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Haunted House Short Story Ideas

Haunted House Short Story Ideas

Haunted house stories are fun to write and read. Who doesn’t love a story about an old house with a dark secret; where danger lurks and shadows stir up terrible memories?

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next haunted house short story, read on. We’ve got lots of ideas to help you get started.

Why do Haunted Houses Scare us?

The reasons why people get spooked by haunted houses are concrete and well-known. We can see the dark corners, we feel uncomfortable when actors are jumping out of nowhere, and we’re afraid to step on a dirty floor. In general, an abandoned environment with a ghastly atmosphere is enough for one’s imagination to work to produce horrifying scenarios that we can’t shake off.

We are also scared by the thought of something idiotic, indefinable, and unexpected. Haunted house short stories exploit this fear. The spine-chilling ambiguity of a paranormal story with no clear explanation of what’s going on keeps us on the edge of our seats. This is a common theme in horror stories that, like a haunted house, is mysterious and alluring at the same time.

Sometimes, the idea of a haunted house also serves as a metaphor for some psychological issues. If a person experiences fear of abandonment and loneliness, this can be another way to illustrate his or her fears and anxieties in written form. Living alone might bring up unpleasant images of things crawling and lurking nearby – it’s not entirely clear whether they are real monsters or just our imagination taking over because we’re too depressed to go out.

Elements to Include in a Haunted House Story

Some elements to include in a haunted house short story are like a recipe for a ghost story. The central premise must be compelling enough to keep us engaged, and preferably with some sort of twist or unexpected event that raises our curiosity. For example, sometimes we don’t see the truth behind what’s happening, because we are not smart enough or have not done enough research to know the truth. This leaves us confused and wanting more, making it easier for these stories to keep you hooked.

One of the most important elements to include in a story featuring a haunted house is the main character’s personality. If a person experiences fear of abandonment and loneliness, for example, it must be visible in his or her actions. It would be best to show how this person deals with a paranormal situation and think about what are the scary parts of that experience instead of writing about the environment itself.

Another popular element to include in haunted house short stories is one or more creepy characters that are constantly monitoring the main character’s progress. It can be helpful to have someone who has been around the haunted house for years, knows exactly what’s going on inside and is ready to tell you everything. This can lend plausibility to the story and make it more frightening.

Finally, an abandoned environment is always an essential element in the concept of a haunted house short story. It’s impossible not to pay attention to such buildings because it must be startling enough for us to want things more complex and unfathomable than what we can see from here.

Short Story Ideas Set in Haunted Houses

Alone in an abandoned house.

An abandoned house with a history of murder, unusual noises, and inexplicable events taking place inside

This can be an invasion. Perhaps it’s the work of a ghost or some kind of spirit. The main character is alone in this house and has no idea why the surroundings are that way. The story can be about his or her fears and anxieties as they are discovered more and more by the pages, with more questions being raised instead of answers.

Dark Family History

An old house with a backstory of a family dying in it. The remaining family member(s) are trying to figure out who the killer is by reading the old, dusty diary kept in the attic

There might be some supernatural elements or at least hints on things that can’t be explained. This type of story is successful when there is an element of fear of abandonment and loneliness mixed with hope for someone to solve the mystery before it’s too late and something terrible happens.

Strange Old Woman

A strange house in the middle of nowhere, with an old woman living inside, who’s not aware that the house has been abandoned for years.

She looks young and healthy even though she’s much older than she appears Sometimes an old woman who seems to be a young girl can be a perfect excuse to write a ghost story. The longer we stay with her, the more likely it is that she’ll admit something unusual and frightening is going on inside.

Renovated Asylum

A haunted house locked inside an old asylum

The owner of the asylum is going to rent out the house to people as a vacation home, but he didn’t tell them what happened inside before it was shut down. There’s only one person who knows the truth – the psychiatrist of the asylum

Rebuilt After a Fire

A haunted house that has been forgotten by its previous residents and was left behind after a fire burned it down to ashes

The house is in the process of being rebuilt and inhabited by a group of college students or new residents. But when they realize what happened before, they start to experience strange things as well

Dark Inheritance

The story is about a newlywed couple inheriting a large mansion from their great-uncle

As soon as they move in, strange things start happening; doorknobs turn on their own, the floorboards creak and groan for no apparent reason and all the furniture moves by itself. The husband thinks his wife is playing tricks on him, but his wife swears that she’s innocent. Is there a ghost in the house or something else? The husband starts to suspect that these things are being caused by some sinister spirit hiding inside the house

House in the Woods

A group of teenagers find an abandoned house and decide to hide there after camping deep in the woods

They didn’t realize they were not alone in the house and that they were sharing it with a creature who doesn’t appreciate guests. The teenagers have to find a way out of there alive and without the spirit killing them – that’s the point of their story.

Over to You

Now you’ve been inspired. It’s time to write. Pick one of these ideas and bring to life your creepiest, darkest idea for a haunted house short story.

29 of the Freakiest, Real-Life Haunted House Stories Ever

Stranger than fiction.

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Home is where the heart is . There's no place like home . Home is a shelter from storms ... But sometimes, homes are haunted. And as much as we love to devour the haunted house trope in thrillers, horror movies, and spooky books , there’s nothing quite as fascinating (and unsettling) as real haunted house ghost stories. As it turns out, there’s no shortage of allegedly haunted houses across the country. Every community seems to have a house at the edge of town with a mystifying history and haunting past, whether it was the location of a grisly crime, or simply because it's fallen into disrepair and looks like it's getting swallowed by time. Though varied, there’s one thing these real-life haunted houses have in common: Each one has a bring-you-to-the-edge-of-your-seat story to tell.

From unsuspecting farmhouses in the midwest to sprawling Gilded Age East Coast mansions , classic storybook cottages in Hollywood, and even a bungalow in tropical Honolulu, we scoured the country for the most compelling, creepiest tales of real-life haunted houses . Now, without further ado, read through our collection of true stories about homes hiding scary (and oftentimes sad) pasts, but take heed: Learning about these freaky places in the dark or by yourself will likely keep you up all night (as was the case for us), but the fascinating backstories are well worth the thrill.

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Victoria's Black Swan Inn in San Antonio, Texas

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Victoria's Black Swan Inn is a lush, 35-acre home and wedding venue cloaked by 100-year-old oak trees in San Antonio, Texas. While it's a romantic scene ideal for nuptials, it's also allegedly infested by the spirits of those who've lived and died on the property. Built in the mid to late 1800s on a plot of land where, 50 years earlier, 60 Mexican soldiers were killed in the Battle of Salado, the Greek Revival manor has had a plethora of owners, many of whom were prominent San Antonio socialites and are also said to still be lingering there in the afterlife.

Once operated as a dairy farm, the barn behind the primary residence is the most haunted building on the property. Many of the earlier occupants, including members of the Rippstein and Mahler families, spent their lives there. Later occupants included sisters Katherine Holbrook and Blanche Woods, Katherine's husband (who died at the home), and Blanche's children and grandchildren. Almost all of them are said to haunt the estate.

The current owner, Jo Ann Rivera, lives in the stunning home with her family, and while it isn't actually a functional inn, she does partner with local ghost tour companies and has invited paranormal investigators in over the years. Some theorize that perhaps the paranormal activity is being caused by a particularly menacing anchor item: a porcelain doll (Rivera is an avid collector). Tune into Dark House to hear the full details and countless tales of unsettling specters.

Sowden House in Los Angeles, California

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This Mayan Revival home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr., the son of the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright towers over Franklin Avenue at the bottom of the Los Feliz foothills. While its unique architectural character is certainly noteworthy, arguably the most interesting thing about the home isn't necessarily the block-style facade, which was inspired by the menacing yet beguiling opening of a cave or an ancient tomb.

After it was built in 1926 for photographer John Sowden and his young family, the house enjoyed years of hosting bohemian parties for Hollywood's in-crowd. But when Dr. George Hodel moved into the house in 1945, its fate as the potential crime scene of America's most notorious cold case, The Black Dahlia, was sealed. Though the murder of Elizabeth Short remains unsolved to this day, by 1950, Dr. George Hodel became one of the prime suspects in her tragic case, and many true crime buffs are convinced that he carried out the crime right inside this iconic Los Feliz mansion.

The home also went through a few stages of abandonment in the late 20th century, making it even more mysterious and spooky to passersby. According to Steve Hodel, former occupant, retired LAPD investigator, and son of Dr. Hodel, several onlookers have noted its haunting trappings. According to Steve, "in the 1970s, [the Hodel housekeeper] returned to the [Sowden] House and informed the then current owner 'this is a house of evil,’” and on another occasion, Edmund Teske pointed to the house saying, "It's an evil place. Artists, philosophers, accountants, and politicians all played and paid there. Murders happened there. It's an evil place." During the same era, Dr. Hodel's daughter Tamar went inside the home and claimed to see the spirit of a young woman in the basement. Years later, in 2016, Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans investigated the Sowden house with Tamar's daughter Fauna, who claimed to see the exact same spirit her mother did.

The Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa

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On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore were horrifyingly killed inside their home in Villisca, Iowa. Their four children—and two friends who were spending the night—were also murdered, and to this day, the crime remains unsolved. Their home is considered one of the most haunted houses in the country, and guests have been drawn to visit it for years. (People pay $400+ to stay for one night).

"Tours have been cut short by children's voices, falling lamps, moving ladders, and flying objects," says the Villisca Axe Murder House website . And, in 2014, a paranormal investigator stabbed himself after spending the night . "Skeptics have left believers," adds the website. As of October 2023, US Ghost Adventures —known for its entertaining and historic overnight stays in allegedly haunted locations across the country—is under contract to buy the infamous Historic Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa.

Ammons House in Gary, Indiana

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In 2011, Latoya Ammons moved into a small single-story home in Gary, Indiana, with her mother and her three young children. Only a few short months later, after reportedly experiencing the worst residential "demon infestation" since The Amityville Horror, Ammons brought her family to the emergency room in an attempt to help free them of demonic possession. After extensive evaluations by police, members of the local church, hospital staff, and the Department of Child Protective Services, the witnesses were torn: half of them believed the house was infested by spirits and demons, and that the family was genuinely possessed by something paranormal, while the other half blamed psychological issues.

Just like the best-selling book about the Amityville house turned into a national sensation, this modern instance of demonic possession went viral. The good news is that the Ammons family was able to find peace when they moved to Indianapolis, but the story, and the house itself, were still getting tons of attention.

Ghost Adventure host and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans bought the property from Ammons's landlord in 2014 to shoot pseudo-documentary footage inside. Even though Bagans proceeded to tear it down, the Ammons House is about to get even more press. Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels is directing a film based on the story, The Deliverance . It's set to stream on Netflix in 2024 and will feature Stranger Things star, Caleb McLaughlin.

Chop-Chop House in Boise, Idaho

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The house at 805 W Linden Street in Boise, Idaho, is hard to miss. Covered in a layer of soot, with windows broken and boarded up and trash strewn about the yard, the 2-story, 2,728 square-foot Craftsman-style home looks like an abandoned horror movie set. The true story, however, is much scarier. Locals refer to it as the Boise Murder House, or even more eyebrow-raising, the Chop-Chop House, which is a glib reference to the gruesome homicide that took place there more than three decades ago.

According to many who've lived in the neighborhood or even rented out a room in the house itself, the basement, in particular, exudes some haunted energy. There have been reports of shadowy figures appearing and disappearing out of nowhere, strange liquid oozing down the walls, and more.

The full story of the Boise Murder House is featured, along with a guest interview with Justin Long, in an episode of House Beautiful’s haunted house podcast, Dark House . Subscribe here .

Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California

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In 1886 an eccentric widow left her home in Connecticut for California's rural Santa Clara Valley to start a new life after the tragic loss of several family members. She wasn't the average widow; she was Sarah Winchester, the millionaire heiress whose fortune was derived from "The Gun That Won the West," an increasingly controversial truth. Once in the Bay Area—during the height of Spiritualism and well before the 19th amendment— Winchester managed her own finances and acted on a passion for architecture and design by overseeing the never-ending construction project of a rambling mansion in San Jose. She named the rambling property Llanada Villa (which she interpreted as "House on Flat Land") but today, it's better known as The Winchester Mystery House.

Her reclusive lifestyle along with the restrictive gender norms of the era and the blood money she was associated with, caused neighbors and the local press to speculate, and legends quickly began to swirl about the mysterious woman and her bewildering house. Though it was a modern marvel at the time—with indoor plumbing, multiple elevators, a hot shower, and central heating—the mansion was appraised as having no value due to doors that opened to nothing but thin air, staircases that lead straight into the ceiling, and its maze of labyrinthine hallways.

Legends began swirling speculating that Winchester’s bizarre architectural choices were an attempt to rid the home of unwelcome spirits of the dead killed by the Winchester Rifle, but defenders swear she didn't have a superstitious bone in her body. Regardless, it's possible that Winchester herself still haunts the halls of the house-turned-museum today.

Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York

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This Dutch colonial sitting pretty on Ocean Avenue in Long Island, New York is perhaps the country's (and world's) most famous real haunted house, though whether or not it was all a hoax is up for debate. But haunted or not, the Amityville home has certainly witnessed plenty of horrors. On November 13, 1974, Louise and Ronald DeFeo Senior and four of their children were killed inside the home. Their eldest son, Ronald DeFeo Junior, went unharmed and he was ultimately charged with the murders.

A year after the brutal murders, the Lutz family moved into the house, which still housed much of the original furniture and decor from its previous tenants. Then, just 28 days after moving in with their three young children, the Lutzes fled the house in a panic. Not long after, they worked with author Jay Anson on the best-selling book-turned-hit movie, The Amityville Horror , which tells the dramatic (and controversial) tale of the demonic and "unseen forces" that drove them out. The Lutz's story is widely regarded as fabrication, but plenty of people still vehemently believe it's haunted, and that it was haunted even before the DeFeo family lived and died in it.

The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri

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Starting strong with a very scary house: The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, which is known to be one of the most haunted places in America due to its tragic history and links to a wealthy beer baron. Adam Johann Lemp, a German immigrant, was the first person to produce and sell lager-style beer in the U.S. He stored the barrels in an underground cave system beneath the city to keep them cool pre-modern refrigeration. It was successful, but his son, William Lemp, is the one who really brought it to the next level.

In the 1860s, William Lemp wanted to live closer to the industrial plant and start a family with his wife Julia, so they built the foreboding home in the historic Benton Park neighborhood right over the cave system (we smell a haunting!). Everything seemed to take a turn for the worse in the new millennium, and William Lemp died by suicide in 1904 after his favorite of five sons, Frederick, died tragically due to complications of tuberculosis.

A few years later, his wife also died of cancer in the house. In 1920, the youngest daughter, Elsa Lemp, mysteriously died in her home (not the Lemp Mansion) Then, in 1922, after running the company for years and seeing it flounder during the Prohibition era, William Lemp Jr., shot himself in the same room William Sr. died in.

One of William Jr.'s brothers, Charles Lemp, lived in the home from the 1930s until 1949 when he shot his own dog in the basement of the home before dying by suicide in his room. That same year, the youngest surviving Lemp child, Edwin, sold the house and transformed it into a boarding house, where reports of hauntings began. According to Destination America , witnesses have experienced burning sensations, slamming doors, disembodied moaning and crying, amongst other things.

Today, the Lemp Mansion is a restaurant and inn that also holds events, including weddings, Murder Mystery Dinners, and even ghost-hunting experiences.

Kasha House of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii

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The Kasha House of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii has been shrouded in mystery for decades: its first bad press mention hit the Honolulu Star just months after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. According to the article, police responded to a call from a woman shouting "she's trying to kill my children! She's trying to kill my children!" When they arrived, they found a young Hawaiian boy, his three sisters, and his mother all shrieking and being tossed around by... nothing. About thirty years later, other occupants (of the same home, or one a block away from the original spooky house) reported similar attacks by an “unseen” force, which the responding officers corroborated.

The two most common theories surrounding the source of these reported attacks are a demonic shape-shifting creature of Japanese folkloric origins known as the Kasha, and the angry spirit of a corpse buried in the backyard. Though it has since been torn down and replaced by condos, the dark energy still lingers, according to locals and residents.

1000 Lombard Street in San Francisco, California

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Socialite, journalist, and famed party host Patricia Montandon moved into an apartment on San Francisco’s famous "crooked block," Lombard Street, in 1960. She lived happily in her Russian Hill abode for eight years, until things began to go awry following an astrology-themed party she hosted in the apartment. In her memoir The Intruders , Montandon attributes a series of hauntings that culminated in a corporal tragedy to the bizarre behavior of a disgruntled tarot card reader who may have cursed the apartment the night of that fateful party.

From eerier laughter and faint music seemingly coming from within the apartment on repeat, to constant rushes of cold winds despite locked doors and windows, and strange disembodied footsteps, the paranormal events were stacking up quickly. But Montandon was also the victim of physical crimes following the party, including a robbery, harassment, possibly arson, and more. After a tragic fire at the apartment and the premature passing of three of her close friends (all of whom had separately lived in the apartment between 1968 and 1969), Montandon set off on her own investigation to uncover the root of the apparent curse on 1000 Lombard Street.

Ackley House in Nyack, New York

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Nicknamed “ Ackley House ” after its one-time occupants, the Ackley Family, this classic Queen Anne sits on the Hudson River across from Sleepy Hollow, New York. The many ghosts who roamed the halls of 1 La Veta Place were nothing but friendly, though they were active enough to inspire the matriarch, Helen Ackley, to write a national article about them in Reader's Digest . The article gained enough momentum that the house became a stop on local ghost tours, which ended up having some not-so-great ramifications when it came time to sell the home in the late 1980s.

The Ackleys found themselves entangled in a legal battle over whether or not they should have disclosed the haunted "nature" of the house to the Stambosvky family. In a landmark legal decision now referred to as “The Ghostbusters Ruling,” Ackley House was deemed haunted by the New York Supreme Court, and the buyers were able to pull out of the sale while also getting half of their down payment back. 1 La Veta Place has since been home to several celebrities, including musician Ingrid Michaelson.

Grey Gardens in East Hampton, New York

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The grand East Hampton estate known as Grey Gardens has a fascinating history with many ups and downs. The four acres of land the home now sits on is in the Georgica Beach section of East Hampton, one of the most expensive regions in the world, and it was purchased by a wealthy couple in 1895 before the home was built in the early 1900s.

By 1913, it was sold to the president of a coal company whose wife, Anna Gilman Hill, imported ornate concrete walls from Spain to enclose the garden. The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist. Later, in 1923, the home was sold to Edith Bouvier Beale—the parental aunt of Jackie Onasis Kennedy and Lee Radziwill—and her family.

After a series of misfortunes and financial losses, the home fell into disrepair and was overrun by cats and raccoons (and perhaps something else not of this realm?), partially because Big Edie Beale and her daughter, Little Edie Beale couldn't afford to maintain the mansion on their own. The women's story (and star power!) was made famous in a 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles.

Big Edie held onto the property until her death in 1977, and her spirit is said to remain at Grey Gardens, watching over the house. Among the believers is author and journalist Sally Quinn, best known for her column in the Washington Post, who purchased the home from Little Edie in 1979 and she swears that it’s haunted.

Mercer-Williams House in Savannah, Georgia

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Located across from one of Savannah, Georgia's, most famous and pristine squares (Monterey Square in the city's historic district), the Mercer-Williams house dates back to 1860. In the 1970s, famed preservationist and antiques dealer Jim Williams restored the home to its former glory after years of neglect.

This Italianate revival played host to three untimely deaths, including that of 11-year-old Tommy Downs when he fell off the roof in 1969, the 1981 fatal shooting of Danny Hansford by Williams, and Williams himself, when he died in the same room as Hansford less than a year after being acquitted of Hansford's death in a fourth trial. If the story sounds familiar, it's probably because you recognize it from the bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil .

Much like the rest of the city, the home was supposedly built right on top of unmarked graves. Rumors about the crime and ensuing ghost stories continue to swirl to this day.

Jean Harlow House in Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles is one of the best destinations for haunted-house hunting, and this Bavarian-style home in Beverly Hills has a particularly gruesome history. In 1932, it was home to the iconic actress Jean Harlow and her abusive husband, Paul Bern, who shot himself in the head while standing in front of the mirror. Their butler discovered him and called MGM instead of the police, so there were tons of rumors that it wasn't actually suicide. Many suspected Bern's ex-girlfriend, a suspicion exacerbated by her jumping off a boat to her death a couple of days later. Jean moved out after his death but died only a few years later at the age of 26.

But wait—it gets creepier. In 1963, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring bought the home and lived there with his girlfriend, Sharon Tate, until she left him for Roman Polanski. They were still friends and remained so until both of them were murdered by the Charles Manson cult. Tate was the same age as Harlow when she passed.

But back to when the couple lived in the Harlow House. Tate told several friends of creepy occurrences in the home and even mentioned it in interviews . For example, once, when she was sleeping in the master bedroom alone, she saw a "creepy little man." Her friends say she believed it to be Paul Bern's ghost. She was so freaked out when she saw the alleged ghost that she ran out of the room and then saw a hanging shadowy corpse with its throat slit in the hallway. There are also stories about two other people dying in the swimming pool over the years.

SK Pierce Mansion in Gardner, Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has no shortage of haunted mansions, it seems, and the SK Pierce Victorian is one of the state's eeriest. The original occupant, Sylvestor Pierce, had just started making his fortune in the furniture business when he built this home for himself, his son, and his wife, Susan. As a man about town, he hosted many notable people in his 7,000-square-foot home throughout the years, including President Calvin Coolidge, Bette Davis, and Norman Rockwell.

Only a week after moving into the home, Susan fell ill and passed away from a mysterious bacterial disease. A year later, he remarried Ellen, a woman thirty years his junior, and had two more children. Years later, when both Sylvester and Ellen had passed away, his sons embarked on a fiery feud about the property as well as the furniture company, but the Great Depression swept in and made their choice easier since the company basically went bankrupt.

The youngest son, Edward, was given control of the home when he turned it into a boarding house. It became a hotspot for illicit activities (including the murders and sudden, tragic deaths of several occupants) according to local lore. As a result of these violent ends, guests have reported every kind of haunting imaginable, from visions of apparitions to flying objects, disembodied sounds, pressure, temperature drops, and more.

Mudhouse Mansion in Fairfield, Ohio

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Located in Fairfield County, Ohio (until recently), the Mudhouse Mansion has a bad reputation. Nobody can seem to agree on when it was built, but it dates back sometime between the 1840s and 1900. Unlike the other abandoned mansions on this list, you sadly can no longer visit it, as the home was demolished in 2015 after not being occupied since the 1930s. The last resident (at least legally speaking) was Lulu Hartman-Mast, and the current owner of the property is her relative Jeanne Mast.

Because there's so little information about who lived here and when, and because abandoned places tend to ignite the dark side of the imagination, there are tons of legends around alleged atrocities occurring (and consequent hauntings). The sources don't seem to be very credible, though.

