2018 Ghost Story Contest Winners

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.  

Contest background

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 Society. 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.

Bluenose Ghosts

In 2018, the Government of Canada named Helen a Person of National Significance 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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Ages 7-9

 The Murder at Midnight by Adèle Lacroix, age 9

 Cursed Campfire by Chyanne Hinks, age 9

Ages 10-12

The Nupur by Tasnima Fabiha, age 12

 My Imaginary Friend by Saba Khan, age 10

In the Woods by Catherine Khaperska, age 11

Ages 13-15

The Painting by Zoe Leck, age 13

Cold Tile by Yvan Lee Guy age 13

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