My name is Tim Brown. I am the site owner, administrator, and researcher for The Hat Man Project. The purpose of this site is to research the phenomenon that has come to be known as “The Hat Man.” Reports of The Hat Man and other shadow beings have been on the rise within the last 10-15 years. It was due to my own experience and my awareness of other people’s sightings of The Hat Man that I decided to begin this research project.

The aim of this web site is to explore the stories of the many sightings that have been reported. This is the very first and only web site solely devoted to researching, collecting, and archiving information and stories relating to The Hat Man. As more stories are researched and collected they will be posted on this site regularly.


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I’ve had experiences with this one since I was a child and it has been getting worse and worse I know it’s him by the feeling. When i was young I woke multiple times and couldn’t breathe or move but was fully awake for between 30 seconds to a minute as I got older 10-12 years I started trying to gradually roll my body back and forth until it finally gave and I flipped over from momentum arms still pinnedat my side eyes not able to open until I flipped didnt always work as I got into my late teens early twenties it came less frequent but more severe there were a few times I woke to it he was standing at the end of my bed beside my bathroom door saw him clearly very large7ft tall big trenchcoat orange eyes and a large rimmed hat kinda like the one in jeepers creepers obviously no colour jus outline in shadows but every time as soon as I saw it i got a sudden urge of fear exactly the same as when I was a child iv never felt a feeling like it with out this thing being around and now I am 26 ignored it for a few years and now seems to be worse than ever 2 months ago I was at work I’ve done roofing for 10 years and now how to set up a ladder looked before I went up got a strange feeling like when this thing was watching me in bed but not paralyzed just real short of breathe and the fear but I’m in broad daylight 4:00 PM so I ignored it yet again up the ladder went for the 20th time that day and as soon as I got to the top the bottom almost as if it had been kicked shot down the driveway at what seemed like record speed shattering mykneecap breaking my wrist in 3places and ripping A nerve in my wrist losing feeling to 50%of my hand 3 surgeries 12 hours later taking a combined 7 hours ,on my way down first thought was I’m dead then I got a quick and abrupt no then all i got was this is gonna hurt! call me crazy for blaming this on this thing if you want but since the accident I cannot sleep and constantly wake not able to breathe sometimes with being paralyzed sometimes without but always with the same feeling I don’t know if he’s feeding off my fear of him or what it is but as I ignored it got worse he only handles being ignored so long another scary point I was cooking burgers on the BBQ and my 4 yr old was sitting on the loveseat beside me and it looked like he jumped from it to the stair about 2 feet away I just saw it out of the corner of my eye so that was fine until he looked at me scared and said do you know-how i got here daddy, the ghost with the hat and no face pickedme up and put me here and I didnt like it then he quickly went inside and would not tell anybody else it had to be a secret! How the hell do we get rid of this thing?we’ve tried many things over the years but given Enough time he’ll always return

Sylvia Perry

I have seen the tall man all dressed in black, cloak, tall hat, I was very young. As I grew, I became a nurse in a psychiatric institution. When the young children came in from attempting suicide, some would say that they had seen the same figure and describe the man. It is unclear if the enity is a protector or a warning, an angel to bless or curse. But in all of these cases and mine, I was abused as a child and did try to commit suicide.

Twisted Reject

I have seen the hat man. It was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen. It was during a time when I had kicked my husband out for cheating. This is relevant because I have heard it is common to see it when there is domestic turmoil. As scary as it was to see this thing, when I went to research it the next day, it was even more terrifying to see photos of the exact same thing I had seen, taken by other people in other countries!


When I was very young, 4-5 years old I had a nightmare every night where I would wake up unable to move and freezing cold with four little men with black hats and black overcoats standing over me all in a row next to my bed…i was of course terrified and they did seem to say there was nothing to be afraid of but it was awful and caused anxiety… i told my family about it, my parents, and my father would say it was just a dream. I would dream they came in through a portal that opened up in the corner above the window. I was shocked to google it once to see if it had a dream meaning and can still barely believe others have had this experience.


