If there’s one thing people like to do, it’s scare themselves. Maybe that’s why Halloween urban legends are so popular this time of year.
As if ghosties, ghoulies, long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night weren’t enough, most people seem determined to scare themselves silly with Halloween urban legends.
And here are 5 of the most disturbing...
Razors in Apples
This one dates back to the 1960’s, when rumors started circulating about sharp objects being put in Halloween goodies — especially apples. But this one appears to be mostly the stuff of urban legend: One professor who investigated the matter, Joel Best, found only 80 cases of razors or needles being put in Halloween candy, and almost all of those cases were hoaxes.
Countless teens have scared themselves silly with this classic urban legend. As the story goes, if you stand in front of a mirror on Halloween night and repeat the name "Bloody Mary" three times, a horrible spirit will appear in the mirror. In some stories, she actually pops out of the mirror to either attack you or try to pull you into her world.
Nope, I'm not just talking about all those E numbers and refined sugars - I'm talking about actual poison. I guess this one is for sadists who can't be asked to go to the trouble of inserting a razor blade into foodstuffs... Again, this is probably a big hoax.
The 13th Floor
Have you ever wondered why there is no 13th floor in most buildings? The urban legend comes from an old haunted house somewhere in Pennsylvania. People were invited to the house on Halloween and they were asked to sign waivers to protect the owner from anything that might happen to them. The guests would then try to get to the 13th floor through a bunch of long hallways and staircases. Each floor would try to scare the guests more and more from reaching the next floor up. Those who left in fear of reaching the 13th floor were lucky, because anyone who had ever reached the 13th floor has never come out of the house to tell their story.
Be careful about poking that hanging dummy in front of the house down the block; it may just be real. In this urban legend, a suicide victim is mistaken for just another Halloween decoration until someone gets close enough to discover the awful truth.