13 Terrifying First Date Horror Stories

I take boxing classes, I bravely go into Haunted Houses. I’ll watch a psychological thriller and I’ll go to a new country, completely alone. When it comes to fear, there’s not much that shakes me but there is a type of horror that every one has experienced: awful, terrible, bad, bad, bad, just plain bad first dates.

Though a totally normal part of finding a partner, there’s something about the residue that disappointing first dates leave behind that have a way of sticking with you. And not just for a week or a hot second, but for years to come, even when you’ve found the love of your life, and someone asks about your old dating life. Even if your date wasn’t technically a monster, didn’t come disguised in a costume or brought way more tricks than treats, love horror stories are frightful.

From those who weren’t anything like they advertised them online and those who moved way too fast to ones who took their dates to sketchy locations without much of an explanation, I warn you these stories will get your heart racing — and not in a good way:

1. When It Was On National Television

2. When Your Joke Went Wrong

“I once had a first date with a woman named Sima (see’-ma) who smoked incessantly, even throughout dinner. As passive aggressively as possible, I eventually just said ‘Is it OK if I call you Emphysema?’ She was insulted and the date ended there with no further communication.” -Steve

3. When Things Moved Way, Way Too Fast

4. When Your Date Thinks Murdering Is A Good Idea

“First time meeting this guy off Tinder. He doesn't look the same as his photos and shows up in a black shirt covered in cat hair. We discover we have absolutely nothing in common — different food tastes, working out all the time versus. almost never at a gym, introverted versus. extroverted, etc. He spills mustard on his shirt, and I try to be polite and not pay attention. He talks about how he smokes weed and says it's for his glaucoma. I sympathetically respond — glaucoma is a serious issue! He then laughs and says he was just kidding. Joking about serious diseases — cool? He starts telling me about how advanced medicine is becoming, and how we should cure all the diseases.

I asked how he thinks we should handle the overpopulation if that were to happen. He says murder the bottom 1/3 of people! ‘We already have SAT testing for academics; we could just develop testing to see who isn't contributing enough to deserve to live.’ On top of everything he spits when he laughs. I don't even want to be funny just to make him stop with the spitting. I'm very confused and disturbed by the entire experience. It was an absolute disaster! -Victoria

5. When He Made Her Sit Outside In The Rain

6. When He Suggests Marriage

7. When Everything Smelled

8. When Everything Was Just A Big, Big ‘No, No, No’

“We went to a movie where he then opened up his jacket and revealed what appeared to be an entire mini bar in his coat to mix with his soda. [He] then actually asked if we could sneak into another movie after the first one. I stormed out and he had the nerve to pull out a condom and ask me if we were going to ‘at least have sex tonight.’" -Heather

9. When He Was Obsessed With Eminem

10. When He Ditched Her For His Ex

11. When She Watched Him Bowl

12. When The Guy Got Drunk And Left Her Purse

"It was a second date with a guy on Tinder. Things were going great until we switched bars and he had his friend (who, tbh, was really really good looking) join us — they kept ordering shot after shot. I went to the bathroom and came back and *I wasn't ACTIVELY looking* but he left his phone in front of my seat, and I looked and saw that he had been taking pictures of our waitresses and sending them to people in texts... By this point, the alcohol caught up with me and I got up to go to the bathroom again. I came back, both guys were gone, and so was my purse (I always carry my purse with me but I was an idiot and left it at the table — I didn't think they would leave though and i told them where i was going.)

Thankfully, I made friends with a girl in the bathroom who found my purse (someone turned it in at the bar) and I got an Uber and went home. Guy kept calling me over and over... The next night, asked if 'coming over to my place was out of the question or no...' I had a horrible time and deleted his number. Boy bye." -Cassandra

13. When He Had To Stop At Rehearsal Quickly

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