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Tips for Telling a Great Halloween Story

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Scare Your Friends

People have been telling ghost stories for centuries, either on Halloween or sitting around a campfire out in the middle of nowhere. Of course the whole objective of telling the story is to frighten your audience in a fun and entertaining way. Scary stories are usually based around some sort of supernatural being, or creature including a haunted house, witches that fly, ghost, vampires, monsters, killers, and many more. Even thought most ghost stories are fiction, and urban legends that don’t have any truth to them, we will never know if any are true unless we experience one of these frightening occurrences ourselves. Here are a few tips to help you frighten your listeners, and it may even scare you.

#1 It doesn’t matter weather you’re telling a story you once heard, or a well known story, or just a story that you come up with yourself, the story must be believable and keep your audience interested in what you have to say. Make sure you tell important parts of the story in enough detail to help your listeners visualize what is happening. But telling much detail, could drawl out your story and make it boring. Plus leaving you the boring storyteller. Not good.

#2 Set the stage. Telling a story in lighted room or at home can also make the story unbelievable. Turn out the lights, light some candles, make the room scary or even go outside in your backyard. The atmosphere of the room can help you tremendously when scaring your friends.

#3 Do your research on scary stories. Find some that no one has heard of before. Insert your own little parts into the story to make it your own. If it’s a story that’s brand new, that makes it way more believable.

#4 If you’re telling a story that you read or heard about make sure you tell where the story takes places, when it was, 1909? and any other historical events. Most ghost stories are always set in way back in time. It’s a good place to start.

#5 You need to adapt the story has needed, but remember, if your telling a story you’ve researched, make sure you have memorized it. If you sound like your making up it as you go, your audience won’t believe you. Remember if your story doesn’t get scary quickly or takes to long, your listeners will soon get bored and stop following your story. Leaving you once again, the boring storyteller. Not good.

#6 If the story is centered around a place you should give details that help your listeners visualize the story in their minds. If you have numerous characters, make them believable, and give details about the characters also, to keep your audience listening. Don’t tell all your details at once, leave your audience wanting more while on the edge of their seat, and tell them over the course of the story. If you center your story around a place, make it a place that they can relate to. Probably stay away from setting your story at hometown because everybody usually knows the history of the town. Unless your audience isn’t from there, then by all means, tell away.

#7 Also, a good Halloween, or frightening story doesn’t always have to bloody and gruesome. While some stories are gory and horrifying, some stories can just be shocking, or making you have that shutter feeling. That’s what we are going for, right? If you have children in the room, don’t make the story too scary. Or you’ll be up all night with a scared child, or have angry parents because they were up all night with their own scared child. For children scary stories, keep the stories upbeat, and throw some comedy in there once in awhile. But if the story is really frightening, you shouldn’t have children there anyway.

Telling scary stories is all in good fun. I hope these tips help you out with frightening your friends. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

 

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