when I was about to reshelve a book

    • fishface says:

      @Jenn It’s also been suggested to me that I had TLE for a period (it appears to have stopped in the past 15 years) and I used to hear someone saying my name – my left ear in my case – when I was waking up. But if someone asked me if the voice was male or female I couldn’t say.

    • Colleen says:

      Isn’t 3 a.m. considered the witching hour when all bets are off for the spirit world?

  10. jbones says:

    When my daughter was 3 she woke in her room screaming for someone to “GO AWAY!”. In a panic, my husband and I ran in to find her standing in her crib. As soon as she saw us, “Why does the woman with glowing hair want me to get out of my crib? Why does she keep asking me to do that?” I wanted to vomit.

    Later that year my sister was babysitting and sent us a text asking, “Does the video monitor in J’s room spin in circles?” No. No it doesn’t, but we didn’t want to freak my sisiter out (and it was our first date night in a YEAR) so we texted that it was broken, does it all the time. We fessed up a few years later.

    Note: we live in a new build in a county, so not sure what gives, but that room gave me weird vibes even before it became the baby’s room. I had originally used it as a studio, but the vibes were too much.

  11. AnneL says:

    The only time I remember seeing a spirit was when I was on a boat trip with a few older people. We were transporting it from Florida to New York for someone. When I was at the wheel in the dark I saw a woman in a flowy gown at the head of the boat. The others said the exact same thing. We were all in agreement.

    By the way I had no business being at the wheel in dark. I barely knew what I was doing, but for some reason they took me on and let me do it.

    I have a friend who doesn’t like to go into graveyards. She said the spirits attach themselves to her. When we went on a trip with a couple of other friends, they decided we should go to a psychic. When my friend’s turn came, the psychic told her that spirits attached themselves to her!! No prompting. The psychic also said that in a past live she had been in conflict with the Church, which makes sense because she and her husband are both really uncomfortable with religion. Raised Christian, left it behind and won’t set foot in a church.

    Aside from the woman in the flowy gown, my only connection seems to be through owls. Owls come visit me before someone close is going to die. It happened with my sister. And after my husband’s father died, an owl came and hung out in our back yard for a whole day. I had never seen one there before.