15 of the Scariest Urban Legends From Around the World

  • May 06, 2015
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The Hanging Boyfriend

Along with the Hook Man, another reason to avoid any place called Lover’s Lane is the Hanging Boyfriend – which tells the tale of a boyfriend who gets out of the car to take a leak, and after the girlfriend hears scraping on the roof of the car discovers her now dead boyfriend has been hanged, and those sounds were his feet scraping the roof.


The Disappearing Hitchhiker

This legend tells about a man who picks up a young girl hitchhiking, but when he arrives at her house, she’s vanished from the backseat. He knocks on the door only to discover the girl had actually died years earlier on that same stretch of road.


Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light?

A terrifying story that’s been around college campuses for decades tells the story of two female roommates, with one going out to a party and returning late, deciding to leave the lights off to avoid waking her sleeping roommate. In the morning she sees her roommate was brutally murdered, and the words “aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light” are painted on the wall in blood.



Imagine sitting on the toilet and realizing there’s a ghost popping up from under you? That’s the basic premise of the Hanako-San legend, which spread across Japan and suggests that the spirit of a young dead girl haunts school bathrooms across the country.


Slender Man

The Slender Man myth has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years, particularly with a video game “celebrating” this tall, slender, elongated specter in a black suit who supposedly stalks and kills children, typically in a remote part of the woods.