It’s the time for spooky tales of the unexplained once again! Right before Halloween came into full-swing we asked you, our GirlTalkers, to share the creepiest and most mysterious experiences you or your colleagues have had in the office. Here are some of the most spine-tingling, real-life anecdotes that will definitely make you think again about doing overtime work tonight!
“It was in 2009, I was working as an HR associate in a BPO company in Valero St. Makati. The building was old, and it was rumored to be a residential house before it was converted into a commercial building. Our receptionist wanted to take a dump but was too shy to do it in the first-floor toilet (it was packed with so many applicants that afternoon) and so she asked me to accompany her to go to the fifth-floor toilet. As we were inside the elevator, she began to ask me questions if I've heard rumors about the fifth floor, specifically the toilet. I said I haven't heard anything about it. She said a lot of the guards and some employees swore they often see a ghost of a child and his mother wandering around the area and at times would scare people by coming in the elevator with them. She said the ghost child was sutil and oftentimes pranked employees.
“I started to become really uncomfortable when we reached the fifth floor. I noticed that there were only a few employees and the toilet was a little bit far from where the offices were located. When we entered the lavatory, it was very cold and empty. We were the only ones who were there at the moment. My officemate checked all of the cubicles first. She entered the middle cubicle while I stayed near the sink and combed my hair. She was very anxious so she began to talk about the history of the building and told me about the rumor that [the spot] where we were was the exact place where a mother and a child were murdered in the '80s. I told her to stop her story and talk about something else, which she did. We continued our chat as she got out of the cubicle and washed her hands. Then not long after, we heard a flushing sound from one of the cubicles. It is as if someone was in there and flushed the toilet. We stopped talking, looked at each other and suddenly we remembered no one was there except for us. We were so scared that we screamed so loud as we struggled to get out of the lavatory as fast as we could. One of the guards saw us, and he just smiled as if he knew exactly what happened inside. I never visited the fifth floor ever since that day.”
- GirlTalker mimiku
“Oftentimes, I [am] the last one to leave in our area because I always wait hubby. I've already heard lots of ‘paramdam’ stories in our area. (Our department is located on the third floor pero parang mezzanine [ang] area namin, tapos ang pinaka-3rd floor area occupied by [another] dept.). First encounter, may narinig akong sumitsit, pero deadma lang, baka kako si kuya utility na tagakuha ng mga basura, since kabiruan ko na rin siya. At dahil curious ako, sumilip ako sa pinto but I found no one. Ang pinaka natakot talaga ‘ko was when I saw a reflection on the PC monitor that someone passed [behind me], at paglingon ko walang tao. My supervisor just left few minutes ago, like not less than five minutes. What I did was turn the PC off, not waiting [to see] if it was really off. Naabutan ko si Bisor sa lobby waiting for the elevator and asked me why I looked so pale. Then I told her what happened. Madami pa ‘yan pero mapapahaba na masiyado.”
- GirlTalker sherolf
“[This was] way back [in] 2008, bago pa lang ako n’on dito sa company. May coffee shop sa loob ng building namin. ‘Yong mga waitresses naaksidente on the way to work sa umaga. Three ladies were killed, so hindi na sila umabot sa building. Sabi-sabi ng mga kasamahan ko dito sa building eh on that day, nakita pa silang nag-deliver ng coffee sa offices and greeted the employees na nakakasabay nila sa elevator. Creepy but true daw talaga.”
- GirlTalker xiannasofia
“One time, naka-lock kasi 'yong front door ng office, medyo evening na kasi, so I called our front desk, baka meron pang pwede magbukas. So ayon, sumagot ‘yong isa sa mga secretaries namin, she said na bubuksan daw niya. After a few minutes, unlocked na ‘yong door, so pasok na ako. Now, mga an hour later, ‘yong isa kong coworker dumating, tinanong ako kung paano ako nakapasok kasi siya daw kanina he tried the door pero locked. Sabi ko I called Ate So-and-So and she let me in. Sabi ni coworker wala naman daw tao doon kanina. Napaisip ako, sabagay, wala naman doon si ate nung pumasok ako sa door and I never saw her until nung umalis ako a few hours later. But I never gave it much thought after our conversation. Wala naman akong na-feel na creepy vibes.
“The next day, si Ate So-and-So said wala raw siya kagabi. So ayan na, natakot na si coworker ko! Ako naman inisip ko na baka ibang tao lang, baka nagkamali lang ako to assume that it was her who answered the phone. But another one of our coworkers, may third eye yata, she told me na meron daw talaga siyang nase-sense na presence in the office. So... ewan ko lang if that was it.”
- GirlTalker hisana
“Second-hand experience lang meron ako, kinuwento sa ‘kin nung mga matagal na doon sa company na pinasukan ko dati. Also not sure kung sa office namin or sa office ng client namin nangyari. But here goes.