455A Sackett Street in Brooklyn, New York

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You never hear as much about haunted apartments as haunted houses, which is strange— considering that apartments have much more turnover, and therefore a higher likelihood of something (or someone) evil having lived there before you move in.

That was definitely the case with 455A Sacket Street in Brooklyn. One woman who grew up there writes about her firsthand experiences, including unexplained fires, seriously bad energy, family tragedies, personal suffering, and, here's the kicker: the body of a child discovered in the wall after several suspicious sightings of a similar-looking shadow child in the mirror.

You can read her full account here , as well as commenters who also lived there and corroborate these claims. I'll definitely not be requesting an in-person viewing for this place—private balcony or not—if this address ever pops back up in my StreetEasy feed.

Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona

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The Hotel Monte Vista has numerous paranormal guests they can’t get rid of. The hotel, which opened as the Community Hotel in 1927—named after the townspeople who helped raised the funds for its construction—has a history of underground opium dens, speakeasies, and gambling. Today, the hotel is known for the paranormal activity that haunts some of the rooms and halls.

Guests who’ve stayed in room 220 have experienced the TV changing channels on its own accord, and some have said they felt cold hands touching them in their sleep. There’s also reportedly a phantom bellboy who knocks on doors and announces “room service,” but when guests get to the door, no one's there. One of the more popular—and possibly most disturbing encounters—is the sound of an infant crying in the basement. The hotel website reads, “Staff have found themselves running upstairs to escape the sound of the cries. Though the sounds are very real to those who hear them, there has been no information that has explained the phenomenon.”

Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Rumored to be on top of a burial ground is the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana, which is the home to at least 12 different ghosts. Built in 1796, ghost stories center around the tale of an enslaved woman named Chloe, who had her ear chopped off after she was reportedly caught eavesdropping. Seeking revenge, Chloe killed two of the master’s daughters by poisoning a birthday cake. She was then hanged by her fellow enslaved people, and today is reportedly seen wandering the plantation with a turban on to conceal her ear.

If you want to investigate things for yourself, you can stay at the plantation for $175/night.

Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles, California

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More cursed than haunted, downtown L.A.'s Hotel Cecil got such a bad rap that it actually changed its name to Stay on Main. If you're a true crime and paranormal super fan, you've likely already heard of it. Where to begin? So many bad things have happened here—there's literally an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to its violent history. The first recorded death by suicide is in 1931, followed by a long string of similar deaths in 1932, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939, and 1940.

At some point in the '30s, one man was pinned to the exterior wall by a truck. A woman murdered her newborn in the building in 1944, and the pattern of suicides continued into the '60s. In 1962, a woman jumped from the ninth floor window and landed on a pedestrian, killing them both. It's worth noting that two of the women who died by suicide apparently jumped while their husbands were asleep in the room.

In 1964, tenant Goldie Osgood was brutally murdered, a crime which has remained unsolved. Next, in the '80s, the infamous serial kill Richard Ramirez (the "Night Stalker") stayed at the hotel and in the 1990s, Austrian serial killer Jack Unterwege lived there. Other weird things kept happening but the weirdest is definitely the disappearance and death of 21-year-old traveler Elisa Lam.

A few weeks after Lam went missing, her body was discovered in the rooftop water tank after visitors and tenants complained about a funky taste. They later found odd footage of her in the elevator from the night of her disappearance. It's difficult to make out what she's doing; it looks like she's either playing hide-and-seek with someone outside the elevator, or she's frightened and attempting to hide from someone but the doors won't seem to shut. Authorities ruled the death accidental drowning—but because you need a key to access the roof, many suspect foul play.

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Hadley Mendelsohn is the co-host and executive producer of the podcast Dark House . When she's not busy writing about interiors, you can find her scouring vintage stores, reading, researching ghost stories, or stumbling about because she probably lost her glasses again. Along with interior design, she writes about everything from travel to entertainment, beauty, social issues, relationships, fashion, food, and on very special occasions, witches, ghosts, and other Halloween haunts. Her work has also been published in MyDomaine, Who What Wear, Man Repeller, Matches Fashion, Byrdie, and more.  

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Five haunted house stories to read during lockdown

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England is facing a second lockdown and with days getting shorter and colder we are spending more time than ever inside. A recent survey of how reading habits changed during the first lockdown found that people were reading more – and that trend is sure to continue this time round.

While you hunker down in the seeming safety of your home, how about picking up a book about houses that aren’t quite as safe? We’re talking about places where the floorboards creak, the staff are creepy and there’s something not quite right about the children.

The haunted house has been making a comeback on the screen , as we’ve seen with the recent successes of the BBC comedy series Ghosts and Netflix’s adaptations of The Haunting of Bly Manor and Rebecca . It seems our fascination with unsettling places continues to grow.

Many of these stories started in books so here are five classic examples to keep you company this lockdown:

House of Leaves (2000) by Mark Danielewski

Presented as a found document, this is a unique book featuring copious footnotes on some pages while others contain hardly anything at all. This story follows a family as they move into a new house on Ash Tree Lane. As they enter the property they discover that it is somehow bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The children, as they tend to in these stories, begin talking of a creature and soon they all hear a growl coming from deep within the house.

Burnt Offerings (1973) by Robert Marasco

Desperate to get away from their apartment in Queens, the cash-strapped Rolfe family rents a summer home in upstate New York.

Front cover of Burnt Offerings featuring a door knob with a face on it partially turned.

The place is a secluded haven, with a pool and private beach. This seemingly perfect summer home, however, comes with a curious stipulation in the rental agreement, which insists that the elderly mother of the homeowners stays with them.

Bizarre, catastrophic events ensue. Burnt Offerings is known to have been model for Stephen King’s 1977 bestselling novel The Shining as both narratives deal with abrupt personality changes.

The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson

If you’ve watched the Netflix series you should read the book that inspired it – they’re pretty different. The short novel is considered one of the finest examples of horror writing and Jackson a master of the haunted tale.

The story follows Dr Montague who wants to prove the existence of the supernatural. Renting Hill House one summer, he invites various people who have reported paranormal experiences. The house has been the site of many violent deaths and suicides so there’s hope one of those unhappy souls will make themselves known.

Unsurprisingly, when you go looking for ghosts in a novel, you will find them. There are bumps in the night, cryptic writings on the wall and a whole load of unexplained coincidence, what more could you want?

Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier

The unnamed young woman who narrates the novel falls in love with an older, wealthy man, Maxim de Winter, and moves into his isolated estate in south-west England, Manderley.

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The house is practically a shrine to the memory of his first wife, Rebecca, who died the year before in mysterious circumstances.

Malevolent forces are at work in this house as the young bride’s attempts to start a new life with her husband are foiled at every turn by the housekeeper and Rebecca’s confidante Mrs Danvers.

The book is far spookier than the recent Netflix adaptation, which presents viewers with a thoroughly modern and far more empowered protagonist .

The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This is an agonising first-person tale of creeping mental and physical decline.

Summering at a colonial mansion, the narrator is confined to an upstairs nursery with ominously barred windows and scratched-up floors. She becomed fixated on the sickly yellow wallpaper covered in “"an interminable string of toadstools, budding and sprouting in endless convolutions”.

The longer she stays in the room the more the walls seems to move and the more it seems like there might be someone moving it from within.

The Fall of the House of Usher (1839) by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of The House of Usher cover featuring a gothic house.

This short story recounts the terrible events that befall the last remaining members of the once-illustrious Usher clan and the house’s last visitors.

Arriving at the home of his reclusive friend Roderick Usher, our narrator is intrigued by the decaying house, particularly a thin crack extending down the front of the building and into the adjacent lake.

Usher’s mind is disintegrating and he is falling deeper into a madness. Things are not as they seem in the suspenseful tale of horror.

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Of all the spooky situations that can be found in literature, there's something especially insidious about the haunted house. Werewolves can be defeated with a silver bullet and vampires can be staked (or, more often, vampires can be dated and then broken up with over the course of a long, angsty book series). Demons can be exorcised, and Frankenstein's monsters can be met with empathy and mutual respect. But when it's your very own house that's the monster... yikes. The very idea of a haunted house turns your home sanctuary into an unending nightmare. It's freaky, it's upsetting, and it's the perfect reading material for October. So here are a few haunted house stories that'll make you scared of your own front door.

Of course, some of these houses are more aggressively haunted then others. Here you'll find apartments next to graveyards (bad idea, if you're living in a horror novel), creepy mansions, houses that are bigger on the inside than they are on the outside, and weird patches of moving mold. Some houses are fulls of ghosts, and some just seem to be straight up gross. Whatever your preferred haunting situation, check out these stories about disturbing homes for a pre-Halloween fright:

'The Haunting of Hill House' by Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson's infamous Haunting of Hill House is about as classic as a haunted house story gets: four individuals arrive at a notoriously spooky house, each of them looking for something different. There's Dr. Montague, an occult scholar hoping to find spectral evidence; Theodora, his upbeat assistant; Eleanor, a young woman who already knows her fair share of poltergeists; and Luke, the supposed heir of Hill House. But the House has plans of its own, and all four visitors may not make it out alive...

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'The Good House' by Tananarive Due

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Angela Toussaint has returned to her grandmother's house, two years after the death of her son, Corey. She wants to unearth the truth of what happened to him. But now that she's back in the Good House, Angela is beginning to realize that there's more to this story than her own recent tragedy. Did her grandmother really have "powers" of some kind? And what exactly did she leave behind in this strange, old house?

"Stone Animals" by Kelly Link

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"Stone Animals" is a weird, surreal, funny, emotionally fraught short story that begins with a family buying a house (classic) and ends with a whole lot of rabbits. There are plenty of haunted house tropes here, for sure, but the real horror is the family that slowly drifts apart as their ordinary lives start to feel less and less their own.

'White is for Witching' by Helen Oyeyemi

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The Silver family is in mourning. Lily is gone, leaving behind her gentle husband Luc and her twins, Miranda and Eliot. All three are deep in grief, and even the house seems to be feeling it. It grumbles and whispers and almost seems to confuse visitors on purpose. Apples grow where they have no business growing. And young Miranda seems especially drawn to the generations of women who inhabit the walls...

'The Grip of It' by Jac Jemc

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Julie and James have moved from the big city to a house in a small town. They've left behind the hustle and bustle (and James' struggles with gambling) for a simpler life. But as they settle into their new home, strange things begin to happen. Rooms within rooms decay before their eyes. The pipes are full of mold spores. Stains seem to move across the walls, and bruises appear on Julie's skin. It's a viscerally horrific haunted house tale, centered on one couple's attempt to start anew in a place that won't let go of the past.

'House of Leaves' by Mark Z. Danielewski

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OK, so the idea of a house that's "bigger on the inside" doesn't sound all that scary. It actually sounds nice, from a property value perspective. But the house in House of Leaves just... keeps getting bigger. Strange hallways appear, all leading down into a dark, seemingly endless labyrinth of rooms that pulse with an evil energy. It's undoubtedly one of the most terrifying horror stories ever written, all wrapped up in a mind-boggling, experimental novel full to the brim with unreliable narrators.

'The Little Stranger' by Sarah Waters

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Dr. Faraday has been called to attend a patient at Hundreds Hall, a lonely, crumbling Georgian estate. The inhabitants, a woman and her son and daughter, are struggling to maintain a dying way of life. But the more Dr. Faraday learns about this new case, and this old, old family, the more he begins to wonder whether there's something more sinister lying beneath the dusty carpets and the broken clocks of this very creepy mansion (hint: there is).

'The Graveyard Apartment' by Mariko Koike

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Look, there are plenty of haunted mansions out there, and that's fine. I don't live in a mansion. But a haunted apartment is just a bit too close to home. Mariko Koike's horror masterpiece, The Graveyard Apartment, follows a young family as they move into an idyllic new home... right next to a graveyard. Naturally, this does not go well for them, and soon they find themselves sharing their apartment building with whatever it is that lurks in the basement.

