A few scary stories are labeled campfire ghost stories-they are often told around the campfire and are usually harmless enough to be told to children. The stories have become so common they are spread across the nation and most folks have heard a version of the stories at some point in their lives-usually at a camp-out or sleepover where kids are gathered.
Most of the campfire stories end on a humorous note-or with the story teller yelling BOO at the end to break the spell and remind the kids it's only a story. One I heard often as a child told the tale of an old man and woman who moved into a little old house by a pond. Each night after they went to bed they would hear an eerie voice saying 'it floats it floats'. The story teller would embellish the tale by describing how creepy the place was and using their best scary voice. As the story ended the mystery was solved-Ivory soap floats.
Brenda S. 'Okie in Colorado' sent me this: