Basket

The Basket is a scary story for kids. It is based on an old British folk tale called “The Headless Woman”. A version of this story appeared in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz as “May I Carry Your Basket”.

Basket

Gabriel Fisher spent the evening in the pub, with his dog Trotty by his side. It was just before midnight when he finished his last drink and started for home. Outside it was cold and frostly and as silent as the grave. He thought he saw a figure moving in the distance up ahead.

As the man walked on down the road with his dog, he saw that it was a woman walking ahead of him. She was carrying a basket on her shoulder and it was covered with a white cloth.

When he caught up to her, he looked to see who it was, but it was dark and she was so bundled up against the cold that it was hard to see her face. Trotty started to growl at her.

“Good evening,” Gabriel said. “What brings you out so late?”

The woman didn’t answer.

They walked on in silence for a while. Then Gabriel said, “May I carry your basket?”

Without a word, the woman took it off her shoulder and handed it to him.

From inside the basket, he heard a small voice say, “That’s very nice of you,” and that was followed by wild laughter.

Gabriel was so startled that he dropped the basket on the ground. The white cloth slipped off and out rolled a woman’s severed head.

He looked down at the head, and he stared at the woman.

“It’s… It’s… It’s your head!” he cried in horror.

His dog Trotty gave a howl and fled in terror. As the woman stooped down to pick up her head, Gabriel took off running too.

The woman chased after him, holding her head in her hands. He could hear her footsteps behind him. She was gaining on him. Then, he looked down and noticed something rolling along the ground beside him.

It was the severed head.

With a ghastly laugh, the head rolled in front of him, trying to trip him up. Gabriel managed to jump over it.

He could hear the Slap! Slap! Slap! of running footsteps behind him.

Then, the head sprang into the air and sank its teeth into his ankle. Gabriel screamed with pain and shook the head off.

He tried to run faster, but the woman’s body and her head stayed right on his tail.

The head sprang into the air again and bit into his other leg. He let out another scream and kicked the head away.

Just then, Gabriel came to a small stream. With a mighty effort, he leaped across it and kept running, not daring to look back until he got home.

His dog Trotty was waiting at the house when he returned. Gabriel looked back into the darkness, but the headless woman and her severed head were gone.

Comments

  1. terror beauty says

    *Gabriel* oh that woman really looks so creepy and she gives me the chills,so I should surely go up to her and talk, moreover I should offer to carry that basket for her,that’s what I should do instead of running away or minding my own business.isn’t it so trotty? Um…Trotty? Why did you run away?

    *Trotty* ( to himself ) I’m not crazy like you man.

  2. Never_saw_em_again says

    Story was awesome.. Love the way they wrote it.. Like ‘he heard footsteps’ .. Awesome.. But on some side.. Story looks half.. No plot twists.. No scary endings.. But it was nice story! 7.5/10 Flying heads

  3. Saliq_Khan says

    To Username Invalid, if that creature was chasing her, then so are the players who are chasing the opposition player who has the ball in football. But on a lighter side, it would have had been hilarious, purely funny if he would have had kicked her head off. No? I mean, the body would be forced to go and look for its head otherwise it may get lost in the dark. And animals would eat a talking head for dinner

  4. Username_Invalid says

    To Saliq_Khan, the woman’s body was also chasing him. I read a story similar to this, where a girl living in a forest with her brother had a dream that tells her to set up a huge web in a certain part if the first for more game. She does so and after some days, she goes to an unexplored part of the forest where she sees a huge woman with the body of a snake and the head if a human with sharp and king teeth. The woman smells her brother and her and chases them, her teeth clacking. She gets her head cut if when it gets struck in the web but she still follows her. The girl then uses three magical needles that her mother gave to her before dying to get rid of the lady and her head. I read it in Short And Shivery. :)

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