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Halloween Stories

Posted by admin On June - 7 - 2011

Halloween Stories


Halloween stories have been around probably since the first Halloween, when it was started by the Celts and still known as Samhain. These tales, also lumped together with good old campfire style ghost tales, have been helping set the mood since the holiday’s inception. Some classics have withstood the test of time by maybe being updated, but still haunting us all.


Almost everyone recalls at least one of the scary stories they heard as a child either during a slumber party, summer camp or Halloween party. Some Halloween stories or ghost tales are born from folklore, others more recently contrived, while some shared accounts claim to be true events that a friend of a friend’s cousin’s sister really had happen.


Scary Tales Around the World


Since Halloween is recognized and celebrated at many points around the globe, there are many Halloween stories that are customary to different cultures. Even regions that do not partake in Halloween celebrations at least have spooky ghost tales that have been part of the heritage for decades, or even centuries. Every corner of the world claims some sort of true haunting, so it is not surprising that ghost stories are part of every culture, to some degree.


Russia has its fair share of ghost stories, but this is also an area rich with tales of Baba-Yaga. This witch flies around and makes meals of small children. Or how about Romania, where the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula was born, thanks to a fiendish man known as Vlad the Impaler?


Germany is rich with tales of ghosts, as well as werewolves. Ireland has some classics, and this area is known for including fireside ghost stories as part of their Halloween celebrations. Seems fitting, since the holiday originated here. Not to mention, this area has plenty of banshee stories to share.


A Few Classic Halloween Stories or Ghastly Tales


“The Man with the Bloody Hook” has been a popular urban legend since around the 1950’s. There have been almost as many variations of this tale as years it has been circulating, some with less than happy endings. The gist of it involves a couple at make-out point who are interrupted by a radio announcement that an asylum escapee with a hook for a hand is on the loose. The spooked couple drives away and when the boy drops off his girlfriend and opens the car door for her, he finds a bloody hook still clinging to the roof of the car.


Another one that’s been around for a long time is along the same theme and is about a woman driving alone at night on a dark, scary road. After a stop for gas, she hears on the radio about a crazed escaped convict who is thought to be near the exact area she is in. That’s when she notices a truck following close behind her, that seems to get closer and closer, then begins to flash its headlights and hit the horn. The woman is certain this is the killer and in a state of panic, ends up running off the road. Only a moment later she hears someone smashing in her side window and she is sure this will be the end. Only to find out, the trucker was only trying to alert her and scare off the killer who was actually in the backseat of her car.


A classic story that often comes up around Halloween is “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It has been a book, a movie and is a popular play adaptation in community playhouses as Halloween draws near. Sometimes, it still shows up in some version around campfires or parties during the holiday.


The basics of the story are about an unfortunate soul named Ichabod Crane. This schoolmaster, a nervous sort of fellow, was finally hunted down by the Headless Horseman and never heard from again. Most versions include the flaming jack-o’-lantern that was used by the Horseman to knock his victims from their horse.


Most communities also have their own local legends that make for great Halloween stories. From haunted houses, to graveyards where spirits run amok, to those back roads where a parked car will move forward or in reverse on its own.


Do a little research and you’re bound to unearth some stories, folklore, legends, myths or rumors to make some great Halloween stories. The best part is, even if you don’t you can make one up as you go along.