9 Scary Campfire Stories That'll Make You Drop Your S'mores

“Have you ever heard the tale of ...”

ByABC News
July 16, 2014, 4:46 AM

— -- As the sun sets over the horizon, a blistering chill sweeps through the air. All is quiet, save for the few nocturnal animals crooning their eerie night-time tunes. The only warmth and light you’ll receive is from the glow of your campfire .

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As you are roasting your marshmallows for s’mores and the fire crackles into the air, a flashlight is flicked on and a creepy laugh breaks up the deafening silence. Startled you look to your fellow campers for answers and hear that old familiar opening line:

“Have you ever heard the tale of...”

For those that enjoy the great outdoors, unplugging from life and heading for the literal hills is an affair that involves a ton of fun in the arms of nature. From fly fishing to hiking through the forest, campers find fun without the help of technology, and a classic way to pass the time around the campfire is to tell scary stories. Some campfire stories have been circling for decades, told in different iterations across different cultures, borrowing from both imagination and legend.

Take for instance the tale of the Hooked Man, who wreaks murderous havoc on young lovers —  a story with roots in both fiction as well as fact. Or the eerie story about the young woman who mysteriously wore a yellow ribbon around her neck to conceal a deep, dark secret.

These tales of horror, whether spun from folk tales used to teach children a lesson or simple from the depraved mind of some amazing horror writers, all serve to make your unplugged camping experience more fun. So while you’re roasting your fresh catch over the fire or simply preparing some delicious s’mores, keep these little stories in your back pocket for a fun and frightful time!

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