29 Internet Urban Legends That Will Creep You Right Out

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Are you the type of person who counts down the days to Halloween, is first in line to see the latest horror flick, and thrives on hearing people tell scary stories over a campfire?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. For years people have told urban legends: scary stories that may or may not be true. Before the internet, these kinds of stories just sort of circulated around your elementary school, but now they are just a click away.

In 2012 a story called Goatman by user Anansi was posted to 4chan.

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The user tells the story of camping with his cousin and some friends when they realize there has been an extra person among them all day, and none of them know who they are or can remember their face. Then stuff gets really weird. You can read the whole story here.

Another famous internet urban legend: Slenderman.

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Slenderman is a tall, long-limbed man who appears in photographs of children shortly before they turn up missing. It is presumed he is the one who kills them. Slenderman was first created by user Victor Surge on the internet forum Something Awful but has grown into an internet phenomenon since then, many people have added to the story, and some people have even claimed to have Slenderman sightings themselves.

This creepy story about a deer was posted on Reddit.

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“A bunch of friends and I were out one night to do some urban exploring, hiking through woods, etc. We were walking up a hill towards a connecting public park that was just kind of an open field with walking paths surrounded by dense woods. Standing on the edge of a treeline we looked out into the open field and saw what we all thought was a deer. Not that strange, since deer are everywhere. We walk out into the field some more while watching the deer. As we get further out into the field, this “deer” stands up on two legs and covers about 100 yards in what seemed like only a few strides. This freaked us the fuck out, and we left as fast as we could.” –bigmoneymo Nope. Nope. Nope.

This Reddit user told a story his grandfather told him and it’s seriously creepy.

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“One night, my grandfather and his brothers were sleeping on their screened-in front porch, in South Alabama in the middle of summer. My grandfather and his brothers are fast asleep in the middle of the night, and an old taxi drives up and parks in front of their house. A man and a woman get out of the cab dressed in seemingly weather-worn wedding attire, top hat/tails and all. They walk up to the house, and the woman scratches wood siding of the screened indoor with long fingernails, and the pair proceeds to go back and get in the cab. All the boys were awoken by the sound of the scratching, but were too scared shitless to move or make a sound till morning. The next day, my grandfather brought it up to his brothers, and they all confirmed that it actually happened and that it wasn’t a dream. They called the woman the Witch, and claim to have seen/heard her multiple times throughout their lives. A few years ago, I went to see the house before it was torn down, and there were five scratches spaced in the same way that fingernails would leave on a wood plank. I told the owner the story, and he became visibly disturbed, telling me about an old taxi that would park across the street occasionally from midnight (ish) till right before daybreak. Still gives me the heeby-jeebies.” –PGFIV

A Reddit user shared this story that will make you 99% sure children can see ghosts and wonder if you ever saw one, too.

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“In Okinawa the was a house near the USO on Kadena Air Force Base that was abandoned. A man killed himself and his family in it. It was said to be haunted. It was even part of the ghost tours they gave on base. Reports that the outside lights would turn on by themselves and creepy things happening. One story was that a woman could be seen washing her hair in the sink in the kitchen through a window. The creepiest thing by far was that this house shared a chain link fence with the daycare building. My friend’s mom worked at the daycare. Children, 4-5 y/o, would constantly throw toys over the fence. When asked why, they said they wanted to play with the children on the other side. All of the kids saw these other children, but the adults could not. It thoroughly freaked out anyone who worked there.” –sunabe_sun If you think you can handle more scary stories, keep reading. There are more on the next page.

The creepy story No End House, was written by Brian Russell was so popular it was turned into a TV show.

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No End House tells the story of a man trying to make it through all the rooms of a haunted house to win $500. But it gets super terrifying. You can read it here.

This Reddit user shared a creepy urban legend about a little boy that drowned in a river.

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“Out by my parents’ place in Jersey, there’s a story about a bridge across this one creek. A little kid drowned there a long time ago when he went into the water to retrieve an object he’d accidentally dropped. Anyway, if you go at the right time of night and drop something small into the water, like a coin or a pen or a ball, and then go away for a couple of minutes, it’ll be sitting on the railing waiting for you when you come back. The ghost of the kid doesn’t want anyone else to die the way that he did, so he fishes things out of the water to keep people safe. If you drop it back in again, he’ll supposedly throw it at you for being a jerk and wasting his time.” –The_Year_of_Glad

This story proves you should never spend the night outside alone.

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“A friend of mine from college had a project for his astronomy class, and he needed to take progression pictures of a constellation over the course of a night. He went out to a field in the middle of nowhere and set up his camera on a timer next to his truck, where he slept that night. Next morning he’s looking through his pictures, and he sees a picture of the constellation, a picture of the constellation, a picture of him sleeping in his truck, a picture of the constellation, a picture of the constellation.” –wjg86

If you didn’t think Pokémon could be creepy, think again.

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In Come Follow Me, children are mysteriously dying after playingPokémon. You can read it here.

This urban legend about a train crash will creep you right the heck out.

