Ryan is at an age where his imagination is really developing. I'm noticing it when he plays, and he makes up little voices and stories for his cars. It's really cute to watch. Unfortunately, he is also imagining scary things, like monsters, shadows, and scary sounds.
He starts talking about them every night as soon as he gets in bed. He "hears" sounds and wants me to turn the lights on so he can see what the shadows really are. He tells me there are monsters in his room. At first I thought he was just trying to get out of going to bed, but I'm realizing he is actually a little bit frightened. (Although he may be using it as a stalling technique).