Scary Story Ideas for a Halloween Party

by Julie Durr

Scary stories are a the staple of great Halloween parties. The stories used to introduce a bit of a thrill, a modicum of mystery or to play on the fears of guests are typically all in good fun. To incite the best thrills, scary story ideas can be chosen from among local legends, traditional monster tales, stories about "things in the night," ghosts or unsolved mysteries.

Local Legends

Local legends make horrifying and chilling connections by utilizing familiar surroundings and events. To begin this type of story, start with a recent sighting of a legendary creature. Next, create suspense by adding area-specific details, such as local gathering places. Additionally, Halloween legend stories should refer to weather, seasonal events and changes that occur locally in October. Continue to embellish the legend and end with a twist to the moment, such as, "What was that?" Storytellers may build on known legends -- or even make one up.

Traditional Monster Stories for Halloween

On Halloween, it's easy to conjure up an image of a known figure such as a vampire or Frankenstein's monster. These tales have built-in fear factors. Vampires are night creatures that drink human blood, and the thought of being chased by Frankenstein's monster is truly frightening. In telling stories based on these figures, add features that relate to the senses, such as, "I could smell the creature stalking me. I heard a twig just a few feet behind me snap. Should I run?"

Ghosts and Things in the Night

Ghosts stories and "things in the night" tales play on the fears of the unknown and the supernatural. These stories generally revolve around a setting like a cemetery, a haunted house or remote location. Enhance these Halloween stories by creating a mental image of the setting. For example, in a haunted house, a reference to a key event can happen in a dark, shadowy corner where the cobwebs are dangling from the ceiling.

Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved mystery stories, when told well, involve the audience by leading them through a series of clues. Guests who love a good puzzle will try to figure out the ending. Others will be intrigued by the details of the crime. These stories can be gruesome and can lead to a surprise ending to make your guests jump. As a Halloween story, a mystery can include Halloween symbols and seasonal elements, all of which can draw listeners into the story.

About the Author

Julie Durr began her writing career in 2001. Her work has appeared online for "Wee Ones Magazine" and "Senior Citizens Magazine," as well as in a "Vocational Biography" and "Divine Stories of the Yahweh Sisterhood." Durr holds a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Michigan Technological University.

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