'This House is Haunted' by John Boyne

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In classic Gothic novel fashion, our heroine, Eliza Caine, accepts a position as a governess at a remote English estate. The only thing is that when Eliza arrives at Gaudlin Hall she finds her two young charges... and no adults. Her mysterious employers are nowhere to be seen. And that's just the beginning of this twisted take on the haunted Victorian mansion, complete with creepy kids and some truly horrifying secrets.

'The Children's Home' by Charles Lambert

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Morgan Fletcher is the reclusive heir to a sprawling estate. He spends his days in study, avoiding other people and his own reflection. Until, that is, the day that two children show up, seemingly from nowhere. Morgan takes them in (he's certainly got the room). But then more children arrive. And they seem to know things — about Morgan, and the bizarre attic of his house. And then they begin to disappear. If creepy children banging around in creepy houses are your thing, then this is the book for you.

'The Elementals' by Michael McDowell

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Three Victorian summer homes sit on the same split of land. Two of them are still used. One is filled with sand. That imagery right there is freaky enough, but when the McCrays and Savages come down for the summer, grieving and loss and in the midst of a messy divorce, things start to get weird. Something else is there with them... and it wants to watch them suffer.

'The Harrowing' by Alexandra Sokoloff

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It's Thanksgiving break, and Baird College's Mendenhall has almost entirely emptied out. Robin is left in the creepy, hundred-year-old residence hall for a long, rainy weekend sans family. She and four other lonely students are the only ones staying at school over the holiday... but there seems to be an impossible sixth presence in the hall, and it has plans for each of them.

'The Shining' by Stephen King

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And then, of course, there's the haunted house (or rather, hotel) to end all haunted houses: the Overlook Hotel. An empty hotel during the off-season? What could possibly go wrong? Jack has arrived to take care of the Overlook during the winter, bringing his wife and young son along for a season of family bonding. But as harsh weather cuts them off from the rest of the world, the "atmospheric" old building starts to take on a far more sinister look...

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Can a house be haunted by a ghost?

Do you know of any haunted houses?

Would you live in a haunted house?

We all laughed when the landlady told us the story of the ghost.

“I expect you’ve all heard about this house,” she said. “And the ghost that occupies it.”

And we had heard the story. But we all put it down to this batty old woman and her son that lived with her.

The son who never spoke a single word to anyone and the big house the two of them lived in on the outskirts of town.

That house is haunted, other students at college said.

And the house was ancient. A crumbling old wreck of a place with large turrets and a big garden filled with high trees. It had all the appearances of a haunted house.

But the four of us moved in.

Me, Cathy, Luke and Martine.

We paid the first month’s rent, closed the door and cracked up laughing.

We thought nothing of this house being haunted. Or the stories that went around.

We just liked the fact that we had a huge place to live in, with a garden as big as the local park.

There was even a tennis court at the back.

“Maybe we should have the place checked out,” said Luke, as he took a box of books into his room.

“Who should we call?” I asked him. “Ghostbusters?”

And again we laughed.

That evening, we went to the pub. It was the first week back at college and everyone was in that first-semester feeling.

Happy to see college friends again. Happy to be back at college.

We all walked down the big hill to the main town and met a large group of other students in The Castle.

It was a fun evening. We had some drinks and some laughs.

Then around 11pm, we all decided to leave together.

On the way back, we talked about things people said in The Castle. Laughed at some of the comments the others had made.

We got to the house and Cathy pulled out her key to open the door.

We walked in and immediately heard a sound in the living room. A loud voice urgently talking about something.

Luke opened the living room door, and a bright light filled the room from the TV screen.

“Someone left the TV on,” said Luke.

Some middle-aged man with a serious expression. A late-night chat show with four people spouting their opinions about something.

Luke looked round at us, waiting for one of us to confess.

“Wasn’t me,” I said.

The two girls shook their heads.

“Well, someone left it on,” said Luke.

He picked the remote up and turned it off.

We thought nothing of it and went to bed.

Everything was fine in the house. No weird sightings of ghosts flying around or any other paranormal activity.

But sometimes the lights were turned on. Or off.

One time, all the heating was turned off.

We didn’t think there was a ghost, though. We put all these little events down to one of us doing it by mistake.

Or forgetting to turn lights off or whatever.

Then one morning, I got up a little earlier than usual. The others were all still sound asleep, and I went down to the kitchen to make some coffee.

I walked into the kitchen and every single cup, bowl, and plate that we owned was on the kitchen table.

Every last piece of crockery was taken out of the cupboards.

And not just put there. But piled on top of each other in precarious towers.

I stared at the cups and bowls in these weird arrangements in disbelief.

Now things were starting to get a bit weird.

There was a door at the back of the kitchen that led out to the garden. Not one of us had ever opened this door before, but when I reached for the doorknob, it opened.

It was unlocked.

I immediately assumed that it was the oddball son in the main house.

Him and his cranky old mother trying to freak us out by turning lights on and off or moving things around.

One by one, the others woke up and came downstairs. I told them what I had seen in the kitchen and we decided to have a word with the landlady.

Just to make sure she knew what was going on. And we were not going to accept it.

Me and Luke went to her house at the end of the drive. She answered the door, and we told her what I had seen in the kitchen.

We didn’t say that we thought her son was doing it, but we did imply that maybe someone was playing a trick on us.

“Have you seen anyone lurking around?” asked Luke.

The woman shook her head.

“It’s the ghost,” she said, staring us straight back in the eye. “I told you, the house is haunted.”

We went back to the house and told the girls what the landlady had said.

Now it was no longer funny.

Now we were starting to think that she was kind of deranged.

That weekend, we went into town again. We wanted to put whatever was going on in the house out of our minds.

We didn’t want to think about the landlady and her son.

I was absolutely convinced it was the two of them playing games with us.

We went to The Castle and had some drinks with friends.

I saw Martine talking to one of her classmates. She looked upset about what had been going on at our house.

Luke spoke to me alone.

“I think we need to leave that place,” he said. “That woman has lost her mind.”

I had to agree with him.

“Let’s tell the girls,” I said. “Tomorrow we can start looking for a new place.”

I felt relieved to have made a decision about the house. It was time to leave.

We could easily find another house to rent. One without an insane landlady and her weird son.

Later that evening, we walked back to the house.

Martine opened the front door and then froze.

“What’s the matter?” I asked her.

She didn’t speak. Just stood in the doorway, her eyes transfixed on the living room in front of her.

I stared into the semi-darkness and I could not believe what I saw.

The sofa, the two armchairs, and the coffee table hovered above the floor. Like they were suspended by invisible wires from the ceiling.

And the lamp spun around between them like some kind of toy plane.

And in the background, laughter. A cackling, gleeful laughter.

Reading Comprehension Questions

How many people moved into the house?

What do these people do? Why do they live in this town?

What did the landlady tell them before they moved into the house?

Who does the landlady live with?

Is the house modern?

Describe some details of the house.

What are the names of the friends of the narrator?

Were the people who moved into the house concerned about anything?

Were they happy to live in this house? Why/why not?

What did they do in the evening they all moved into the house?

Where did they go?

Who did they meet?

What time did they go back home?

When they got home, who opened the door?

What did they hear?

Who opened the living room door?

What was on in the living room?

What kind of show was it?

What did Luke ask the others?

Had anyone left the TV on?

What other strange things happened in the house?

Were the four friends worried about the house at all?

What did the narrator see early one morning?

Which room was it?

Describe what he saw.

Was there a door in the kitchen?

Was it locked or unlocked?

Who did the narrator assume had put all the crockery on the table?

Who went to talk to the landlady?

What did she say?

At the weekend, where did the four friends go?

What did the narrator decide with Luke?

When they all went home, who opened the door this time?

What did the narrator see inside the house?

What did he hear?

Essential Vocabulary

There may be a lot of new or unfamiliar vocabulary to you in the story. This is the perfect time to get to know these new and strange words and phrases.

Write down all the new words and phrases in your vocabulary notebook. Look up the meaning of the new vocabulary in a dictionary or online and write down the meaning next to the word or phrase.

It should look something like this:

Landlady – a woman who rents a house, room or apartment to tenants.

To Expect – to assume one has knowledge of something.

Then write a sentence of your own that uses the new word or phrase correctly.

My landlady was very angry with me as I had been playing loud music all night.

I expect he had already seen the damage to his car. I wonder what he would do about it.

If you do this correctly, it will help you learn many new words and phrases. This will build your English vocabulary and writing down all the words and phrases, making sentences of your own, will all help you to remember all of this new vocabulary.

Discussion Questions

What do you think of this story?

Why do you think the four friends moved into this house when they knew it was haunted?

Do you think they thought the story was real? Or just nonsense?

If you were one of the four friends, would you have moved into the house? Why/why not?

What do you think of the landlady?

The narrator describes the landlady as being ‘batty’ and ‘deranged’. Do you think she is? Do you think she is a little crazy?

What about her son?

In the story, the narrator talks about lights going on and off. And the heating being turned off.

What would you think if you were living in this house and experienced these things?

The narrator tells an event about all the crockery being put on the kitchen table.

What would you have done if you had seen this?

At the end of the story, what do you think the four friends did next?

What would you have done?

Do you believe in ghosts?

Do you think houses can be haunted?

How do haunted house stories begin? How do they become such stories?

Do you know of any haunted houses in your neighbourhood?

Why do people say it is a haunted house?

Have you seen this house?

Do people just assume that old houses are always haunted? Why?

Creepy Yarns

This is a whole class group activity.

You are all going to tell a ghost story about a haunted house.

The story takes place in a big old house. It is supposed to be haunted.

In the class, sit in a large circle.

Turn the lights off in the class to create the right ghostly atmosphere.

Then one student sits at the front of the class.

One by one, try to tell a ghostly tale.

Each person should speak for about one minute or so.

They should build the tension of the story and then let another student continue the story.

Continue going around the class, building the tension until everyone feels a little excited or nervous!

Then have a dramatic ending to your story.

You can include people from your class in the story.

This will make it more interesting!

This is a creative writing exercise.

You are going to write a short story about a haunted house.

The title of the story is

The House At The End Of The Street

You need to create the right atmosphere in your story.

Try to build some tension in the story and make the reader feel excited or nervous.

When you have finished your story, you can read it out loud in front of your classmates and teacher.

Ask everyone for feedback.

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Fifth-grader Tommy includes lots of details in a story that leads up to a surprise ending.

Have you ever been trick-or-treating when you came upon an old house and wanted to explore it? Well, I’ll tell you a story about five kids, Jake, Zach, John, Bob, and Sean, who did it.

They were trick-or-treating in their neighborhood, going door-to-door, when they came upon an old house. “Let's go in,” Sean said. Everybody said they would.

They started up the walk. The grass was overgrown, and there were a couple of broken windows. They got to the door, and it opened by itself. They went inside. They had flashlights with them, so they turned them on. The house was covered in cobwebs.

They saw a sign that said, “Beware,” and it was pointing up to the second floor. They decided to go upstairs. When they got there, they saw a hallway with three rooms. One room had an old bed and a dresser. The second room was a bathroom. The third room was a sitting room.

When they entered the third room, someone said, “Hello.” All the boys screamed and ran downstairs.

When they were at the door, the voice said, “Don’t you guys want some candy?” They turned around and saw a man with candy standing in the hallway.

They ran as fast as they could to Bob’s house. When they got there, they described the man to Bob’s mom. She said, “That sounds like Mr. Craig. He lived there when I was a kid, but he died 30 years ago.”

