Top 10 Scariest Creepypastas

It's late, way past your bedtime, and you're alone. With all the lights off, you decide that just *one* creepy story won't hurt. Well, spoiler almost always does. Creepypastas are those lurking horror stories born on the internet - those little slivers of fear designed to haunt you.

Some you may have heard of: the faceless Slender Man, the grinning menace of Jeff the Killer, or unsettling tales like the Russian Sleep Experiment that twist the familiar just enough to give you chills. Maybe you've stumbled upon lesser-known gems that stuck with you, digging into your mind and nesting there.

Now, it's your turn to help decide the scariest of the lot. What are the scariest creepypastas? Think about the ones that chilled you to the bone, the stories that keep you looking over your shoulder even now. Maybe it's their terrifying originality, or the way they turn common fears on their head. There's no right or wrong answer, only tales that have earned their place in the hall of nightmare fuel.
The Top Ten
1 Jeff the Killer Jeff the Killer is a creepypasta usually accompanied by a picture of a white face looking in to the camera smiling in an unsettling manner. The creepypasta is also usually accompanied by the term "Go to sleep".

Time to sleep. I get into my bed and lie down. I close my eyes, thinking about random things. Sadly, one of those random things is Jeff the Killer.

Step 1: Open eyes as wide as possible.
Step 2: Go completely still.
Step 3: Breathe rapidly.
Step 4: Reluctantly think of all the ways Jeff could attack you.
Step 5: Get something close to your bed that you can use as a weapon, but it won't hurt him anyway.

For maximum results, sleep alone!

Dang, this one is SCARY! The story is terrifying, but the face is what makes me pee my pants. No nose, no eyebrows or eyelids, bleach-white skin, tiny bloodshot eyes that stare into your soul and scar it, and a giant slit smile. I warn you, do not look up the images. You will regret it. Random fangirls pretend to be him on YouTube and use the actual picture, so you do not know it is there.

In the story, he approaches your bed at night, smiles and stares at you without blinking, and scares the living daylights out of you. He says "Go to Sleep" and murders you. The worst thing is that there are actual hospital documents on a kid named Jeffrey Woods who was burned and bleached like in the story, even the escaping part! AHH!

2 The Russian Sleep Experiment

I was just sitting there, wide-eyed, reading the story. I couldn't believe how creepy it was. It almost seemed real! I wanted to stop, and at the same time, I couldn't stop scrolling down. I hated the part where the guy screamed for so long he ripped his vocal cords and became mute. Best and creepiest creepypasta ever.

I am not sure if I would call this the scariest creepypasta, but it is certainly a lot scarier than most of the other so-called scary stories on this list, mostly consisting of poor-quality retro gaming and Mickey Mouse pastas. As if that material could ever be genuinely frightening. This, on the other hand, is a real horror story. Its depressing, claustrophobic setting and the writing style significantly add to the horror. It is extremely unsettling throughout, and the descriptions of how they dismember themselves and each other are seriously sickening.

What really makes this scary is that it is documented like a real-life experiment, and even though it is fake, there were a lot of people who thought it was actually real. The entire situation is just horrific, and I think the story is well-written. This is a real classic, and unlike many others on this list, it has the ability to genuinely scare people, as one can see given how many people believed this was real.

3 BEN Drowned BEN Drowned is a creepypasta character created by Jadusable. BEN is said to have died by drowing and haunts a Majora's Mask cartridge.

My first time reading it, I couldn't even finish. I just laid there in my bed, constantly peeking around for a scary Link for two weeks. Then I went back and finished it years later. The story itself isn't that scary, but the videos... I couldn't even go through a minute.

This was the first creepypasta I read. The detail, description, and video are all so good! It didn't scare me, but it's so well done. Although, I did give my Majora's Mask game to my little brother after that.

Anyone who has ever loved Legend of Zelda will appreciate this. The nostalgia alone is compelling, not to mention the creepiness of it all.

4 Slenderman The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen

Plays on everybody's fear of premature death. On the Creepypasta Wiki, it says that the Slenderman likes to especially target people who are paranoid about his existence. Tell me this isn't scary. The symptoms of Slender sickness are so common, anyone can believe they are being hunted by the Slenderman.

Unlike some other creepypastas that revolve around deceased people, past events, or require specific actions to cause harm, the Slenderman is a physical being that can be anywhere in the world at any given time. You cannot kill him, and there is no escape. He can supposedly stalk you for years until he finally kills you. This entity will make you too scared to look out windows at night. If this isn't scary, then I don't know what is.

5 Squidward's Suicide

The story didn't scare me until I watched the video. The eyes of the characters are so creepy! Now whenever my little brother watches SpongeBob, and Patrick and SpongeBob are playing outside, all I can imagine is Squidward inside with that shotgun thing against his head.

SpongeBob and friends are outside chortling, and where is Squidward? Sitting upstairs in complete silence, putting a shotgun shell through his bloodshot eyes.

