5 Spooky Hoaxes For Halloween

Halloween
In homage to Halloween, we’ve resurrected five of our spookiest hoaxes for your reading pleasure!

1: Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam

Outline:
Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.

Brief Analysis:
Alas, the little girl ghost is not real. The image was created with a smart phone app called “Ghost Capture”. The gingham clad youngster is just one of a large selection of “ghosts” that app users can add to their images.

Example:
This pic was taken by someones deer cam. The pic befor n after still has Buck in It but no little girl .the guy who shared this says hes not going out to his deer blind again. But nice buck.Little Girl Ghost on Deer Cam

 

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2: Ghost Under Bed Chain Letter

Outline:
Email chain letter that includes an image of a ghostly figure under a hospital bed warns recipients that the ghost will collect their soul if they do not send the message to five people.

Brief Analysis:
Although it may look a little scary, there is nothing supernatural about its origins. The image is derived from the DVD cover illustration for a 2003 Thai horror film entitled “The Unborn”. Nothing dire will befall those who do not pass on the message.

Example:
Subject: Fwd: FW: Fwd: Fw: Read before opening pictureTrue or not – this is pretty creepy – & just in time for Halloween!Subject: FW: Read before opening pictureThis photo was taken in a hospital after the patient in the bed was in an accident where he was responsible for a young woman’s death.It is said that when you receive this image and do not send it to at east five people, the woman will look for you during the night to collect your soul.A couple in a western suburb area of Sydney received the message and deleted the picture without sending it to at least five people. This couple was murdered by their 15 year old neighbor who claims to have been possessed by the woman.A 28 year old woman in Whittlesay Road, Cambridgeshire, England, was run down by a car driven by another female that fit the description of the woman in the photograph, the police investigation revealed that the murdered lady had received this picture only 4 hours before her untimely death and did not pass it on to at least 5 people.

Ghost Under Bed

 

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3: Facebook Messages from Dead Girlfriend

Outline:
Circulating message relates the scary tale of a man who continues to receive Facebook messages from his girlfriend even though she died in a 2012 car accident.

Brief Analysis:
The story does not describe real events. It is a work of fiction. The piece was first posted on the Reddit ‘NoSleep’ community, a place where members can share original scary stories.

Example:

Dead Girlfriend

This Guy’s Girlfriend Keeps Messaging Him On Facebook And It’s Absolutely Horrifying

My girlfriend died on 7th August, 2012.

I just received another message, and it’s worse than any of the others.

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4: Images Of Strange Mermaid Found On Beach

Outline:
Circulating photographs of a strange sea-creature are claimed to depict the body of a mermaid or alien found on a beach.

Brief Analysis:
The photographs do not depict a real mermaid or alien. Instead they show a sculpture by artist Juan Cabana.

Example:
Subject: Strange Creature

The mermaid found on Malaysian island:

Mermaid Found on beach

 

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5: Sundarbans Ghost Chain Letter

Outline:
Message that includes an image of a ghostly girl in the Sundarbans claims that bad luck will befall those who do not forward the message.

Brief Analysis:
The claims in the email are untrue. The “ghost girl” has been added to the photograph of the young man using image manipulation software such as Photoshop.

Example:
Subject: Fw: Read before u view the picture – Believe it notThe guy in the photo went to the Sundarbans with his friends and he asked 1 of his friends to take his picture in that very place. While his friend was taking the picture he screamed and fainted, 2 days later he died in the medical college. Doctors said he died because of heart attack.When the photos were exposed, in the last photo there was a lady standing right beside him though friends claim that he was standing alone.Many people said it is a rumor and the picture is the result of the blessings of latest technology. However, the photo itself is very scary and I’m sure you’ll also feel the same way I’ve felt. Here you go with the photo!!!A navy officer sent this letter to 13 people and he was promoted.. A business man received this letter and threw it away..not believing in it.. and he lost everything he had within 13 days.. It reached a labourer and he distributed it to 13 people.. he was promoted and all his problems were solved within 13 days.. So you must send this e mail to 13 people for something good to happen to you so people..get sending !! 🙂 don’t be lazy.. P/S : Do not send back to the person who send this to you!!!

Ghostly Girl

 

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Last updated: October 31, 2016
First published: October 31, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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