Ghost Stories

Girl in White

A Mexican Ghost Story

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

He was sulking a little, standing at the sidelines while all the other men danced with their pretty partners. His girl had not come to the dance that night. Her mother was ill, and so his girl had remained at her side. A fine pious act, he thought sourly, but it left him at loose ends.

His friend, Ernesto, came up to him between sets with a cold drink and some words of encouragement. "After all, Anita is not the only girl in the world," Ernesto said. "There are many pretty girls here tonight. Dance with one of them."

Bolstered by his friend's words, he started looking around the dance hall. His eye fell upon a beautiful young girl standing wistfully at the edge of the floor beside the door to the terrace. She was dressed in an old-fashioned white gown and her skin was pale as the moon. Her dark eyes watched the dance hungrily from her position behind a tall fern, and he felt his heart beat faster. Such a lovely woman should be dancing!

He made his way through the bustling crowd and bowed to the girl in white. She looked startled by his addresses, as if she had not expected anyone to notice her that night. But she readily assented to dance with him, and he proudly led her out onto the floor for the next set, all thoughts of Anita gone from his mind.

Ernesto and some of his other friends gave him odd looks as he danced with the girl in white. A few times, the man opposite them bumped right into them as if he had not seen his partner at all. He was furious and wanted to stop the dance and make the man apologize to the girl in white, but she just laughed and hushed him.

When the dance was over, he hurried to get his fair partner a drink. Ernesto approached him at the refreshment table. "When I told you to dance, I meant with a partner," his friend teased him.

"I was dancing with a partner," he replied, irritated by his friends remark. "The loveliest girl in all of Mexico!"

"You've had too much to drink, my friend," Ernesto replied. "You were dancing by yourself out there!"

He glared at his friend and turned away without answering him. Making his way back to the girl in white, he handed her a glass and asked her to stroll with him along the terrace. The night was beautiful, the sky full of stars, and he stared at the girl in white with his heart in his eyes as they stood looking out over the beautiful scene.

The girl in white turned to him with a sigh and said: "Thank you for the dance, Senor. It has been a very long time since I had such pleasure."

"Let us dance again, then," he said infatuatedly. But she shook her head.

"I must leave now," she said, catching up her skirts with one hand and drifting toward the stairs at the side of the terrace.

"Please don't go," he pleaded, following her.

"I must," she said, turning to look at him. Her eyes softened when she saw the look on his face. "Come with me?" she invited, holding out a pale hand.

His heart pounded rapidly at the thought. More than anything in the world, he wanted to go with this lovely girl. And then his mind registered the fact that he could see the stone wall of the terrace through the girl's hand. His desire melted away before the shock of that realization. He looked into her face again, and realized that she was fading away before his eyes.

At the look of horror on his face, the girl gave a sad laugh and dropped her hand, which was nearly transparent now.

"Goodbye," she said, her body becoming thin and misty. "Goodbye."

Then she was gone.

He gave a shout of terror when he realized he had been dancing with a ghost. He bolted from the premises, leaving his horse behind, and ran all the way home.

When Ernesto came the next day to bring him his horse, he told his friend the whole story. Ernesto whistled in awe. "You saw the spirit of Consuela, my friend," he said. "She was the daughter of one of the local aristocracy who lived in this region more than a hundred years ago. She died of consumption the night before her first ball and they say her spirit sometimes attends the local dances, hoping to claim one of the dances that she missed."

He shuddered at the thought of his dance with the ghost. "I will not be visiting that dance hall again," he told Ernesto. "From now on, all my dances will be with Anita!"

And he kept his word.



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very interesting

it was a cool story but it wasnt as scary as i thought it would be but still cool

Hmmm weird

lesson learned be faithful with your girl hahaha

wow!!! this has changed my mind comepletely on mexico..creepy story..but sweet and kinda cool

lol not this is really scary but true at the same time lol and hey really really sacry dont play with this she will come!

omg this is so true bc my grampa saw it and she was all white it scared the thiing out of him but he does not say anything bc if he does she will comefor him that like really scary lol but be scared bc she will come if u read it it will come so be prepared

it was awesome but not that scary i thought it would be scarier but still cool


w0w dahts such a cool storyy but its not skari at all all thought itszx till awesome... =]

she should have eaten him

this wasn't scary at all... but it was okkk i guess??? :) tell another one

who told him to dance with a new girl??? hahaha....guys out there you must learn a lesson from this story....Only dance with your girl ;)

awwee; this was very nice.

There is now way that he would see her and the rest of the others havent seen her eather. Its a good story but as the story gose iis okay just that the story is not as scary as i haved hoped that it would be.

omg how cute

I love this. Creepy but sweet :)<3

hmmm. interesting!

He should have went with her and gave her what she really needed so maybe both of their souls can rest with each other and she can have the love she never got to have

that waz ok i think it could of been better but it was cool. :) he really should of took her hand and gave her what she wanted. :)


true he would've went with her what she really wants it i'm just kidding ha!ha!ha!haaaa! any way it was interesting story if it is true i will believe you but i only believe god n not the devil. haaaaa!

i loveee storiesss frommmm Mexico they sometimes remindddd meee offf myyy cultureeee

dam that girl must be happy cuz she got to dance in a ball Lol***

Well that was a good story but not to much scary, more happy and then into depair

At least the girl go to dance

what a cheating scum

wow that is awwesome but have u heard the one from carmen is more scary and it is based on a true story the girl died in a car accident look her up carmen winstead

this story was scaryyyyyyyy
i am not going to a dance in mexico by my self

cool love story i loved it but it needs to be more creepy

very cute

spooooooooooky lol

good story


i loved it sooo much!!!! but i know she was a goost fast

ive heard of this story this wold be the second version

the story wuz ok I guess. I feel srry 4 the girl though

Sweet & a creepy story!

wat a story a nice one lovely author and i love scary stories !!!!


WOWEEE dat was very cute and spook at the same time... i would freak out if i was him lolz

i wonder who was prettier...

soooooooooo cooooool

nice story! poor girl though...never got a chance to go to the dance

what a jerk why would he be afraid of her so she was a ghost but it not like she hurt anyyone stupid dude

I liked it just not scary enough but still cool


I'm almost to tears because of this romantic but sorrowful story. A young man unknowingly dancing with a beautiful ghost.

Its okay but it needs to be alittle more scary. . .

Someone should've died in the end... It wasn't really scary.

it was awesome

wow how amazing and soooooooooooooooooooooooooo romantic.

wow!It was good.I liked it .I only wish it was longer

lol it was awesome dude =


romantic but spooooky!!!:)

i love this story its so sweet

its so romantic!!!!

Nice love story.

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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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