How To Tell The Most Spine-Tingling Campfire Horror Story

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How To Tell A Campfire Horror Story

October is the season of free candy and gut-wrenching horror, and there’s no better way to celebrate the latter than with a truly inspired campfire ghost story. But inciting fear isn’t exactly an easy feat to accomplish, so we’re here to help you master the art of the campfire ghost story. Just follow these tips and you’re guaranteed to spook your camping mates– just be careful… you don’t want to scare them too bad!

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Keep it within the realm of possibility – at first.

No horror flick starts in the middle of the action, therefore your campfire story shouldn’t jump to the most bone-chilling plot point right off of the bat. Take time to build suspense, and remember that when it comes to campfire stories, most fear is vicarious; you’re more likely to leave your audience with a severe case of the heebie-jeebies if you can make them believe your story could happen to them. To hook your crowd, keep your tale’s introduction simple and believable.

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Know your audience.

Kindness is important in all interactions – but the rules bend a bit when it comes to campfire horror stories. If you’ve got a willing group of attentive listeners who are itching to be scared, target their fears. Got a best pal that can’t stand the thought of spiders? Make sure to include a guest arachnid appearance in your campfire tale. If you’ve got a jumper among your camping group, cracking the leaves and branches underneath your feet at suspenseful moments in your storytelling can really send them out of their seats.

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Details are everything.

Ghost tale experts all have one thing in common: they’re fantastic storytellers. A keen sense of detail is vital in any story, so this campfire tale should be no different.

Envision your characters down to the last hair on their head. Conjure a setting so real your audience will feel like they’ve been there before.

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Consider your surroundings.

The best setting for your ghost story is the one in which you’re already camping. Working your current whereabouts into your narrative adds an extra layer of creepiness. But not all camping spots are created equal, so before you head out, pick a destination that’s fear-evoking. Devil’s Tombstone Campground, for instance, is one of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskill Forest Preserve, home to a mountain pass named the Stony Clove, rumored to be the devil’s favorite place to hang. If you want to be visited fireside by a ghost, many campers have claimed they’ve run into spirits at George Washington National Forest in Virginia. Or if Sasquatch is the creature that causes a racing heart and cold sweat among your camping crew, head to his rumored stomping grounds at Olympic National Park in Washington State.

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