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9 Creepy Real Events That Actually Happened on Halloween

For some of us, October 31st is the most fun day of the year. For others, it’s the spookiest, weirdest and most tragic.

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This freakish decoration was REAL

If there were a prize for most morbid Halloween decoration in Frederica, Delaware, in 2005, it would have gone to the body hanging from a tree. It would have beaten out the fake witches, skeletons, and jack-o-lanterns dotting the neighbourhood. For hours, people passed by admiring it. Of course, it had an edge over the other decorations. This was a real body. Police believe it was that of a woman who had committed suicide the night before.

We’ve rounded up a few famous ghost stories with totally logical explanations.

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Men in tutus shouldn’t criticize

Note to self: Not everyone’s wearing a costume on Halloween. When a tutu-clad Marine spotted a uniform-clad man in a wheelchair, he thought the man’s costume was a weak attempt at mocking the military. So he attacked him. As the Marine learned upon his arrest, the man’s wardrobe was not a comment on American servicemen and women. He was, in fact, a disabled veteran.

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There really are monsters

It’s every parent’s nightmare: Your child comes home from a night of trick-or-treating with spiked candy. One event that helped propel this fear was the murder of Timothy O’Brien in 1974. The eight-year-old from Deer Park, Texas, died Halloween night after ingesting poisoned candy. Making this crime more horrific is the fact that the perpetrator was not a neighbour, but the boy’s own father, who sought to cash in on his son’s life insurance.

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The note

The most frightening thing about the graveyard kit bought at Kmart was the note an Oregon woman found inside. It was written by a Chinese factory worker who claimed he and others were tortured and enslaved in a forced labour camp making toys 15 hours a day with no pay or days off. He went on to plead for the letter to be forwarded to the World Human Rights Organization. The woman did just that, and the Chinese worker was freed when the camp was exposed months later.

Check out these extraordinary real life stories about the kindness of strangers.

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor decomposing body…

It’s bad enough to have collapsed and died alone on your own porch steps. But adding insult to injury, the next morning, the mailman, assuming the body was an excellent Halloween decoration, sidestepped the deceased on his way to delivering the corpse’s mail.

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Next time go as a ghost

Sometimes, a costume is just too good. A nine-year-old wearing a black outfit and a black hat with a white tassel was mistaken for a skunk by a relative and shot. The girl survived.

It turns out everything you need this Halloween is already in your closet. Check out these brilliant last-minute Halloween costumes!

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A killer costume

The year was 1957. Halloween night. A couple was getting ready for bed when the doorbell rang. It was late, but the husband answered the door, ready to dole out more candy. Instead, an adult wearing a mask shot him in the chest, killing him. Was it a trick-or-treater dissatisfied with the candy selection? Not quite. The murderer, it turns out, was the girlfriend of a woman who had had an affair with the murdered man’s wife. The woman convinced her girlfriend to do away with the husband in order to have the wife for herself.

Read on to learn about the famous crimes that will never get solved.

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Angry candy

Candy might be important, but it’s certainly not worth your life. It was Halloween night when a 55-year-old Chicago resident realized his candy bag was missing. He blamed a neighbour for the missing sweets and took his revenge to an extreme, stabbing her to death with several steak knives.

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A devastating prank

Halloween is known for both tricks and treats, but some pranks just go too far. In 1998, a Bronx man was in the car with his girlfriend to pick up her nine-year-old son from a Halloween party. When a group of teens started egging the car, the man got out and an argument started. After he sat back down in the car, though, one of the teenagers shot him fatally in the head.

Next, check out history’s strangest unsolved mysteries.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest