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Halloween Ghost Tales and Stories

Posted by admin On May - 17 - 2011

Ghost Stories and Tales

Stories that go bump in the night are perfect for a Halloween read.  Many DVDs also fit into the category.  Whether classic or modern, ghost stories have been told for hundreds of years.  Our modern versions explore the paranormal realm and all things psychic.  TV shows have showcased ghosts and spirits and what they can do.  There’s been many a horror and ghost story movie that can make a person’s skin crawl, no matter what their age.  Perhaps the most chilling ghost and horror and mystery stories are ones from a master writer, such as Edgar Allen Poe.  A contemporary master such as Stephen King can also make the hair on your arms stand up.

Who could forget Poe’s the Raven:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping, at my chamber door,

“’tis some visitor”, I muttered, tapping at my chamber door —

Only this, and nothing more.

Every culture has its ghost stories and only the West could make a theme park ride centered on ghosts and their relatives.  Disney’s the Haunted Mansion, found both at Disneyland in California and at the Magic Kingdom in Disneyworld, which is in Florida, features a massive graveyard full of activity, a piano playing itself, spirits swirling around — and perhaps best of all — every visitor finds two escaping ghosts in the car beside them, as they exit the cemetery.

What are the purposes of ghost stories?  They are meant to both entertain and scare listeners.  Those who have passed on, and understanding the many tales written about them, may calm our fears of the unknown as we ourselves cross over.  Harry Houdini fans hold a séance every year, per his own instructions, so that he can make contact with our worldly, and his former life.  Ghost stories are told around campfires, with the flickering yellow and orange and red flames shining up to rapt listeners (usually children, although some adults love them, too).

Where we listen to or read ghost stories is almost as important as the stories themselves.  A stormy night, the classic backdrop to any ghost story, makes for a real-life backdrop for either writing or reading one.  Psychics are able to communicate with the dead, to spirits, or those who have passed over.  A writer who’s good at ghost stories will hold an avid following.  Some basic elements for a good ghost story can be — a storm, people left alone in a house and the lights go out, something from the beyond trying to communicate with us, sudden and total darkness, and so on.  Many ghost stories flow into other genres such as Science Fiction, Mystery and of course, Horror.

If you are a budding writer and have a hankering to write your own Halloween ghost story, then the stage must be set stage first, just like with any scenario, whether it’s on stage or in a book.  Try continuing on with this paragraph and write a story that will scare the socks off your family on Halloween eve:

Nothing scared Susan, until she was left alone one night and the house descended into blackness when the tree limb fell onto the power lines outside.  She jumped a mile, then taking a deep breath, groped her way around the living room until she accidentally bumped her nose on the wall.  Something scratched at the window, then again.  Because it was blacker than the inside of a witches’ cauldron, she stumbled over to the window and peered out.  Big mistake.  Something suddenly plastered its nose to the window and then slid slowly downwards until it disappeared.  She fainted…

And so on.  Have the guests at your next Halloween party write a paragraph each.  It’s fun, and at the very least, the resulting short story will become an instant classic every year as you read it while sitting around the fire pit in your backyard.  alloween party write a paragraph each.  The resulting short story could become a cvlasic and at the very leats, it’s a lot of fun.  Happy Halloween.