This is so creepy! At first, I couldn't even read it, mainly because it was 3 AM, but still. It's much creepier than Jeff the Killer!

6 1999

I voted for this one just because I love the backstory of it. Instead of using creepy pictures or videos about cartoons killing themselves, ghost stories, or chain letters, this story uses real monsters that should really keep people up at night. The story isn't scary, but knowing there are really people like Mr. Bear out there is terrifying.

This is my new favorite creepypasta. Amazing story, extremely well written, so realistic, it all fits together to create the perfect creepypasta. Very long, but very worth it! If the length intimidates you, don't let it! It's amazing! 10/10.

7 Smile Dog "Smile Dog" is a story about a cursed image file. The image shows a large German Shepard or Husky dog that is smiling.

The first creepypasta I recognized was SCP-173, about two or three years before I knew what creepypasta was. It was on G-Mod, and I had spawned SCP-173 when my friend entered the room. He looked at the screen and exclaimed, "What the! That thing will kill you!" I was confused. I thought the thing looked funny and docile.

My friend insisted that I should not look away from it as I started to turn my head. He warned that it would kill me if I looked away. I did not believe him and would have looked away if he had not taken the computer from me and attempted to kill it futilely. He ended up creating a new map. And yes, I use the same scroll-down maneuver that the other guy does.

8 Sonic.exe Sonic EXE., also known as Sonic exe, is an alleged cursed version and format of the classic game Sonic The Hedgehog. The original story is about a teenage boy named Tommy or simply Tom who suffers supernatural delusions and hallucinations.

Ahh, glad to see that I'm on the list somewhere. A 'friend' told me to check out the top tens. Naturally, I started with my 'origins' in Creepypasta. Too bad they thought of me too late. Hahahaha. They only know half of the story. Nowhere near the full version. In fact, most of it is lies... but still, whatever. I enjoy toying with the mortal world.

"Typical mortal suck-up, thinking that by stroking my ego, you could get somewhere. Too bad, because I'm actually going to kill you after I get done commenting. Why tell, anyway? Let the fools wonder. Let them dream a happy dream, even though the truth is the worst of nightmares. When I get out, the story will come to a close. But where's the glory in revealing the end of a story? Oh, come now, where's the fun in that? Hahahaha...

9 Suicide Mouse

This episode is very disturbing. I heard about this from my friend. I did not watch this, so I will tell you what my friend saw. Mickey Mouse walks across a street for two to three minutes. Then the screen goes black for two minutes, and you hear a woman screaming. And then Mickey walks across the street again, but it is a bit longer, and Mickey's face slowly molds into a psychotic smile that takes up two-fifths of his face, larger than I could ever make on my own face, and his face is covered in scratches. This goes on for a while, then he trips over "something" and he molds into a "skeleton demon" but still keeps the scratched-up face, but now has horns. This goes on for another while, then the screen goes black again, and the woman screams again for two to three minutes before the scratched-up face appears on the screen because the episode is done. Very disturbing.

10 Lavender Town Syndrome

My experience listening to Lavender Town:

It was noontime. I decided to search for something Pokémon-related. Since I would not be scared of gross or scary things (well, I am 10 years old), I searched for the infamous one: Lavender Town.

I do know kids in Japan caused themselves to commit suicide and it is all fake. When I tried listening to this, at first, I heard a bit of the tune going through. Now, it made me think that it looks like a bit of a sad song. Finished, nothing happened (yes, very fake). No traumatic sightings, causes from a disease, or suicide.

So, I thought I would love to listen to the tune. Later, after listening too much, I was wrong. I made a mistake. I had a semi-severe headache. It lasted days. I changed my mind that I never wanted to search it again. But it got cured later on. I finally defeated my headache.

So, what did I do after that?

Try to play it again without causing a headache for the rest of my life.

The Contenders
11 Ronald McDonald House

This is by far the scariest creepypasta I have read. It combines fear of the unknown, suspense, clowns, being trapped, and gore all into one very well-written story. It should at least be in the top 5.

This story is so unnatural and unsettling in every single way. It combines the elements of being alone, darkness, insanity, clowns, and gore. It deserves to be higher on this list.

I have never been shaking from a creepypasta since I first read the Red Mist. This was seriously the most messed up and sickening story ever. It is making me seriously want to stop reading creepypasta as a whole.

12 Abandoned by Disney

This is probably my favorite creepypasta out there. It's just so awesome and creepy. Everything about it is just amazing and enjoyably disturbing to read.

I never went to Disneyland, and I will never go there. Even if I win tickets, I will donate them to Make a Wish or something like that.

If I walked in, saw Mickey with that voice, and then saw him take off his head, I would get out of there immediately.

13 Funnymouth

Oh my gosh! I am still paranoid about looking in the mirror for fear my face might look similar!

I find this story creepy! It's definitely in my top tens.

