With Halloween at our doorstep, people are telling their scary stories to get into the spooky season. A few students were questioned on where they love to hear scary stories, why they love hearing them, and if they have any scary stories of their own to share.
Students were asked if they have heard any scary stories about the town, and Alexander Trentmann, senior, said, “My grandma told me that apparently there have been body parts and human bones found on the banks of the Missouri River in the past. Another [example] would have to be the exorcist house in St. Louis, where an exorcism took place in 1949, and the person who was exorcised is still alive. My mom, grandma, and I passed the house once just to look at it. When we passed, it was kind of creepy and I had this bad feeling.”
Callie Weatherly, senior, stated, “My grandma used to tell me stories about the old school being haunted. She didn’t go into details about why or how, but she said that if you go in at certain times you can hear children running around.”
Senior Julia Unnerstall said, “I heard that if you go knock on the door of Annabelle Church, someone will knock back. Also, the people who live near that church have heard voices and the organ playing from inside.”
Oliver Garren, sophomore, stated, “I have heard of the Momo monster, the Missouri Bigfoot.”
When students were asked what their favorite childhood story was, Callie Weatherly said, “When I was like 7 or maybe 8, my sister and I went to stay at our Uncle Jim’s house. That evening at dinner, he told us that the house was haunted by a little girl and a man. The little girl was in the main part of the house and the man was down in the basement in a concrete room with a creepy crawl space. He never told me what happened to them or anything. My sisters on the other hand thought it would be funny to scare me when we were going to bed. They made up a story about the man getting possessed by something, going mad, and murdering the little girl in her sleep. I, being so young, was scared to death. I cried and cried, and I slept with, I think, a wooden spoon in case someone came to kill me. A few years later, I watched the Amityville Horror movie and realized that they had gotten the story from that movie. I was not a happy camper after that, but they still thought it was funny.”
Julia Unnerstall exclaimed, “I loved the one with the couple who was cruising around in a convertible and then ran out of gas. The boyfriend went to go get gas and left his girlfriend in the car. She stayed there all alone in the dark woods. When all of a sudden, she heard something scratching the car door. Her boyfriend came back to find her dead in the car with a bloody hook hanging from the car door.”
Alex Trentmann stated, “It isn't really a story, more like a book of stories. My favorite would be Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.”
Many students have said their favorite setting to hear scary stories is in a dark room, around a campfire in the woods at night, or in their bedrooms with friends.
They were then questioned on how they felt while they were listening to these scary stories, and Julia Unnerstall stated, “The stories make me feel kind of scared, but I like being scared. It gives me an adrenaline rush.”
Alex Trentmann exclaimed, “When I was younger, I was scared to no end by them. I would be able to sleep though since my dog sleeps with me, so I always felt safe.”
Callie Weatherly said, “Well, when I was 7 or 8, I would get so nervous I’d cry. Although I still get a bit nervous, I don’t cry. I just get a bit jumpy instead.”
Happy Halloween, everyone!