30 Days Of Horror Challenge Day 11: Your Favorite Urban Legend

Depending on where you grew up, you might feel like you’re surrounded by urban legends of what went on there in years past. Way back in the pre-internet days these were spooky things told to mess with young kids and some a bit older, especially with stories of things that went on in high schools years ago to mess with new arrivals. It’s a fertile cottage industry for horror stories of all stripes and one way a lot of young writers get their feet wet in the genre.

There are a lot of them throughout the world and having spent more of my time being familiar with Japanese horror than US horror, I’ve managed to get burned out on them but I still have a favorite. That one being Hanako-san, a Japanese urban legend about the spirit of a young girl named Hanako-san who haunts school bathrooms.  There’s been some comical uses of this in anime but we’ve also had a couple of spooky and dark live-action iterations as well.

What’s your favorite urban legend? And as an obvious bonus, which one do you hate or bores you to tears with how often it’s used?