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"No I'm not."

"Are, too."

And so, daring each other and teasing each other, Cindy and her friend Beth walked up path that led to Mr. Lambini's house. All evening, they'd met kids who'd been there. Everyone was talking about how great and scary it was. Cindy looked at the piece of wood leaning against the willow tree in Mr. Lambini's front yard. A big sign, painted in blood red letters on a black background, proclaimed, "HAUNTED HOUSE."

"I'm not scared of anything," Cindy said. And she wasn't. She'd yet to meet something she couldn't handle. Movies, books, even creepy rides -- none of it bothered Cindy.

She led the way to Mr. Lambini's porch. Not bad, she thought as she studied the scarecrow in the front yard. It looked like it was rigged to move. Sure enough, as she walked past, the arm swung out and a tape-recorded voice went, "Boooo hhhooooohhoooohoooo!"

Cindy wasn't scared. But Beth jumped half a mile, nearly leaving her shoes behind. "Scared?" Cindy asked Beth when she came back down.

"Nah," Beth said, with just the faintest tremble in her voice. "Just startled."

Cindy smiled. The scarecrow was a good sign. They never put the scariest stuff by the entrance. They always saved the good stuff for inside. So, if the entrance was this scary, the rest of the haunted house should be great.

They walked up to the porch. Three other kids were standing there, as if trying to build up the courage to ring the bell. A small cowboy and two hockey players. Cindy recognized them easily enough despite their costumes. It was Dwayne, Wally, and Wally's little brother Ted. She smiled and walked past them. "What were you waiting for?" she asked as she rang the bell.

The door swung open. "Enter," a deep, booming voice said. Cindy paused, bracing herself for anything that might jump at her. Nothing popped us, so she stepped inside. The walls were draped with sheets, leaving a corridor for them to walk through. Opposite where she stood, a sign said, "ENTRANCE." Below the word, there was an arrow pointing to the right.

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Your Questions Answered

How should I write haunted house stories?

How to write haunted house stories.

They’re usually asking about typical haunted house stories:

  • The team that spends the night locked in the haunted house.
  • The individual or couple stranded on the road, who take shelter in the only nearby house.
  • Or, the family that innocently moves into a house that’s deeply troubled and dangerously haunted.

First, decide whether your story is primarily character-driven or plot-driven.

Character-Driven Haunted House Stories

If it’s character-driven, outline a rich array of characters that your readers will care about. Shirley Jackson’s novel, The Haunting of Hill House, is a good example of a character-driven haunted house story.

TVTropes.org can be a great resource for the tropes you’ll want to include among your characters. Or, you can default to the basic character types in Scooby-Doo . (I’m not kidding. They’re classics.)

When the Ghost is a Character

If your ghost is a character in the story, he or she will need a backstory. Decide why the ghost lingers at the location, and exactly how he or she manifests.

Choose one or two sensory features to focus on. Few real-life ghosts produce noises, moving objects, physical contact with the investigators, smells, or ghostly voices. (If you want to include all of those, write multiple ghosts or entities into the story.)

When the Location is a Character

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If you’re going to use this story device, study several genuinely haunted houses, and (loosely) base your story on one of them. The house should have a personality, displayed in its styling, decorating, or the kinds of things that happen there.

(A moaning sound suggests a different kind of haunting than an evil cackling. The modern house built over a Native American burial ground will have a different “style” than a falling-down castle in Ireland.)

Plot-Driven Ghost Hunting Stories

The first movie in the House on Haunted Hill series is a good example of a story that’s primarily plot-driven. Many characters were shallow and unsympathetic. Viewers didn’t really care when each died a terrible death.

(Towards the end of the movie, we care more about the characters surviving than what’s going on in the house. Whether we loved them or hated them, we wanted to know what happened next.)

Nevertheless, the House on Haunted Hill franchise presented clever plot elements with superb timing. It’s not quite a “puzzle story” like The DaVinci Code or National Treasure.

Still, the mysterious sequence of events held our interest more than the characters. In that respect, plot-driven ghost stories are similar to mysteries. The reader (or audience) try to guess “the real story” before the reveal at the end.

What’s Important

Whether it’s a plot-driven story, a location-based tale, or a character-driven story, get right to the action. Reveal the characters and make them endearing — or unappealing – in a story that has already begun.

Your characters can make or break your story. Tropes are fine, if the plot is the focus of your story. (Avoid making your ghost a predictable trope.)

For a plot-driven story, avoid stereotypes for the lead (and possible romantic interest). The sidekicks can be cliches. The early victims can be “ redshirts .” (To understand them in depth, see TV Tropes .)

Don’t base any characters on real-life stars of ghost hunting TV shows, or the shows they’re on, either.  Not closely enough to be sued, anyway. Those shows are considered “intellectual property.” They’re protected by trademark laws and highly-paid attorneys.

If you need more ideas for rich, dimensional characters, study ghost hunting in the past. Going back in time: the subject has been popular in the 1960s, the 1920s, and throughout the spiritualist era of the 19th century.

You’ll find plenty of material and some biographies to inspire you. Those can help you with your characters as well as your story line.

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5 Short Ghost Stories that Will Scare the Life Out of You

When I think about telling ghost stories, I think about sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows, telling spooky tales with a torch under my chin before retiring to my tent for the night. Despite the fact that that isn’t an activity I’ve ever taken part in, ever , it just feels like the perfect way to share a scary story, especially with the sounds of the forest rustling around you and the stars overhead. Well, even if you’re not in the forest, telling short ghost stories is a brilliant way to pass the time, so we’ve rounded up some of the very best ghost stories for adults from around the internet that are sure to give you a fright. Pass the marshmallows!

1. The Puppy in the Basement

This short ghost story, found on Reddit, is super creepy:

“Mommy told me never to go in the basement, but I wanted to see what was making that noise. It kind of sounded like a puppy, and I wanted to see the puppy, so I opened the basement door and tiptoed down a bit. I didn’t see a puppy, and then Mommy yanked me out of the basement and yelled at me. Mommy had never yelled at me before, and it made me sad and I cried. Then Mommy told me never to go into the basement again, and she gave me a cookie. That made me feel better, so I didn’t ask her why the boy in the basement was making noises like a puppy, or why he had no hands or feet.”

2. Nun Chucks

Michelle Froelick Young had a strange experience with her two year old daughter, submitted to Movie Pilot:

“When my daughter was 2, I found her twirling paper towel tubes, tied with twine, in the air. I asked her what she was doing. She said she was practicing her “nun chucks”. I was very confused as she’d have no way of knowing what they were. I asked her what she meant and she said that Adam had told her how to make them and showed her each night how to use them. She went on to say that Adam told her to practice because she may need to know how to defend herself someday. I almost freaked out, but asked her what Adam looked like. She said he was tall, blond, and had blue eyes. She said,”Mommy, you KNOW how he looks – you know him! He died of a headache.” I had to leave the room.You see, 4 months before she was born, my tall, blonde, blue eyed, martial arts-pro friend had died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 27. She has not spoken of him since that day, so I’m not sure if I scared her with my reaction or if she had completed her lessons.”

3. There's Someone Under the Bed

Sometimes the very short ghost stories are the best, and this tale, from Reddit via Buzzfeed , tells the story of a father putting his young son to bed:

“I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy, check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy, there’s somebody on my bed.””

4. The Chair

This short tale starts benignly enough, with a friendly-seeming ghost playing with children, but when you learn the origins of the ghost – and just why the ghost is moving the object around the room, it quickly gets a lot creepier. Submitted via Reddit by Scoopwhoop :

“When my sister Betsy and I were kids, our family lived for awhile in a charming old farmhouse. We loved exploring its dusty corners and climbing the apple tree in the backyard. But our favorite thing was the ghost. We called her Mother, because she seemed so kind and nurturing. Some mornings Betsy and I would wake up, and on each of our nightstands, we’d find a cup that hadn’t been there the night before. Mother had left them there, worried that we’d get thirsty during the night. She just wanted to take care of us. Among the homes’ original furnishings was an antique wooden chair which we kept against the back wall of the living room. Whenever we were preoccupied, watching TV or playing a game, Mother would inch that chair forward, across the room, toward us. Sometimes she’d manage to move it all the way to the centre of the room. We always felt sad putting it back against the wall. Mother just wanted to be near us. Years later, long after we’d moved out, I found an old newspaper article about the farmhouse’s original occupant, a widow. She’d murdered her two children by giving them each a cup of poisoned milk before bed. Then she hung herself. The article included a photo of the farmhouse’s living room, with a woman’s body hanging from a beam. Beneath her, knocked over, was that old wooden chair, placed exactly in the center of the room.”

…Did it get colder in here, or is it just me?

5. The Ghost at Home

In one of my favourite short ghost stories, a man thinks that he loses his phone and someone is playing a trick on him. Turns out, there is someone playing with him, but it’s a ghoul rather than a person. Submitted via Reddit by Buzzfeed :

“Last night a friend rushed me out of the house to catch the opening act at a local bar’s music night. After a few drinks I realized my phone wasn’t in my pocket. I checked the table we were sitting at, the bar, the bathrooms, and after no luck I used my friend’s phone to call mine. After two rings someone answered, gave out a low raspy giggle, and hung up. They didn’t answer again. I eventually gave it up as a lost cause and headed home. I found my phone laying on my nightstand, right where I left it.”

6. Super, Super Short Ghost Stories

Finally, something a little different. The Metro wanted to put together something spooky and came up with these one or two sentence ghost stories that are designed to get you thinking – so here are my favourites.


Sometimes the very best short ghost stories are those that include a sense of creeping dread, or that tingling sensation where you’re not quite sure where the story is going to go or where it is going to end. Filling in the blanks of a story with your own thoughts from your own experiences is what can make these ambiguous stories even creepier… so where will these stories take you?

Find how far down the rabbit hole you can go, as we list the 12 scariest books ever written !

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20 Must-Read Stories of Eerie Cabins and Haunted Homes

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Emily has a PhD in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, MS, and she has an MFA in Creative Writing from GCSU in Milledgeville, GA, home of Flannery O’Connor. She spends her free time reading, watching horror movies and musicals, cuddling cats, Instagramming pictures of cats, and blogging/podcasting about books with the ladies over at #BookSquadGoals (www.booksquadgoals.com). She can be reached at [email protected].

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Award-winning author and music artist Ross Victory announces a multi-media literary adventure, Grandpa’s Cabin. The celebrated creator is known for intersectional, educational, and entertaining fiction. The first of an exciting trilogy available September 13, 2023, Grandpa’s Cabin tells the story of eighty-four-year-old geneticist Bernie, who leaves a mysterious property to his eighteen-year-old grandson, Nova. The only condition is that the boy never sells it, as the place is home to some dark family secrets. Years later, Nova and his friends celebrate his 21st birthday. They come face-to-face with those secrets, and Nova must choose between friends and family legacy.

Were you expecting a cozy night in a secluded cabin? Or a chill evening at home away from the bustling city streets? Think again. These 20 must-read books about eerie cabins and haunted homes prove one thing: nowhere is safe. And there is no place for you to turn to hide from the demons that haunt you.

Maybe that’s why haunted house stories and horror set in spooky cabins are the scariest horror genre. If you’re not secure with the doors locked, hidden in the comforting warmth of your own home, where could you possibly ever be safe again? No amount of comfort can shield you.

The books included in this list are some of the best in the genre. Whether it’s set in a cabin in the middle of nowhere or a suburban family home, horrifying things happen in these places, things that will haunt your nightmares. Things you will not be able to get out of your head any time soon. Get ready to read some of the scariest books you’ve ever gotten your hands on, including some classics and some new titles just released this year (and everything in between).

