Urban Legends

Bloody Mary Legend

You’re wondering whether Bloody Mary is real or just an urban legend. Well she’s real. Or at least she was.

This is the real story of Bloody Mary. You’re probably wondering if she is real or just an urban legend. Well, the truth is that she’s real. Or at least she was real. The legend of Bloody Mary is based on a true story.

Bloody Mary

According to the legend, you have to stand in a bathroom, with one candle lit and say the name “Bloody Mary” into the mirror three times in a row. It is only the bravest of children who would attempt to do this, because the story says this will summon her ghost.

If you see her ghostly face in the mirror, it could have one of the following terrible consequences:

1. Your eyes being ripped out and your face horribly scarred.

2. Being found dead with claw marks all over your face and body

3. Disappearing mysteriously from the bathroom and ending up trapped in the mirror with the ghost for eternity.

You could also be driven insane or drop dead on the spot.

Bloody Mary Legend

Bloody Mary Legend

The history of the chanting game is based on mixed up legends and history that, over the years, have become the main basis for the story surrounding the urban legend.

The most common story told is that Bloody Mary was a witch that lived over 100 years ago who dabbled in the black arts. She was found out and executed.

The second story is more modern – a local woman was involved in a fatal car accident, and her face was horribly scarred before she died. She reappears in the mirror when summoned with that same horrific face.

There is another suggestion that the name “Mary Worth” was derived from a victim of the Salem Witch trials.

The fourth story is that Bloody Mary is based on a historical figure – Queen Mary I of England.

Mary Tudor

It is largely believed that the origins of the names “Mary Worth” and “Bloody Mary” came from a slight mix up of characters from history. Mary I, Queen of England, or Mary Tudor, who reigned during the Tudor period was also commonly known as “Bloody Mary”.

Mary Tudor

She was a Catholic and earned the nickname “Bloody Mary” when she ordered the violent execution of numerous Protestants and burned countless people at the stake for heresy during her 5-year reign. She also was unable to have children and suffered two phantom pregnancies, this is why it is speculated that the variation involving chanting “I stole your baby” became tangled up with the legend.

Mary Worth

They say that Mary Worth was a witch who lived in Chicago around the time of the Civil War. She used to catch runaway slaves and keep them chained up in her barn. Then, she would use them in her diabolical black magic rituals. Eventually, the locals took the law into their own hands and burned Mary Worth at the stake. Her charred remains were supposedly buried in St Patrick’s Cemetery.

Mary Worthington

They say that, in the 1960s, there was a beautiful girl named Mary Worthington who was very vain. She loved to look at her reflection in the mirror. One day she was involved in a terrible car accident and her face was horribly disfigured. No one could bear to look at her. She couldn’t even stand to look at herself. One day, when she accidentally caught a glimpse of her reflection in a mirror, she committed suicide.

Mary Whales

Mary Whales was a young woman who was run over by a truck and killed while she was waiting on a street corner. Her face was horribly mangled in the accident. To summon her, you say “I believe in you, Mary Whales”.

Elizabeth Bathory

Another possible origin is the legend of Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian noblewoman who lived from 1560 to 1614. She was also known as “Countess Dracula” or “The Bloody Countess”. She is believed to have tortured and killed many young girls because she wanted to bathe in their blood. She believed it would preserve her youthful beauty. She killed more than 600 victims in all, using hot pokers, an iron maiden, pins, blades, and freezing water. Eventually, her crimes were exposed and she was walled up alive in her castle in Slovakia. Of course her name was not Mary but somehow the stories of this cruel woman have been inserted into the legend.

Mary Weatherby

Mary Weatherby was a woman who was stabbed to death by her husband. They say that if you go into a dark room and say her name three times, her mutilated face will appear in the mirror and she will chase you with a bloody knife.

Mary Lou

Mary Lou was a girl who lived in the USA in the 1950s. At her senior prom, she was crowned prom queen. Someone decided to play a trick on her and set off some firecrackers. Her dress caught fire and Mary Lou was burned alive.

