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Halloween Ghost Stories

Posted by admin On June - 12 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

 

Ghost Stories

 

There isn’t a more appropriate time of year for sharing ghost stories than Halloween. Swapping ghastly tales of freight at slumber parties, around a bonfire or at a Halloween costume party helps get in the spirit of holiday. Whether made up on the spot or handed down through the generations, spooky stories are perfect for all ages around and on Halloween.

 

I’m Not Making This Up, I Swear

 

From all points around the globe, ghost stories emerge. Just like watching a horror movie that claims to be true, the most terrifying haunted tales are the ones that are supposed to be based on real events. This isn’t that far a stretch since all one has to do is turn on the television and pick from one of several shows where people are hunting down “actual” ghosts in haunted places.

 

Just even within the United States there are plenty of areas that boast a spirit world claim to fame of being the most haunted area, town, city or community. From these paranormal hot spots plenty of ghost stories emerge. So much in fact that many places now offer ghost walks where tourists or locals can take a guided stroll and hear some of the accounts of the ghostly activity.

 

There are countless books of ghost stories or hauntings specific to different regions. Pick a city, town or state and do a search for that location’s hauntings to have more home based ghost stories for Halloween time. New Hope, Pennsylvania, for example, has been labeled possibly the most haunted nook of America. Type in “haunted New Hope PA” and there are plenty of ways to find stories or ideas from around the area to create some that could sound true to guests huddled around at a Halloween party.

 

Tales, Folklore, Urban Legends and Myths

 

As previously mentioned, many spooky accounts come from another source or even from personal accounts of paranormal events. Many ghost stories though, are the result of folklore, urban legends, myths or even rumors. In these cases there is rarely ever a way to trace it down to the original storyteller other than someone’s claim that it really did happen to a friend’s sister’s ex-boyfriend.

 

Usually, with this type of tale, everyone has heard some version of it, with the names and minor details changed. A good example of an urban legend of this nature would be the story of “Bloody Mary.” The name often changes and, in fact, a similar idea was explored in the 1992 movie “Candyman” in which the lead female was researching urban legends. Also, the number of times it takes to say the name varies from 3 all the way up to 20, but the basic idea stays the same. After an explanation of how Mary died, and this is where stories can really vary or just be made up, the listening audience and story teller gather by a mirror in a room lit only by a single candle. By chanting the name together a certain number of times, Bloody Mary’s spirit will appear behind the humans in the mirror.

 

Why Ghost Stories Have Become So Popular

 

Ghost stories are obviously beloved because of their ability to raise those hairs on the back of necks, cause goose bumps and generally frighten even the most devoted skeptics. Tales of things that go bump in the night have also been created to give people explanation where no other reasoning seems to be. Humans are quite perplexed by and fascinated by death and what happens to souls on the other side. Haunting theories claim that a spirit may be trapped if there was a murder, suicide or otherwise overly traumatic death. The idea being the spirit has a difficult time moving on to final rest and become trapped in a spot where they either died or a place that was familiar or near and dear to them.

 

Any Halloween get together is sure to be a thriller if chilling tales of the paranormal are on the itinerary. The important part is to keep them age appropriate. It is also a wise idea to not make it the very last thing people leave the party with, so having a more upbeat event following the round of ghost stories is a kind way to enable guests to go home and actually be able to sleep through the night. Whether or not they choose to try summoning up Bloody Mary in front of their own bathroom mirror is their choice.

 

 

Halloween Stories

Posted by admin On June - 7 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

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.