When I was about 9 I would see a shadowy figure. At first I thought it was just my imagination, but it felt so real. I knew I wasn’t making it up. When I was talking with my daughter the subject changed to fears. She said she was scared to have any body parts outside of the blankets, so I told her that I thought there were ghosts in the hallway. She was immediately intrigued and asked for more details. So, I told her, but then, she got scared. Turns out her friend told her a story similar to mine and so her being her, she looked it up. And sure enough, the name of the story her friend told her was there: the hat man. Most people don’t believe it, but I do, as well as my daughter. She showed me a picture of the shadow, and yep, the same shadow I saw so many years ago. The site also said the hat was a fedora that the shadow was wearing, so I asked my daughter to look it up, and the hat looked exactly like the hat the shadow was wearing. It would never do anything, just walk around, but it never got close to me, or harmed me in any way. But the question i’m asking is, why? Why did I see it so manyou years ago?


I have seen the hatman and it was actually about 25 years ago. I was just a child. Day light… He did something with his hand… Was not briefly. Just stumbled on information about him tonight, I always wondered what he was.


I was about 5 when I saw him. My story is like 90% accurate to all the others. I had a high level of ESP in that period of my life that I unfortunately did not develop because of fear from my family. I just want to know if there is a commemality between the people he has visited and if so, what is it?


I can’t believe this is real!!! I was just telling my mother the story of the dark figure that gave me chills down my spine but I couldn’t see a face only s shape. That he was tall, he wore a hat and was dressed in all black. I couldn’t see details but I felt we were in a staring contest. I tried to close my eyes in hopes he’d disappear but he just stood there in my doorway. He was there for a long time and wouldn’t go away. Until this day thinking of that childhood moment I was just paralyzed in fear and often tell myself it was an illusion knowing deep down it was real. Wow, I can’t believe I’m not the only one and feel a bit relieved to know there’s others that felt and saw this thing.


Hi Tim Brown,
Are you still doing research on the spirit of the shadow wearing an old top hat? I have had issues with that spirit all my life and still to today. Wear can I get more information on him?
Thank you,
Wendy Mae


I also saw him one night only when I was 18 . I felt like I was sleeping yet awake. He was sitting g at my window looking out. And then he tipped his hat and turned to me. It was the scariest thing to ever happen to me. He wore black cloke and large leather black hat. I did see his face. Scary yet human? I was told it was my spirit guide and not to be afraid? Never saw him again thank god.


When I was about 6 years old, I had started seeing this man with a hat. I had told my parents about it, but they had said that I must have been dreaming or something along the lines of that. It was not until recently that I had learned that it was true. My friends and I were hanging out and we had gotten on the topic of ghost stories. My one friend had begun to tell us about this man that would stand at the foot of her bed and just stared at her. This sounded familiar to me, so I asked if he had a hat. She said yes, and that was when I had come to the conclusion that it was real, and I had experienced that hat man quite often as a child.


I saw the hat man , in its exact form that it is on google , three years ago but I can still remember it clearly like it happened yesterday. It was rightly after my sleep paralysis, the room was dark but he was darker than it. He was standing right in front of me. I am sure less than 40 cm between us. He didn’t do anything that I remember, all I can recall is seeing him clearly then falling asleep again. My friend also told me about a dog shadow that she has seen , and also found its exact picture on google.
I just want to know why it was there? Is he good or evil?


A Roman Catholic Priest who has been an exorcist for 20 years with whom I took a several week course, told us the following: this Hat Man is a Demon, a very dark and negative entity. Demons are very real entities that want human kind to suffer and to auto-destroy itself. This Hat Man is very well known amongst people who do liberation ministry, and it’s usually associated with having participated in some kind of esoteric ritual of divination, fortune telling, tarot, trying to know the future, the unknown or the occult. And there are multiple ways of doing this: hand-reading, or “reading” a cigarette, coffee, cards, lemons, etc., paying someone that does this… There are multiple ways according to the culture or the country, but basically they all have this in common: trying to know through divination what we cannot through an esoteric manner or through occultism or through superstition or even invoking spirits, dead people or shamans.