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson was a witch who was burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. To summon her, everybody sits in a circle and holds hands. The room must be completely dark. You repeat together, “Come, Mary Johnson, come!” A dim light will appear over the head of one person.

Hell Mary

Hell Mary is a reversed allusion to Hail Mary. There is one legend that claims if you go into a dark room, look into the mirror and chant “Hell Mary” 7 times, the mirror will run red with blood and you will see the face of satan.

Svarta Madame

In Sweden, there is a version called “Svarta Madam” (Black Madame). She appears in the mirror if you say “I don’t believe in you, Svarta Madam” 12 times. She has black skin, green hair, red teeth and glowing yellow eyes.

Queen of Spades

Queen of Spades

The Queen of Spades (or Dama Pika) is the Russian version of Bloody Mary.



Veronica is the Spanish version of Bloody Mary.



The Japanese have their own version, called Kuchisake Onna or The Slit-Mouth Woman.



The Candyman urban legend was inspired by Bloody Mary.

How do you play Bloody Mary?

What you need is one candle, a strong heart and a big bathroom with a large mirror.

Turn out the lights, place your candle down and light it, stand and look into the mirror, chant slowly “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary”. And see what happens…

If nothing happens try spinning around three times and then look into the mirror. You may just catch a glimpse of her terrifying face.

Try it out if you dare, but don’t blame me if you find yourself trapped in a ghostly netherworld with the ghost of Bloody Mary forever!

There have also been a number of horror movies and TV shows based on the legend of Bloody Mary:

Supernatural – Bloody Mary

Supernatural Bloody Mary

Episode S01E05 of Supernatural featured a young woman named Mary Worthington who lived in Indiana. When she was 19 years old, someone broke into her apartment and murdered her. The killer cut out her eyes with a knife and she died in front of a large mirror. She tried to spell out her killer’s name in blood, but only managed the letters T-R-E. A surgeon named Trevor Sampson was suspected but nothing was ever proven and her murder went unsolved. Her body was cremated, but her spirit was trapped in the mirror.

Dead Mary

Dead Mary

In this horror movie, a bunch of young people spend the weekend in a remote cabin in the woods. They decide to play a game called “Dead Mary” in which they summon an evil witch by repeating her name three times in front of a mirror.

Urban Legends 3: Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

This movie features a young woman named Mary Banner who dies on Prom Night when a prank goes wrong and she gets locked in a chest. Her body was never found and, 35 years later, her ghost returns for revenge.


  • I tried this with my friend and all that happened was her dad jumped out of the shower and startled us 0_0

  • I heard about this when I was 8 yrs old and it creeped me out soooooo much. my friend said she did it but nothing happened but my other friend said she saw a red face behind her and bloody mary had a long nose!!! haha

  • You guys I’m not sure if Bloody Mary is real (I haven’t tried cos unlike SOME PEOPLE I actually LIKE my life and wouldn’t risk it ENDING. But I LOVE scary stories and this is one of the scariest I’ve read. But I have a warning for you: WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT GHOSTS, SPIRITS, DEMONS and UNDEAD ARE REAL!!!! So I’d suggest you don’t try summoning them or have anything to do with them unless you want to die and also just LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!

  • Wow. What if THIS happened to you every ten minutes?
    Boy: Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Bloody Mary!
    Bloody Mary: Ugh dont u fools ever get tired of this?! Here it goes again… Rahhhh!!!
    Bloody Mary: Yeah, yeah.
    I mean, seriously. Who can be so mean to a hurt ghost?! I tried this once: Me: Bloody Mary,Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, im sorry for all of the trouble little children have caused you. I know how you feel, I have four brothers and three cousins to look after ( lol ).
    So yeah and when I turned on the light i saw a bright red carnation sitting on my sink counter top!! It was truly amazing see Bloody Mary isn’t all that bad. she’s just a ghost who gets tired of these things all the time. And FlameFletcher can u do a Mario and luigi thing of dis? I like ur stuff ;) – xx SCARYGURL xx

  • My aunt said her friend Amanda did it with another friend and it worked. But when she tried it with Amanda it didn’t work. She wanted me to try it with her but I refused. I don’t care that she called me chicken.

