Ghosts & Demons Paranormal

Shadow People and the Hat Man: A Pagan’s Perspective

At least three times in my life I’ve encountered shadow people. Come to find out, the shadow people phenomenon is quite rampant worldwide. Thousands of people claim to have seen or been followed by shadow people and the Hat Man. There are theories about what these beings are: are they other-dimensional time-travelers or evil aliens in league with the devil? What are shadow people, really? And is the Hat Man just another shadow person or something completely different? In this article, we explore the concepts of shadow people and the Hat Man from a pagan witch’s perspective.

Shadow People: Profile

What are shadow people? Put simply, they are shadow beings. They are typically seen in one’s peripheral vision. Though some people see them face-to-face. Shadow people morph into different forms but are most frequently seen in the shape of a man, tentacled-monster, or large spider. Sometimes they have glowing red eyes. I’ve noticed a pattern with my shadow people encounters – they all happen when I’m in a hypnogagic state. When I’m between sleep and waking, in the “twilight” zone, so to speak. But many people see them when they’re wide awake.

The Hat Man: Profile

The Hat Man’s presence is typically ominous. He stands at the end of your bed, staring down at you, showing no fear. Is he feeding on people’s fear? It’s quite possible. A close family member tells a terrifying story of staying the night at a friend’s house in high school, only to wake up and see the figure of an incredibly tall man wearing a fedora hat standing at the end of the bed. He was staring at her. Let’s just say she refused to visit her friend’s house ever again.

Most eyewitnesses agree the Hat Man is tall, standing between six to eight feet. He is always wearing a hat of some kind: a top hat, fedora, or wide-brimmed hat. In some instances, the Hat Man wears a cape or a long coat. The difference between the two is the Hat Man is more of a solidified figure with no fear, while shadow people are translucent and tend to dart away when spotted. 

Typical Shadow People Theories

Most people believe shadow people are demons. The author Heidi Hollis claims the Hat Man is the devil himself. She also says the Hat Man controls the shadow people, sort of like the Devil directs his demonic legion. Another theory is shadow people are alien beings sent to observe us. Sleep paralysis is occasionally coupled with shadow people and Hat Man sightings, giving a scientific explanation for this universal phenomenon. Sleep paralysis is a state in which you are still dreaming/sleeping but your eyes open. Your whole body feels paralyzed because it hasn’t woken up along with your mind. At the same time, you may experience “hallucinations” or dreams with your eyes wide open. 

A Pagan Witch’s Perspective on Shadow People

I don’t subscribe to the idea of all shadow people being demons. Nor do I subscribe to the idea of the Hat Man being Satan himself. As a pagan witch, I first had to breakdown my beliefs about the Christian Satan. I don’t deny the possibility of an evil being existing in the world that may be the “Satan” Christians fear; however, my take on Satan’s origins is a bit different than the Abrahamic view. If Satan exists, he is a tulpa (a thought form) that people have thought into existence. I highly doubt he shows himself in Hat Man form.

The Hat Man wears different outfits, different hats, and manifests itself all over the world. If the Hat Man is Satan, that means Satan is omnipresent and omnipotent, which I don’t buy. Secondly, if the Hat Man (aka Satan) was one being why would he change outfits? It’s like, “hold my fedora for me Beelzebub, I must change into my cape and top hat now. This victim is a fancy one, so I need to impress him.” Doubtful.

Furthermore, if Satan does exist, why would he be wasting time on random people all around the world? If anything, he’d be showing himself to the higher ups – politicians, royalty, the richest people in the world not Bob the plumber from down the street. 

Are They Demons and the Devil or Something Else?

The Hat Man isn’t one finite being – there are multiple Hat Men. Whether these were men who dressed in a certain fashion when they died and now carry that over into the afterlife is yet to be determined, but makes more sense to me than an all-powerful being who enjoys changing outfits from one victim to the next. And again, why would Satan be wasting his time on any Tom, Dick, or Harry instead of going after bigger fish to exact his plan on destroying the world and humankind?

My experience with shadow people is connected directly to my bouts of sleep paralysis. I am also an astral traveler and lucid dreamer, so my take is astral beings and low-level entities will feed on your energy while your soul is out traveling in the beyond at night. This is why you see them when you’re in that hypnogogic state – you basically catch them feeding on your body’s energy as your astral body is re-entering your physical body.

Protection from Shadow People

So how do we protect ourselves from these shadow people and the Hat Man? The same way you protect your home from spiritual invasion – regular spiritual cleansing (smudging and the like) and spiritual protective shields and wards placed around your home and bedroom. Spiritual cleansing of the body works to cleanse the aura and spiritual bodies, too, which better prepares you for any astral travel you may take at night unknowingly. Low level entities tend to seek out people who leave their bodies at night, its easier to prey on people this way. Creepy, I know. Prayers for protection to the Gods/Universe/Ancestors are also effective. 

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Shadow Man, The Hat Man, and the Devil: A Pagan's Paranormal Perspective


  1. Daredevil

    August 20, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Yes, Shadow People are real. I took this photo 6 times in a row during my visit to the Clinical Center of Serbia. When I was taking this photo from the 2nd floor of the main building, there was nothing out there and nothing unusual happening on the lower roof of this building. However, when I took a closer look at this GIF animation created by my Google account combining all 6 photos that I took in a row, I could see this black “unknown entity” moving on the lower roof of this Clinical Center. Please, take a look at this GIF animation and tell me if this is the real Shadow Person, or maybe something was jamming my phone lens. You’ll see the Shadow Person right behind the nearest tree walking on the lower roof and then (probably) jumping down “in free style”!!!

