Urban Legends


The Babysitter story is a scary story based on an urban legend about a teenage girl who is babysitting three children one night when she receives a creepy phone call from a strange man. It is also known as “The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs”. A version of this tale appeared in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.


There was a young girl who was in need of a job was able to find work as a babysitter for a couple who lived in a large, isolated, old house. They were going out to see a movie that night and left the teenage baby-sitter in charge of their three young children.

The babysitter put the children to bed when it got late and then went downstairs to watch some television. She was just getting comfortable when she heard the phone ringing. When she answered it, all she heard was heavy breathing followed by a man’s voice asking, “Have you checked on the children?”

Freaked out, she hung up the phone, trying to convince herself that it was just someone playing a practical joke on her. She went back to watching television but about 15 minutes later, the phone rang again. She picked up the receiver and heard hysterical laughter from the other end of the line. Then the same voice asked “Why haven’t you checked on the children?”

The babysitter slammed down the phone. The poor girl was frightened out of her wits and immediately called the police. The operator at the police station told the babysitter that if the man called again, she should try to keep him talking. That would give the police time to trace the call.

A few minutes later, the phone rang a third time and when the babysitter answered it, she heard the heavy breathing again. The voice on the line said “You should really check on the children.” The babysitter listened to him laughing hysterically for a long time. She hung up the phone again and almost immediately, it rang again.

This time it was the operator from the police station who yelled, “Get out of the house right now! The calls are coming from the upstairs phone!”

The babysitter dropped the phone in shock and suddenly she heard heavy footsteps walking down the stairs. Without pausing for a second, she ran out of the house as fast as her legs would carry her. Just as she closed the front door behind her, a man’s hand slammed against the glass. She screamed and ran out into the street just as a police car was pulling up outside.

The police searched the house and found the two children upstairs, hiding in a closet, crying uncontrollably. In the parents’ bedroom, they found a bloody axe lying on the floor next to the upstairs phone. The back window was wide open and the curtains were blowing in the breeze. There was no sign of the madman who had made the phonecalls. He had escaped into the night when the police arrived and managed to interrupt his horrible plan to kill the two children and the poor babysitter.


  • I heard a version where the babysitter got killed and the killer was coming to the kids but they barricaded the door with beds ect . And this is one of my faves:)

  • It’s like the clown statue. Theres loads of versions like circles squares and triangles.

  • 123chocobo
    Your just trying to cover up your own terror by taking it out on someone else your comment was truly disqusting and it really made me realise that no one in there right mind would want to be friends with such an a** like yourself. Why would you even say that?, if you watched a R18+ movie would you call someone a wimp if they got freaked out even if you went to the toilet for half an hour so you dont have to watch it, that would be the hight of hipocrasy ( that was a hypothetical sinario) so why would you make a snide remark like that in my opinion YOUR the wimp, shame on you.!

  • i’m 12 and these stories are scary………but i dont get nightmares. i get nightmares from watching mylittlepony and chucky on the same night, chucky and the ponies surround me but this? scary but no nightmares

  • lol I’ve heard so many variations of this story xD
    How were those “dirty” phone calls? xD

  • @ Destiny22486
    Don’t worry, really, this is just a story. And if any weirdo with an axe does come, just say: Hey, arent you that weird guy from The Simpsons? he is just gonna get confused, and that’s gonna give you enough time to escape ;)

  • @ Destiny22486
    IM only ten and i found this the worst atepmpt to scare some body srlsy you are a wimp

  • IM only ten im really scared now i dont feel like going to sleep tonight some1 help me *cries*

  • I saw the movie!!i like the part where she sayz “what do you want from me”?!! And he sayz “your blood all over me” hahahahaha i think that part is funny

  • i heard a version of this where he actually kills the children. one is when he hangs them in the garage with skipping ropes, and the other is when he mangles them with an axe.

  • ivee heard ov a story just likee thiss onee called squares upstiars

    a babysitter takes care of a 6yr old sister and brother then she starts getin fonee calls saying there are squares upstiars. the first time she ignors it the 4th time she gets angery and cuts the fone line. then the fone rings one last timee.. “go and check the kids…SQARES UPSTIARS” shee is teriified and goes upstairs to chec on the kids then she arrives at the bedroom door and there is blood comeing from under the door then she swings the door open and gets the fright of her life…. the kids hav been cut into little sqaures!
    the fone rings again ” sqares upstiars. she runs to the rearest police staition and tells the officer and shows him the kids. the officer traces the calls. the babysitters blood from her facee went… the calls hav been comeing from a differnt fone in the house the crime seccence happend……..

  • i hered this they made movie out of it twice i saw the newewest one when a stranger calls he calland say “have you checked the children?

  • i read another variation, apparently the killer murders the children, and is coming for the babysitter when she runs… that’d be a hard story 2 explain to the parents, lol

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