And don’t forget to lock your doors — not that it will protect you in the end.

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In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt

This atmospheric and horrifyingly disorienting folk tale-like horror story follows a Puritan woman who gets lost in the woods and finds herself stumbling into a strange cabin in the middle of the forest. From there, the woman meets strange characters and goes on a haunting journey of self-discovery that will upend her life and change how she sees the world. If you love witchy horror stories like The Witch, then Laird Hunt’s In the House in the Dark of the Woods will be perfect for you.

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Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

Kill Creek is a great self-referential horror story for the reader who has read all of the greats of the horror genre and wants more. For the first time in decades, the Finch House is welcoming new visitors. Four best-selling horror authors have been invited to stay the night in the reportedly haunted house on Halloween. It was just supposed to be a publicity stunt. But the house’s new inhabitants soon learn that the whispers of hauntings were not just whispers.

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Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

Are you fascinated by true crime stories, and do you also want to read a haunted house story? Why not a little of both? Vera has been estranged from her mother for years, but when her mother becomes ill, she returns to the family home. But there’s more awaiting Vera in that home than just her sick mother. Vera is haunted by the violence that happened there and the bodies her father buried. When Vera starts receiving strange notes, she assumes it’s the new tenant just messing with her. But could these be notes from her father from beyond the grave?

cover of The Spite House by Johnny Compton

The Spite House by Johnny Compton

Why would a father agree to stay in a haunted home with his two daughters? For Eric Ross in The Spite House, it’s out of desperation for money and for a place to hide. On the run from a mysterious past, the Ross family sees the spite house as the answer to their prayers. All they have to do is stay in the home and witness the hauntings there, and they will be paid out generously. But nothing could prepare Eric and his two girls for just how terrifying the spite house truly is.

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White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

White is for Witching is a chilling gothic horror novel set in a mysterious house on the cliffs of Dover. Here, Luc runs a bed and breakfast with his two children, twins Miranda and Eliot. The family is mourning the death of Lily, the matriarch. And they also grapple with the generations of women who still haunt the halls of their home. Miranda is especially attuned to the spirits in the house. And the more she connects with them, the more she starts to disconnect from her own brother and father.

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The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

When Julie and James buy a new home in the small town right outside the city where they met, what could possibly go wrong? The beautiful home positioned between the ocean and the forest at first seems like a dream come true for the young couple. But the longer the couple stays there, the more the house seems to take on a life of its own: transforming and decaying before their very eyes, becoming unrecognizable.

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The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

The cabin in Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World might just be the eeriest forest getaway in literature, but it’s not because it’s haunted. This story follows couple Eric and Andrew and their 7-year-old daughter, Wen, on a vacation that will forever change their lives — and perhaps the fate of the world. It all begins one lazy afternoon while Wen is catching grasshoppers in the forest outside of their vacation cabin. There, Wen encounters a stranger named Leonard, who claims he needs their help preventing the end of the world.

Book cover of Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

It’s easy to feel lost and disoriented in a strange new place. But what happens when your own home and the inhabitants inside it become unrecognizable? That’s what happens in Stephen Graham Jones’s Mapping the Interior. One night, a 15-year-old boy sees a strange figure walking through his house, someone who resembles the father he lost before they moved from the reservation. As he follows the man through their home over the next few nights, the boy attempts to map out his house…endangering his family in the process.

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White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

White Smoke starts the way most haunted house stories start: a family moving to a new place in the hopes of starting over. But from there, this novel is full of surprises. When Marigold and her family move to the picture-perfect house on Maple Street, it seems too good to be true. But Marigold can’t help but overhear the whispers about her neighborhood at her new school. And then there’s the house itself, where things keep disappearing, and the family feels strange presences watching them around every corner.

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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

In this historical horror novel, a country physician named Dr. Faraday is called to assist a patient at Hundreds Hall, the crumbling old home of the Ayres family. The house used to be a stately and impressive Georgian estate, but now the family is struggling with the house’s upkeep. Of course, that’s not the only thing about the house the Ayreses are struggling to deal with. As Dr. Faraday discovers when he enters the home’s storied halls, something supernatural is haunting this family — something that refuses to let them go.

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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

Here’s another historical horror novel that’s unmissable. The Hacienda, set during the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, is like Rebecca meets haunted house story. When Beatriz accepts a proposal from the strikingly handsome and overwhelmingly wealthy Don Rodolfo Solórzano, she tries to ignore the rumors about his previous wife. But when she arrives at the hacienda, Don Rodolfo leaves her to roam the grounds alone, and she starts hearing voices in her head.

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Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Nothing But Blackened Teeth features a haunted house so notorious that a group of friends travels across the world to see it. What’s the occasion? A wedding. While a haunted house might not sound like the dream location for a wedding to you, the characters in this novel beg to differ. But what starts off as a fun celebration turns into something much more terrifying. The hauntings are not just rumors. The ghosts are very, very real.

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Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand

Wydling Hall is a beautiful old home that seems like the perfect place to spark creativity and record an album. At least, that’s what the acid-folk band in Elizabeth Hand’s Wylding Hall seems to think. Not long after their arrival at the house, the lead singer of the band disappears. And the band is ultimately forced to leave without any answers to what happened. Years later, they all return to Wylding Hall in the hopes of making sense of what happened all those years ago. Joining them is a documentary filmmaker who hopes to get to the bottom of this haunting mystery.

Book cover of The Good House by Tananarive Due

The Good House by Tananarive Due

So many haunted house stories (including many on this list) are triggered by traumatic events and feelings of grief and loss. But none of them are quite as intensely traumatic as Tananarive Due’s The Good House. Angela Toussant loses her son to suicide. Now, she’s returning to the same home where her son took his own life. When it comes to death by suicide, there really are no satisfying answers to make the grief any easier. And yet Angela is hoping to find closure. Instead, she finds a sinister presence that drives people to acts of violence.

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A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher

Sam Montgomery is really worried about her mother. Out of nowhere, Sam’s mom is acting jumpy and nervous, and she’s starting to make strange changes to the family home on Lammergeier Lane. Sam wonders if her mother’s behavior has anything to do with her late grandmother. And as shocking family secrets are revealed, Sam will discover that she’s not wrong. Now, Sam struggles to uncover the truths behind their family home before Lammergeier Lane completely consumes her.

Book cover of Maynard's House by Herman Raucher

Maynard’s House by Herman Raucher

Maynard’s House is a classic gothic thriller set in a cabin in the woods. Austin Fletcher is a Vietnam Vet who is gifted the small house in Maine from a fellow soldier, Maynard Whittier, who was killed in combat. At first, Austin sees the house as the perfect escape from his past. But the more time he spends there, the more Austin feels influenced by the strange presence there. And the more time he spends there, the more he starts to lose his grip on reality.

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She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran

Trang Thanh Tran’s eerie haunted house novel is also a scathing takedown of imperialism in Vietnam. Jade Nguyen’s father has one goal: to restore a French colonial house in Vietnam to its former glory. But the house has goals all its own. At night, Jade wakes up feeling entirely paralyzed, and she hears the voice of a woman telling her not to eat. Neither her father nor her sister believe Jade when she tells them there’s something strange about the house. But Jade knows the house will not rest until it destroys them all.

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House likely needs no introduction. After all, it’s one of the most famous haunted house stories of all time. This 1959 gothic horror novel follows four visitors who arrive at Hill House with different goals. Dr. Montague is a scholar of the occult looking for proof of a haunting. Theodora is his assistant. Luke is the future heir of Hill House. And Eleanor is a sensitive soul with a mind and a heart open to the hauntings of spirits. The longer the group stays at Hill House, the stronger the house’s powers become.

Book cover of How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

How to Sell A Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

Think haunted houses are scary? What about a haunted house filled with haunted dolls? Louise and Mark Joyner are two estranged siblings with nothing in common. But when their parents die at the end of the coronavirus pandemic, the siblings are forced to work together to put their home on the market. But something is off about the house. Before their parents died, they taped newspaper over the mirrors and nailed the attic door shut. And things only get weirder from there.

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

All I can say about this last book without giving anything away? This is a haunted house story, but it’s not what you think. After Noemí Taboada receives a letter from her cousin claiming her new English husband, Virgil Doyle, is trying to murder her, Noemí answers her cousin’s call and heads to the Doyles’ isolated mansion to investigate. High Place is a strange home with many secrets, and while rumors fly in the nearby village, nothing can come close to the horrifying truth behind the Doyles and their estate.

Horror fans really can’t get enough of creepy houses. That’s why we also put together this list of 30 haunted house books that will give you the creeps . And if you want a horror story specifically tailored to your tastes, try building a haunted house of your own to get a haunted house book recommendation.

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Setting Description Entry: Haunted House (inside)

May 23, 2009 by BECCA PUGLISI

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Sight Dust, cobwebs, sheets on furniture, broken tables, chairs, windows, lamps, peeling wallpaper, gaps in the floorboards, holes in the walls, flickering lights (if there’s electricity) chandelier with broken strings of crystals, broken glass on the floor, spiders, cockroaches, rust, mildew, ripped curtains, shadows, gloomy staircases, old portraits & paintings, cracked…

footsteps on the stair, creaking doors, window shutters rattling on the outside, wind scattering/rustling paper through a broken window gap, words whispered in ear, screams, crying, wailing, laughter, glass smashing, the scrap of a chair moving, the scritch of tree branches scraping at the windows, rats squeaking, movement in the walls, a…

Phantom perfume or cologne, burning smells, pipe or cigarette smoke, mildew, rot, dank, rusty or metallic smells, wet wood and stone, rancid breath, yeasty beer smell, food, dust, dry rot, rat/mice feces, urine

Sour & dry mouth from fear, dust floating in the air and coating the tongue, salty tears

A phantom hand on the shoulder, the puff of breath on the earlobe or the back of the neck, the sensation of being grabbed on the arm, pushed, pulled, pinched, poked, slapped, burned, a feeling of light-headedness and nausea, hair rising on arms or the back of the neck, the body’s reaction to a drop in temperature (chills, shivering, breath puffing out…

Helpful hints:

–The words you choose can convey atmosphere and mood.

Example 1:  I cringed at each creak on the old warped stairs, but it didn’t sway my determination to make it to the bedroom on the second floor. Halfway up, a shadow flickered at the corner of my vision. I froze, and as I stood there, caught a woody scent lingering in the air. Tobacco smoke? A shiver curled through the hairs on the back of my neck then cascaded down my backbone. It was all I could do to not hurl myself back down the stairs toward the front door…

–Similes and metaphors create strong imagery when used sparingly.

Example 1: (Metaphor ) The dining room chair suddenly jolted back and tilted toward me, a gracious invitation by an invisible host…

Think beyond what a character sees, and provide a sensory feast for readers

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Setting is much more than just a backdrop, which is why choosing the right one and describing it well is so important. To help with this, we have expanded and integrated this thesaurus into our online library at One Stop For Writers.

Each entry has been enhanced to include possible sources of conflict, people commonly found in these locales, and setting-specific notes and tips, and the collection itself has been augmented to include a whopping 230 entries—all of which have been cross-referenced with our other thesauruses for easy searchability. So if you’re interested in seeing this powerful Setting Thesaurus , head on over and register at One Stop.

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On the other hand, if you prefer your references in book form, we’ve got you covered, too, because both books are now available for purchase in digital and print copies. In addition to the entries, each book contains instructional front matter to help you maximize your settings. With advice on topics like making your setting do double duty and using figurative language to bring them to life, these books offer ample information to help you maximize your settings and write them effectively.


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers —a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling.

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Haunted house narrative writing. The house stood on the top of lonely hill. There was no chance of taking the way through roads. I had to take the shortcut.

