11 Creepy Real Events That Actually Happened on Halloween
For some of us, October 31st is the most fun day of the year. For others, it’s the spookiest. And here’s why…
This freakish decoration was REAL
If there were a prize for most morbid Halloween decoration in Frederica, Delaware, in 2005, it would have gone to the body hanging from a tree. It would have beaten out the fake witches, skeletons, and jack-o-lanterns dotting the neighborhood. For hours, people passed by admiring it. Of course, it had an edge over the other decorations. This was a real body. Police believe it was that of a woman who had committed suicide the night before. Don’t miss these other real-life ghost stories that will chill you to the bone.
Men in tutus shouldn’t criticize
Note to self: Not everyone’s wearing a costume on Halloween. In 2012, in the early hours of the morning after Halloween, a tutu-clad Marine spotted a uniform-clad man in a wheelchair and thought the man’s costume was a weak attempt at mocking the military. So he attacked him. As the Marine learned upon his arrest, the man’s wardrobe was not a comment on our servicemen and women. He was, in fact, a disabled veteran.
There really are monsters
It’s every parent’s nightmare: Your child comes home from a night of trick-or-treating with spiked candy. One of the Halloween stories that helped propel this fear was the murder of Timothy O’Bryan in 1974. The eight-year-old from Deer Park, Texas, died Halloween night after ingesting poisoned candy. Making this crime more horrific is the fact that the perpetrator was not a neighbor, but the boy’s own father, who sought to cash in on his son’s life insurance. Every parent should read these trick-or-treating safety tips.
The most frightening thing about the graveyard kit an Oregon woman bought at Kmart in 2012 was the note she found inside. It was written by a Chinese factory worker who claimed he and others were tortured and enslaved in a forced labor camp making toys 15 hours a day with no pay or days off. He went on to plead for the letter to be forwarded to the World Human Rights Organization. The woman did just that, and the Chinese worker was freed when the camp was exposed months later.
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor decomposing body …
It’s bad enough to have collapsed and died alone on your own porch steps. But adding insult to injury, the morning after this 2012 Halloween tragedy, the mailman, assuming the body was an excellent Halloween decoration, sidestepped the deceased on his way to delivering the corpse’s mail. Looking for more creepy Halloween stories to tell? Check out these spooky tales from the world’s most haunted places.
Next time go as a ghost
Sometimes, a costume is just too good. In 2012, a nine-year-old wearing a black outfit and a black hat with a white tassel was mistaken for a skunk by a relative and shot. The girl survived.
A killer costume
The year was 1957. Halloween night. A couple was getting ready for bed when the doorbell rang. It was late, but the husband answered the door, ready to dole out more candy. Instead, an adult wearing a mask shot him in the chest, killing him. Was it a trick-or-treater dissatisfied with the candy selection? Not quite. The murderer, it turns out, was the girlfriend of a woman who had had an affair with the murdered man’s wife. The woman convinced her girlfriend to do away with the husband in order to have the wife for herself. Learn the real Halloween stories behind costumes, black cats, your other favorite spooky traditions.
Candy might be important, but it’s certainly not worth your life. It was Halloween night 2011 when a 55-year-old Chicago resident realized his candy bag was missing. He blamed a neighbor for the missing sweets and took his revenge to an extreme, stabbing her to death with several steak knives. Check out some happier Halloween stories with the 15 best Halloween books for kids.
A devastating prank
Halloween is known for both tricks and treats, but some pranks just go too far. In 1998, a Bronx man was in the car with his girlfriend to pick up her nine-year-old son from a Halloween party. When a group of teens started egging the car, the man got out and an argument started. After he sat back down in the car, though, one of the teenagers shot him fatally in the head.
A missing tot
On Halloween Day in 1955, Marilyn Damman went to a Food Fair on Long Island to do some shopping. She brought her children, two-year-old Steven and seven-month-old Pamela, with her. Telling Steven to be good and watch his little sister, she left the children outside while she went into the store. She returned ten minutes later to find that her children had disappeared, stroller and all. Pamela’s baby stroller, with the unharmed seven-month-old inside, was found a short distance away, but Long Island police were never able to locate Steven. What happened to him remains a mystery.
Don’t lose your head
People thinking dead bodies are Halloween decorations seems to be a gruesome trend in these Halloween stories. However, in 2017, the opposite actually happened. In mid-September, police in Green County, Tennessee received a panicked phone call from a man who believed there was a beheaded corpse in his neighbor’s driveway. Police arrived on the scene only to find that the owner of the home had actually just put out his creepy Halloween display a little early. “Do NOT call 911 reporting a dead body,” the police department’s Facebook page wrote. “Instead, congratulate the homeowner on a great display.” For more creepy Halloween stories, check out these horror movies you didn’t know were based on the truth.