What’s your favorite spooky story?

By Patrick McGowan
October 27, 2006

The girl followed the oddly dressed man to his home, which looked much more like a castle. “Why don’t you come into my home? I assure you that the night is young and perhaps we could have a bite?” The man asked. The girl followed the man into his home and later a scream was heard from the castle.

This is a classic example of what is usually contained within spooky stories. Spooky stories are in season right now and chilling the spines of students on campus. Perhaps we will hear once again from the Woodcrest ghost or maybe the lady that committed suicide in the Mansion?

One particular Halloween story has been a favorite for a long time, it is the tale of the Headless Horseman. The story of The Headless Horseman is very well known and has even been made into a movie called “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The story is about a man named Icabod Crane, who is chased down by the horseman after attending a party. Various endings for this exist, but the original version leaves the ending open.

Matt Leitch, a sophomore bio-technology major, is one of the many people who like this tale. Leitch says that there is symbolism to real life in the story. At the party, Icabod Crane is warned by various townspeople about the Headless Horseman, but does not listen to them. “People ignore warnings,” Leitch said.

Sophmore English and communication major John Jonas favors a modern day urban legend. “Bloody Mary,” which states that if one goes into the bathroom, turns off the lights and chants, “Bloody Mary” three times, Bloody Mary will appear. “The idea of somebody coming through mirrors scares me. But I can take her,” Jonas said.

Marcella Di Sandro, a sophomore liberal arts major, told of an urban legend from her home town. The legend is called “Cry Baby Bridge” and there are two parts to the legend. “A woman was killed by three robbers while carrying her baby. The robbers drowned the baby,” Di Sandro says.

The first part of the legend deals with the mother and child. Sometimes the mother can be seen looking for her baby on the bridge that she was killed on. Also, if you park your car close to the water and roll up all the windows, you can sometimes hear the cries of the dead baby.

The second part deals with the three robbers. The robbers were caught and were hanged inside the bridge where they killed the mother and the baby. It is said that sometimes you can see them hanging underneath the bridge.

Jennifer Daily, a sophomore psychology major, unlike most people, did not select one story. Daily preferred various legends of werewolves.

“These are stories of misunderstood people,” Daily said. She went on to say that not all werewolves were evil. “They were different, and people feared that,” she said.

Not all spooky stories end as you expect them to end. In Daily’s example we see that something we consider evil may not really be evil. In the legend of the Headless Horseman, it seems as though the hero lost the struggle, which is not what we expect. The ending to the story at the very beginning of this article may also surprise you.

The girl followed the man into his home and later a scream was heard from the castle. “What’s the matter,” the girl asked as she bit the man’s neck, “I thought you said that you wanted a bite?”

What’s your favorite spooky story?

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