The Grinning Man is the name given to one or more mysterious figures that has become associated with various reports of paranormal activity. The Grinning Man is sometimes described as being an extraterrestrial, one of the Men in Black or a hominid cryptid. Arguably the best known Grinning Man was Indrid Cold, who appeared during the 1960s Mothman sightings. A common attribute associated with almost all sightings is that he is seen by witnesses simply grinning, thus his name.
Perhaps the most famous sighting of a Grinning Man is reported to have taken place on October 11, 1966 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The entity was sighted by two boys as they were walking home. A very large, high wire fence runs along the edge of the other street below where the boys were walking. There are bright street lights in that area, which gave the boys a good glimpse of what they called "the strangest guy we've ever seen."
"He was standing behind that fence. I don't know how he got there. He was the biggest man I ever saw."
"Jimmy nudged me," Marvin Munoz reported to police, "and said, 'Who's that guy standing behind you?' I looked around and there he was... behind that fence. Just standing there. He pivoted around and looked right at us... then he grinned a big old grin."
There had been recent reported incidents of violence in the nearby neighborhood, such as a middle-aged resident being chased by a "tall green man" down that same street and on the same night, so the boys fled quickly.