He took the challenge and late one Saturday night, he took his sleeping bag and pushed open the creaking front door. The house was deserted. He made his bed on the floor of the living room, praying he would fall asleep fast so this would be over quickly. A few minutes went by, and then, he heard it. Wrap….Wrap…Wrap. It was a distinctive sound, coming from somewhere inside the house. He figured it was just the wind and turned over. Again it came. Wrap…Wrap…Wrap. “Okay,” he thought. “I better shut that window.”
He heard it again. Wrap…Wrap…Wrap. It sounded like it was coming from upstairs. He followed the noise and with each step it got louder. The noise sounded angry and he was getting scared. His friends better pay up when this was over.
Wrap…Wrap…Wrap. The noise seemed to be coming from a closet down the hall. Wrap…Wrap…Wrap. He walked towards it until the sound was so loud he had to cover his ears. Wrap…Wrap…Wrap. “This is it,” he thought, and with great fanfare, he threw the door open and screamed.
Inside the closet sat some wrapping paper.
Okay, so it wasn’t the best story you’ve ever heard, but it sure freaked me out when my dad told it when I was five. Soon after I was reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark under the covers with a flashlight. There’s no better way to get the most out of Halloween than reading some good old-fashioned horror.
If you aren’t scared yet, here are a few other deliciously creepy tales to read in front of the fire with the lights off. If you dare.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King: Featuring twenty short horror stories, a television script, an essay, and a poem, Nightmares and Dreamscapes contains unique and chilling plots including everything from dead rock star zombies to evil toys seeking murderous revenge.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe: Revisit one of Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous and chilling stories about a man who takes the life of an older man for a really bizarre reason. The nameless man tells the story of the murder in order to prove his sanity.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: A young governess is the only one who can see the ghosts of the previous governess and her lover, and so no one believes her when she insists the ghosts are controlling the two orphaned children for some evil purpose.