10 Halloween Urban Legends Sure to Give You a Fright

Updated July 28, 2021
Scary woman dressed in white

What's better to up the creep factor of All Hallows' Eve than sharing spooky Halloween urban legends? These frightful tales are sure to send chills up the spine of even the bravest trick-or-treater.

Spider Wig

A young woman wanted an authentic costume for a Halloween party and looked through a trunk of old clothes in the attic. She quickly fell in love with an old 1920s fringe dress. She held it up in front of herself and danced around the attic, stopping in front of the tall mirror. The dress was perfect! She gazed at herself in the mirror and frowned at her hair style. It was all wrong. She needed a bobbed hairdo from the 1920s.

Suddenly, she recalled a wig she'd seen at the bottom of the trunk. She retrieved the wig and was about to put it on when the doorbell rang. Clutching the wig and dress, she ran down the stairs to open the front door.

"We're going to be late." Her best friend stood in the doorway, freaking out. "I'll steam out the wrinkles while you get your hair done. We need to hurry," her friend said.

Once she was dressed, the woman was thrilled with her costume. They left for the party, giggling at how she looked like a 1920s gangster's moll. By the time they arrived at the party, the woman was scratching at the wig. Having never worn a wig, she had no idea it could feel so itchy and crawly. They had only been at the party for five minutes when the crawling sensation became unbearable.

"This wig is so itchy and crawly. I don't think I can stand it for the whole night," she told her friend.

Her friend looked at her and screamed, pointing at the wig as black spiders crawled out from under it. The woman shrieked as the spiders covered her face! She panicked and slapped at the spiders as they traveled down her arms. She jerked the wig from her head and threw it on the floor. A sea of baby spiders burst from the wig and crawled all over the floor. The partygoers screamed and ran from the room.

It seems a spider had spun a nest inside the wig and the little eight-leggers had all hatched in time for the Halloween costume party. The poor woman ran from the party. However, in her absence, she was awarded first place for the creepiest Halloween spider woman costume.

Suicide Dummy

Trick-or-treaters enjoyed going to the house at the end of the street because the owners always had the coolest decorations. This year, it seemed that the couple had outdone themselves with a dummy hanging out of the upstairs window.

Shadow of a sad man with hangman noose on wall

All night, the couple greeted trick-or-treaters, passing out candy, and thanking them for the compliments on their decorations. That is, until one trick-or-treater said something about the dummy hanging from the upstairs window looking so real. The couple dropped the bowl of candy and rushed up the stairs to the guest room where the man's buddy was staying overnight. They discovered he had suicided by hanging himself from the bedroom window.

Halloween Tattoos

Stephanie and her cousin went trick-or-treating together every year. One year, when they returned to Stephanie's house, the girls were thrilled to discover they each had a unicorn temporary tattoo. They showed the tattoos to their moms, who thought they were a clever idea to give to trick-or-treaters. The girls quickly applied the tattoos to their arms and within a few minutes, their moms noticed they were acting strange, almost as though they were drunk or worse - drugged!

The two sisters scooped up their daughters and rushed them to the emergency room, where doctors believed the girls had been drugged. The police confiscated the candies, but the lab reports showed no drugs in the candies. The next day, after the two little girls had recovered, Stephanie's mom was picking up her daughter's Halloween costume from the floor when she noticed the used packaging. She grabbed a plastic bag and took it to the police station. The lab report on the tattoo revealed it had been laced with a hallucinogenic drug.

Halloween Haunted House Attraction

There is a tour of a five-story haunted house attraction that no one has ever been able to complete because it is so frightening. Each level is scarier than the last, testing the mettle of those brave enough to venture onto each new story of horror. Visitors to this haunted house attraction are enticed by the haunted house tour reputation. A strong motivation is the large cash reward for anyone who manages to complete the tour.

It's rumored that a few people have actually completed the tour, but they mysteriously disappeared before they could collect the cash reward. No one knows where the haunted house will be held from year to year, but it's always set up in a five-storied house and said to be the most terrifying experience you can have.

Bloody Mary, Bloody Arm

Bloody Mary was known for killing young women and bathing in their blood as a way to maintain her youth. The gruesome story is a favorite tale at sleepovers. On such an occasion on Halloween, three young girls decided to see if they could conjure the crazed killer from the spirit world.

They lit a candle and turned off the lights in the bathroom. Holding the candle in front of them, the three girls stood in front of a bathroom mirror and chanted, "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary." They held their breath, waiting for the evil woman to appear in the mirror. Nothing happened, so they repeated, "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary."

Bloody hand on dark background

This time, they saw a shadow moving behind them, but before they could turn around, the frightening bloody face of a woman flashed in the mirror. The girls screamed in terror. The one holding the candle dropped it. The candle rolled over the ceramic floor and the flame went out. The darkness engulfed them and the girls clawed at the doorknob, trying to open the door.

