Urban Legends

Candyman

The Candyman is an urban legend that tells the scary story of a murdered slave who returns from the dead in search of revenge if you say his name five times. A horror movie was made in 1992 about the legend, followed by two sequels, starring Tony Todd as the Candyman. Read the story and find out how to play the Candyman Challenge.

Candyman

According to the legend, if you look into a mirror and chant the name “Candyman” five times, he will appear behind you and kill you with his hook. For you see, the Candyman is a vicious killer with a bloody hook for a hand. He appears from the mirror, covered in blood and bees and he has nothing but murder on his mind.

They say that many years ago, the Candyman was a real man. Back in the days of slavery, Candyman was a black slave named Daniel Robitaille, who worked on a plantation in New Orleans. He was a talented painter and was chosen by the plantation owner to paint a portrait of his daughter.

But Daniel fell in love with the daughter of the white plantation owner. When the racist plantation owner discovered that his daughter and the slave were in love, he raised an angry mob and chased Daniel out of town.

Armed with pitchforks and a pack of dogs, they chased the poor slave across fields and streams. Finally, they caught up with the exhausted slave near an old barn. The evil men siezed Daniel and cut off his right hand with a rusty saw. Then they covered him in honey and threw him into a beehive.

The unfortunate Candyman was in terrible pain and died from his injuries, but not before he cursed the men who killed him and vowed to return and exact his revenge. They say his spirit would never rest and now his ghost walks the world for all eternity, appearing when his name is called five times.

So remember, you can say “Candyman” once, twice, three times or four. But never say it five times or you’ll be sorry!

121 Comments

  • i wasn’t scared of candyman before i watched the movie i thought he was a man who gave out candy so i wanted do see him

  • Me: Candyman Candyman Candyman-!
    Candyman: *emerges from mirror*
    Me: YAY I CAN FINALLY DIE-!
    C:…Wtf-

  • Lol we are doing the Willy wonka musical in a week and we have to ship the candy man like 10 times. I should be dead right now then 😝

  • Me singing Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory
    CandyMan
    CandyMan
    CandyMan
    CandyMan
    CandyMan
    Oh i’m still alive oh yay i can still yell thanks CandyMan at halloween

  • I feel so sorry for him. I don’t understand why he would attack people who probably had nothing to do with his death.

  • including the intro about this story, they have said candyman five times sooooooo…

  • even after knowing what wud happen if u make a person suffer and die,why does many of the ppl in the stories do exactly that

  • He probably kills you after you utter his name five times because you are uttering the wrong name. He was covered in honey not candy remember ? Darn he gets really angry I guess….

  • I’d summon Candyman if I want cake or strawberry ice cream with maple syrup and sprinkles on it, after that I’ll say thanks bro then I’ll say goodbye :DD

  • I am looking for more information about the candy man or similar
    I hear this is an old folklore legend not based off of a slave as it is a much older story and other cultures and or countries have a similar man one of my first memories as a child was waking up in my bed and looking toward the wall and I saw a man with a sombrero type hat with bees going in and out of him I was 3 or 4 at the time and my mother heard my bed shaking ran to check on me and although she did not see him she knew something was wrong and she did see a light fly from the bedroom to another room after picking me up and immediately started praying so I guess this maybe the candy man or similar but why would I see him? I never called his name didn’t know about it at 3 years old and I was sleeping! Has anyone else heard of this as a Latin urban myth or other ethnicity urban myth? If so can you share?

  • I thought this story is related to someone who sells candy, But it was totally different. Why candyman..?? Because of honey..???

  • Me when the candyman arrives:

    Candyman: HUMAN. PREPARE TO DIE…. YOU WILL—

    Me: Ooooh! Is that candy? Can I take it? Please? Plsplspls

    Candyman: What’s wrong with this kid….

  • @Meowblockpal I tried it. And, I’M ALIVE! Here’s what happened:

    1) I did the ritual, correctly.
    2) I stood there blankly for 10 seconds.
    3) Then I started hearing faint whispering behind me. I could also hear the buzzing sound of bees. I was almost scared to death.
    4) I immediately said, “I’m extremely sorry for what happened to you, Candyman. I’m not a racist in any way. I’ll try to avenge your death. I promise to never disturb you again. Thanks for coming…” and embraced myself for the worst consequences.
    5) The annoying buzzing sound and the faint whispering slowly started to fade. When I couldn’t hear any more of those sounds, I turned behind me, opened the bathroom door and stepped out.
    6) My friends were waiting for me outside. All of them smiled when they saw me alive and one of them hugged me.

