Graveyard Shift

Creepy Urban Legends About Hitchhikers

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When it comes to local lore, it seems like every town has its share of hitchhiking urban legends. There's either a certain road where folks say you're apt to encounter scary hitchhikers, or a certain car you should never, ever get into, no matter the weather. Many of these stories are rooted in the supernatural and feature mysterious apparitions or bizarre creatures that lurk in woodsy areas or on desolate stretches of road.

Several tales are variations of "the phantom hitchhiker" or "vanishing hitchhiker," whereby a driver picks up a wayward individual, only to have them disappear before their very eyes. After reading these creepy hitchhiking stories, we'd like to suggest you be careful about whom you offer a lift, and if you're traveling alone, maybe go ahead and splurge on a cab.