Ghost Stories and Tall Tales of the American South

The White Dress


Florida ghost story about a young girl who will do anything for a nice prom dress, including robbing the dead!

Written by Richard and Judy Dockrey Young

It was the night before the senior prom, and one girl didn’t have a dress to wear. She was poor and lived in a section of town where there were many immigrants from Haiti and other islands in the Caribbean Sea.

She had gone to the neighborhood funeral parlor that same day to pay her respects to the remains of an elderly neighbor. While she was in the funeral home, she had seen a young girl about her age and size lying in state in a casket in one of the many rooms, which she had entered by mistake. As she looked down at the casket, she noticed that the dress was very pretty and brand new. It had been bought just for the burial.

While she was in the room, the funeral director came in and said it was time to close the casket. He sealed it with a big key – kind of like a wrench – and said that the casket would remain closed from then on, and that the burial would take place the next morning.

After the director left, the girl went on down the hall to the room where her dead neighbor was laid out. While she was in the room paying her respects, she heard a lot of crying and wailing down the hall. Someone had collapsed with grief in one of the rooms, and everyone, including the funeral director, ran down the hall to help that family.

As the girl ran by the room with the sealed casket, she had an idea. She went into the room, opened the sealed casket with the huge curved wrench, and quickly slid the white dress off the girl. She put the key back in the socket and the casket lid and sealed the lid again. Stuffing the white dress into her school bag, she slipped out past the room where all the crying was coming from.

The next night, she put on the dead girl’s white dress and went to the dance.

As she danced with several different boys she knew, her joints began to get kind of stiff. As time went by, her muscles began to stiffen, and she began to walk and dance awkwardly. She thought maybe there was something wrong with the dress, so she went into the girl’s restroom and slipped into a stall. She took off the dress and searched all over it, but couldn’t find anything wrong with it. So she put it back on.

The White Dress copyrght Madison Henline

As she danced, she became colder and stiffer until she was as stiff as a board. The ambulance was called, and she was rushed to a hospital. The doctors pronounced her dead – but she was alive! She could hear every word everyone said, and see everything that was happening. She just couldn’t move or speak.

Soon, she was lying in state in the same funeral parlor, with her family and friends coming by and crying. She tried to move or cry out, but she couldn’t.

The funeral director came in and closed the lid on her casket. And the next day, the casket was taken to the graveyard. And she could hear the gravediggers working: “Did you hear what happened at the funeral home this morning?” said one of them. “No, what?” said the other as they threw shovel fulls of dirt onto her casket. “A young mortician’s assistant heard a knocking sound in one of the caskets. Well, he opened it up, and a young girl in a slip climbed out. She said she’d been the victim of a voodoo ritual. Someone had given her a dress dusted with that zombie powder, so she seemed dead when she wasn’t.”

“Huh,” said the first gravedigger. “I wonder what happened to that dress.”

And then the girl couldn’t hear anything else….


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111 Responses to “The White Dress”


I like it. Its a different a version .


After all those years since 2001, and i still love this one!
definately a favourite of mine…


I love this story so much! It has a heart,it has a soul!!!!!!!!!!!


lol that was a fun one.


Wow! Still a great creepy little story after all these years.

Alex B.(girl):

i was crying at the end .good story very beiliveable

go go girl:

That was so creepy

Oliver Santos:

it’s just simple but concise & creepy…

there’s only one lesson that we can acquire w/ this story… – never ever touch the thing of others, it may put u in danger.


very(infinity) creepy..!!!i love reading it again and again..


Very funny but scary. Hehehe!!!!


Very cool!
Kinda Scary!


Some story… what kind of person would steal a dress from off a corpse? Yuck! Definite moral to this story–don’t steal.

Blades of the Moon:

This is a really creepy and scary story, and I love how it has a moral to it. We need more stories like this that teach a lesson and are entertaining. I just found this site but I wish I would have found it sooner.


This story is cool!


“Some story… what kind of person would steal a dress from off a corpse? Yuck! Definite moral to this story–don’t steal.”- SS

Especially from a DEAD person!


This was a very good story, but how about some more Florida based ones?


It was an awsome story to read for fun,but all in all we can learn a lesson to never steal.


The ‘stealing-a-dress-from-a-corpse’ thing kind of disgusted me, but this story was awesome! Good moral to it also – never steal, or it may come back to haunt you in the future.


I don’t know how many ways you can say the same thing , so I’ll just let that one rest with “di-do”. beasty little diddy from out of the arcives.

Xxmiss murderxX:

good it was great!but what happens to the girl?

Pearl Steinberg:

I am sorry to be a stickler for detail but I could not help but notice that the white dress had been bought new for the burial. So what actually killed the young girl?


That story was weird in a way. I wanna know more…..


Loved the story but what actually killed the young girl?




