If you’re a horror fan, you’ve likely come across the word ‘creepypasta’ more than a few times. These modern-day equivalents to folklore have been circulating the world wide web for nearly a decade, gaining in popularity when The New York Times did a story on them in 2010.
Many creepypastas are stand-alone stories, but there a few main characters like “Slenderman”, “Jeff the Killer”, and “Laughing Jack” whose stories are carried on by both original writers and their fans.
In honor of the fall season, these 10 creepypastas have a Halloween theme. So, as popular creepypasta narrator, Otis Jiry says, “Pull up a chair, get some popcorn, put your feet up, and have a listen…if you dare”.
10. “The Halloween Mask” by Slimebeast
A woman in her twenties is bored on Halloween night, doling out candy to ungrateful brats when she’d rather play video games. By 11 p.m., her patience and candy are both gone. She turns off the porch light and returns to the living room but is soon startled by a knock on the door. When she opens it, she’s confused to see that her front porch and the streets beyond are completely deserted.
She’s about to close the door when she finds someone has left her a gift; a white pumpkin Halloween mask. Figuring she’s being pranked, she loudly declares herself the new owner of the mask, slams the door, and returns to the living room with her prize.
Another loud bang on the door jolts her off the couch again, and she figures it’s the kid coming back for his mask. As she passes the sliding glass door, she discovers what looks like a jack-o-lantern drawn in dog crap on the glass of the storm door. Disgusted and enraged, she takes a closer look at the weird graffiti, and catches a whiff of chocolate, not animal feces.
She’s nearly to the front door when she realizes, with a sinking horror, that she can still smell the strong odor of the chocolate. The crude drawing is not on the outside of the glass, it’s inside.
This creepypasta was written by Christopher Howard Wolf, better known as Slimebeast. In addition to creepy stories, he is also the author of several comics.
9. “Trick Or Treating” by McCreepyPasta
Little Abigail wants to go trick-or-treating, but her parents won’t let her go alone. Her older brother, Sean, agrees to take his sister out for the night, hoping he can score some candy for himself.
As they walk through the woods, Abigail becomes frightened. Irritated, Sean tells his sister she can go home, but demands a piece of candy from her first. The little girl reaches into her pail, but instead of a sweet treat, she pulls out a knife.
8. “The Witches and the Circle” by Eric Dodd
A teenage boy is glad to have an old family home to escape to so he doesn’t have to deal with his drunken father. His best friend, Chris, is grateful to have the same, as he hasn’t been coping well since his mother’s death. The two friends decide to host a Halloween party, and Chris immediately suggests holding a seance as part of the festivities.
On Halloween night, they give out candy to the trick-or-treaters until the streets quiet down, the lights turn off, and the bowls are empty. One of their friends, Pete, is already too drunk to participate in the seance, so he crashes out on the couch.
Before the seance, Chris pours salt in a double ring around the group and another double ring in front of the fireplace. Candles are lit. When Chris cuts himself and bleeds into a bowl in the center of the circle, his friends finally realize just how seriously he’s been taking the whole thing.
The doorbell chimes, distracting the group from their ritual. One of the partygoers, Sophia, opens the door to find two little girls dressed as witches, with eerily realistic masks. The eldest asks if her sister can come in to use the bathroom.
7. “The Masked Man” by MrCreepyPasta
A divorced father brings his seven-year-old son, James, to his new house on the outskirts of town so they can enjoy Halloween together. He rarely gets to see his son, even on holidays, so he relishes this time with the boy. Soon into the visit, the father begins having strange encounters with a masked man.
He also notices that his neighbor is pulling out all the stops to make his Halloween decorations incredibly gruesome, so he’ll win the yearly contest. He stands in awe of the realistic nature of the decorations, among them a multitude of skulls, a ceramic bowl of guts, and bones sticking straight up from the ground.
One night, passing by a window, the father sees something staring at him. The slack jaw of this creature appears to sway in the wind, its mouthful of teeth clearly visible. One eye lolls around in its socket as if seeking a place to fix its gaze.
MrCreepyPasta is a popular writer and narrator with over 921,000 subscribers on YouTube.com.
6. “Pumpkins” by Night Terrors
Peter Anderson and his wife, Susan, enjoy a calm, easy existence with their three children. Each Halloween, they buy costumes, stock bowls with candy, and carve a large jack-o-lantern to decorate their stoop. This year, they decide on one slight change, one they may not live to regret.
While the children enjoy their night of trick-or-treating, Peter stays home, finishing up some work. When his wife and children come home, a tired Susan puts the little ones to bed and retires for the evening. Peter stays up to complete his work
About an hour into the night, Peter begins hearing weird noises. He’s a little concerned but pays it no real mind. Then, the thuds begin. Three dull thuds on the door. Figuring it’s an animal scratching itself against the wood, he continues to ignore it. When the thuds continue, unabated, Peter gets his gun and opens the door. He sees nothing, but no sooner does he shut the door than the thuds start again.
