Urban legends are akin to modern folklore and are usually passed down from generation to generation. Some of the creepiest ones have even made their way onto the silver screen. We take a look at 10 of the most disturbing tales.
Urban legends are the stuff of nightmares. The kind of stories you tell your friends to scare them half to death. Some have a basis in fact but are embellished for entertainment purposes while others are the creations of overactive imaginations.
For fun, we decided to compile a list of the creepiest urban legends that are guaranteed to keep you up at night!
Demon Children (also known as “Black-Eyed Children”) are terrifying. Their origins are somewhat of a mystery. Some people feel that they are the spawn of Satan while others think that they are extraterrestrial in nature.
The first known story of an encounter with these entities occurred in 1996 in Texas. Two boys approached a car in a parking lot. When the owner of the vehicle rolled down his window and asked what they wanted, one of the pair responded that they needed a ride back to their house.
After seeing the children’s soulless, dark eyes, the man said no. He quickly rolled up his window and drove away.
Brace yourselves for this tale! Set in Virginia, this particular urban legend originated in the 1970’s and involves a crazed, young man in a bunny suit terrorizing people on Guinea Road in Burke, VA with an ax. He warns his potential victims by screaming at them, “You are trespassing. If you come any closer, I’ll chop off your head!”
Curse of the Spider
Otherwise known as “The Red Spot” this bit of lore is definitely going to unnerve anyone that suffers from arachnophobia. A girl is bitten on the cheek by a spider when she is sleeping.
After a few days, she develops a red spot which she thinks is just a pimple. However, over time the blemish starts to increase in size until it looks like she has a boil on her face.
Horrified, she calls her doctor. He examines it and determines that it needs to be lanced.
After he performs the procedure, the boil erupts and hundreds of tiny spiders come crawling out.
Skinwalker Ranch is a real place nestled in Ballard, Utah. The property is off limits to the public with good reason. Numerous paranormal events are said to have taken place there.
The Ute tribe believes that the ranch is cursed with Skinwalkers, shape-shifting, evil Native American witches who are said to be able to transform into any animal at will.
People Can Lick, Too
An old woman lived with her dog in an apartment. One day she was listening to the radio when she heard a warning for all citizens to lock their doors since there was a murderer on the loose.
Wanting to stay safe, before going to bed, she checked her house and all the doors to see that they were locked. However, since it was a tad warm outside, she cracked her window open for some air circulation.
With everything secure, she decided to get some sleep. During the night, she felt her dog lick her hand which was dangling off the side of her bed.
She woke up the next morning to a dripping sound emanating from her bathroom shower. When she opened the curtain, her dog was hanging and dripping blood onto the tub.
Screaming, the lady backed away from the horrific sight only to look at her mirror which had “Humans can lick, too” on it and in the background, she saw the killer’s reflection.
Rounding out our selections for creepiest urban legends:
- Suicide Road: Located in Missouri and is haunted by the spirits of people who have taken their own lives. Also known as “Zombie Road.”
- The Unwanted Passenger: A woman stops to get gas at a little roadside station in the middle of nowhere. An attendant takes care of her and when he comes to her window to collect the cash, he examines the bill and tells her that it is a counterfeit and she will need to come with him into the office. Confused, the woman accompanies him. Once inside the station, he tells her that a man with a hatchet was hiding in her backseat!
- Pishtacos of Peru: Terrifying vampires that feast on the fat of the living so that they can stay immortal.
- Walking Sam: Lakota tribe legend where a shadow figure stalks teenagers. He attempts to use mind control to get the youths to commit suicide so that he can collect their souls.
- Black Dog Runs at Night: Tale that originated in Great Britain and Ireland featuring a hellhound with red demonic eyes. If you see it, you have been marked for death!
Which one of these urban legends creeped you out the most? Let us know in the comments.