'5-Word Scary Stories' Take No Time to Spook You Silly

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5 word scary stories
Reddit has an amazing thread happening today that's titled "Can you tell us a scary story in five words or less?" In terms of upsetting readers in just a few words, I didn't think anything could top the infamous line that's attributed to Ernest Hemingway, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," but Reddit users have been doing a bang-up job of making the most of their assigned brevity.

I've pulled some of the best stories that have been posted so far, and added some creepy images just to heighten the yeesh factor. Turn on all the lights, lock the doors, and enjoy.

Living alone, toilet was warm.


Alone in bed. Blanket shifts.

You awoke suddenly, buried alive.

Just saw my reflection blink.

That door was just closed.

It enjoys watching you sleep.

You didn't kill that spider.

Gahhhhhhhh I'm sorry about that last one. What do you think of the five-word-story contributions?

Images via Flickr: soumya_p, sammcdaniel, jlmaverick, mikebrown, kaylahartmanphoto, alyssafilmmaker, the-wanderers-eye; Lionsgate

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nonmember avatar Lana

I seriously don't understand why people would want to kill a spider. They are naturally shy creatures and are very important to the ecosystem. Catch it and put it outside.

the4m... the4mutts

Not 5 words, but my favorite short spooky story:

Was in my room when I heard my mom call me downstairs.

As I was walking toward the stairs, my mom says from her room "Don't go down there, I heard it too."

nonmember avatar Mamaof3

@Lana I mostly agree with you except for the GIANT spider that kept coming after me the other night. Literally attacking me while I attempted to shower while all 3 kids (including my newborn) slept soundly. I screamed so loud and it startled me to the point of tears- my husband had to come and kill it for me. That spider had it coming! And @4mutts Holy Crap! That's the scariest story ever! Did that happen to someone that you know? Or is that just one of those freaky tales tossed around? If so, I had never heard it before... But YIKES!


I could do mine in three: Jesus is coming. That would scare the bejeesus out of me. I'd think of all the fuck ups I've made.

Montes Alicia

Great job on all of them! And @the4mutts, that is really creepy. Never heard it before, wonder if Mom did?

the4m... the4mutts

I found it online while googling shortest scary stories a few weeks ago. There's some great ones out there!


Just read one longer than 5 words. A boy sees a man killing his family then write something on the wall in blood the boy can't make out . The boy pretends to sleep as the killer crawls under his bed.The boys eyes adjust to the darkness and he can now read what was written on the wall : I know you're awake.

Angela Wilkins

Obama has been re-elected again.

Keyna Nuoffer

Someone always has to make things political.

LandPmon LandPmon

Of course this topic comes up after creepy things happen at my house! 5 words " Don't open the fucking door" that's what my husband heard on the baby monitor tonight, right before our daughter started screaming. I came home from work and found them both trembling at the door. When my husband heard that and went running upstairs, our daughter was trying to hide under the blankets. When she wants out of her crib, she stands at the side. She was terrified to go back in her room all night.

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