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“In San Antonio, there was a school bus which broke down on a set of train tracks. After getting stuck there, a train immediately barreled down the tracks and before any of the children could get out of the bus, the train and bus collided and tragically killed all on board. It was such a tragedy that they eventually named all of the nearby streets after these children. So, as you drive past a mental institute, on roads named after dead children, you come to a hill. On this hill is where the road meets the train tracks. You park on the tracks and put your car into neutral. For an added effect, you can put white powder on your bumper. Then, you wait. After a little bit, your car randomly starts moving by itself off of the tracks. It’s even more odd, because your car doesn’t go down the hill, but instead it goes up the hill. If you put white powder on your bumper, you go and look to find tiny fingerprints. Supposedly, those prints are proof of the reason why your car moved by itself off of the tracks. It’s because the ghosts of the children who died in the wreck those years ago are what pushed you off of the tracks – to save your car, and your life, from being hit by a train like they were.” –ishouldmakeit More creepy stories on the next page. Keep reading (if you don’t mind not sleeping tonight).

This story and photo will give you actual chills.

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“The story goes that in 1979, a family was visiting Sydney and were waiting to board a ferry to a theme park. While they were waiting, a small parade of pagan costumed dancers snaked their way through the crowd. One odd-looking reveler with a cow horn mask came over to the family that was waiting and posed next to one of the sons. Their mom snapped a photo of the odd horned man and Damian. Later that day, there was a horrible fire on one of the rides at the park, and several people died, including Damian, his brother, and father. The cause of the fire was investigated for years without any reason for the cause. The story gets even more strange after the mom developed the camera roll some years later and found the photo of Damian and the man in the occult costume. Some people have pointed out that the cow horns on the man resemble the God “Molloch,” who was worshipped by having sacrifices involving children burnt by fire. The man in the costume was never identified or heard from again.” –tomacco_man

“Laughing Jack” is a terrifying story about a kid and his imaginary friend.

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A mom hears her kid talking to an imaginary friend. The kid describes him as Laughing Jack, a clown. The mom starts to have terrible nightmares about Laughing Jack and eventually he leads her to do something terrible. You can read the whole story here.

There is a bridge in Scotland where dogs jump to their death.

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“There’s a old house to the north of my hometown in Scotland called Overtoun House, and the legend goes that walking your dog along the bridge that leads up to the house will cause it to spontaneously leap to its death from the bridge. This is an observable thing that actually has happened at least 50 times.” –Connelly90

Suicidemouse.avi is about a man who finds a lost Mickey Mouse cartoon.

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The man is digitizing old Mickey Mouse cartoons when he comes across a very strange one, with weird noises and graphics. Creeped out, he doesn’t finish watching, but his assistant does. And then promptly kills himself. You can read the whole thing here.

Giant fish? No, thank you.

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“In Paducah, KY there is a legend that nearby in the KY dam, there are catfish as big as VW Bugs. Story goes that divers doing work down there swore to never go back down again.” –thorndawg1337 So many more terrifying stories, keep reading!

This one isn’t scary (thought you needed a break), but it is funny.

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“At the city zoo, a parking attendant dutifully tended the car parks taking fees and wishing people well. After 35 years one day he didn’t turn up for work, and so the zoo called the local council to ask for a stand-in. The council said they had never provided a parking attendant and he must be a zoo employee. The zoo had never employed a parking attendant either. This rouge who no one seemed to know by name had been collecting parking charges for 35 years unquestioned. It is estimated he made in the region of £2,000,000 over the years and decided to retire. Probably somewhere much nicer than Bristol.” –FunkyDaJunky

Is there a serial killer that marks his murder scene with a smiley face?

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“Serial killer that preys on drunk college students. A drunk college student dies, and a small smiley face is found at the scene of the crime. He makes it look like an accident. One happened while I was attending ISU. A guy disappeared, they found his wallet and his phone on the sidewalk. He was found later in the pond. They think he passed out and fell into the pond or something, but a smiley face was found on a lamppost where his wallet and cell phone were found.” –StormyMoose

Penpal tells the story of a man and his weird childhood.

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This is a long one, so long it was made into a book. It tells the story of a man’s scary childhood and how it is all connected. You can read it here.

Who is the rabbit man and why does he wear bunny ears all the time?

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“Not really an urban legend, but a story everyone in my town seems to know. I am from Oshawa, Ontario. There is a man that wears pink rabbit ears. He is super easy to spot, being a thin, bald guy with these tall ears on his head. Legend has it that one Easter, some time ago, he had promised his daughter he would keep them on until she returned from wherever she was going. She never did, and thus the ears remained atop his head. There are a couple of other possible stories, but this one is the most popular.” –zentroguy

Candle Cove tells the story of a man trying to remember details of a kids’ show he used to watch.

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As he and a friend remember the show, they start to realize how creepy it was for a kids’ show. And then, they realize something super terrifying about it. I don’t want to spoil it. You can read the whole thing here. That wasn’t enough creep for you? Ok fine, read more on the next page!

Grandpas always have the scariest stories.

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“Growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, there was a legend about an adulterous woman who was murdered by her husband in the early 1900s. The story said that the husband planned a picnic for their anniversary where they wore their wedding clothes and reaffirmed their vows. During the picnic, he confronted her about the affair and nailed her to a tree using railroad spikes. The legend said that if you were in the woods near the site, she would follow you until you crossed a stream, then she would just stand there sobbing unable to follow any longer. I spent a lot of time in those woods with friends, and of course, our imaginations ran wild. Well, when I was about 20, my grandpa was involved in relocating a cemetery in the area. He said it was boring work except for the time they moved a corpse ‘in a fancy dress that had a hole right through her forehead.’ ” –sixinabag

The Smiling Man tells the story of a man out for a walk.

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He encounters a person doing a strange dance on the sidewalk, and he won’t stop. You can read the whole story here.

A search and rescue officer told this horrifying story of one of his rescues.

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“I was teamed up with another SAR officer because we’d received reports of bears in the area. We were looking for a guy who hadn’t come home from a climbing trip when he was supposed to, and we ended up having to do some serious climbing to get to where we figured he’d be. We found him trapped in a small crevasse with a broken leg. It was not pleasant. He’d been there for almost two days, and his leg was very obviously infected. We were able to get him into a chopper, and I heard from one of the EMTs that the guy was absolutely inconsolable. He kept talking about how he’d been doing fine, and when he’d gotten to the top, a man had been there. He said the guy had no climbing equipment, and he was wearing a parka and ski pants. He walked up to the guy, and when the guy turned around, he said he had no face. It was just blank. He freaked out and ended up trying to get off the mountain too fast, which is why he’d fallen. He said he could hear the guy all night, climbing down the mountain and letting out these horrible muffled screams. That story bothered the hell out of me. I’m glad I wasn’t there to hear it.” –searchandrescuewoods

This person claims the creepiest thing ever happened to them.

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“When I was in my early 20s, I was fresh out of the closet and lived in the French Quarter. I started getting hangup calls from someone (presumably a hookup). After a few months of sporadic calls, someone showed up outside of my window at around 2 AM and started blasting a tape recording of me saying, ‘Hello…? Hello….?’ then drove off.” –Peemster99

This one starts off scary but then…well, just read it.

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“A few years back, I woke up in the middle of the night. We had a 2-month newborn sleeping in the room next door. I had a video monitor on my bedside table so that my wife and I could easily check on him. So, I clicked the button that turns on the video image, and what I saw scared me like nothing ever before. My baby boy was gone. Now, I know that instincts should have made me run right into the baby’s room. Instead, I froze. I looked over, and my wife was sleeping next to me. Finally, I moved. But not to run into the other room, like I should have done. Instead, I turned up the volume on the baby monitor. I heard another woman’s voice singing a lullaby. I’m not kidding. Another woman was singing to my baby in a very soft, gentle and melodic voice. I don’t remember what song it was, something like “Go to sleep, little baby.” Finally, my freeze broke. I jumped up, ran through the hallway and burst into my boy’s room. He was sound asleep in his crib. No woman. No singing. Turns out, the monitor was picking up my next-door neighbors’ monitor. They had just bought the video monitor for their own newborn (on our recommendation).” –woolyboy76 Whew, that was a nice break. But onto more scary stories!

This urban legend involves babysitting and a clown, so get ready.

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“The one I’ve always heard is that she’s baby sitting, puts the kids to bed, and while she’s watching TV by herself she gets creeped out by the clown statue in the chair on the other side of the room or something (or maybe she was looking for something in the toy room or putting toys away?). Anyway, she stays there, and when the parents get back and ask how the night went she says something about how it was OK, the kids were great, she was a bit creeped out by their clown statue, bu- and they stop her because they’ve never had a clown statue and instead it was just a man watching her while she was watching the kids.” –superherocostume

A man considers whether or not to become a zombie in this creepy story.

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You can read Persuaded here.

The Rake is a seriously scary story about a creature nobody can explain.

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You can read the tale of the mysterious cryptid here.

Ohhh this one will give you chills.

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“A hunter is out in the woods and, after a long unsuccessful day, realizes night is quickly approaching. Knowing it would be impossible to make it home before dark, he wanders until he finds a cabin in the woods. He sets his gun on the porch and knocks on the door. The latch is broken, and the door creaks open. He calls in to see if the cabin is occupied, but no one answers. The hunter steps in and looks around. He reaches for a light but finds there is no power. The cabin is one room, and the hunter feels his way around and finds a bed in the corner. He strips his clothes and collapses in the bed. From the bed, the hunter looks around and notices several portraits on the walls. He doesn’t recognize any of the faces, although notices musingly that all the portraits seem to be staring at him. He falls into a deep comfortable sleep. Morning arrives. The hunter looks around the cabin during daylight for the first time. He realizes there are no portraits. Only windows.” –bennysfromheaven

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