Pearl, Rach, and Abi. You guys are missing the mesage. Don’t still no matter what. plus she didn’t die . She was druged. I forgot what that stuff is call, that they use. It puts you out like as if you were dead. and when they put you in the grave. They come back and dig you up. thats how to make a zombie. bad news for the girl that stold the dress……NO ONE IS COMING FOR HER.


Yes Michelle, you’re correct. A dead person is a corpse.


i heard a different version-the dress was red and the girl survived. but this was even better


I think that this text is very interesting
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Eli Esparza:

Theres another version were the girl dies and they find out that it was used for a dead girl who died…


that was so cool!i have heard a story like this before though,but in that one the girl took a blue dress and it was poisoned.


OMG good story that dress is so beautiful but is it a true story?????<3


That was a awesome story it’s real too. It’s so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


AWesome story guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


That was a great story and kind of of scary!


that was so sscccccary!!!
oh my i love it going to tell my boyfrieng to read it
cause he loves stories like that!!!!!

Kristopher McAllister:

Wow, had alot of twists and the ending kept me on the edge of my seat! I am reading this story to my class for are ” Scary Story ” and I think they will love it!


So scary and how is it funny?! It is so sad. I asked my best friend to read this one time during class and his eyes were wide the whole time he read it. When he finished he looked at me and said don’t ever wear a dress that a corpse wore. I just laughed and said right back at ya.

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Whooo…this story is good


The punishment hardly fits the crime. I find this story makes good use of a little irony. Besides, I’ve always found stories about burials a little disturbing/creepy!

I think that years ago I may have read a little too much of Edgar Allan Poe’s work. And the “Victorian” era was also a lot creepy, you know, photos of the dead posing, sometimes also with the living. And don’t forget the little bell with the string that went into the coffin…, just in case the corpse was still alive.

Scary subject matter as far as I am concerned. Very creepy.


Wow. it’s little creepy

5 star:

wow yes it was crerpy but it was kind of stupid too lol just kidding

diva dollae:

lmaooo i laughed when she begin to stiffen


awsome story

Ranii Pichu Kun:

why is this so awesome?!


WOW! but why would she steal? just for a dance


i read one like this in a book but she did not move and was diered


I’ve heard a similar “urban legend,” but this story was much better, and waaaaay scarier!


This is definitly a Oldie-But-Goodie!! Great job!! (:


This was a Great story


Awesome story!


omg this is a wonderful story

read this:

Why did the girl not hear anything at the end? i dont get it. Please write back explaining why she couldnt hear at the end!!!!!!!!!!!!


I LOVE the stories here!

Keep them coming!


yuck and scary
So scary and how is it funny?! It is so sad. I asked my best friend to read this one time during class and his eyes were wide the whole time he read it. When he finished he looked at me and said don’t ever wear a dress that a corpse wore. I just laughed and said right back at ya.

“Some story… what kind of person would steal a dress from off a corpse? Yuck! Definite moral to this story–don’t steal.”

Especially from a DEAD person!


this story creeped me out i wont be able to sleep for weeks now aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

i dont want to read stories like this EVER EVER EVER EVER


Wow i thought something else would have happend but WOW it must have been voodoo


this story is REALLY cool! was it the girl who stole that climbed out, or was it the dead girl??? i found out about this website at school at the library. again it was REALLY cool!


tht dress is really pretty and i want it but not with all that zombie powder on it lol……good but sad story


This story was great. I would love to become a zombie. I mean why not!? Its the top chizz


That was amazing i wonder what will happen to the girl the is alive but thought to be dead.


… Surprises me that the first girl who was trapped in the dress didn’t even bother to search for who might be stuck in the dress now. Way to repay someone for saving her, hm?

Excellently done story, none the less. Loved reading it, and I’ll definitely never try to take anything from anyone in the future!



kevin e lake:

great story. I really enjoyed it.


That was great! You could tell what was going to happen when she started dancing and walking awkwardly, very suspensful!!
Hey Garret!


My teacher played this and my friend (that’s a boy) was crying when they said she didn’t have a dress. I think he’s gay though.


zombie powder for sail come and get it at my GRAVE



micheal the first:

creepy O_O


That poor girl (the main character). Stealing from a dead people (while their friends and relatives are still grieving) is awfully disrespectful, but I think her punishment of being buried alive is a bit too harsh. To me, she sounded more immature and reckless than greedy. Oh well, things do happen…

Imagine the havoc that could be wrecked if that zombie dust was real and made readily available to mischievous and/or malicous people!


i love this story so much!

even i’m poor i will not do like her.. i’m scary lol..

but i love this story so much.. <3 100%


i luv it, but i wanna cry now!


this story is cool just that it should have been longer it would have been better but etueir way it was cool…………;)


“She could hear every word everyone said, and see everything that was happening. She just couldn’t move or speak.”

If the dress let you see, wouldn’t the first girl be able to rescue the second, since she would know what she looked like? She would know that the thief had probably fallen under the same spell too. Also, the autopsy would have killed both girls anyway.

Nancy Cobb:

i wish this was a chapter book i would love to read more back in tennessee

Nancy Cobb:

i love this story i wish there was more or it was a chapter book would love to read it back in tennessee


She probably wasn’t thinking with all those nargels in her head….

mel mel p:

thats crazy!!!


WOW! that was soooooooo creepy


I’m going to prom tomorrow, what a perfect story to have read. LOL Glad I’m not that desperate though. Ha 🙂


Realy great .
thank you


i liked this one


scary one ..


This story will be nice if any moral is given

funky breath:

It’s weird not even scary


It was a simple fiction but I found it fascinating of course I always read it twice. the endding gave me a feeling that even I can’t explain it with my words. You must read it and enjoy it.

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Leticia Beluco:

It’s creepy in a certain way, but fascinating. It was not supposed to be scary at all, but actually teach a moral lesson.

Henrique Paiva:

Great story with a nice plot twist right at the end!

Guilherme Correia:

What an interesting story! The authors managed to keep it rather short, but still very catchy and with a great plot twist. I wish we had a continuation or maybe a flashback on the actual dress’s owner story.


The tip is: never steel a dress from a dead person!


Wow! That’s quite a nice story. It makes us reflect upon greed. It is unfortunate that the girl end up dead-stiff, she just wanted a white dress.

William Vieira:

WOW! That story really scary me hahaha
That is a real lesson for us to never steal someone’s dress (especially if the person is dead).
I’m really afraid of being buried alive, that’s why i want to be cremated.


I was not expecting that end. It’s very scary to put yourself in the girl’s shoes.


I don’t know what’s worse: the girl stealing the dress or what happened to her because of it!

Tyler Hjort:

It was a weird short story.


this story is NOT scary! cool story though


I have to agree with the comment that Pearl Steinberg posted. If the dress was just bought and brand new for the funeral than how would anyone have time to cover it with zombie powder?? Not trying to ruin the story I am just curious. It is really cool though and unique! Also I don’t know if it was meant to be scary but in MY opinion it really isn’t. i had fun reading it! Hope that you come up with more like this one!!

C L C:

This story was very interesting was not really scary but more creepy. I wished it was longer though and had a little bit more detail but otherwise I loved it! I loved the part when the little girl stiffens up and is basically paralyzed. She deserved it though.

C L C:

Also Kaitlin or whoever what you said does not really make sense. I mean that…..Ok so basically the dress was brand new and brought just for the funeral. So I don’t think that someone will actually put the girl in the casket when she is still alive then put her in the dress then keep her in the casket alive and wait until someone brings the zombie powder and dusts the dress up with it. I think that maybe the doctor wanted her dead or something and maybe told her to put a dress on that was cursed and then she went still so then he announced her dead and said that he already put her in a brand new dress for the burial. But you know someone might have put her in a casket then sprinkled zombie dust on the dress. Maybe we should all right what we think happened to the little girl that was the victim of the zombie dress.


I mean of course this is a great story but it wasn’t that scary I hope we could come up with more about conspiracy theory story that would be really cool also I really agree with the comment that Pearl Steinberg posted and what kaitlin posted keep up the good work!


So, this was a really good story. I think some things could be worked out more. Like the storyline to the other girl doesn’t make sense when you think about it. This a good story, very entertaining, but when you really think about the storyline to the other girl it really confuses me.

C L C:

This story needs a sequel and if not a sequel a new ending because why does she get buried alive I mean that was kind of predictable I mean she is basically paralyzed and the doctors don’t have a clue what is wrong with her. They are not getting a pulse and the girl is not breathing, I mean she is doing all that stuff it’s just that they don’t know it. I think that the witch or voodoo curser or whatever should come into the story because she senses revenge on the girls list. I mean thats what I would think because the girl is a turd and she seems like the person that wants to get back at that girl that had the dress before she did. I know I get that the girl stole the dress from a supposed to be dead girl but doesn’t that girl that steals the dress doen’t she seem like that type of person to get revenge? Well anyways peace out.


This story was really good!


Ok, I just read this to my class, and one student had a really good point. If the dress was bought for the funeral for the first girl, then she was already dead to begin with. So…. we are confused.


Kelly, the “dead” girl she stole the dress from was actually alive but immobile because of a “zombie powder.” So when the second girl put on the dress it still had powder on it and she, too, was immobilized. In her case though she was buried alive.


Who read this in 2020 ? (me xD)


Good stories are timeless!


wow that was a good story and she was buried alive omg thats creeeeepyy




This story is very interesting but very creepy! I love scary stories!!

6Th grader



Wow this is good!!!

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