You could go see a scary movie or terrify yourself by simply viewing the day’s headlines, but why not enjoy some more old-fashioned creepy vibes from the nearest web browser? Here are three sites you may have missed that will get you in the Halloween mood:
Creepypasta.com: An excellent repository of more than 10,000 memes, short stories and urban legends, with a lot of thoughtful blog features, including telling you in advance how long it takes to read one (so you can time how long before you have before you close the browser tab in fear), a thorough index of topics and scary creatures, and a “Taste a random pasta!” button in case you have trouble finding something you like. “Creepypasta” has become shorthand for scary stories passed online and the site delivers here as well as in its mobile app version and its “MrCreepyPasta” storytime YouTube channel, which has over a million subscribers. You can start with the site’s “Slenderman” stories, which helped the meme become a controversial Internet phenomenon.
White Enamel: An interactive web experience ostensibly built around 1969 documentary footage of a state mental institution. While abandoned mental health facilities as a horror trope feels a little played out, the use of sound clips, video and its tie to the “Blair Witch Project” universe make it a compelling seven-part web game. If you’d rather watch it straight through, you can find clips on YouTube. The makers of “White Enamel” are now working on another interactive project related to “Blair Witch,” “The Trial of Elly Kedward.”
The Bongcheong-Dong Ghost: This made the rounds a few years ago and is worth a look every Halloween for its still-innovate jump-scare web design. Find the biggest monitor you can, turn off the lights and lean in as you scroll down on this terrifying Korean web comic (in this version translated to English) about a ghostly encounter. Warning: this one’s really scary.
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