"May employee na pumunta sa office para mag-follow-up ng final pay niya. Eh ‘di pumunta siya sa receptionist, tapos tinawag ni receptionist sa HR na merong nag-fo-follow-up. So after ng confirmation sabi niya doon sa tao na dumiretso na sa HR. So si kuya, G na. Then after a few hours napansin ni receptionist na ‘di pa bumabalik si kuya. Tumawag siya sa HR tapos tinanong kung dumiretso ba doon ‘yong lalaki. Wala naman daw pumunta sabi ni HR. So nagtanong-tanong sa si receptionist. Kasi baka nga naman san pumunta. Tapos nung chineck nila ‘yong CCTV para siguro matignan kung anong hitsura nung lalaki at maireport, nakita nila na wala naman palang tao. Si ateng receptionist nagsasalita ng walang kausap."
“Meron pa isang kinwento officemate ko. Nag-OT siya mag-isa. Nakahiwalay naman kami ng room kasi payroll, ‘yong tipong de-ID ‘pag papasok. Sa may bandang pintuan siya nakaupo. Tapos medyo antok na ‘rin. Biglang narinig niya [‘yong] knob ng pinto gumalaw, parang may gustong pumasok. Eh wala naman kaming guard noon. Itinulog na lang daw niya. xD”
- GirlTalker morningdivabeam
"Love reading/hearing about ghost stories. Sa dati kong office, may abandoned third floor doon. Hindi mo nga mapipindot sa elevator ‘yong number three eh. Pero may mga nakaka-experience daw na ‘pag nakasakay sila sa elevator bigla na lang daw titigil sa third floor tapos bubukas and then ang tagal bago magsara ng elevator kahit pindutin mo ‘yong close door, eh madilim daw doon kaya nakakatakot hehe. Or minsan may makakasabay daw silang babae na doon bababa sa third floor."
- GirlTalker khaleesiCersei
"I have [a] creepy story na nangyari sa sleeping quarters sa office. It was around two in the morning at lunch break ko eh sa sobrang antok mas pinili ko na lang matulog kaysa kumain. ‘Yong style kasi ng room may divider sa gitna then ‘yong mga higaan parang recliner lang (like ‘yong ‘pag nag-sun bathing) pero may nakalagay na malambot na mattress. Each side has five recliners, hindi ko na binuksan ‘yong ilaw kasi baka may ibang natutulog tsaka medyo aninag naman dahil doon sa red light na nanggagaling sa exit sign.
“Doon sa puwesto na pinili ko ako lang ‘yong tao then pa-side ako humiga so ‘yong hair ko nasa harap ko din natatakpan ‘yong half ng mukha ko. Nakaidlip na ako nung naramdaman ko na may humawak sa hair ko tapos hinawi para mapunta sa likod. Akala ko isa sa mga officemates ko na ginigising na ako then pagtingin ko wala namang tao. Dahil kakagising ko lang hindi pa nag-register agad sa utak ko ‘yong nangyari kaya ang ginawa ko chineck ko pa ‘yong kabilang side kung may tao pero waley. Lumabas na lang ako agad ng sleeping quarters kasi nawala na rin ‘yong antok ko hahaha.
“Then narinig ko may nagha-hum na boses ng babae so nung time na ‘yon pindot na ako ng pindot sa kahit na anong number para lang mag-close ‘yong pinto [ng elevator]. Hindi na rin ako tumitingin sa paligid ko kasi mirror pa naman ‘yong style ng elevator eh baka meron na pala akong kasama sa loob. Nakailang ‘In Jesus’ Name’ ako at after ten seconds siguro tsaka siya nagsara. Dahil sa experience na ‘yan, lagi na din akong may kasama kapag gagamit ng elevator lol.”
- GirlTalker Miss Taken
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If these were enough to convince you to head out early, then you may want to enjoy the rest of the evening with less spook-tacular experiences that will get you to chill.
Indulge in yummy sweets.
No tricks, just treats! Indulge in your favorite deserts, because Halloween is the best time to schedule your cheat days.
TRY: Krispy Kreme #KrispysKremes Halloween Doughnuts in Pumpkin, Green Frankenstein, Worms, Skeleton, Spider Web, and Halloween Sprinkle
Wear a mask
A clay mask that is. It’s pretty much double purpose—you get to cleanse and pamper your skin, plus you can actually make a costume out of it for trick-or-treaters who will drop by for candy.
TRY: Human Nature Pollution Defense Mask, P395 (intro price) at Human Nature
Watch a scary movie
Snacks? Check. Skincare? Check. And since you’re safe and snug in your home, why not enjoy a few thrills (without the real-life haunts) with your favorite horror flicks? Just make sure you don’t get nightmares!
TRY: Check out the movie “Hush,” now streaming on Netflix