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Five of the Scariest (and Funniest) Halloween Pranks of 2013

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“You know it's Halloween... I guess everyone's entitled to one good scare, huh?”
 
These words of wisdom, spoken by Sheriff Brackett in John Carpenter's 1978 classic Halloween, have been taken to heart by legions of practical jokers this year – most of whom weren't merely content with delivering one good scare but several, and a fair amount of hysterical laughter as well. It's been a bountiful season for insane, terrifying and sometimes hilarious Halloween pranks, and many of the videos have gone crazy viral too. Here are five of our favorites... click the headlines to read more and watch the clips:
 
Grim_Reaper
 
When Blue Öyster Cult took up the cowbell and wrote their classic tune, they'd probably never imagined a scenario like this, in which an airborne Angel of Death swoops down on the patrons of a peaceful park.
 
Missing_Spider
 
This sadistic stunt combines sleight-of-hand with old fashioned arachnophobia to exploit people's good intentions... and fears. The result? A freakout masterpiece.
 
Mattress
 
Abandoned mattresses are horrifying enough on their own (especially if you've ever smelled one), but this smartass takes things to a whole new level.
 
Gorilla
 
In Ireland, where many Halloween traditions began, these jokers manage to wring major terror out of that moldy showbiz standard, the gorilla suit... and that's quite an achievement.
 
Spider_Fall
 
That title should tell you all you need to know about this simple but absolutely maniacal stunt. If the idea of giant rogue spiders falling on your head gives you the cold sweats, please proceed with caution...
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