So, if I see the Han Man, then, there are two options: or I did some of this stuff in the past, or even one of my ancestors: father, mother, grandmother, etc. Some Demons stick to a family because a member of the family has “given” them permission to be there. By participating in any of these practices of superstition or occultism one is saying through actions to the Demons: “you are welcome here”. Even if one isn’t doing it with direct intention, and is perhaps acting by ignorance or unconsciously, one is giving this permission.

That is why the Bible warns us about all of these practices (cf. Dt 18, 9-13; Lv 9, 31; Lv 20, 6 and many others), and firmly tells us NOT to do them. These recommendations or rules are for our protection.

Is it possible to stop seeing the Hat Man? YES. How?

1. Trying to be a better Cristian.
2. Praying to God so that he may free us of this.
3. Renouncing any act of divination, fortune-telling, esoterism, occultism, etc.
4. Confessing to Jesus this sin and ask for His Mercy and Liberation.
5. In Catholic, Coptic and Orthodox traditions, confessing to Jesus through and with a Priest and receiving the absolution prayer. Many people experience immediate and complete liberation from the Hat Man with this.

I hope this helps.
God bless you.


Ever since i was a child i would catch corner eyed glimpses of a very tall silhouette draped in a trench coat with a fedora on his head. I could never get a full look at the man and had passed it off as normal. Years passed and i began to dabble in drugs. I again started seeing the man as well as many other shadowy figures. Again i thought nothing of it having heard the effects drugs have. Recently (past few months) my fiancee has been waking up at all hours of the night gasping for air and claiming a tall black male figure had been dragging her, sitting on her, cutting her, etc. Not only has he been apart of my life since a child but come to find out she has dealt with him herself. We both have spoke on it but never researched until today when our 4 year old daughter mentioned to us she had seen a “bad ghost”. I asked her what he looked like and she described the hat man to a T. Are me and my fiancee supposed to be worried about this or should we look further into it. Any help would be nice. He never posed a threat to me but as said my fiancee has had numerous encounters that were anything but pleaseant.


Have not seen him myself, but a workmate of mine recounted a recent story of his golf buddies experience with what appears to be this thing. He lives in Newcastle Australia and was sitting in the lounge room by himself watching T.V when an apparition about 7feet  tall wearing a top hat and trench coat walked/floated straight through his T.V. and proceeded down the hallway and up the stairs. Absolutely scared the living shit out of him. The weeks proceeding this he said there had been a lot of unexplained noises happening in he house.
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I’ve written on this subject before in 2008, but never heard a reply from anyone. My experience is similar, but not exact. I was about 13/14 when it started. The first time I saw the Top Hat Man was on a Sunday, I was with one of my sisters and a cousin. We were at my grandmother’s and great grandmother’s, where our Aunts,Uncles, and cousins would gather every Sunday. We were asked to walk to my house to get something (can’t recall what), it was only a two minute walk. Myself, my sister, and cousin walked in through the kitchen door went through the dining room and into the living room where we saw sitting on the end of a large light blue couch a very tall man with a tophat, long beard, black coat,pants, white shirt, and a medicine bag. The bag was an old looking leather medicine bag that was at his feet on the floor. He looked like Abraham Lincoln and was dressed in period clothing. I don’t remember screaming or running away or anything else that happened that evening. My sister remembers seeing him that day, but he never again appeared to her. He visited only me many times after that night. I shared my room w/ another sister who never saw him, but always felt that she was being watched by many people surrounding her. Top Hat Man would stand at the end of my bed watching me, he never spoke, just watched until one night he pulled me to the end of the bed by my ankles. What happened then I’m not sure, I never could recall it. Let me tell you, I was never frightened by him. I was going through a period in my life when I was a bit ill. I’m sorry for what I’m about to say, but it’s what was happening w/ me at this time. I began my menstrual cycle at the age of 14. I was never regular and when I did get it, it would go on for much longer than it should and was extremely heavy to the point where I was hospitalized. They helped me temporarily, but it continued to be heavy until the Top Hat Man pulled me to the end of the bed. I believe he performed some sort of medical procedure on me to make me better and able to have children. I haven’t seen him sense I was about 17.


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