  • I’ve tried it before. I was in year 3 when I first heard of the legend. I had a sleepover with 2 friends and they dared me to do it at exactly midnight, and although I was petrified I still did it. Guess what?! Nothing happened!

  • I almost done it before, cus my cousin howard said he done it and was in the frikkin Adults Side of the hospital 3 months so i only said it threetimes, and luckily i seen part of her face but not her eyes, thank gawdshe didnt have eyes :3

  • Played this game. By myself. Its so flipping freaky!!!!!!
    I actually contacted her and heard, “you shouldnt have done that!!!” Scared the fudge out of me.

  • If you don’t think bloody mary is real then you’re a doof-head because she is so real. I tried it one time and she yanked my hair and said “get out”. But seriously she’s real. Sorry bloody mary I awakened your spirit. Anyways LEAVE HER ALONE…OR ELSE

  • ive tryed this with my cosuin , my cousin she gothic and i was spending night over her house and we were going through her bos and i found a bloodymarry game so i looked it up on how to play it .. belive me its not reail . ive tryed it by myself , then me an my cousin tryed it . then her bf tryed it . nothing happned except he scared the hell out of us .lol

  • I’ve tried this with my school mates. We were staying at our dorms near the school. Apparently one our boys told us to do the dare. We said “Bloody Mary” three times. My friend she told me she felt something pain. I lift her shirt up and saw a writing on her back saying “Bloody Marry is here” I got so freaked, then i fainted when I felt a cold long feet stepping on me apparently it was staring at me. She almost slice my throat. I scream so loud closing my eyes. Two of my best friend tries to wake me up telling Bloody Mary to get off of me. Then the a friend right next to me scream with horror. Two of my friends and I repeat the words “Bloody Mary, please leave my soul in peace..” She just vanish when the lights when on. We saw our third friend dead. I rushed out of the room to the boys dorm I was to scared to do it. I was like 10 year old. But this year i didnt play that game ever.

  • I tried this with my friends in school and it worked.. But The first couple times we did it we keep hearing the clothes hanger move and then later fall to the ground. We would run out of the bathroom screaming. And no one in the room touched it cause it was on the other side of the bathroom and we were all standing by the door ready to run out. We did this a couple times and then stop cause nothing was happening, but a while later a friend complained about her back hurting and we pull her shirt up and there where 2 long “nail” scratches down her back. She never play bloody mary again but we keep playing until just a couple days ago we were playing it and again got scared and tried to run out but the door wouldn’t open. I got this huge pain on my arm, i couldn’t explain the pain it was so weird. We got the door open and when we looked at my arm it was bleeding and bruised…. Last time i’m ever playing that game

  • how about instead of saying her name 3 times maybe say something like, “i’m sorry for you mary.” maybe she will protect you. that would be cool! but still, lets respect the dead!

  • try watching the tv series supernatural season 1, the episode about bloody mary then go to the bathroom

  • I’ve seen the movie bloody mary. She is creepy! Im still afraid to take showers in fear of her!! ( but i do) lol but her face isnt that bad. And apparently in the movie her face is scarred because each person in the village got to cut her face with a knife before they hung her. I tried it when i was in sixth grade but I think i did it wrong. But what was scary about it was that when i turned around there was a girl in a white dress standing in the corner. But nothing happened to me. I even got my substitute teacher to try it with the whole class. But nothing happened… At least I don’t think so

  • This is always a fun thing to do in Middle School – waiting for someone to go take a pee and turning off the lights while screaming Bloody Mary. Plenty of pants were ruined due to panicked children trying to run away while still urinating.

  • My friends told me about bloody mary. It is a little creepy… One of my friends tried it and it worked. She saw bloody mary’s eyes and they were red. But she peed her pants. And one of my classmates died cuz she hit her head on the mirror… She was in hospital for 4 months and that is bad… But my friends told me that i should try to see bloody mary… Should i try?

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