Spooky times don't only happen during Halloween season. Watch out! Ghost stories can creep up on you anytime of year.
The 2018 Halifax Public Libraries Ghost Story Contest awards ceremony took place on November 4th in the Helen Creighton Room at Alderney Gate Public Library.
Every year, young people from across Halifax Regional Municipality (and beyond!) enter their stories—originals or retellings of stories they have heard before—in one of 3 age categories: 7-9, 10-12, or 13-15.
This contest, in its 29th year, is a partnership between Halifax Public Libraries and the Helen Creighton Folklore Societyopens a new window. Helen Creighton, a renowned folklorist, collected songs, stories, and lore from across the Maritimes, including numerous stories of the supernatural. Many of these were included in her book Bluenose Ghosts, first published in 1957.
In 2018, the Government of Canada named Helen a Person of National Significanceopens a new window for her contributions.
Terrifying local talent
This year, 50 talented young writers entered their creepy creations into the Halifax Public Libraries Ghost Story Contest. These tales were enough to keep 3 very brave judges awake all night, their eyes wide in terror.
This year, book prizes provided by the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, and selected by staff at Woozles children’s bookstore, were awarded to 7 young writers for their very frightening stories. Read on below...if you dare!
We would also like to extend many thanks to our judges this year for their dutiful dedication to choosing the winning stories. It wasn't an easy feat!
Read...if you dare
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The Murder at Midnight by Adèle Lacroix, age 9
Cursed Campfire by Chyanne Hinks, age 9
The Nupur by Tasnima Fabiha, age 12
My Imaginary Friend by Saba Khan, age 10
In the Woods by Catherine Khaperska, age 11
The Painting by Zoe Leck, age 13
Cold Tile by Yvan Lee Guy age 13