2009 Countdown to Halloween

New ghost stories and spooky podcasts; getting scarier each week until Halloween! Read a spooky story below or check out our Halloween games page for more spooky fun! Scary ghost stories are retold from American Folklore by S.E. Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series.


Story: Axe Murder Hollow
There are places you don't want to be stranded in a dead car on a rainy night. This is one of them.

Podcast: The Laughing Devil
Two gold prospectors are warned against panning for gold in Laughing Devil canyon, but they go anyway.

Bonus Story! Burnt Church
When a new teacher comes to town, the parents get more than they bargained for.

Halloween Game:The Withered Corpse
Play this gross Body Parts guessing game at your next Halloween party!

Story: The Handshake
Polly's ghost seeks vengeance from her unfaithful bridegroom.

Podcast: Pray!
A dead man returns to his own funeral to seek vengeance against the wife who made his earthly life miserable.

Story: The Bleeding Sink
I found it extremely annoying that one of the bathrooms on my dorm was permanently closed. Especially since the cause was an urban legend. An urban legend, I tell you!

Podcast: Where's My Liver?
A boy in a jam steals his dead uncle's liver.

Story: Vengeance
When a man murders his wife so he can wed another, her ghost returns to foil his plans.

Podcast: The Barn Dance
A lost man strays into a local barn dance and finds himself dancing with a ghost.

Story: The Ghost in the Alley
Rumors were rife about the alleyway behind the tavern. It was haunted, folks said. Haunted by the ghost of a young girl who had been found murdered in that self-same passage. People avoided the small street after dark, for the spirit was said to be a vengeful one.

Podcast: The Brick Wall
After a soldier kills a man in a duel, he has to face the terrible vengeance of the man's friends.

Story: The Brothers' Revenge
The blizzard was raging fiercely around them as the brothers stumbled down the long road. they were miles from any farm, and knew they had to seek shelter or freeze to death. So it was with gratitude that the two brothers spotted a saloon and pushed their way through the door.

Podcast: The Lady in the Veil
He found the perfect woman! It's a pity she was dead.

Story: The Yellow Ribbon
Jane wore a yellow ribbon around her neck everyday. And I mean everyday, rain or shine, whether it matched her outfit or not. It annoyed her best friend Johnny after awhile. He was her next door neighbor and had known Jane since she was three. When he was young, he had barely noticed the yellow ribbon, but now they were in high school together, it bothered him.

Podcast: The Wraith of the Creek
When he left his tribe to work with the white lumbermen, he changed his name to William Cloud, and the lumberjacks started calling him “Cloudy.” They liked to hear Cloudy tell the story of the wraith that lived in the creek that powered the local log chute. The wraith was an evil creature that desired nothing more than to wrap its long arms around humans or animals and pull them down into the water to drown.

Podcast: Rival Witches
When two witches get into a fight, there are no survivors.


Story: Muriel
She climbed the sand dune swiftly, giggling nervously at her daring, as the soft mist of an early evening fog swirled around her. Around her, her friends were scrambling their way through the sand and long grass, heading steadily upward toward the haunted lighthouse on the summit.

Podcast: Chattanooga's Ghost
Even death can't keep Chattanooga from his cigars!



the brickwall doesn't finish.

I can't wait for the countdown for 2010!

oh yuck! why would he take his uncle's liver! that's nasty! <:O

thats disgusting

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Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series

About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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