I'm a mom of two young children, and also someone who has had a lot of nightmares and night terrors as a child herself.
First, paranormal aside, I personally believe it is important to acknowledge the fear your child was feeling (meaning, don't just brush off something
that is very real and very traumatic to them - he looks to you for comfort and understanding)... but it is also important to not dwell on it. You
could say something like "sometimes I have bad dreams too, and they scare me. But they are just dreams and they cannot hurt me. Want to hear my
favorite lullaby?" and sooth him back to sleep.
Of course, with kids nothing is ever as easy - right? That's what always cracks me up about 80% of parenting advice - it assumes things actually
work. Kids are not that simple.
When I was a kid and had nightmare and terrors, I got to an age that I understood it was my imagination. When I was about 5 or 6 I decided that if
the monsters were just imaginary, then they could be destroyed by an imaginary gun. So I'd use my fingers, point at the monsters with my 'gun' and
blast them away. This worked for me. It was kid logic, and it worked. But every kid and every situation is different. I don't know if this kind
of reasoning would work with a toddler. You know your kid, so you may be able to come up with a appropriate plan.
I've heard professionals (yes, professionals) advice trying "monster spray" before bed. You, or even better your kid, sprays the room with a water
bottle before bed that keeps the monsters away. So to the person that said professionals never suggest this, I disagree. But it doesn't mean
it's the best solution for every kid. For example, here is a short article by a family counselor on BabyCenter discussing monster spray, saying
that it works great for some kids, but with others it can backfire:
Now... for the paranormal aspect of this. I have no idea. I do believe children can see/sense/remember (pre-birth) things that adults cannot. In
all probability, this is just a case of a normal kids with a healthy imagination seeing things in the dark. Very common, very normal. However, I do
believe there is a small chance that there is more to it.
Do you have any reason to believe the house may be haunted? Have any loved ones passed on recently, maybe just before your son was born even? If
you really want to get crazy with it, keep your camera by your bed. Next time it happens, snap a picture where the kid is pointing.
Good luck! I hope this was just a isolated occurrence and you and your son can sleep well.