    NOTE: It may have worked for me but it may not for another. IT WAS A REAL scary experience for me. I hate to say the truth but for 1 month I slept with the lights turned on.

  • I think he’s called Candyman because he was covered in honey when he died… @BloodyKillers

  • Yo this story kinda scares me not that much I’m scared 2 try it cause what if it waz real #not trying 😂😂😅😅😑

  • I did this with a group of my friends at school-while doing Bloody Mary, Charlie Charlie, and Scary Terry- We looked in my friends eyes and saw Bloody Mary, the pencils we were using for Charlie Charlie went crazy, we heard bees buzzing, and one of my friends saw Scary Terry behind us. Still scared to go in the bathroom alone!

  • Well I wont try this 💩. Cuz when my aka ante Katty tried it,I never heard from her ;(
    Pls don’t try it!!!

  • Why is he called candy man? Is he made out of candy? If he is then I will do it and eat him.:P

  • It’s called Racism. Ripe it was during their time that a Slave was below and white above

  • Fu** those white men. Geez, he was just in love! Didn’t THEY fall in love too?
    And the mirror thing is totally not true.

  • i think it’s really mean for Daniel AKA Candyman that he was killed ’cause he was black and wanted to be together with a white girl. I hate people that are racist!

  • I tried it and he appeared, he was about striking me when i shouted the name Of Jesus and alas! I found myself on my bed snoring peacefully. Twas a dream afterall. Lols

  • i dare someone to do this and then be all like, “sorry but i wanted to tell u that racist people are butts and they deserve to be thrown in a beehive and i will try to avenge you.” and then turn the lights back on. maybe there will be like a jar of honey or a cool hook or something. if u do this comment about it!!!

  • CANDYMAN CANDYMAN……
    sweet, sugar, candyman ;)

    Say that 5 times and Christina Agulara will appear in the mirror and sing the whole song for you :D

  • party
    me: hey kids want some candy?
    kids: yhhhhh
    me: okay go to the mirror and say candy man 5 times and then there’s candy for ya
    kid 1: dont a man jump out and kill us?
    me: nope *.*

  • mmhhmm…. say candy man 5x and wait in the morning look under your pillow will be candy from the candy bees from in candy mans tummy

    lollage p.s lollage is a new word i made instead of lol

  • I don’t think this is real… but don’t do it cause there won’t be the “Candyman” but you are still opening yourself up to spirits that may wish you harm

  • But why is it called CANDYMAN?
    why not SWEETMAN? i mean he was covered with honey
    does that mean he will give me sweets?
    SWEETMAN SWEETMAN SWEETMAN SWEETMAN SWEETMAN
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARG
    IM ALIVE

  • If i do this then will he come and give me candy?
    I WANNA DO IT
    NOOOOOOOOOO IM SCARED
    by the way, if you did this, how comes u r still alive 2 write the story huh?

  • I did it five times and I heard bees buzzing from behind me and I said, “dude, I’m not racist.” And he left

  • Wait if you read the story, it says candy man a few times maybe five or more. So will he come for me? Haha! I have no mirror! Haha!!

  • Who can make the sun rise? Who can make the sun rise? The candyman. The candyman can. :)

  • CANDY MAN……CANDY MAN…….CANDY MAN……….CANDY MAN………are you crazy of course im not typing it a 5th time lol ;-)

  • I Said It 6 Time’s….I’m In The Hospital Because My Left leg And My Right Arm Was Cut Off.Please Whoever Reads This.Don’t Say It 6 Time’s But Whoever Do….Be Carefull I Warned You.Let God Be At Your Side If You Try.

  • Well I did it and my whole left leg has small cuts on it. I’m cleaning them right now…

  • Used to be fun at sleepovers in the 90s. Great for truth or dare:) I must’ve said Candyman into the mirror at least a hundred times when this movie came out… Tony Todd never did show up though…

  • Candyman.. Candyman.. Candyman.. Candyman.. Candymann.. Nothing happened!! This is bull!
    Shit, it does work!! My brother farted in my face!!

  • *walks into bathroom* *closes door* *stands infont of mirror*
    “CANDYMAN” (0.o ) ( o.0)
    “CANDYMAN” (0.0)
    “CANDYMAN” (*_*)
    “CANDYMAN” (._. ) ( ._.) (._.)
    “CAND-”
    *mom walks in*
    “WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN HERE!!?!”
    *candyman*
    “Aww, he just needed one more time! Moms suck…” (-_-)

  • CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN
    I am wattin’ for u In Front Of the Mirror………
    Talking To Myself..
    I WANNA JOIN U WITH YOUR CANDY ..
    COME OUT
    xoxox
    :D

  • I looked into the mirror and said it “Candyman” 5 times..
    Nothin’ Happened..
    TRY IT !
    :D

  • Rage-Man99, its becuase mirrors are considered portals from the land of the living to the land of the dead. Its a a way for ghosts to cross over into this world.

