Which 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' tale scared you most: 'The Red Spot' or 'Harold'? | The Tylt

Which 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' tale scared you most: 'The Red Spot' or 'Harold'?

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a children’s series of books (and now film) which haunts the reading corners of elementary schools nationwide. How they were ever deemed kid-friendly, no one knows; the illustrations alone could inspire insomnia. Out of all the series’ bone-chilling stories, two were notorious. In “The Red Spot,” a girl has the worst kind of skin problem. “Harold,” is a narrative dominated by a nefarious scarecrow. Which one gave you nightmares? 

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While the “fact” people swallow spiders as they snooze isn’t true, the following anecdote won’t make you any less paranoid about what our eight-legged friends get up to at night. “The Red Spot” is a story about a girl who wakes up one morning with the titular dot on her face. The spot grows bigger and bigger throughout the day, causing the girl to worry despite her mother’s assurances. It just looks like a spider bite, she says, it’ll go away in no time. There's no need to fret. 

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Wrong. While taking a bath, the spot bursts, unleashing a bunch of tiny spiders that crawl down her cheek. See, the blemish wasn’t your average spider bite—the culprit arachnid had laid its eggs in the girl’s cheek. This essentially puts a twist on an old adage about sleeping tight and not letting any bugs (or spiders) bite.

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Scarecrows are pretty scary already (“scare” is in their name, after all). When they’re not helping lost girls from Kansas find her way back home, they’re hanging around in cornfields petrifying the bejesus out of crows and meddling kids. Or they’re Harold, and they have a gruesome bone to pick. 

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The “Harold” story focuses on two cow farmers that abuse an unassuming scarecrow for fun. This seems like your typical bored agricultural lifestyle until the scarecrow starts to fight back. The tale ends with one of the farmers skinned alive, the scarecrow holding it triumphantly in a way that would’ve made Ed Gein proud. Inanimate objects have feelings too, you know. 

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