Top 10 Scariest Ghostly URBAN LEGENDS
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Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary Bloody Mary. <beat, then flash a Screamer / play a loud scream and jump scare image> We’ve all tried it, stood in front of a mirror in a dimly lit room, rhythmically chanting “Bloody Mary” to summon a malevolent spirit, sometimes thought to be the ghost of 16th century Queen Mary. Who the apparition belonged to has changed over time and it’s said that the ritual dates back to when young women would walk up a flight of stairs backwards, staring into a mirror with only the light of a candle lighting their face, in hopes of seeing the face of their future husband. Sometimes, rather than seeing the face of their future beau, they’d glimpse something more horrific, a skull, which meant they’d die before marrying.
Children of Spanish America grew up on tales of the Weeping Woman, a trapped soul doomed to wander Earth to search for the children she murdered. After learning of her husband’s infidelity, La Llorona drowned her children before killing herself. Desiring entry into heaven, the Weeping Woman is said to kidnap any child that may resemble one of her own, drowning them to take her place as a lost, wandering soul. Wait. Do you hear that.
The cry of a baby is an unpleasant noise to many, but even if you find joy in an infant’s wails, how would you like to hear it on a quiet night while crossing an empty bridge? Throughout the United States, there are legends known as “Crybaby Bridges” upon which the sobs of children can be heard without a tangible source. Bear River City, UT; Alderson, OK; Doylestown, OH; and Blackstone, VA have their own versions of a Crybaby Bridge, though they typically involve a child or children that died tragically in the immediate area.
The Bell Witch
Summer 1817, Adams, TN. John Bell, Sr. is working about his farm when he spots a peculiarity, a four-legged friend that didn’t belong to the Bell family. Upon inspection, he found the hound to be ethereal with the head of a rabbit - and that’s where the Belly family nightmare began. The entity, thought to be the spirit of Kate Batts, an old woman John had cheated out of land, started as a highly active poltergeist, pulling hair and slapping the Bell family and friends. For three years, the witch terrorized the family until the mysterious poisoning of John Bell, Sr. The lore of the witch lives on today, her terror isolated to the Bell Witch Cave in the small town of Adams, TN.
The Ghostly Hitchhiker
No matter where you live, if there’s a long, sleepy highway nearby, chances are there’s a story of a haunting hitchhiker that circulates around town. A ghastly depiction of this popular legend resides within the confines of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, but the family unfriendly urban legend tells of a lone hitchhiker that often serves as an omen of a looming catastrophe. Other versions focus on a lost soul traveling the road, aimlessly wandering on the anniversary of their tragic death. Drivers from all over the world have recounted stories of a strange passenger who, in an instant, vanished from the rear of their car, never to be seen or heard from again.
As you go about your business in a public bathroom stall, a voice calls over from the next stall. “Where are my legs?” the girlish voice asks. A silly question, you think to yourself, but it persists. “Where are my legs?” The voice asks again, leaving you perplexed. “I don’t know?” you answer nervously. There’s a moment of silence, then - Teke Teke rips off your legs, mimicking her own disfigurement. The malevolent haunt is said to be that of Kashima Reiko, a girl who was cut in half on train tracks and the only way to keep your legs is to answer “the Meishin Railway.”
It’s not uncommon to happen across someone from Japan covering their mouth with a doctor’s mask or scarf, but if one approaches you and asks, “Am I pretty?”, know that she’s likely no ordinary person. The Kuchisake-onna initially appears normal, but beneath that mask, her mouth is cut from ear to ear. More modern versions claim if you answer “yes,” she’ll pull away her mask and ask again. Answer “yes” once more and she’ll give you the same Glasgow smile. Say “no” at any point, and the Kuchisake-onna will cut you in half. To escape, either flip the question onto her, give her an ambiguous answer, or claim you have a prior engagement to get to.
The Flying Dutchman
The seas are rough, rougher than expected, but you can’t let it stop you from unloading your haul at the nearest harbor. In the distance, a flash of lightning illuminates a shape against the horizon, a vessel seemingly lost in time. The 17th-century Dutch vessel was said to have sank off the Cape of Good Hope, taking with it Captain Hendrick van der Decken and his crew. Cursed to sail high seas for eternity, the legend of the Dutchman and her crew instills fear into travelers of vast ocean; and those that happen to see her damaged, ghostly frame?
A hush falls over the house, a silence that leaves you uneasy in the evening dusk. You heed your mother’s warnings and turn on the lights, but it’s a futile effort. Behind you, a floorboard creaks. You dread having to turn around, to prove to yourself that it’s nothing but the house settling. Slowly, you turn, and as you do, you’re faced with the skondhokatas! These headless spirits are an Indian legend and are believed to be the remnants of riders that were beheaded in train accidents.
You’ve just left the flat of your mistress, the new girl at the office with those irresistible doe eyes. Walking to your car, you notice a peculiar feminine figure sporting a flowing white dress. She piques your interest, though you can’t see her face. As you pass her, she reaches out to you for a cigarette. Letting curiosity get the best of you, you try and see her face, but when you do it’s La Sayona, the vengeful spirit of Melissa, a girl cursed to kill unfaithful husbands. Melissa allegedly heard of her husband’s affair and killed him, her baby, and the mistress, said to be her mother.