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14 Real-Life Scary Stories You Shouldn't Read at Night

By Pippa Raga

With Halloween just around the corner, we've striving to bring you content that'll get you ready to celebrate the costumes and candy holiday — no matter your age.

And while we've covered terrifying texts from the dead, horrifying small-town crimes, and even paranormal encounters that are sure to make you shriek, today we've culled the internet for true scary stories that actually happened to people in real life.

So if you'd prefer fictitious ghost tales around the fire, these factual accounts might not be for you. Below, 14 true scary Halloween stories that you definitely won't want to be reading alone at night.

1. Almost learned this driving tip the hard way.

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Many years ago when I was in high school, I was staying up late playing video games. Parents were out but no big deal; being home alone didn’t scare me.
So I’m playing the game and at around 3 a.m., my parents finally arrive. This in itself wasn’t unusual but based off their demeanor, something had happened.
My dad told me that on their way back from their friend’s house a far drive away, he had noticed they were being followed. My mom had no idea but my dad (being the driver) was aware of this car that had followed them from about halfway back.
Our house was in the suburbs and thus, getting to our house involved a few turns and whatnot. My dad purposely drove past our house without stopping, which is when my mom asked what he was doing. Sure enough, the car continuously followed my parents through the neighborhood.
My dad ended up driving to the police station, which is when the car turned away and stopped following them.
It’s scary to think what could’ve been had my dad not had the presence of mind to be aware of his surroundings as a driver and to act on his intuition. My parents would’ve opened the garage door to put the car in and the idea that a car whose occupant(s) likely had a malicious intent was right behind them is a thought that still bothers me to this day.
Because of that past incident, I learned to always mind my surroundings when driving.

- hammer_spawn