Thank you to the talented writers who submitted entries for The Gulf News second annual Scary Story contest. Be sure to visit our Facebook page at noon on Halloween when the winning entry will be chosen via live draw.
The Gulf News would like to thank co-sponsors — the Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council and Wildflower Company.
Following are the spooky entries:
CREEPIEST, UGLIEST, SCARIEST BY CHRISTIAN FIANDER, GRADE 5
For the past four years, my younger brother wanted a dog (sooo bad). Unfortunately, the answer was always no! My mom would then continue on preaching the responsibilities of owning a dog.
Finally, one day she gave him a toy dog as a test, (he looked so real, in the scariest kind of way) to see if he was ready to care for a real dog.
This toy dog was the creepiest, ugliest, scariest thing I have ever seen in all of my life! It’s like it was always staring at me and grinning. I was so scared of this toy dog; I planned to dispose of it, so I would never have to see it again!
So, I made a plan....
That dog had to go, something was not right!
That night I awoken to my bedroom door creaking open, but I could not move! My body was frozen! I could only move my eyes; I wanted to scream for help but I can’t. I heard my zipper on my backpack being zipped opened. Whoever’s in my room has my plan that I had written to get rid of that DOG!
Please don’t let it be my little brother, he will never forgive me!
There was some gruesome stuff on that paper, then I felt it! His soft furry paw touched my cheek bone! He whipped away a tear, and flashed me the creepiest, ugliest, scariest smile!!!
Now I wished it was my little brother, I was so scared my whole body was shaking on the inside.
I knew then what he was going to do! He was going to do to me; what I had planned to do to him!
I heard dads razor start up! He cut off all my hair, then he got moms tweezers and plucked off all my toe and finger nails!
I am screaming so loud on the inside, but no one can hear me, and no one can help me!
I remembered one thing that he had not done to me yet, that was on the paper! That’s when I heard a bang in the kitchen.
Oh no he’s going to do it, he’s going to scoop my eyes out with the ice cream scoop! He stood over me, his white fangs smiling at me, with the creepiest, ugliest and scariest grin!
And the tears just rolled down my face....
Was this just a dream......
THE HAUNTED HAND BY ABBY FURLONG
One day my family moved to a large house located on the first street in Dark Falls. It was very still and quiet with no one around. We entered the house and realized it was perfect and we would move in today!
Mom and dad were unpacking the boxes and I was upstairs getting settled into my new room. I heard strange noises and a voice softly say “the haunted hand is coming for you” as it drifted away with the wind. I ran downstairs to check if my mom and dad were okay.
When I came downstairs I couldn’t find them. Then I remembered they told me they were going to the attic. Strangely, they found a bottle that was labelled DO NOT OPEN! They placed it down in the kitchen and went back to unpacking. I went back to my room, little did I know, that bottle contained a murdering hand.
When I went to bed the voice returned and said, “the haunted hand, the haunted hand”.
Strange noises continued to fill my room. 3:00 in the morning my dad was screaming so my mom rushed down the stairs and gasped in horror at the lifeless body. A knife was stabbed in his body with a note that read:
“Beware of the bottle”.
My mom called the funeral home and we had his funeral the next week. The following week I had to go live with my grandparents. There were 19 more victims! Guess what? The local librarian managed to discover that the murdering hand was back killing again. 1972, was the beginning of the killing spree and 2022 was the year it came back. Mom came to live with me at my grandparents and there was no more murdering hand.
THE SPOOKY STORY BY CARLY FURLONG
Carly and Macie are playing at Marcie’s house when they hear a noise and they see some wind blowing. Then they see a spooky ghost with stuff dangling down on him. He tries to chase the girls, but they jump out the window. They close the window and the ghost bumps into it and then he flies away because he got scared!
THE DARK STREET BY KARLI YOUNG, GRADE 8
One dark cloudy Halloween night I went trick or treating and decided to explore a dark and spooky street I have not seen before, I was alone and afraid. The street was dark and very spooky. There were cobwebs and spiders everywhere. The street was abandoned, there was no one around, the street light flickered with light. The houses on the street were falling down, most of the house’s windows were boarded over. The paint on the houses were peeling, as I walked down the street I shivered. I was still dressed in my Halloween costume with a small bag of candy. I looked at the far end of the street and there was someone standing there, they were dressed in long black robes. There was a robe hanging and covering the top of their face they were looking at me. They cackled and disappeared, I decided to knock on a door and said, “trick or treat!” I walked up the steps and they creaked, I knocked on the door and to my surprise someone answered. I said “trick or treat!” She looked spooky, she was dressed as a witch. I said I like your costume. My heart thumped, It was a real witch! She reaches out to grab me, but I fell off the stairs and ran home. I then questioned why did I go on the street? his name was Stuwett. Stuwett loved to trick or treat. He was a kind kid but some of his friends bullied him for playing video games. The boy’s mom and dad sat him up for boot camp in two days it would be Halloween, but he couldn’t go trick or treating, but the rooms at boot camp were dark and had no lights, but everyone said there was something fishy about their coach. The next day all the power shut off they heard screaming in the air, but one kid noticed his friend was missing, that night they heard laughing and the next day was Halloween. The coach took all the kids for a walk through the forest a black figure appeared, it took the coach and kids with him and the rest of the kids were ever found again, the kids still go to that same camp.