    1. Elizabeth Logue

      December 17, 2021 at 7:32 pm

      My daughter age 8 and I were at my neighbors house, she went home to put a toy back. She came running in screaming and crying saying a dark shadow man just walked in our house. I asked her did he open the door? She said no right threw the door. I asked if she seen it’s full body she said no just the head and it was wearing a hat. I showed her the picture of the hat man and she said yes exactly like that. This literally happened an hour ago. We saved and I’m hoping for the best. I astral project and have been having a hard time sleeping so it makes sense really.

  2. Dale Wheat

    June 15, 2020 at 4:54 am

    Everywhere I look for anything associated with the Hatman, he is always portrayed as evil. I didn’t get that feeling at all. I awoke in sleep paralysis and while I laid there, waiting for my body to catch up, just staring at nothing towards one wall in the room I was in and slowly, I noticed him just standing there. He was beside a dresser just standing, unmoving, and we stared at each other for what felt like at least 3 minutes. Then he sort of turned into a swirling vortex and darted out the window. I never felt any fear whatsoever during this episode and, considering the questionable activities I had engaged in that night, I have also wondered if he is what woke me and saved me from stopping breathing in my sleep. I felt no evil or malice and hope to have the chance to see him again at some point.

    1. admin

      June 15, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      interesting! thanks for sharing.

    2. Linda Hernandez

      June 22, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      Wow I had the same….I:was 17 just moved into. my boyfriend/boxing instructor/emotional codependent narcissistic (parents had $$ we lived in a 4 bedroom house that was customized and right next door to the grandparents lol – we were in a particular crazy fight tweeked out likely and in a knock down run around the house chase fight and I was knocking the dining chairs over as he chased me – one of us rolled down a flight of stairs freefall – and I don’t know how the police weren’t there already…….but I got this feeling of being watched. I look from standing inside the front room thru a big plate glass window and just beyond the hedges is this hat man dude ……I did not feel fear but felt that this relationship was bad and our “activities “ the music and band he was in (90’s heavy metal) and we just stared at each other for like half a minute and poof he was gone. I don’t remember anything else about that night but I’ve been a Targeted individual for all my life too – mk program Masonic pedo etc – dropped from train at age 30 into the nsa Milab men who stare at goats program and am STILL called crazy when we were simply the beta testers and it is the same “program “ being done to the world – trauma based mind control fear and isolation- see nobody listened to us and nobody will understand their own conditioning – TWO kinds of people are avoided…….CRAZY ONES AND SICK/CONTAGIOUS ONES. anyway his showing up did maybe “mark” the period of BEFORE “THE BIG BREAKUP” – we were together for 6 years I was 14 him 16 and both were virgins we were best friends I thought I’d marry him but he got the pet store clerk preggo and I was too loaded to care hanging in Vegas with my new older work friends – but I did get the puppy- had to steal her in my two seater – but she was my purebred Husky I paid for the papers to prove it – she was my lifeline during all of it too… idk is hat man bad good or asking you to look inside YOURSELF as he never breaks eye contact- I always respect that about any creature (my shar pei omfg does this sooooo much – she is some old soul human like dog – she can tell if I’m mad at the auto bank customer service thing and seriously run from outside and either lays on me upside down (ever see an upside down shar pei? Or jumps on end of bed and stares into my eyes till I tell her ALL CLEAR !! Code 4
      Damn I’ll shut up now……..but I’ve seen shadow people time traveler a drop in or whatever was borrowing a body lol oh men in black – orbs flies in kitchen at like 3am etc – peace!

    3. Anonymous

      March 15, 2022 at 1:57 am

      My feelings were the same as yours….but at the same time, I felt like he was very excited and/or amused. Seemed to be watching me walk through the woods just under a leaf canopy…. kinda using the canopy too peek out from as he would the brim of a hat. Seemed to be a big grin frozen on his face as he watched me from the side of his face, never straight at me.

  3. rachel

    May 29, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    i have seen a shadow people or entities for the past few years. it started off as many different types of entities, like when i drove past a grave yard i saw something that resembled a shadow-baby ‘crawling’ across the road, or a spooky looking deer-like entity. but recently i have only been seeing one type of shadow entity. this entity that i have been seeing is a very tall and lanky black figure, entirely distinguishable but blank faced. the figure i tend to call a guy (i’ve named him jeremy). i always see him when i drove at night, sometimes i’ll even see him during the day (that has only happened once). he has never felt angry or evil and i’m overall confused on what he is

  4. Ryan

    July 28, 2019 at 5:43 am

    I’ve seen two of these in my life one at 6 years old and one again just last year I’m 27 now. One was at 6 o’clock in the morning on my way to living room to watch Franklin and his friends the turtle cartoon show back then.just standing over me as an outline I don’t know how tall about maybe 6 feet tall. O e was last year in Tempe az by the light knew I could see him it was like about 70 to 90 feet away.. kinda mocking me I think or stalking me it would blend in with the crowed then show himself again lasted about 3 to 4 mins. I swear I’m not liei g. It was weird at the time I thought it looked like a dude wearing a wide brim hat with boots on or something like a Paisa too. Kinda also looked trenchcoat.

  5. Hilz

    April 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I agree with a lot you’ve said, and to add my take on why would “satan” dress up for blow joe down the road- just as how each and every “little” soul that has been born unto the earth is not less important than the next as we are all equal, and if lucite is trying against god and works to build his army and add to it, wouldn’t every little soul he could take make a difference?
    One m&m in the bag is pointless, but a full bag of little m&ms makes quite the difference, no? 😉

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    March 19, 2019 at 3:37 am

    That’s the best explanation I have heard yet

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