Tell a spooky ghost story outdoors

10:00 a.m. on October 25, 2010 (EDT)
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Hikers who disappear without a trace, haunted huts, Sasquatch sightings, mysterious lights and visions in the woods, UFOs. If you want to scare the gorp out of your friends, learn how to tell a good ghost story.

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9:02 p.m. on October 25, 2010 (EDT)
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I have been telling tall tales at Scout campfires for quite a few years. Doc Forgey's collections work well for youth groups. The classic Robert Service poems from the Yukon, Cremation of Sam Magee and Shooting of Dan McGraw work well even when read, as do the 2 versions of Jack London's To Light a Fire (the early version is the optimistic one where the protagonist succeeds, while the later version, written when London was apparently in a very depressed stage of his life, has the protagonist freezing to death as he fails to keep the fire lit).

But you do have to use some judgment with the group. One night, while camped in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, I told the tale of the Blue Mist. This story is based on a true incident that happened not far from Calaveras Big Trees, involving a blue mist (probably hydrocyanic gas or other vapor from a gold mine) that kills the 3 protagonists one by one, on successive nights. I introduced the tale with the words that "This is a true story that happened not far from this very place." After telling the tale and 3 or 4 others, we walked out into the meadow to do some star gazing. As we stood there looking up at the stars, a mist arose from the damp meadow. A very young, and short, scout became very frightened and grabbed my hand with one of his hands and the Senior Patrol Leader's hand with his other hand, and started screaming over and over "Mr. Scoutmaster, Mr Scoutmaster, THE BLUE MIST! LOOK! THE BLUE MIST!" I had not realized that a small 11-year-old could squeeze so hard. It took quite a while to calm him down, along with a couple of other young scouts.

So beware! You might stir up a few nightmares and actually scare some of your audience, especially if it includes young kids.

10:05 p.m. on October 25, 2010 (EDT)
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I have nothing to add but I thought this picture might get some people in the mood.

8:23 p.m. on November 15, 2015 (EST)
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I've told a few in my time. Now I YouTube or read...missing 411 which is about people who go missing in the park systems before trips and it really gets to some of the people I go with. I worry more about other people than anything else in the woods. A good story around the campfire is always fun though! I usually look up Native American tails and stories before a trip in the area we go too and tell those.

4:33 a.m. on February 20, 2016 (EST)
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I believe it's Brown Mountain in NC where you can regularly see lights appear on the mountain and I don't remember if it's supposed to be Cherokee women looking for dead warriors or warriors going out on a night attack. I do know when I was in Afghanistan we were sent to check out this pass and on both sides it had high cliffs and plenty of places for a ambush. When we arrived at the beginning of this pass our translater turned white and refused to go and said no1 would use this pass because of demons. It did give all of us a bad feeling so our sniper set up as I went ahead to look for tracks or any signs of use but found nothing and I mean nothing no critters,bugs,ect. So we set up for the night in the perfect spot. Well as night fell we kept hearing things and thermal and night vision wouldn't pick anything up we just assumed it was the wind even though there was none. Not 1 hour later every battery we had was dead even are spares so this isn't good. 4am all are comms start making noises but they were dead and then just stopped. Finally day light comes and everything is working again? Now I go back down and check around again for signs of anything and nothing.We had 3 more nights in that pass and not 1 night went by where something didn't happen. Our translater said there is a cave where the demon lived and if you entered he would eat you or possess you . All I know is it was a waste of time and we were all on edge and chalked it up to satellite interference and all the natural ore copper ect screwing with are equipment. I'd never go back

4:49 a.m. on February 20, 2016 (EST)
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This one isn't scary but sad . It's said the Cherokee rose is from where Cherokee women's tears hit the ground during the trail of tears march. The tears represent the mothers who where grieving and crying so hard because they could do nothing to help their children survive this death march. The elders prayed for a sign that would lift the woman's spirits and give them strength. Not scary but yet if you see a Cherokee rose I hope you will remember this story and how special that flower is.

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