Flinging the door open, Peter has only a moment to glimpse the hideous creature before him as it slips a claw into his neck, slicing his head clean off. In the morning, Peter is a very different man.
5. “The Last Trick or Treaters” by J.A. Marshall
Harold is getting to an age where he just can’t deal with trick-or-treaters anymore. I mean, they don’t even try! Year after year, it just gets worse, with only the smallest children putting in any effort. Despite this, Harold dutifully sticks to tradition.
Later in the night, two children approach his house wearing no costumes, masks, or even makeup. Disgusted, and for some reason, afraid, he tells them to “wear some costumes,” slams the door, and turns out the light.
The next year, Harold shuts himself in his study and leaves his wife to hand out the treats. She thinks the kids are cute, and through the study door, Harold hears the same routine play out through most of the night.
The doorbell rings. “Trick or Treat!” Laughter. Doorbell. “Trick or Treat!” Laughter. Doorbell. His wife’s voice,”Oh, what adorable costumes! Get in here so I can see you in the light!” Silence. A door clicking shut. A thud.
Suddenly, a vision of the kids from last Halloween, the kids he’d slammed the door on, floods his mind and the blood drains from his face. Harold has made a horrible mistake.
4. “Thanks” Halloween Horror Short by LixianTV
This Halloween CreepyPasta is animated by LixianTV, who calls his animated features “Liximation.” This short story focuses on a young kid who has spent Halloween night watching horror movies. Tired, but still wound up from the many horrors he’s seen, he tries to lie down to get some sleep. But the darkness makes him so nervous, he turns on his bedside lamp. Big mistake.
3. “The End of All Hallows Eve” by Mike W. Creepypasta
When you’re 12, you know you’ve reached your last year of trick-or-treating, and Halloween will never be the same.
Stuart and his friends know they’re growing up, but they refuse to talk about it. Instead, they walk around the neighborhood, taking their time, collecting candy, and drinking it all in. The cool night air, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and the happy children racing up and down the street to collect their treats are visions they want to sear into their memories forever.
When they’re finished, they sit with their parents, drink juice, and eat candy.
One of the boys, Andy, begins acting strangely. He’s just staring at his pile of candy, barely breathing, eyes glazed over. When the other boys turn to see what Andy is staring at, the door to their childhood officially slams shut.
2. “Abigail’s Run” by Tom Farr
On October 31st, 1691, a mother, Abigail, and her daughter bury a disfigured and squalling infant in their backyard. Since then, everyone avoids “The Witches Draw” because they know it’s haunted.
On October 31st, 2005, Brandon Knight is running late to meet his girlfriend, Kathy. Just when he thinks he’s going to be able to close the costume shop on time, two young mothers come in and linger over costumes for 25 minutes before finally deciding to dress both their children as witches. Witches in Salem. How original.
Now, Brandon is really late. He knows he has only one choice if he wants to meet Kathy before she thinks he stood her up. Against his better judgment, he decides to cut through “The Witches Draw,” to cut his journey from 45 minutes to 25.
Brandon squeezes through the plank in a wooden fence and finds himself in a vacant lot. He moves past stalks of corn and into an alley of pumpkins carved with grotesque and disturbing features. As he moves through the alley, he gets the prickling sensation he’s being watched.
He keeps going until he sees a jack-o-lantern the size of a small dumpster. He boosts himself up onto it so he can look over the fence. A flickering movement from below catches Brandon’s eye. The shape is dark and gangly, all bony limbs and scuttling movements. When the thing looks up, one eye staring straight at Brandon, he loses bladder control, hops off his perch and barrels straight into a cornfield. The creature remains close behind, and he’s gaining fast.
1. “Dhost” by Melanie Tem
Three-year-old girl Corry is having an important conversation with her grandmother on the telephone. She plans to be a “dhost” for Halloween, just like her daddy. Her grandmother isn’t sure what to make of this, as she knows that Corry’s father isn’t dead, but in prison. Corry insists she saw her daddy and wants to be a “dhost” just like him.
At first, her mother and grandmother don’t pay much attention to the little girl’s claims, but when Corry insists on wearing her costume well past Thanksgiving and begins behaving in strange ways, her mother gets frustrated.
First, she begins to disappear. One moment she’s with you, the next she’s not. Each time she is found, she insists she’d gone off with her daddy. One day, her mother found that Corry’s beautiful curls had been cut six inches shorter on one side. While her grandmother tries to fix the botched job, she notices a birthmark Corry had since infancy is no longer there.
Now Corry is losing her voice, beginning to shrink, and casts no shadow in the sun. Could little Corry be really turning into a “dhost” after all?
Melanie Tem was a prolific writer who won the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the British Fantasy Award. Sadly, she passed away in February of 2015.