Halloween Horror Stories: 5 Recent Scary Crimes & Stunts
It's the season of haunted houses, spooky scares, and creepy costumes — but sometimes, Halloween horror stories can be all too real.
Below, our roundup of recent Halloween crimes or stunts gone wrong.
1. A Nightmare In Uxbridge: Freddy Krueger Glove Turned In At UK Police Station
Residents of Uxbridge got a scare after someone anonymously turned in a terrifying Freddy Krueger–like metal glove with six-inch blades to the local police station (main photos, above). Police said the weapon, which looks eerily like those worn by the burnt serial killer in the 1984 hit A Nightmare on Elm Street and was dropped off at the knife bin at the station, appears to be homemade.
"There are knives and then there is this," the West Drayton Police tweeted. "Safely dropped off anonymously in the knife bin in #Uxbridge Police Station. #noknives</em>." Local residents who spoke to media outlets seemed shocked that one of their neighbors could have made the glove. [Fox 32]
2. "Decapitated Body" Halloween Decoration Causes Panic
A Halloween decoration that resembles a man's decapitated body trapped under a garage door has prompted several calls to police in eastern Tennessee. The disturbing display on Chuckey Pike in Greene County reportedly caused several residents to call 911. The display also features realistic red hand prints and "blood" spatters.
After several calls to the police, Tennessee's Greene County Sheriff's Department posted on Facebook: "Do NOT call 911 reporting a dead body. Instead, congratulate the homeowner on a great display." [USA Today]
3. "Slender Man" Sightings Leave Small Town Residents On Edge
Residents in Gresham, Oregon, received a scare after spotting a person impersonating the fictional horror character "Slender Man" walking around town wearing a suit with gloves on his/her hands and a white mask. The Slender Man phenomenon started with an online post in 2009, and he is typically depicted as a spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face.
The media outlet discovered that the mystery man actually worked for a local haunted house. "We don’t mean any harm, we just have our characters out there having fun, that’s what they are, they’re actors. We wanted to create an uproar, people to go, ‘Hey, there’s a guy on the street, what’s he doing?,'" Nate Fultz, who works for the House of Shadows, told Fox 12. Gresham Police insisted that the actor confirm that he worked for a haunted house. [New York Post]
4. Man Found Dead In Hong Kong Haunted House
Hong Kong’s Ocean Park has closed its Halloween-themed haunted house after a 21-year-old was found dead inside it. Hong Kong police confirmed that a man with the surname Cheung, who was was a friend of an employee of a Swire Group subsidiary, had been certified dead. The group's staff association had arranged a visit to the park for an annual staff event, and Ocean Park CEO Matthias Li Sing-chung said Cheung was found passed out five minutes after he had entered the haunted house.
Cheung was reportedly found in an area that staff used for maintenance work in the attraction "Buried Alive," which consists of a slide and haunted house. A park spokeswoman said Cheung ventured "by mistake" into a backstage area open only to staff after he had finished the slide and entered the haunted house. The park and Swire Group offered their "deepest condolences" to the victim and his family. The death marked the first fatal accident at the attraction since it was introduced in 2001. [SCMP]
5. Two Men In Clown Costumes Arrested In Wisconsin
Police in Menasha, Wisconsin, stopped two men in clown costumes while responding to reports that people dressed as clowns were chasing cars in the early hours of October 7.
They reportedly arrested one of the men and their driver for child neglect after investigators learned that the two men had left a four-year-old home alone while they were out clowning around. [The Washington Post]
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Main photo: Metal glove that was dropped off at UK police department [West Drayton Police]