ZOMBIE TRAPS BY CAMERON YOUNG, GRADE 2
Once upon a time there was a seven-year-old boy who needed to go to school. When he got there, he could not open the door, when the door opened there was no one there. Then he left, it was dark, he could tell it was not the same place he took a walk. He saw a ghost and the ghost said, “Look out for the zombies,” why? He said, “because he will kill you.” Said the ghost suddenly they fell in a trap. They saw a woman, when they walked toward her she said “Hi.” Ghost said, “is that you?” She said, “who it who?” Ghost said, “boy that is a vamp,” I looked and saw a full moon. He turned into a wear wolf. The next day he was dead by a hunter because he was a wolf. Then he came back as an evil skeleton. Right away he saw ghost looking for him. He ran to the ghost. The gray yard feared, the bones fell apart and no one knows the rest.
DISAPPEARED BY BRAYDEN ROSE, GRADE 8
On the night of October 31th, 2018, at 9:37 p.m., two kids, best friends for life, a 12-year-old boy named Daniel and a 13-year-old boy named Austin. They were walking around their town in their costumes. Daniel was a ghost and Austin was a clown, they were walking around trick or treating getting some candies. Daniel and Austin both had three bags each, 1st bag each was filled with and the 2nd bag each was half filled. Then they walked around the block to a massive 3 story house that they have never seen before. They looked at each other with fear in their eyes. They shrugged their shoulders and went to the door. Austin knock on the door 3 times “Knock, Knock, Knock,” they waited about a minute or two and the opened, the tall squeaky door and quietly sneaked in. Daniel and Austin made it in to the living and looked at each other with terror. It was dark, so it was to see but there was a faint light in the hall so, they slowly walked toward it. Then dropped their candy by the hallway entrance, Daniel spotted a door halved open and he told Austin to go toward it. They did, and they made it to the and stopped. Daniel and Austin both heard footsteps close and they got scared and ran through the door, when they looked a huge, tall, massive, dark green goblin was starring right in their faces. They both screamed and ran back through the door and back to the other end of the hall where they saw stairs. The goblin still on their tail screaming “I’M COMING.’ Daniel and Austin ran down the stairs as fast as they can and when they made it to the basement there was blood everywhere, Austin felt sick, but could not stop, then they saw a dark room where they made it the only thing that was heard is swinging swords and sharp spikes, not a sound was made only slow goblin walking…
THE TREE HOUSE BY MICHAEL LUSHMAN, GRADE 8
Once upon a time there was a person named Robin, he lived in a small community. It was far in the woods and it took along time to get food. They lived one hour from the nearest city. It was Friday after school and him and his friends went to his cool treehouse. He had four friends and they helped him build it. When the kids got to the treehouse they saw a strange man standing outside, when they went up in the house the last kid got torn down out of it, by a long arm with tentacles. Then the other two and chased after the monster. Then they came upon a scary old house. They herd creaking and cracking form downstairs, so they walked down. Then the floor opened up and one of the kids got swallowed by it. The other was swallowed by the creaking. Now, it was only Robin. He tried to get out, but he couldn’t, and no one saw him again.
THE ADVENTURE OF CAMERON AND ELLEN, THE SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STORY BY ELLEN LUSHMAN, GRADE 3
Once upon a time there were two kids named Ellen and Cameron. They love to explore new things and new stuff. They wanted to explore a haunted house it didn’t look scary at all because they went on many adventures before. When they went inside the door shut on it own. A trap door opened under them they dogged the trapdoor because there was lava under them. They jumped across the lava then a Zombie named Olivia, ghost named Rocky and a skeleton named Tyler. Olivia and Rocky went to try to kill Ellen and Cameron, but Tyler stopped them. “These are only kids” said Tyler” you can’t talk” said Ellen “of course we can” said Rocky. “bring” said Cameron “how big is this place” asked Ellen. “18 feet” said Olivia “what” said Cameron a girl came to see what was going on “It’s a witch” said Tyler. “How are you?” said Ms. Witch” f-f-fine” said Ellen “y-y-yah” said Cameron “what wrong with these kids” said Ms. Witch “they’re scared” said Tyler “why” said Ms. Witch “because their humans “said Rocky “O’ said M. witch. Olivia jumps and scares the two kids again “stop that” said Tyler soon the kids were not scared anymore. The End
TRICK OR TREAT BY GAVIN LUSHMAN
On one spooky night five kids went trick or treating like every year, but this year was different. There was a new person in our community. He was old and had grey hair and had a raspy trot. I never though much of it at first, but a lot of dogs have gone missing - it might be because of him. I brushed it off, so we were walking to the next house and we saw his house. I looked at the house and saw his eyes peeking out of the blinds, we streaked on horror, he saw us next to his house, so it would be rude if we never went to his house. So, we went to his house and saw so much dogs there, the man said do you want to come in, we had to say yes. He gave us some water and for some reason we fell asleep. When we woke up we were in a castle looking place there was something that said trick there was lava and rocks to jump on and at the end was a note, we got the note it said puzzle done so we went in elevator and it brought us to the old man the old man gives is 1000, for complains the challenge we said thanks and went to tell our moms.