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How To Tell a Ghost Story

Watch more Happy Halloween videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to tell a ghost story that's both compelling and scary with the tips in this Howcast video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Find a good setting Your story won't work if you're shouting over street noise or basking in a bright, sunny day. If you want maximum scare impact, find a spot that's dark, quiet, and secluded, and pick a time when you won't be interrupted. Step 2: Understand the basic structure Whether it's about a vengeful spirit or a stalking serial killer, ghost story structure is simple. We meet the hero, who has a problem. The hero's attempts to solve the problem unwittingly upset the bogeyman, who takes a lengthy ironic revenge. The story ends with the bogeyman still out there somewhere, possibly very nearby... Tip When you know this basic structure cold, play with it a little to find out what works for you. Step 3: Make it personal Make it personal. Say the story happened to the friend of someone you know, or fill in the specifics with places and names familiar to your audience. In other words, if you're in the woods, your story should be set there, too -- and the characters should be a lot like your listeners. Tip Make your specifics sound familiar and believable, so the listeners can easily imagine the story happening to them. Step 4: Build suspense Start your story with a quiet, casual attitude. As you work towards the scary climax, ratchet up the suspense by increasing — or decreasing — your speed and volume. Step 5: Be presentational If you've got a flare for the dramatic, now's the time to break it out. Give each character a different voice and mannerism, and don't be afraid to use your body. Tip Work props into your performance, like shining a flashlight under your chin or flashing a hook hand at just the right moment. Step 6: Make contact Target someone a little jittery. When your performance hits its scariest peak, make quick physical contact with that person. Watch your audience jump a foot in the air. Did You Know? One of the most popular and widespread ghost story themes involves phantom or disappearing hitchhikers.
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