Scary Stories from Around the World

7Authors: Wai Hou (Harry) Sio and Mindy Sun

Halloween is coming around the corner, bringing with it the creepy atmosphere of the unknowns. Join us at the Halloween events this year to hear more about ghost tales from different cultures and share scary stories you personally experienced. We’re offering two sessions, one during Global Connections and a separate evening session.

Scary Stories Around the World  Event

  • Session 1: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 PM | Join us!
  • Session 2: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 8:00-9:00 PM | Join us!

For now, here are the four stories we believe will keep you up tonight. Get yourself a blanket and ready for the goosebumps!

  1. Ap in Cambodia or Krasue in Thailand

A beautiful young Cambodian woman walks outside her house at night. There’s a mysterious red light in the air, and she walks toward it. She saw a floating female head with all of the organs hanging down from its neck. She screams. But it’s already too late. The Ap got her.

The Ap is represented by the head of a pretty young woman that floats in the air, guts, spine, heart, intestine, and other bloody organs dangling.

There are different myths of how the Ap comes into existence. Some sources said that women who abuse black magic may be forced to turn into an Ap as a penalty for their crimes. Others state that some pretty but weak soul women are the unfortunate victims of demonic possession.

The Ap feeds on blood and fetuses and is believed to take a particularly disturbing interest in pregnant women. If there’s blood spread on your house in the morning, that’s a sign the Ap has been there. An Ap can turn you into one yourself if you ingest her saliva, so no sharing beverages with her. They can be repelled if you put thorny vines/ sharp objects outside your house, as the witch’s dangling entrails could get caught in them.

  1. Hukai Po in Hawaii

The tale goes that Hawaiian residents at nights may hear really loud sounds of tribal drums and when they look out of the window, they would see ghostly lights in a line, thumping up and down. It looks like they are marching.

They are Hukai Po, or the night marchers, often considered to be the spirits of ancestral warriors. Hukai Po is most likely to march on nights when the spirit world is particularly active, especially on nights of heavy winds and rain.

They will just march and not harm you if you don’t stand in their way or don’t look at them for too long. If one of the marchers meet your eyes, they will take you with them.

If those popular ghost stories are not scary enough for you, the two below from Reddit will surely creep you out by its very personal, relatable details…

  1. This new old house by BatoutofHell821

“We bought an old house, my boyfriend and I. He’s in charge of the “new” construction – converting the kitchen into the master bedroom for instance, while I’m on wallpaper removal duty. The previous owner papered EVERY wall and CEILING! Removing it is brutal but oddly satisfying. The best feeling is getting a long peel, similar to your skin when you’re peeling from a sunburn. I don’t know about you but I kinda make a game of peeling, on the hunt for the longest piece before it rips. Under a corner section of paper in every room is a person’s name and a date. Curiosity got the best of me one night when I Googled one of the names and discovered the person was actually a missing person, the missing date matching the date under the wallpaper! The next day, I made a list of all the names and dates. Sure enough, each name was for a missing person with dates to match. We notified the police who naturally sent out the crime scene team. I over-head one tech say “yup, it’s human.” Human? What’s human? “Ma’am, where is the material you removed from the walls already? This isn’t wallpaper you were removing.”

  1. My Daughter Learned to Count’ by RealScience87

“My daughter woke me around 11:50 last night. My wife and I had picked her up from her friend Sally’s birthday party, brought her home, and put her to bed. My wife went into the bedroom to read while I fell asleep watching the Braves game.”Daddy,” she whispered, tugging my shirt sleeve. “Guess how old I’m going to be next month.”I don’t know, beauty,” I said as I slipped on my glasses. “How old?” She smiled and held up four fingers. It is 7:30 now. My wife and I have been up with her for almost 8 hours. She still refuses to tell us where she got them.”


Das, R. (2015, September 18). 30 Very Short Tales Of Horror That Are Better Than Most Scary Movies You’ve Watched. 

Greenwood, F. (2012, October 31). The tale of the Malaysian breast ghost, and 5 other scary stories from around the world. 

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