Sometimes when kids visit the pumpkin patch, they'll get an unexpected scare when one of the gourds leaps out and attacks them with a wooden sword. Nobody's sure where Patchkin comes from, but he doesn't seem to mean any harm, even though he doesn't seem to recognize that a wooden sword can kill someone.
They say he's the reason so many pumpkins grow with faces already carved into them, and that he even has a way to make giant pumpkins grow, though he's not telling how.
By contrast, another living scarecrow presents a much greater danger. They say Cropsy was once a normal scarecrow belonging to a normal farmer, until that farmer's land was raided by griefers. The farmer was slain, but his ghost entered the scarecrow and slew all the griefers.
There's impatience, and then there's the man who devoted his life to better teleportation. He experimented with Ender Pearls, Chorus Fruit, and more in an attempt to create gates to cross the Overworld without travelling through the Nether. Until he tried something insane: he built and lit a Nether portal in the End. The portal activated, but when he stepped through it...well, nobody's sure what exactly happened, but now people have sighted some kind of half-man, half-Enderman across all dimensions, seemingly appearing and disappearing at random.
Is he in control of his teleportation? No one knows. What happens if you look at him? Sometimes he attacks, sometimes he doesn't seem to notice. Whatever the answers, it looks like, in a way, he got his wish.
Mushroom islands are a fun place to visit or to settle. There's a ready source of food, and monsters never spawn.
But they say there's a danger nonetheless. If you live on a steady diet of nothing but red mushrooms, day in and day out, for too long, eventually something...strange happens to you.
Eventually the human body is overtaken by the shrooms, and you become a single-minded consumer of red mushrooms, all day every day.
As cliche as it may sound, the moral of this story is this: keep a balanced diet!
Not every dungeon and stronghold below the surface was built by the Stronghold Monarch. They say many of the original builders of these structures remain as the Spectres.
Despite being actual ghosts, they rely on fright more than fight. Stand your ground against these beings and they may flee. Or if you can expose them to sunlight, they will definitely flee.
Walk far enough in any direction, and eventually the land starts to get...strange.
You need wool to make a bed. Wool comes from sheep, and there's two ways to get it: shear it off...or kill the sheep. It can take a while to get those iron ingots though, so newcomers often have no choice. Or they're starving and mutton seems appealing. But there's one entity that doesn't care, a being driven by one belief: that sheep should never die.
They say with each sheep you slaughter, you increase the chances that the Unshorn will appear behind you and exact vengeance for his species. He makes no exceptions. So if in the dead of night you feel that you must kill sheep, I won't judge you; killing animals to survive is a part of nature. But be ready to defend yourself from the scariest sheep in existence.
The Lapis Lady
They say a powerful enchantress was once married to a sailor, until the sailor was lost at sea. Some say he was taken by the Sea-Swallowed Captain. The enchantress searched desperately for a way to find her husband, expending stacks upon stacks of lapis trying to come up with a new enchantment for a compass to locate him. She soon became drenched in lapis, her skin stained blue.
Having exhausted her supply, she took the items she had tried to enchant - a boat, a fishing rod, and a compass - and departed to search the seas for her lost love. They say she still searches today.
Once upon a time there was a village that was near the dangerous Webbed Forest.
This place was infested with spiders, and even Cave Spiders would appear on the surface sometimes. It was also known for the larger Brown Spiders. The village's main export was string.
One day a young woman ran away from home; the entire town turned out to search for her, but quickly were forced to turn back when night fell and the spiders got hungry.
One year later, the town was overrun by spiders of every kind. The handful of survivors claim they saw a woman riding one of the spiders, as if she was commanding them as her own personal army!
Was she merely drunk with power, or did she have a vendetta, believing the townsfolk gave up on her too soon? Either way, the legend of the Silksnatcher is at the back of many a miner's mind when spiders appear in the depths.
The House of Horror
Far away from any known lands, an explorer once brought back the tale of a most horrifying house. No mere Woodland Mansion was this; it existed in a massive crater in the ocean, as if it had been brought there by a crashing meteor from the Void.
Surrounding this house are Polterghasts, which apparently somehow found their way to the Overworld from the Nether and, seeing the open sky for the first time, were terrified by the lack of a cavern roof above them. As unnerving as they may be, they are apparently harmless.
But the interior of the house is another story.
Some mad scientist or mad wizard had taken helpless Villagers and turned them into monstrosities. Vampires who could transform into bats at will. Werewolves who would change shape in the darkness and the light.
What twisted mind could have done this? At least for now it looks like none of these creatures will escape the crater...but since the vampire bats can fly...how long will that last...?
The world may be about to get even more dangerous. Aliens, giants, giant rats, griefers, ghosts, and now vampires and werewolves? There is so much to be afraid of, but that means there are so many fears that can be faced and conquered. The point of the Ender Dragon is not that it exists, but that it can be slain. There are enterprising crafters who farm Withers for their Nether Stars. Maybe it's not just the people who have things to fear. So this Halloween, let's see how many of these monsters can feel fear! Put on your best armor, sharpen your best weapon, and once your costume is complete...
Show the monsters something to be afraid of! Trick-or-treat! Happy Halloween, and good hunting!
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