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Tell Us Your Favorite Vermont Ghost Story, For A Brave Little State Halloween Special

Scott McCracken
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A covered bridge in Stowe, known as Emily's Bridge, is thought to be haunted by a jilted bride. Want to share your favorite Vermont ghost story? Record yourself for a Halloween podcast extra from Brave Little State.

Brave Little State is answering a question about Vermont's best ghost stories — and we want to collect your creepiest tales for a Halloween podcast extra.

Update: We're no longer accepting submissions, because our Halloween special is live! Listen here, and thanks to everyone who shared a tale.

Brave Little State is VPR's people-powered podcast: You ask the questions, you decide what we investigate and then you work with us to find the answers. For our October episode, in addition to a question about utility rates, we're taking on this question:

"What are some of the most interesting/mysterious/intriguing ghost stories about the state of Vermont?"

Maybe there's a tale you grew up hearing, or an unsettling story behind a landmark in your town or city. We're looking for your best original delivery — in other words, no reading aloud from published works, please!

Here's how to submit your story:

  • Find a quiet place to record. This could be a room with closed windows and lots of sound-dampening furniture, rugs and curtains. It could also be your closet. Or your car.
  • Get in a spooky mood. Adorn yourself in garlic and/or whisper "I see dead people" a few times.
  • Use your smartphone's voice memo app to record your story. Hold your phone like a Dictaphone — not too close to your mouth, but not too far away either. If you choose to tell your story in a foreboding, whispery tone, perhaps do a short test recording to make sure it's not too quiet.
  • Give us a little background info. At the beginning of your recording, tell us your full name, where you live and how you learned this terrifying tale.
  • Use lots of detail. We may add sound effects and music to your story, so get descriptive!
  • Keep your story under 5 minutes. We're not sure how many submissions we'll get, but we want to include as many as possible — so keep it short and scary! Do a practice run to get the timing right.
  • Send your recording to Include your contact info, so we can keep you updated. We'll confirm that we received the audio, and will choose a selection of the stories for our Halloween special!

Subscribe here, so you don't miss it:


Brave Little State reserves the right to condense your story for clarity and length, and distribute it across VPR's platforms.

Image by Vermont photographer Scott McCracken. Find more here.

Angela Evancie serves as Vermont Public's Senior VP of Content, and was the Director of Engagement Journalism and the Executive Producer of Brave Little State, the station's people-powered journalism project.
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