Halloween Horror Stories

Aminah Syed and Lucas Park

In popular culture, children are often portrayed with special gifts, such as seeing the dead. This is seen everywhere in movies and novels like The Shining or The Sixth Sense. Their eerie abilities inspired Madame Dunn’s chilling story about her youngest daughter that possibly proves these supernatural baby phenomenons to be true.
“When she was a baby, every day, I would go into her room and get her up in the morning,” Dunn said. “I would change her diaper on her changing table and while I was changing her diaper, she would always look behind me and point up in the corner where the ceiling and the wall met.”
Madame Dunn’s baby continued this every day but every time Dunn looked, there was never anything in the corner.
“There were no pictures, nothing,” Dunn said. “It was a completely blank space and then one day, I was carrying her out of the room. She was looking at the same spot and she smiled and said, ‘bye.’”
Though Dunn’s baby might have been talking to an imaginary friend or was simply babbling, her actions spooked Dunn. The baby’s actions suggest something otherworldly.
Senior Katie Vanbeber told the haunting story about her mother’s encounter with the Kansas City Butcher in the 1980s.
As a kid, Bob Berdella had a speech impediment, extremely thick glasses and high blood pressure which caused him to be on many medications. His father felt very passionate about sports, but Berdella was very unathletic due to the many health problems that he suffered from. His father constantly abused Berdella physically and mentally, which drove him to bully other kids at school.
Berdella later owned and maintained his own store called “Bob’s Bazaar Bizarre”, which had mediocre success through the trading and selling of primitive art, antiques, and jewelry. He often had to steal and scavenge for objects to sell at his booth, merely to make ends meet.
One night, in the late 1980s, Vanbeber’s mother decided to come to the store with her friend. Her mother and her friend walked in. The recent news in the town was that a “satanist man” was terrorizing the area. When the two women talked about the subject, the cashier, Berdella, overheard the conversation.
He argued with the women, suggesting that they told the story all wrong and that the killer was just “trying to have a good time.” The man asserted that the satanist accusations were incorrect as well. The women left the store and the next day, the news reported another kidnapping by the “Butcher.” It’s now known that Bob Berdella, the owner of and cashier at the store, was the Kansas City Butcher.
In subsequent years, Berdella befriended his fellow merchant Paul Howell. His son, Jerry Howell, would be Berdella’s first victim who he kidnapped after promising to drive him to a dance competition. Berdella eventually murdered him.
Berdella had five more victims before the last one escaped and told the police. He received life in prison with no parole after pleading guilty to first and second-degree murder. He then died, still imprisoned, from a heart attack in 1992.
The first fictional story is by editor-in-chief Hannah Cole. Inspired by the book “In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware, Cole details the story of a little girl who wanders in the dark on Halloween.
A little girl walked through the woods at night. The fall breeze whistled and rustled the leaves as the sound of children floated in the air. It was Halloween night and people everywhere celebrated. As the girl strolled deeper and deeper into the trees, the laughter and “trick or treats!” slowly disappeared.
While wandering mindlessly, the girl stumbled into a dark house. Intrigued by the eerie building, she decided to proceed inside. The floors creaked but no one stirred within the home. Still entranced in the house’s creepy aura, she roamed further and further down the hallways. She opened and closed the creaky doors, curious as to what objects sat upon the shelves until she paused before a dark room.
She gripped the handle and entered, only to notice a mysterious closet. Unable to halt her naive wonder and affinity for mystery she opened the closet to reveal a secret cupboard.
The girl had not experienced any consequences to her childish exploration. Though she walked into a stranger’s house, opened numerous rooms and closets without any consideration for the owner, she remained fascinated by the suspense and oblivious to the risk.
As she reached for the cupboard, her hands became clammy and her breathing quickened. She began to question whether her actions were stupid or dangerous but ultimately decided that the mystery remained more important. The cupboard creaked ajar and the girl peered inside. Boo! A ghost.
A ghost.
The second fictional story, told by senior Michael Liu, holds an unexpected twist. Liu’s story is inspired by his childhood imagination as well as his current highschool humor.
The story begins in a bedroom with two children asleep, but little do they know, beneath their beds laid a monster. The monster crept and crawled underneath the children as they slept, filled with hunger. The monster saw its chance to jump out from underneath the bed and reach one of its claw-tipped hands at the children.
The children woke with a cry when they laid their eyes upon the beast that stared back at them. As they were screaming, they fled the bedroom in pure fright of the monstrous creature.
But, after the children left the bedroom, the monster breaks the 4th wall and looks at everyone reading this story. He proceeds to exclaim that he isn’t the true monster. The true beast lies in the world and in evils that can be committed from ignorance or pure hate. To combat these evils, he says, one must ‘Join clubs like Diversity or Social Justice to take a stand against inequity.’
Though the story isn’t a traditional horror story, it certainly has a twist that would arguably catch most people off guard. Senior Michael Liu both hopes to entertain and inform students who read his “horrific” tale.