The best and worst thing about a photograph is how it can so perfectly freeze a moment in time. If the occasion is joyous and happy, the picture becomes a wonderful keepsake; if it’s not, the photo becomes something much more unsettling…

Each of these photographs captures an instant in time that’s truly, deeply weird and more than a little creepy. After you’ve seen them all, you may have some trouble falling asleep tonight!

1. This photo of a mountain of buffalo skulls not only demonstrates how the animal was almost hunted to extinction, but it’s also just plain creepy.

scary-1Wikipedia

2. During the Chernobyl disaster, hundreds of people flocked to this “death bridge” in Pripyat to watch it unfold, unaware that huge levels of radiation there would lead to their own untimely demise.

scary-2Flickr / benfairless

3. This 1925 photo shows a girl visiting the grave of her twin who had died in a fire a year earlier. It certainly seems like her sister was with her in spirit…

scary-3Tumblr / fishinadesert

4. Um…thanks, but no. Staying upstairs seems perfectly fine.

scary-16scary-16Reddit / killjoy1001

5. If you’re at all claustrophobic, you can imagine what a nightmare it would be to get stuck like this…

scary-4Reddit / killjoy1001

6. I’m not sure what exactly is going on here, but I’m not sure I want to find out either.

scary-5Twitter / @HorrificPics

7. This photo was taken on the day of their mother’s funeral. There appears to be a black figure placing it’s hand on the shoulder of the middle woman, and shockingly, she passed away in a car crash later that day…

scary-6Angels & Ghosts

8. Whether this is digitally edited or not, there’s something deeply and truly terrifying about ghostly, evil-looking children…

scary-7Frank T. Zumbach’s Mysterious World

9. This shocking photo was taken during a fire rescue in Boston in 1975. The 19-year-old woman had gone onto the fire-escape with her 2-year-old godchild, but the escape collapsed. Miraculously, the child survived, but only by landing on her godmother’s body.

scary-8Rare Historical Photos / Stanley Forman

10. Lots of photographs from the 19th century are just plain weird, especially ones that picture family members posing with their recently deceased relatives, and this family portrait is certainly no exception…

scary-9Cracked / Retronaut

11. In 1939, Finnish soldiers positioned the frozen body of a Soviet soldier like this in an attempt to scare away other invading Soviet forces.

scary-10Rare Historical Photos

12. I don’t know what kind of camera trickery or supernatural forces are at play here, but this picture is beyond creepy…

scary-11Art Images / Francesca Woodman

13. If you need any further proof that human constructions are temporary, while nature unrelentingly presses on, look no further!

scary-12Flickr / hanszinsli

14. This chilling image shows laundry still hanging outside an abandoned apartment in Pripyat, well over 20 years after the Chernobyl disaster forced the tenants to flee…

scary-13Flickr / Carpetblogger

15. This picture shows the last ever public execution by guillotine in France back in 1939. German-born criminal Eugene Weidmann was killed for crimes including murder, theft, and kidnapping.

scry-15Rare Historical Photos

Those pictures are truly, deeply weird and off-putting. Hopefully I can find something to take my mind off them when I go to sleep tonight…

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