  • !!!ATTENTION!!!
    Now that I got your attention I was in school and we decided we would try that and one of my friends went in the bathroom and said that my friend would try it and… she came out of the bathroom and started laughing saying “wow that worked well” but then she leaned down and scratched her ankle and she gasped and lifted her pant leg cried out and looked down and she had 3 deep scratches on her ankle and she hasn`t touched her ankle…

  • my dad told me about this….. no one knows why hes called candyman…. maybe its cause hes covered in honey?

  • Candyman ain’t all that scary I saw a movie and it was poor-_- not until at the end where that women became the candywoman and killed her husband….

  • Poor man :( I want to be his friend… But I’d die cuz he’d kill me Dx

    Candyman RIP <3

  • Crap 4 him! 😥 Poor guy. I feel sorry for him. But why Candyman? I mean, the story has nothing to do with candy.

  • poor guy,he got killed for being in love and the girl <3 him back!RACISM!I HATE RACIST PEOPLE!

  • @Bmary u only knew that from candyman:farewell to the flesh.Anyway, this is how the whole story goes, they got it all wrong.So yes, Candyman was enslaved. Some jackass told Daniel to take yes a slaveowner’s daughter’s virginity. He then did that because he was truly in love with her. Her dad was racist and ordered men to go and kill poor Daniel. They then chased Daniel down naked and soon caught him. They cut off his hand and replaced it with a hook. They smeared his naked body with honeycomb and bees attracted to it. A kid ♀ licked it and said “mmm candyman!” The people then started chanting candyman. There. That’s the straight story.

  • what really happened was, yes, they covered him in honey and threw him in the beehive, but be escaped and a kid walked up to him and licked the honey and said “Candyman!” And the name sticked…

  • ANOTHER THING the comment before my comment is
    spelled wrong you have said candyman…candyman…candyman…candyman and candyLman
    so you have spelt the 5th candyman like c..a..n..d..y..l..m..a..n
    whatever if he could just be summoned for candy i would never leave him alone and the candyman chocolate is way better from this guy

  • well i do love candy but this candyman is also a candy
    BEFORE BLOODY MARY USED TO FREAK ME OUT BUT NOW THIS CANDYMAN HAS ALSO JOINED IN TO SCARE THE HELL OUT OF ME!!
    if this is true i feel totally bad for him if this isnt true i dont care

  • I told my cousin the story and he didn’t beilieve me so I took him into the bathroom and did the chant, and the lights wouldn’t stop going on and off and when I turned the lights on the mirror was cracked. It was soo scary.

    And yes, I am a girl.

  • OMG when i was little i had a nightmare so i went into my parents room and they were asleep and the tv was on and so was the movie of candyman i just sat there watching it it was so scary or it was when i i was 5 i was so super scared of mirrorss i made my mum take all our mirrors down :)

  • i want candy now :( im gonna chant his name and say “trick or treat!!!” jk im a chicken o_o

    ~but really i want candy :C

  • Poor Guy. No one deserves to be killed in that way! I think that the Candy man is innocent and did nothing wrong!!! Whats wrong about being in love??? I’m with you Candy man :D x

  • Candyman… Candyman… Candyman… Candyman… and, Candyman!!! Let’s see what u’ve got! 3:D Come on, Im waiting for u infront of the mirror! xD xD

  • Candyman. . . yummy yummy, is he gonna give me candies if I also do what Duality is planning to do?

  • Poor guy – enslaved, abused and trapped in mirrors and stuff… I think if I did summon him, I’d put the poor slave’s mind to rest that his kind is equal; show him Obama and Martin Luther King, then befriend him. Preferably BEFORE he killed me :D

  • Who wuld b stupid enough to try that? I mean who wants to see a man in the mirror and hes just gonna kill u so best not to try this is also a warning to all u people dont try this unless u wanna die. Bloody mary or baby blue is safer not the safest though:)

  • CANDY MAN,CANDY MAN,CANDY MAN,CANDY MAN im too scared to do it!!! CA…… i cant do it!! im really scared!!

