Local stories and legends have the power to tie a community together with a shared mythology, which endures from one generation to the next. Some of the most memorable urban legends are those grounded in fear, told in whispers by the light of a flashlight. They shiver the spine and make children afraid of the dark, and they never go out of fashion.

Redditor Artemistical posted this chart of the scariest urban legends in each US state. They range from stories involving freakish goblins and radioactive hornets to dark portals. Terrifying creatures like the Goatman and the Bunny Man are sure to make for great Halloween stories if you want to scare the heck out of a bunch of kiddos on a sugar rush.

urban legends in each US state

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Descriptions of US urban legends

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