Ghost and Horror Stories


Bloody Mary
She lived deep in the forest in a tiny house and sold herbal remedies for a living. People living in the town nearby called her Bloody Mary, and said she was a witch. None dared do anything to make the old woman angry for fear that their cows would go dry, their food rot away before winter, their children get sick of fever, or any number of terrible things that an angry witch could do to her neighbors.

Then the little girls in the village began to disappear, one by one. No one could find out where they had gone. Grief-stricken families searched the forest, the local buildings, and all the houses and barns, but there was no sign of the missing girls. A few brave people even went to Bloody Mary's home in the woods to see if the witch had taken the girls, but she denied any knowledge of the disappearances. Still, they could see that her haggard, wrinkled appearance had changed. She looked younger, more attractive. The neighbors were suspicious, but they could find no proof that the witch had taken their young ones.

Then one night the daughter of the baker rose from her bed and walked outside, following a beautiful sound no one else could hear. The baker's wife had a toothache and was sitting up in the kitchen treating the tooth with a herbal remedy when her daughter left the house. She screamed for her husband and followed the girl out of the door. The baker came running in his pajamas. Together, they tried to stop and catch the girl, but she kept escaping away from them and heading out of town.

The desperate shouts of the baker and his wife woke the neighbors. They came to assist the frantic couple. Suddenly, a sharp-eyed farmer gave a shout and pointed towards a strange light at the edge of the woods. A few townsmen followed him out into the field and saw Bloody Mary standing beside a large oak tree, holding a magic wand that was pointed towards the baker's house. She was glowing with a strange light as she set her evil spell upon the baker's daughter.

The townsmen grabbed their guns and their pitchforks and ran toward the witch. When she heard the noise, Bloody Mary stopped casting her spell and ran back into the woods. The far-sighted farmer had loaded his gun with silver bullets in case the witch ever came after his daughter. Now he took aim and shot at her. The bullet hit Bloody Mary in the leg and she fell to the ground. The angry townsmen jumped on her and carried her back into the field, where they built a huge fire and burned her at the stake.

As she burned, Bloody Mary screamed a curse at the villagers. If anyone said her name aloud before a mirror, she would send her spirit to revenge herself upon them for her terrible death. When she was dead, the villagers went to the house in the wood and found the graves of the little girls the evil witch had murdered. She had used their blood to make her young again.

From that day to this, anyone stupid enough to say Bloody Mary's name thirteen times in front of a darkened mirror will bring out the vengeful and evil spirit of the witch. It is said that she will cut out their eyes and cut their bodies into pieces and then rip their souls from their mutilated bodies. The souls of these unfortunate ones will burn in agony as Bloody Mary once was burned, and they will be trapped forever in the mirror.

I dare you!!!

Go into a room with a mirror and turn all the lights off. Bathrooms are perfect for this since they almost always have a mirror and are usually dark at night with the lights off and the door closed. Light a candle, look into the mirror, start chanting "Bloody Mary" . Do this thirteen times and see what happens!

Task 1:
Read the story quickly. Do you think it is a frightening story? Do you think it might be true?

Task 2:

Say if the sentences are true (T) or false (F) or don't know (DK)

  1. Bloody Mary lived in the forest and sold medicine.
  2. People in the town were worried that if they made Bloody Mary angry, their cows would stop giving milk.
  3. Little boys started to disappear from the village.
  4. When the children disappeared, Bloody Mary suddenly started to look younger.
  5. One night, the baker's wife was awake because she had a bad head ache.
  6. The baker's daughter ran into the forest because she heard a beautiful sound.
  7. The baker's daughter was killed by Bloody Mary.
  8. The people in the town saw Bloody Mary next to a big pine tree.
  9. The farmer shot Bloody Mary through the heart with a silver bullet.
  10. The silver bullet killed Bloody Mary.
  11. The people from the town never found the graves of the little children.
  12. If you say "Bloody Mary" a dozen times in front of a mirror in the dark (with a candle), Bloody Mary will jump out and get you!

Source: adapted from a story on American Folklore.net



Lover’s Lane


A teenage boy drove his date to a dark and deserted Lovers' Lane for a make-out session. After turning on the radio for some soft, romantic music, he leaned over and began kissing the girl.

A short while later, the music suddenly stopped and an news person’s voice came on, warning in an urgent tone that a convicted murderer had just escaped from the state insane asylum — which happened to be located not far from Lovers' Lane — and that anyone who noticed a strange man lurking about with a hook in place of his right hand should immediately report his whereabouts to the police.

The girl became frightened and asked to be taken home. The boy, feeling bold, locked all the doors instead and, assuring his date they would be safe, attempted to kiss her again. She became angry and pushed him away, insisting that they leave. Relenting, the boy peevishly jerked the car into gear and spun its wheels as he rode out of the parking space.

When they arrived at the girl's house she got out of the car, and, reaching to close the door, began to scream uncontrollably. The boy ran to her side to see what was wrong and there, dangling from the door handle, was a bloody hook!

Task: Take turns to tell the story to your partner. Make it sound scary!

Source: About.com Urban Legends