horror movies based on true storiesMy Halloween tradition in recent years involves three mission-critical components: 1) trick-or-treating with my kids, 2) secretly raiding their candy stash after they go to bed for my favorite treats (what, it's not like they're going to miss one fun-sized Kit Kat) (okay fine like eight fun-sized Kit Kats), and 3) forcing my husband to watch a horror movie with me. My husband hates horror movies, so my entertainment is twofold. There's the scary stuff happening onscreen, and the hilarity of my husband moaning from the couch, "Ugh NO. Why are they -- NO. WHY. GOD, WHY AM I WATCHING THIS."

Anyway, if you're also thinking ahead to what horror fare you'll be serving on Halloween evening, consider this list of scary movies that are supposedly based on true supernatural events. Did the hair-raising scenes in these movies really happen? You'll just have to watch and decide for yourself ... after you go to sleep with the lights on, of course.