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13 Redwood Villa

It was cloudy and the first few specks of the rain were exploding on the dark gravel. I was in the park and I knew that I was going to get drenched if I didn’t make my way quickly from there. A major storm could be heard on the distance echoing through the silent night.

I had to reach there, as quickly as possible. Just a few moments ago, I had got the message from my friend, Lucy, to go there – 13 Redwood Villa. She had asked me to reach there by 7 pm and it was already half past six. Thunder clapped overhead and the clouds burst on the horizon.

The house stood on the top of lonely hill. There was no chance of taking the way through roads. I had to take the shortcut. “What shall I do”, I pondered over it the second and decided I’d go the hill way to the top. So, I moved forwards. It was dead chilling cold and the rain had made it even more difficult to walk. The cloud had obscured the moon in the dark night and the whole way filled with sense of anger and malice.

I took a deep breath of the cool night air and walked faster towards the house. My curiosity was already beyond its limits. Now, I was almost to the top. The flickering light of the house could be seen nearby.

Finally, I reached there – 13 Redwood Villa.

The house stood, 3 storeys high, with boarded up windows and a broken chimney, giving the house a menacing look. Its door had been boarded up too but you could easily push it open between the planks at the bottom.

“Am I sure this is the house”, I thought to myself. Lucy hadn’t told me about why she wanted to see me. I was not really excited now, not after the dreadful smell and the abandoned look the house gave. “Well, I couldn’t turn back now, after all I’ve come till here”. I was stuck between fear and excitement.

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But at last, a crack of thunder, a flash of lightning and slowly I pushed the door open. The rusty hinges gave a scary creaking noise. I took one last look at the outside of that fearsome house. The rain was splashing down around me. And then I had ducked under the planks of wood and was inside, peering about in the darkness.

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As my eyes adjusted in the darkness, the room slowly came into the view, the long bare corridor with doors leading to unknown rooms. I then started even forwards. Suddenly I heard a squeak. I was totally daunted. And then I heard some footsteps as if someone was wandering around me.

My heart was accelerating. Thud, thud, thud... The rain was still pattering dismally on the window panes. Although petrified, I went to the door to see who it was. No one! I again heard the noise. I looked down. Thank god it was just a cat, an abandoned little black cat.

But its look was enough for me to give a fright. I had looked at the cat’s face in the gloom and I could see its dark hair, its perfect features and a ghastly eyes staring back at me. I slammed the door close and made a run. I could hear the cat meowing back as if trying to break inside. It all seemed stupid now. I should’ve never come to this house.

I was still running and just at the moment I saw a big door on the corner of the corridor. I went inside and entered a large bare room. It was all dark and smelled of sodden clothes and rotten fruits. Running through the side of the room I noticed a flight of stairs ahead of me. I could hear someone muttering on top of stairs.

Hurriedly, I ran up the stairs and reached the second floor. The windows upstairs were covered with large, black curtains which flapped along as the gust of wind rushed inside the windows. All the walls were covered with cobwebs. The floor creaked under my feet. That corridor had even more doors that led to unknown rooms. And I could still hear the voices.

Just then I saw someone hurrying inside one of the doors. It might have been the same person of whom I had heard footsteps of. I was shocked and shivered with frightfulness. “Who else could be inside? Was it Lucy?” I decided to follow the person. But the dim light of the moon flickered and the person darted away. I missed. That must have been my imagination.

Slowly I entered the room standing just behind me. That room was such a mess, as if someone had torn it apart in rage. All the things were tipped over on the floor. Through the bars of windows I could see the sky slowly clearing up. I looked at my watch. It was already ten to seven.

I still hadn’t seen Lucy yet. “If this was her trick to scare me then I would’ve never forgiven her, but what if she wasn’t playing a trick. She should’ve been here by now!”

I left the room and marched towards another room, and another. Through more doors and up another staircase and I realised I was totally lost. I swore I was. But I knew I was now on the topmost floor.

As I stood there, stiff, I heard the owl hooting and outside and also the rustling of leaves. But beneath all the noise, was the terrible silence that overpowered every other sound.

The voices were getting louder.

I checked through almost all of the rooms until I was really exhausted. I paused for a second and went towards the windows. I needed fresh air. Outside the windows I could see the whole city as dead as doornail. There was no trace of any sound, not even a single muttering or laugh. I again turned towards the corridors. I only had two more rooms to check.  

I stepped up to one door and slowly reached for the handle. Just as I was about to enter inside, a group of bats hovered outside from the room. That was scary. I screamed with terror. I closed my eyes and ducked down until every bat had flown away. Luckily it was all quiet again.

Hastily I grabbed out the torchlight from my pocket and set it alight. In the flashlight I saw a puddle of liquid on the floor. Drops were splashing into it. “Was that a blood?” I frowned.

As I looked up, I saw a large chunk of wood that had fallen out of the ceiling. The rain was seeping into through the crack. I sighed with relief. The puddle on floor was just a rain, not the blood.

Just then I noticed some white thing on the floor. I focused the light on the floor. The light shone vividly at a large pair of sharp fangs. My head snapped up. I tried to scream but no sound came up. I stumbled back, clutched my stomach and fell over on the floor. I was unable to rip my eyes away from the sight. It couldn’t have been a real Dracula!

Startlingly, I crawled forward to touch the fangs. It came off onto my hand. It was just a fake pair of fangs. I was confused for a moment. Was it any trick!

It was now already five past seven and I was still wandering around the house. I still had to check in through one more room. The door stood on the farthest corner of the corridor. It looked creaky and intimidating. The illusion made it look even more sinister. Standing there, watching the quiet patience of the door, I knew it was more than a fright inside. I knew something was there. Not evil or malicious, simply dangerous!

The muttering voices were now gone. The whole house stood dead quiet. The only thing I could now hear was my own breath. Through the windows, the pale light of the moon shone beneath the dark deep clouds. Everything seemed so ghastly and unrealistic. I got up and slowly made my way towards the final door. My knees were now too weak, I had to bend and walk.

Lastly, I reached it. I grabbed the door handle and pushed myself inwards.

Oh my God! The room was so dark and so creepy. No windows, no light, nothing! I stood there in the silent darkness for a moment, holding my breath. I knew there was something hidden behind this darkness. I was now too much scared. So, I started backing away. Suddenly, something touched my back. I swore it was a human hand. “I must run away”. All these creepiness was now too much for me to bear.

But a noise behind me made me stop. I turned around slowly and tried to adjust my eyes in the darkness. Bare feet hit the floor loudly as I heard someone running towards me. “Hello, who’s there”, I shrieked with fear.

Silence! But suddenly the lights flicked open and the balloons popped out. I saw all the faces I knew. Before I could even realise anything, everyone shouted “Happy Birthday, James!”

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The Haunted House Story Writing For Kids

Children love to read ghost stories and this amazing story about a haunted house should be a great addition to their story collection. 

Read the story about a family that moves into a house that is supposed to be haunted.

It is a story that is about facing the facts and destroying myths.

Haunted Story In English

Kids, do you believe in ghosts? Do you think that monsters and spirits exist? Well, if not then you will be correct. Sometimes, we might come across things that people think are haunted. But it is up to us and our beliefs that matter in that case. This is an interesting story about a young boy who comes to live in a supposedly haunted house. Do you want to know what happens next in the story? Does he get to see any ghosts in the house? Was the house actually haunted? Well, read the haunted house story till the end and you will find out.

Introduction to the Short Story on Haunted House

There was a young boy named Peter who was very excited that day. Finally, he was going to move in with his parents to a new house. All his things were packed and he was waiting for the car to arrive. This new house was very big and grand. It had all the luxuries that one would want from a big house. The house also had a big backyard where Peter could play with his friends. Peter was extremely glad to be going to the new house.

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The haunted house

Peter Comes to the New House

When the family arrived to live at their new house, the neighbours warned them that the house was haunted. But the family didn’t believe the people and still moved into the house. Peter was very excited to meet his new friends and play with them. But he saw that no one would come to the house.

Everyone thought that the house was haunted and hence they stayed far away from it. Peter was sad about the fact that his friends wouldn’t play with him but his mother made him understand that people are just scared. Once they realize that the house is not actually haunted, they will come to play with Peter. So, Peter agreed to wait.

Is There A Ghost in the House?

One night when Peter is sleeping, he heard a noise coming from the attic. The sound was very strange and it felt like someone was moving there. Peter got really scared and screamed for help. He was worried that the ghost had arrived and would harm him. Hearing Peter’s screams, his parents rushed into the room. Shivering with fear, Peter said that he heard the ghost in the attic. Now he was completely sure that the house was haunted. So, to calm him down, Peter’s father went to check the attic. Do you know what happened next in the Haunted story in English?

The Ghost Reveals Itself

When Peter’s father climbed up to the attic to check whether there is a ghost or not, he found something very surprising. A mouse was running in the attic from here and there. The rustling sound was from the mouse itself.

The mouse in the attic

The Mouse in the Attic

When Peter saw the mouse run, he laughed loudly. For a moment, he had thought that there was a ghost in the house. Peter’s parents then made him understand that there is no such thing as ghosts.

The Haunted House Story Summary for Kids

Children can learn a lot from the haunted house story writing . This story will help them understand that the existence of ghosts is simply a myth and we shouldn’t believe in these things. The boy, Peter almost believes that there is a ghost in the house but it turns out to be just a mouse. So, children can read the story and understand that ghosts don’t exist.

FAQs on The Haunted House Story Writing For Kids

1. Why was Peter excited?

According to the haunted house story PDF , Peter was a young boy who was finally going to move into a new house with his family. He was excited because the new house was quite large and had a backyard where he could play.

2. Why wouldn’t anyone play with Peter in his new house?

Every single one of Petr’s friends thought that the house was haunted. So, they decided to stay far from it. That is why no one came to Peter’s house to play with him.

3. What made Peter scream for help?

At night when Peter was sleeping in his room, he heard a very strange sound coming from the attic. Peter thought that it was the ghost of the house and screamed for help.

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....... "A Haunted House" is a short short story in the fantasy genre about a ghost couple and a living couple occupying the same dwelling.  


....... Hogarth Press published the story in London in 1921 as part of a collection of Woolf stories entitled Monday or Tuesday . In the same year, Harcourt, Brace, and Company, Inc., published the collection in New York City.

....... The action takes place in a coastal region of Southeastern England at a house in an unidentified locale where there is a farm. The time is the late nineteenth century or the early twentieth century. 

Living Couple : Current occupants of a house.  Ghost Couple : Past occupants of the house.

Point of View

....... The living man and woman tell the story in first-person point of view, reporting the conversation and activity of the ghost couple.

....... The tone is playful and lighthearted. The reader realizes that the ghosts—who are conducting a search—pose no threat to the living couple. 

Plot Summary

....... A man and woman who occupy a house hear male and female ghosts wandering about the dwelling as they talk about a finding a treasure. The living man and woman have no knowledge of a treasure, such as gold or money, hidden on their property. ....... When they were alive, the ghosts had occupied the house more than a century before the current residents. The woman died first, and the man left the house and traveled. "He . . . went North, went East, saw the stars turned in the Southern sky; sought the house, found it dropped beneath the Downs," the narration says. The Downs are a range of chalk mountains along the southeastern coast of England. ....... After the man died, he rejoined the woman ghost at the house they once occupied, the same house where the living man and woman now dwell. As the ghosts search for their treasure, they roam the house, opening and closing doors and drawing curtains back. Although they try not to disturb the living couple, the latter can hear them now and then. ....... And what is the treasure the ghosts seek? The narration reveals that it is the rediscovery of the places in and around the house where the ghosts spent little moments expressing their love for each other. The female ghost says, "Here, sleeping; in the garden reading; laughing, rolling apples in the loft. Here we left our treasure­." After an encounter with the ghost couple in their bedroom, the living couple realize what the ghosts are seeking.

Theme: Love

....... In the second sentence of the story, the phrase "hand in hand" hints that the ghosts are in love. The author then leads the reader to believe that the story is about finding a treasure, perhaps gold or money. In fact, the story is about treasure—the treasure of love. As the ghosts wander about the house, they are rediscovering places full of memories of their love for each other. 

....... The climax occurs at the end of the story, when the narration reveals that the treasure is "the light in the heart"—love.  

Wharton's Style

....... Wharton's style in this story has a poetic touch. ....... In the second sentence, for example, she uses a commonplace poetic device, inversion, when she writes "making sure­ a ghostly couple" instead of "a ghostly couple making sure." This is the same device that Edgar Allan Poe uses in the first line of "The Raven," his most famous poem: "Once upon a midnight dreary (instead of once upon a dreary midnight). Another example of inversion occurs in these two sentences: Stooping, holding their silver lamp above us, long they look and deeply. Long they pause. ....... Wharton also repeats a phrase—"Safe, safe, safe—" in way that makes it resemble a refrain in a ballad. ....... In addition, Wharton uses the kind of finespun imagery that occurs frequently in poetry. Examples of this imagery appear under Figures of Speech.  

Figures of Speech


S o fine, s o rare, coolly s unk b eneath the s urface the b eam I s ought always b urnt b ehind the glass W andering through the house, opening the w indows, w hispering not to w ake us, the ghostly couple seek their joy. The wind drives s traight l y; the flame s toops s light l y The wind falls, the rain s lides s ilver down the glass
So fine, so rare " What did I come in here for? What did I want to find?" The window panes reflected apples, reflected roses; the faces bent; the faces pondering; the faces that search the sleepers and seek their hidden joy.
Kisses without number
trees spun darkness for a wandering beam of sun Comparison of the trees to a weaver (trees spun) Death was the glass Comparison of death to the glass "Safe, safe, safe," the pulse of the house beat gladly. Comparison of the house to a beating heart Moonbeams splash and spill wildly in the rain. Comparison of moonbeams to a liquid


the hum of the threshing machine
from the deepest wells of silence the wood pigeon drew its bubble of sound Sound comes from silence.

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I read Virginia Woolf’s short story A Haunted House. This story is very interesting, though very short. A Haunted House follows the story of a ghost couple living in the house of a married couple (alive), the ghostly pair are in search of something in which they lost. They search the house going to the garden, the loft, and opening and closing doors in order to find what they have lost. The couple currently living in the house know that there are two ghosts roaming about their house. The mere fact that the couple knows that there are ghosts roaming about their house, yet they are unafraid is mind boggling. Most people if they knew ghosts were occupying their house would be freaking out. Why is this couple not freaking out?

As the search for this unknown object continues, the reader can’t help but become a bit anxious, trying to figure out what this object is that has been lost that the ghosts are so adamant about finding. So it turns out that the object in which they were seeking was their hidden joy. They were searching for their emotional treasure in the narrator (the wife) and her husband.

Something that is interesting is really interesting is the house having a heartbeat, but this isn’t just an ordinary heartbeat, the house’s heartbeat is the word “safe” but it is repeated in such a way that it is rhythmic. I wonder why the author chose this word as the heartbeat. Could it be because the house is trying to tell the ghostly couple that their treasure is safe? Not only does the house have a heartbeat, but it can talk, it tells the ghosts that there is treasure hidden within it’s rooms. Could this be what the ghosts are after?

I find it interesting how the author interwins the story of how the ghosts become ghosts, and give that knowledge to the woman who is currently living in their house.The woman had died first hundreds of years earlier. When the wife had died, the house was sealed, and the rooms were no longer filled with light, and the husband left the house and traveled all around the world. When he died he returned to the house in order to become reunited with his wife. The narrator then realizes that the man couldn’t find what he was searching for during his journey, because what he wanted was the joy of a loving relationship, something that could only come from his wife.

The author uses stream of consciousness as a way to create a fluid/smooth transition that captures the subject’s thoughts as they drift between past encounters and memories to present sensations and moments. This how the narrator is able to convey the details of the lives of the people in whom she does not know. Due to the details being presented through someone else's eyes, the author is able to take ordinary objects and give descriptions of them but the descriptions care much more emotional weight. For example, the pane of glass that the narrator gazes through is symbolic of the invisible barrier to understanding the different stages/ kinds of lights that are being represented. The glass keeps the sunbeam, the light of revelation from reaching the narrator. This pane of glass then becomes a symbol of the death that has kept these to lovers seperated for centuries.

Themes of Death and Love. I really love the author’s spin on this. The permeance of love even in death, the connection between all souls both living and dead. The author making death and life a place where love can flourish and thrive, Kingdoms of the Heart. The complexity of this story is amazing to me, it was only ten paragraphs, yet so much meaning and depth was packed into this story. But i think what stood out to me most was the way that the author showed that even in death, the love in which you lost can be found again whether that be in life or in the afterlife as the author suggests. 

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    The full story of the Villisca Axe Murder House is featured in an episode of House Beautiful's haunted house podcast, Dark House.Subscribe here.. On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore were ...

  3. Five haunted house stories to read during lockdown

    The short novel is considered one of the finest examples of horror writing and Jackson a master of the haunted tale. The story follows Dr Montague who wants to prove the existence of the...

  4. 13 Haunted House Stories That Will Make You Too Scared To Ever ...

    Shirley Jackson's infamous Haunting of Hill House is about as classic as a haunted house story gets: four individuals arrive at a notoriously spooky house, each of them looking for...

  5. Haunted House Short Story Ideas

    To make a compelling haunted house story, it needs a unique premise that sets it apart from other stories in the genre. A twist or unexpected event will keep readers on the edge of their seats, and a lack of understanding or knowledge about the haunting can add to the mystery and suspense.

  6. How to Write a Haunted House Story

    Horror Books How to Write a Haunted House Story I love a good spooky manor. The Haunting of Hill House, House of Leaves, Mexican Gothic, The Elementals, and Crimson Peak rank as some of my favorite stories, and it's no coincidence that they share the same elements, perfectly crafted to make me glance at my walls with suspicion.

  7. 5 Haunted House Stories That Will Make You Scream

    A suicide, a fire, and a murder. For 21 years, this historic, "cursed" home has been mostly empty, but the stories of its past continue to haunt it. Atlas Obscura podcast host Dylan Thuras ...

  8. The House

    Me, Cathy, Luke and Martine. We paid the first month's rent, closed the door and cracked up laughing. We thought nothing of this house being haunted. Or the stories that went around. We just liked the fact that we had a huge place to live in, with a garden as big as the local park. There was even a tennis court at the back.

  9. Student Model: The Haunted House

    Bookmark Student Model Print Fifth-grader Tommy includes lots of details in a story that leads up to a surprise ending. The Haunted House Have you ever been trick-or-treating when you came upon an old house and wanted to explore it? Well, I'll tell you a story about five kids, Jake, Zach, John, Bob, and Sean, who did it.

  10. Mr. lambini's haunted house stories to read

    Cindy smiled. The scarecrow was a good sign. They never put the scariest stuff by the entrance. They always saved the good stuff for inside. So, if the entrance was this scary, the rest of the haunted house should be great. They walked up to the porch. Three other kids were standing there, as if trying to build up the courage to ring the bell.

  11. How should I write haunted house stories?

    Character-Driven Haunted House Stories. If it's character-driven, outline a rich array of characters that your readers will care about. Shirley Jackson's novel, The Haunting of Hill House, is a good example of a character-driven haunted house story. TVTropes.org can be a great resource for the tropes you'll want to include among your ...

  12. 5 Short Ghost Stories that Will Scare the Life Out of You

    1. The Puppy in the Basement This short ghost story, found on Reddit, is super creepy: "Mommy told me never to go in the basement, but I wanted to see what was making that noise. It kind of sounded like a puppy, and I wanted to see the puppy, so I opened the basement door and tiptoed down a bit.

  13. 20 Must-Read Stories of Eerie Cabins and Haunted Homes

    Montague is a scholar of the occult looking for proof of a haunting. Theodora is his assistant. Luke is the future heir of Hill House. And Eleanor is a sensitive soul with a mind and a heart open to the hauntings of spirits. The longer the group stays at Hill House, the stronger the house's powers become.

  14. PDF The haunted house Short story

    The haunted house Short story We walked through the forest on a dark, dark night. The thunder went BANG! Bob had a fright! Bob ran through the trees as fast as he could, into a house at the edge of the wood. We ran after Bob and into the hall. We shouted his name but heard nothing at all. 'Bob!' 'Bob!'

  15. A Haunted House

    "The treasure buried; the room . . ." the pulse stopped short. Oh, was that the buried treasure? A moment later the light had faded. Out in the garden then? But the trees spun darkness for a wandering beam of sun. So fine, so rare, coolly sunk beneath the surface the beam I sought always burned behind the glass.

  16. Setting Description Entry: Haunted House (inside)

    SightDust, cobwebs, sheets on furniture, broken tables, chairs, windows, lamps, peeling wallpaper, gaps in the floorboards, holes in the walls, flickering lights (if there's electricity) chandelier with broken strings of crystals, broken glass on the floor, spiders, cockroaches, rust, mildew, ripped curtains, shadows, gloomy staircases, old portraits & paintings, cracked… Sounds footsteps ...

  17. Haunted house narrative writing. The house stood on the top of lonely

    Finally, I reached there - 13 Redwood Villa. The house stood, 3 storeys high, with boarded up windows and a broken chimney, giving the house a menacing look. Its door had been boarded up too but you could easily push it open between the planks at the bottom. "Am I sure this is the house", I thought to myself.

  18. The Haunted House

    The wind was howling and the thunder was crashing, I felt scared, I reached the gate, it was locked, I was about to go back when suddenly there was a massive strike of thunder and the gate creaked open, a voice in my head was telling me not to go in, but I was curious to see where the strange noises were coming from.

  19. Halloween Haunted House Story PDF

    This fantastic Halloween haunted house story PDF would be a perfect story to read to your children around Halloween. Or, your children can read it themselves! ... The Curse of Cogston House Short Story eBook. Scare at Shadow Fair eBook. Spooky Haunted House Setting Description KS2 Example Text from 'Scare at Shadow Fair'

  20. The Haunted House Story Writing For Kids

    The Haunted House Story Summary for Kids. Children can learn a lot from the haunted house story writing. This story will help them understand that the existence of ghosts is simply a myth and we shouldn't believe in these things. The boy, Peter almost believes that there is a ghost in the house but it turns out to be just a mouse.

  21. Short Stories: The Haunted House by Charles Dickens

    To cut this part of the story short, I was piqued about the haunted house, and was already half resolved to take it. So, after breakfast, I got the keys from Perkins's brother-in-law (a whip and harness maker, who keeps the Post Office, and is under submission to a most rigorous wife of the Doubly Seceding Little Emmanuel persuasion), and went ...

  22. "A Haunted House": a Study Guide

    "A Haunted House" is a short short story in the fantasy genre about a ghost couple and a living couple occupying the same dwelling. Publication.....Hogarth Press ... In the second sentence, for example, she uses a commonplace poetic device, inversion, when she writes "making sure­ a ghostly couple" instead of "a ghostly couple making sure." ...

  23. Short Story 'A Haunted House'

    A Haunted House follows the story of a ghost couple living in the house of a married couple (alive), the ghostly pair are in search of something in which they lost. They search the house going to the garden, the loft, and opening and closing doors in order to find what they have lost.