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 Ten Spooky Stories


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about Halloween, our choice.

It was an easy one for me, because no matter how old I get one of scary-storiesthe first things I think about on Halloween is the old Scary Stories book for kids.  I bought this for my daughter a few years ago, but after reading the first few stories in it she decided it was the devil.  She took to chucking it across the room any time she saw it, and I’m sure most of you feel the way I do about book abuse.  It’s a big no-no.  That just shows how much she hated it.

When I was a kid I loved them!  Surprisingly enough I hate scary everything as an adult, but as a kid these stories were great.  I’ve never forgotten them.

In order from least scary (mostly funny) to super scary, here are my ten favorite scary stories.

*not all of these are in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, they’re just creepy.


#1. Bloody Fingers

What’s better than a ghost story that ends with a hippie telling the ghost to go get themselves a band aid!  This one always made me laugh.

#2. Big Toe

When I was little and I would read this out loud, I would always yell the last line even when there wasn’t anyone to scare.  It’s because you’re supposed to really jump and bellow that last line that makes Big Toe a great campfire story.

#3. Red Ribbon

This story is the one that never left me.  The idea that her head is being held on by a ribbon, and it falling off… it’s not scary, it’s just… it’s kind of sad, I think.  This is a melancholy scary story.

#4. The Hook

This is your typical Urban Legend, but who doesn’t get freaked out by The Hook.  Wasn’t it kind of the premise of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

#5. Choking Dog

Here’s where the list starts with the intruder stories.  Intruder stories are the worst for me.  I don’t like thinking there’s anyone in my house except me and my family.

#6. Clown Statue

Clowns AND Intruders!  This is the stuff of nightmares!

#7. The Killer in the Window

The only reason this story isn’t at #8 is because I’m not sure I believe that if the killer is right behind me I’d have time to then call the cops before I’m offed.  That’s the logic I comfort myself with.

#8. Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn On the Lights

Unwittingly walking in right as your roommate is being murdered?  Going to bed not realizing that the murderer is still in the room with you, only to wake up and find her bloody body and the bloody message… yeah, creeptastic!

#9. High Beams

High Beams.  Driving at night.  It’s completely dark, and someone keeps flashing their lights at you from behind, and it’s to prevent the serial killer in your backseat from stabbing you.  This is why I hate driving at night now!

#10. Babysitter

Babysitter.  Finding out the scary prank calls are coming from inside the house.  What the hell, that’s just not even funny.  It’s worse than Scream, because at least he was watching Drew from outside.  I want walls and a lock between me and anyone that’s trying to kill me.  I want miles between us.  Actually, I prefer to not be on your radar at all.

And now I’ve officially freaked myself out.  I’m a wussy adult.

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19 Responses

  1. Sonia @ The Book Wielding Harpie

    I think I’m a wuss adult just right there with you.

    This post reminded me when I was working on my urban legends reading challenge for my goodreads group and I got so creeped out that I ended up stalling to finish it for more than a year… Reading challenges = google for images, they were almost as disturbing as the stories.

    Thank you for stopping by @ The Book Wielding Harpie


  2. I’m a wuss adult too. I’m not familiar with any of these stories but when I was in elementary school, I remember listening to a children’s album of scary stories and one of them was The Golden Arm. To this day, even just thinking about that story and the voice calling ‘Where is my golden arm?’ freaks me out, haha.


  3. If I’d come across Scary Stories when I was young I probaby would have loved it. I used to really like those urban legend type tales. It still looks like something I might read now, so can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before 🙂


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