Scary Ghost Stories – Haunted House Stories

When I was a kid, I went trick-or-treating with my best friend every year. After what seemed like hours and hours of knocking on doors and being spooked as we went up walkways, we would land at one of our homes and lock ourselves in a bedroom closet. Then we told Halloween ghost stories.

We loved trying to scare each other – without scaring ourselves at the same time. There’s nothing like a good Halloween ghost story to get your imagination juices flowing; every sentence creating its own image.

As I grew up and the days of trick-or-treating faded into a cherished childhood memory, the Halloween ghost stories floated away too.

But now all the Halloween ghost stories, and the memories, I enjoyed as a child are back.

The Hairy Toe
Retold by S. E. Schlosser

Once there was an old woman who went out in the woods to dig up some roots to cook for dinner. She spotted something funny sticking out of the leaves and dug around until she uncovered a great big hairy toe. There was some good meat on that toe which would make a real tasty dinner, so the old woman put it in her basket and took it home.

When she got back to her cottage, the old woman boiled up a kettle-full of hairy toe soup, which she ate for dinner that night. It was the best meal she’d had in weeks! The old woman went to bed that night with a full stomach and a big smile.

Along about midnight, a cold wind started blowing in the tops of the trees around the old woman’s house. A large black cloud crept over the moon and from the woods a hollow voice rumbled: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman stirred uneasily in her bed and nervously pulled the covers up over her ears.

From the woods there came a stomp-stomp-stomping noise as the wind whistled and jerked at the treetops. In the clearing at the edge of the forest, a hollow voice said: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman shuddered and turned over in her sleep.

A stomp, stomp, stomping sound came from the garden path outside the cottage. The night creatures shivered in their burrows as a hollow voice howled: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman snapped awake. Her whole body shook with fright as she listened to the angry howling in her garden. Jumping out of bed, she ran to the door and barred it. Once the cottage was secure, she lay back down to sleep.

…..continue the Halloween ghost story The Hairy Toe.

Ghost Handprints
Retold by S. E. Schlosser

My wife Jill and I were driving home from a friend’s party late one evening in early May. It was a beautiful night with a full moon. We were laughing and discussing the party when the engine started to cough and the emergency light went on. We had just reached the railroad crossing where Villamain Road becomes Shane Road. According to local legend, this was the place where a school bus full of children had stalled on the tracks. Everyone on board the bus had been killed by an oncoming freight train. The ghosts of the children were reported to haunt this intersection and were said to protect people from danger.

Not wanting a repeat of the train crash, I hit the gas pedal, trying to get our car safely across the tracks before it broke down completely. But the dad-blamed car wouldn’t cooperate. It stalled dead center on the railroad tracks.

As if that weren’t enough, the railroad signals started flashing and a bright light appeared a little ways down the track, bearing down fast on our car. I turned the key and hit the gas pedal, trying to get the car started.

“Hurry up, Jim! The train’s coming,” my wife urged, as if I didn’t hear the whistling blowing a warning.

I broke out into a sweat and tried the engine again. Nothing.

“We have to get out!” I shouted to my wife, reaching for the door handle.

“I can’t,” Jill shouted desperately. She was struggling with her seat belt. We’d been having trouble with it recently. She’d been stuck more than once, and I’d had to help her get it undone.

I threw myself across the stick-shift and fought with the recalcitrant seat belt. My hands were shaking and sweat poured down my body as I felt the rumble of the approaching train. It had seen us and was whistling sharply. I risked a quick glance over my shoulder. The engineer was trying to slow down, but he was too close to stop before he hit us. I redoubled my efforts.

Suddenly, the car was given a sharp shove from behind. Jill and I both gasped and I fell into her lap as the car started to roll forward, slowly at first, then gaining speed. The back end cleared the tracks just a second before the train roared passed. As the car rolled to a stop on the far side of the tracks, the engineer stuck his head out the window of the engine and waved a fist at us; doubtless shouting something nasty at us for scaring him.

“Th..that was close,” Jill gasped as I struggled upright. “How did you get the car moving?”

“I didn’t,” I said. “Someone must have helped us.”

…..continue the Halloween ghost story Ghost Handprints.

The preceding stories, as well as a variety of other ghost stories, can be found at American Folklore.

Have fun scaring your friends. May the ghost be with you!

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very creative, my favorite is “the hairy TOE” lol i enjoed your stories

scary………………… ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………..

Wo0000o0o0oo00o……….!!!vry nice & creative stories n i liked dem…

wooow that was soo coool i love ghosts and i think i have one in my house!!!!! 🙂

wise up what a load of crap weirdos

OK one i would na=ot beleive these stories becuase inless there is proof that this happened it means its not real.. so dont get all creeped out by them.. theres not proof..

what a load of old rubbish!

Theres not reallyt proof that its really true so umm unless you say its true wicth its not lol ttyl

well now thats a spooky one

omg wow thats spooky

I want to know that is ghosts are real. If u have any real experience pls email me.

i havent read any yet but im sure the stories will be cool and scary

the story was really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think the people commenting on here about it not being real and people are stupid for believing it and there is no proof….GROW UP! It’s a STORY! No one said it was real…stop trying to be smart about it.

wow so scary…booo

that prett cool stories

whoah so scary (sarcasm)
i WANT 2 have a ghost in my house

wow soooooo scaryyyyy

woww quite scary…………

not so scary at all . . .

so very dissapointing, maybe add a little twist???

maybe adding a little twist was good . . .

ahhh, i like it when the ghosts come off as the good guys.

hey nice story i love it but scary ^_^

that is so scarey not even like mine is better then this

that train story is the exact same as the movie finger prints and it happend like that

and i do belive in ghost and it might be true but its off a movie

BOREING! X

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wow what a wonderful stories but i wonder what happened to the old lady but really suspended, horror and amazing try it

I have to admit that sounds pretty cool. But then that would be my opinion, I’m a supernatural-obsessed 13 year old, lol. I don’t know whether to believe the story, but I HAVE seen a movie that also had mentioned the ‘Ghost Handprints’ children-in-the-bus-hit-by-train incident. It would be amazing if it was real…the ghosts, I mean.

Tht was a load of crap grow upp kids I sware

wow very scary tories but i can do better

quite ok

ok! lang yon nanonood kaya ako ng ghostes and funnies ghostes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

very good but bet i can rite one better

not scary at all

make it more scary were not that little

I’m scared to go 2 bed tonight after reading those stories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

these are pretty terrifying ghost stories but it needs to be more scarier for my 7th grade classmates in my class called G.L.A.D.C.O.W (Geography, Language Arts, Diverse, Cultures, Of Our, World!) or usually called Humanities 7 lolz!

it scared me..i felt like im part of it..whooah goosebumps everywhere..

the stories are very cool and scary

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