Creepy music and ghoulish decorations are great for Halloween, but there's something about a scary story that really sets the mood. Story-telling to set the spooky mood is an old tradition that's fun to incorporate into your Halloween celebrations. However, there's a certain knack to making it effective.
Here are some tips and suggestions on how to set the Halloween mood with scary stories.
Write Your Own
This is your chance to get creative. Start early so you have time to write it out and make any changes you need. If you're artistic, you can even do illustrations. For theme ideas to get you started, you can look at some of the classic scary tales and base your story on a similar theme. Here are some ideas for themes and topics:
The internet and your local library are full of stories about unexplained sightings of aliens and supernatural beings. These are appropriately spooky, and again, because they remain unsolved, they have that edge of "it could happen."
Throughout history there are mysteries and murders that were never solved. Jack the Ripper is a famous one, but there are many others. Comb your library and the internet for true crimes that were never solved.
Now you're ready to set the mood with some seriously scary tales!