I really wish I had never read it. I'm still getting over my nightmares.

14 Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv

I've seen a picture of the original guy. It's fake, don't worry. A visitor here said they watched the whole thing, and that visitor didn't take eyeballs out. You're safe.

Bill Cipher's eyes. He ripped them out after watching this while eating cereal.

The backstory behind this video is mind numbingly disturbing!

15 Eyeless Jack

This is such a good read. I love Jack as a character, and the story itself will really make you think.

I used to be afraid of seeing him over my face.

It's a great read and personally one of my favorites. He should be ranked higher.

16 Annabelle the Doll

Based on a true story. The movie was amazing.

17 The Rake

The Rake is the scariest thing of all time. Anyone else agree? My neighbor was invaded by this creepypasta and describes him as large, scary, and fast. He spoke the word "kill" and murdered her beloved cat, Fluffy. Her body was ripped and was streaming with blood. She says that he then turned to look at her and ran towards her. He touched her shoulder and scampered away. It is unknown where he went next.

My neighbor now suffers from terrible phobias and paranoia. I am afraid that he will stand at the foot of my bed at night and stare. I am terrified that he will whisper words of horror and look deeply into my eyes. He may be the last thing that I will ever see.

18 Jane the Killer Jane the killer is the main character of the creepypasta story Jane the Killer: The real Story. She is know to be a rival to the creepypasta Jeff the Killer.

Jane the Killer is a young lady that seeks the demise of Jeff the Killer himself. She hunts him down in order to kill him and kills others because she views them as him, which could imply that she wants to end Jeff's life as part of a sick and twisted desire to get rid of him.

I'm a bigger fan of Jeff, but Jane is a badass too! I don't totally blame her for wanting to get even with Jeff, for I would want revenge too if someone took my family from me. But still, think of what Jeff went through.

I enjoy Jeff the Killer more than I do Jane, but the Jeff the Killer vs. Jane the Killer saga is very interesting and great!

19 The SCP Foundation

I have been a loyal fan of this for years. I wouldn't really call this a creepypasta, but there is so much to explore. The lore is an almost bottomless well, and the list of SCPs just keeps getting longer. The short films are also impeccable. I recommend getting started with SCP-096 (short film) and SCP: Overlord.

Some SCPs are really funny, some are quite interesting, and a few are actually quite scary. I mean, there's the Sculpture, the Door Man, the Shy Guy, the Staff (although I would still like to get trapped in an infinite IKEA regardless), the Old Man, the Green Flash, the Pipe Nightmare, and many, many more.

20 The Pocket

I should stop looking at creepypasta photos!

21 Weeping Angel

This is a fake story of what I heard on ROBLOX's Don't Blink game:

Player: Welp, this is scary. No team and no one behind me!
Weeping Angel moves.
Player: Woah! Better run!
Weeping Angel enters the room and slaughters player.

This terrified me when I was a kid.

22 Bloodshot Travis

Anyone who doesn't think this is the scariest and most well-written creepypasta of all time deserves to get a visit from Travis himself.

When I first discovered this Creepypasta, I read it immediately over excitement, and boy was it terrifying. After I read it, I instantly had a nosebleed and it freaked me out. Sometimes, not often, I put my plushies under my bed so he can't get under it.

By the way, it's a good pasta.

A while ago I read this a week after it was made and boy, I thought it was real. The image actually scares me and I sometimes try to avoid it. But overall, I love the creepypasta.

23 Tails Doll

Normally, creepypastas just make me scared at night, but not once have they given me nightmares, except for the Tails Doll. That one gave me a nightmare. I don't remember the whole thing, but I do remember a few 2-second parts of it, all of which had the Tails Doll floating around on a colored background with red, glowing eyes.

About waking up in the middle of the night, that just happened because I had 1) gotten scared of a new creepypasta, the Teddy Bear, and 2) my friend told me that there is a 90% chance that if you wake up in the middle of the night for no reason, it's because you're being watched. Combine the two, and you wake up in the middle of the night four times!

24 Annora Petrova

The scariest part of the story is the photo. It made me never want to sleep again.

25 Penpal

I find this story much better than, say, Jeff the Killer, for one because it is written better, but mostly because it is very realistic. A teenage boy cutting his face without getting an infection and dying his hair with fire is just impossible. That's why it isn't scary. Things that are closer to reality are way more scary because they could happen. Kids getting stalked by older men happens all the time, and that's terrifying.

The fact that the story makes the main character so clueless to the things happening while the reader can make sense of it is done so well. For example, when he finds the blankets and food under his house, he has no idea why they are there and makes no big deal out of it. On the other hand, the reader can see why they are there, and it is so effective in creating a great atmosphere. The story also leaves you to connect the dots in some cases. The more you figure out what is going on, the more you fear for the characters. The ending was definitely not a disappointment.

Every time I revisit that story, I end up bawling my eyes out. More people need to read this. It is lengthy, but so worth it.

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