  • that is horrible. do you have to be locked in the bathroom with a candle and the lights off, or just anytime, because

  • @pinkKaygana
    Well, maybe it was 5 men who killed him, 5 men out of the mob. And they say mirrors are like channels into the spirit world, so calling his name 5 times would summon the spirit and he may come though the mirror. And about the ‘into a beehive’ thing, its just how they worded it. Like they mean they threw him at the beehive and he caused it to collapse and fall, literally, into the beehive. Hope I helped you out a bit :D

  • i think you got it wwrong pinkKaygana. they didnt throw him inside the beehive they threw him a the beehive which prob made him hit his head and get knocked out and it made the bees angry so they attacked him cuz of anger and the honey he was covered in. ya and i dont understand why tht has to do with a mirror same with bloody mary thts just so stupid!!!! but its an urban legend i think they were just trying to scare us into never using a mirror again. nut mirrors r also some wht paranormal, idk how but they probably r >.<

  • @pinkKaygana
    The candyman is in the fifth circle of Hell (wrath/anger)
    In the swamp-like water of the river Styx, the wrathful fight each other on the surface, The lower parts of Hell are contained within the walls of the city of Dis, which is itself surrounded by the Stygian marsh. Punished within Dis are active (rather than passive) sins.

    Mirrors are said to be a reflection of the soul, and they were often used in traditional witchcraft as tools for scrying or performing other spells. It is also said that mirrors cannot lie. They can show only the truth, so it is a very bad omen indeed to see something in a mirror which should not be there.

    And a man made “bee hive” can have anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 bees in it.
    A “bees nest” can have 1000 to 5000 bees in it.

  • This is sad,but kaygana i get ur point lol. I’ve never said candyman 3times in a row because I thought it was 3 not 5

  • you know, sometimes i dont get why people just put random stuff that have nothing to do with the story and they say if u do it u will die. like, for example, saying candyman five times. why FIVE!?! the number 5 has nothing to do with the story!!! what, don’t tell me that there were 5 bees in the beehive or something!! and why the mirror?! why do u look into a mirror!?! why not into a beehive!?! oh, and, um, this is something different im about to say, but, beehives are small and bees make them on trees, so how can you throw someone into a beehive?!?! there are certain things i don’t get. someone plz explain them to me??

  • no one should be affraid of someone called candyman if a 5 year old heard that they would wanna eat him

  • always new the story like this, well something along these lines…Candyman was once a slave. He was called candyman to everyone, as no one knew his real name. He had a terrible owner who would whip him with a rusty old bicycle chain, he soon died at the age of 17. Now candy man is searching for revenge, trying to kill the whole family of which kkilled him. He knows who to kill. You just say this as you look into your mirror “Candy man i’m ready, Candyman i’m here, Candyman come and get me.”…A friend was telling this ghost story at a sleepover. The next night a girl went home and said this as she looked in her mirror “Candy man i’m ready, Candyman i’m here, Candyman come and get me.”. She walked away laughing saying to herself “haa, nothing happened!” That night she was trying to get asleep when she heard the sound of a rusty bike riding outside her home. Her window flung open, a large scary creature with scars all over him was whipping a rusty bike chain in his hand. he whipped the girl once across the heart and she never woke up… i told this story to my friend, and i am not joking, she took her mirror out of her room for 6 months!!!!

  • This story is 100% fiction. Candyman was a short story by horror author Clive Barker the movie of the same title was based on his story. Candyman was invented by Clive Barker in a book. He’s not real its just a story by a really great author.

  • …….my goodness i feel sorry for that poor man…no one deserves to die a horrid death like that..especially by love ,love is to much you can’t separate that from anyone..and that is the the truth that i speak.

  • The reason that he is called candyman is because a child tasted the fresh honey that was poured on him and called out candyman before he died.

  • Hehe, I don’t believe in this stuff. I’ve tried Bloody Mary, and those chain e-mails? I’ve gotten them ever since the day I had my e-mail and I haven’t died yet. HAHA TEDDY! YOU CAN’T GET ME NOW!

  • OMG I TRIED THIS IN THE CLOSET I WAS FREAKED OUT but nothing happened and im only 9 o_o
    errr i dont wanna go in the bathroom now…i think i need to call the owner and move the toilet….

  • worse than bloody mary

    * does my user name sound like a guys username i want it to sound like a girl * please comment

  • people, his name should be feared because hes real for reasons ive listed above, and not for nothing but comments like “who would be afraid of a guy with the word candy in his name” the only reason candy is in his name is because of the simple fact that he was covered in honey and thrown into a beehive…. and honey is a sweet syrup pretty much like candy so thats where the candy part comes from

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