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Scary Stories for Halloween
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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Do you like scary stories?
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!
"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
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
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."
Stephen King Scary Books
Stephen King, Novelist
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."
Dean Koontz Scary Books
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."
Who is your favorite scary author?
Halloween Events To Check Out
- Molly Brown
Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House in Denver, Colorado.
- Halloween Programs
NYS Museum -- The Haunted Museum of Unnatural History. The Museum's annual Halloween events include one of the Capitol Region's most terrifying Haunted Houses and a children's space featuring crafts, face painting and carefree fun! The admission fees
- Halloween Events
Saint Louis County, Missouri Halloween Events 2011 including ghost stories and history hayrides.
Check your local library for scary story
events near you this Halloween.
Scary Sound Effects for 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 ghost stories read aloud by Spooky series author S.E. Schlosser.
Retellings of ghost stories, spooky tales, hauntings, and supernatural events. Scary ghost stories come from all over America.
- Short Ghost Stories, The Classics
The spirit of the masters lives on in these pages. Enjoy the eloquence of storytellers from bygone ages and read these classic short ghost stories.
- MacScouter -- Stories for Scouts & Scouters
There must be hundreds of good Ghost Stories and other spooky stories out there, suitable for telling around the campfire. Please send me your favorites and I'll include them here. The Lady with the Emerald Ring, Step Drag, The Mystery of the Mice To
Scary Stories for Halloween To Read Aloud
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