May i carry your basket

The basket that the strange woman is carrying.

"May I Carry Your Basket?" is the nineteenth story included in the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.


A boy and his friend are playing chess late. At midnight they finish their games and the boy heads home. On his way, he spots an old woman carrying a basket. He comes up to her and offers to carry it. She hands it to him but hides her face. Then, he sees her head pop out of the basket. The boy drops the basket and runs but then the head and the body chase him. The head bites the bottom of his leg and but he keeps running home in pain. When he slows down the head bites his other leg. Then, they are gone.

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