Most of the urban legends people typically know tend to include and utilize the same tropes and storylines.
The boogeyman in the house at the end of the street, the children who never came back from the woods, the woman in white who appears on the side of the road, all of these urban legends possess a familiarity to them that dulls their creepiness over time.
If you want to add a little fear factor into your life, turn to the local myths from other areas. When the old stories from home don't scare you, urban legends from around the world definitely will.
After learning about bags of human meat served in Germany or the Gates of Hell opening up in Russia, you may not want to leave your house, or read up on local history, ever again.