"I feel her hand on my shoulder!" One girl sobbed and released a blood-curdling scream that made the other girls panic even more. Eventually, they got the door open and fell out of the bathroom. The girl who'd felt the hand touch her found three bloody claw marks that tracked down her arm.

Razor Blade Candy

One Halloween, Timmy and his friends decided they wanted a bigger candy haul than last year. After they had gone to every house in their neighborhood, they decided to walk a few blocks to another neighborhood. After all, with costumes no one would recognize that they didn't belong in the neighborhood. The boys were pleased with all the candy they received.

The boys went to Timmy's house and sat down on the porch to empty their bags of candy. They compared the candies they had. Timmy opened a candy bar and bit down on it. Blood oozed from his mouth and he cried out in agony. His parents rushed onto the porch to find Timmy had bitten into a razor blade that had sliced off his tongue that now lay on the porch floor in front of him. His mouth had several cuts.

The ambulance came and took poor Timmy to the hospital where doctors managed to stitch up his mouth and reattach his severed tongue. The police warn parents against allowing their children to trick-or-treat at the homes of people they don't know.

There is a rash of people wishing to harm unsuspecting children at Halloween by hiding razors and needles inside candy bars. Parents should always check the candy to ensure it hasn't been tampered with before allowing your child to eat it.

The Hook

After leaving a friend's Halloween party, Emily and Liam decide to drive the short distance to a favorite lake park. The teenagers arrive at the spot to find it vacant. It is a beautiful romantic setting with a full moon shimmering on the water. Liam scrolls through his playlists to find the perfect music, when both of their phones beep with a police alert. The warning is to be on the lookout for a man with a prothetic hook seen fleeing the scene of a murder.

The two teenagers realize the address of the murder scene is only a couple of blocks from where they're parked. They decide to leave the park, but when Liam tries to start the car, the engine won't turn over. He tries several times and finally the engine revs and they speed out of the park.

They talk about their Halloween not ending quite the way they wanted. Emily suggests they go back to her house and watch a scary movie. When they arrive at her house. Liam parks in the driveway behind her parents' cars. Emily gets out and turns back to wait for him, but she backs away from the car, fear widening her eyes.

"What is it?" Liam asks, coming around the car to see what had frightened her. He follows her stare and sees a prosthetic hook dangling from the passenger door where Emily had been sitting while they were at the park.

Murderer in the Backseat

Late on Halloween night, a nurse is driving home from work when she notices a car seems to be following her. The driver begins sporadically flashing the headlights' high beam on and off. The nurse speeds up and the car speeds up. She calls 911 and tells the police someone is chasing her. She is told to stop her car and get out of it immediately. The nurse thinks the dispatcher has lost her mind, but just then, a police car pulls in front of her, forcing her to stop.

Scared woman driving and talking on the phone

The dispatcher tells her once more to get out of the car and go to the police car. She emerges from the car and one of the police officers tells her to get in the back seat of his car. She notices the two officers have their guns drawn. She also notices the car that was following her has stopped several yards behind her car.

The nurse doesn't know what to expect. All kinds of thoughts race through her mind. The first cop walks toward the driver's side of her car while the other cop moves around the passenger side. They stand with their guns and flashlights aimed at the back seat.

"Hands up! Drop the knife and get out of the car!" One officer yells.

The nurse watches as the police officers drag a man from the back seat of her car. She later finds out that the car flashing its lights was driven by a woman who noticed the man rise up from the back seat holding what she thought was a knife. She had immediately called 911 and each time the man had raised up from the back seat, the woman had flashed her lights.

Black Cats Sacrificed

It was a typical Halloween and around 11 pm, Macy was ready for bed, but her black cat, Trouble, was still outside. She called him from the back door, but he didn't come home. He sometimes liked to stay out at night, although she tried to keep him indoors. However, Trouble was a rescue cat, and he still held onto some of his feral ways, so Macy didn't think too much about him not answering her calls.

For three days, she searched for her cat, and soon realized that Trouble wasn't coming home. Macy printed out flyers, but when she started to post them in town, she found several flyers of missing black cats. Soon, it was discovered that Satanists had abducted several black cats in the area. Rumors claimed the cats were sacrificed to the devil on Halloween. Since then, everyone has been told to keep their black cats inside on Halloween night.

Wailing Woman in White

Maria, aka La Llorona, fell into a jealous rage when she discovered her husband was having an affair. She went insane from anger and jealousy and pushed her children into a raging river. The young children drowned in the bitter cold waters. The ghost of La Llorona wanders the riverbanks on Halloween in search of her children. You can hear her wailing cries riding over the river waters.

She is seen dressed in white as she searches for her lost children. Her gut-wrenching cries are those of a soul condemned for killing her own children. Those who see her will suffer a similar fate as her children. Parents are warned to keep their kids away from rivers on Halloween or the La Llorona will take them for her own.

Frightening Halloween Urban Legends

There are plenty of frightening Halloween urban legends for any avid Halloween storyteller. Urban legends are said to be nothing more than scary tales with no proof they are real. At least, that's what you're told.

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