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 the 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!
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.
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!
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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