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Scary Stories for Halloween

Updated on October 7, 2014

Host a Scary Halloween Stories Party

Telling scary stories for Halloween is an excellent way to showcase some great literature while enjoying a "spooktacular" time with family and friends on All Hallow's Eve.

I attended Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House Museum (link below) in Denver several years ago. Actors recited some of the best scary stories and poems that night. Throughout literature there are scary stories perfect for telling on Halloween. Lend some dramatic flair at your Halloween party with scary stories.

Grab some of your dramatic friends to read a scary story (or part of one) at your Halloween party. To set the scene, have the reader dress in period dress, dim the lights, and sit back and take it all in.

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Edgar Allan Poe - Keep this scary author on hand for good scary stories

Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe wrote The Tell-Tale Heart in 1843, but it's still scary to this day. This scary story for Halloween will keep guests on the edges of their seats.

I watched this story being enacted at the Molly Brown House Museum Victorian Horrors event in Denver several years ago. The actor reciting The Tell-Tale Heart stood in the center of the kitchen that had nice fat wood plank floors. Perfect for this story!

Poe Poem

"Deep into that darkness peering,

long I stood there, wondering, fearing,

doubting, dreaming dreams

no mortal ever dared to dream before."

~Edgar Allan Poe

H.G. Wells - Author of psychological thrillers

H.G. Wells

The Red Room

H.G. Wells is a master storyteller of scary stories. He wrote The Red Room in 1894. From shmoop : "The Red Room" is about something we've all experienced: fear. Particularly, that nasty kind you can't get rid of even when you know there's supposedly nothing to fear.

H. G. Wells Quote

"I must confess that my imagination

refuses to see any sort of submarine doing

anything but suffocating its crew

and floundering at sea."

~H. G. Wells

Oscar Wilde -- The Picture of Dorian Gray - and more by Wilde

Dorian Gray Lies Dead with a Knife in His Heart

Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (written in 1891) is another of the scary stories I heard at Victorian Horrors. This creepy man-who-never-ages-but-the-portrait-does tale when told just right, brings out the goose bumps. It begins:

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

Oscar Wilde Quote

"This suspense is terrible.

I hope it will last."

~Oscar Wilde

Stephen King Scary Books

Stephen King, Novelist

Scary Writer

Stephen King writes some scary stories, in case you've been living in a cave. Some of his scariest? Pet Semetary and IT.

I personally loved Full Dark, No Stars. This collection of short stories is realistic and scary as can be!

Stephen King Quote

"The devil's voice is sweet to hear."

~Stephen King

Dean Koontz Scary Books

Dean Koontz

Phantoms, Hideaway to name a few scary books

I have to admit: I've only read one of Dean Koontz's books. I don't remember which one it was, but it scared me too much to read more of his books.

Dean Koontz Quote

"Although I've said a million times that

I'm not a horror writer, I do like horror."

~Dean Koontz

Who is your favorite scary author?

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Check your local library for scary story

events near you this Halloween.

Links to Scary Stories for Halloween

Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House is an exceptional place to listen to scary stories for Halloween.

Scary Stories for Halloween To Read Aloud

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Share your favorite scary stories for Halloween here. - if you dare

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    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      6 years ago

      I don't really have any favourite scary Halloween stories, but I will listen to which ever ones people want to tell me about :)

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I'll have to see if they still have the Victorian Horrors night at the Molly Brown Palace - what a fun evening that would be!

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @TonyPayne: Wow, thanks so much for the blessing! I'll check out your scary stories (of course it's fine to leave the links to something so relevant!).

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have written several scary stories, this one about trick and treating ( and this to scare the adults ( Hope it was ok to leave the links.

      I love scary stories, but I don't always like to be in an empty house afterwards, in case dreams do set in as a result. Excellent lens with works by some great authors, blessed.

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      7 years ago

      thats a good book right there

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      NC Shepherd 

      7 years ago

      I like Poe's stories, but Stephen King keeps me fascinated.


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