Where Bad Kids Go

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I must have been six or seven when I lived in Lebanon. The country was ravaged by war at the time, and murders were common and frequent. I remember during a particularly vicious era, when the bombings rarely stopped, I would stay at home sitting in front of my television watching a very, very strange show.

It was a kids’ show that lasted about 30 minutes and contained strange and sinister images. To this day I believe it was a thinly veiled attempt on the part of the media to use scare tactics to keep kids in place, because the moral of every episode revolved around very uptight ideologies: stuff like, “bad kids stay up late,” “bad kids have their hands under the covers when they sleep,” and “bad kids steal food from the fridge at night.”

It was very weird, and in Arabic to top it off. I didn’t understand much of it, but for the most part the images were very graphic and comprehensive. The thing that stuck with me the most, however, was the closing scene. It remained much the same in every episode. The camera would zoom in on an old, rusted, closed door. As it got closer to the door, strange and sometimes even agonizing screams would become more audible. It was extremely frightening, especially for children’s programming. Then a text would appear on the screen in Arabic reading: “That’s where bad kids go.” Eventually both the image and the sound would fade out, and that would be the end of the episode.

About 15 or 16 years later I became a journalistic photographer. That show had been in my mind all my life, popping up in my thoughts sporadically. Eventually I’d had enough, and decided to do some research. I finally managed to uncover the location of the studio where much of that channel’s programming had been recorded. Upon further research and eventually traveling on site, I found out it was now desolate and had been abandoned after the big war ended.

I entered the building with my camera. It was burnt out from the inside. Either a fire had broken out or someone had wanted to incinerate all of the wooden furniture. After few hours of cautiously making my way into the studio and snapping pictures, I found an isolated out-of-the-way room. After having to break through a few old locks and managing to break the heavy door open, I remained frozen in the doorway for several long minutes. Traces of blood, feces, and tiny bone fragments lay scattered across the floor. It was a small room, and an extremely morbid scene.

What truly frightened me, though, what made me turn away and never want to come back, was the bolted, caged microphone hanging from the roof in the middle of the room…

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53 Comments on 'Where Bad Kids Go'

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  • Miles
    Commented on February 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Now that is a good creepy pasta.

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  • Commented on March 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    How is it bad if u keep your hands under the covers?!?!

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  • Commented on March 4, 2015 at 1:08 am

    this is good, it kinda reminds me of 1999 but i think that this is slightly different, you could have continued it and made it a lot more ‘creepy’ but this is good

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  • Commented on May 14, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I’m guessing (emphasis on ‘guessing’) that kids leaving their hands under the covers means they are masturbating.

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  • Commented on March 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Stories like these are ultimately my favourite, I think the whole point of creepypastas is to scare…duh. But idk what scares people more than REAL LIFE or stories that relate to real things to keep us paranoid and on edge with something simple. 1999, Where the Bad Kids Go, The Rake, stories that have “historical” or a “real life” theme to it seem to always scare the best. Thumbs up!

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  • Commented on February 28, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    yay, It’s on the page finally, :)。

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  • Commented on March 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    The ending made no sense, someone explain?

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  • Commented on March 4, 2015 at 2:23 am

    I love it it had me like OMG in the end.

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  • Commented on March 4, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I love pasta’s that seem so short, so you are asking yourself how it will possibly end, while bringing the whole story to a close… and then it blows your mind.

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  • Commented on February 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    pretty creepy!

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  • Commented on March 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Creepy. Just plain creepy

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  • Commented on March 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    This is one of those less-is-more Creepypastas that haunts you for a week since you first read it. This pasta is up there with Candle Cove and 1999 as stories that can ruin your childhood, or at least look at your childhood in a very different light.

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  • Commented on March 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    creepiest.of.pasta reread the very beginning paragraphs when its talking about how the ending of the episodes are the exact same…

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  • Commented on March 27, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Ok, can someone explain the ending please?

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  • Stormy
    Commented on September 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    OH MY GOSH I STAY UP LATE HAVE MY HANDS UNDER THE COVERS AND EAT FOOD IN MY SLEEP!

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  • Commented on March 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Nice it’s finally been uploaded to this site

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  • Commented on May 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I see, so the screams he was hearing during the end of the show was not pre-recorded. Someone was actually in that room being tortured. Nice pasta.

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  • Commented on March 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Nice

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  • Commented on March 20, 2015 at 12:45 am

    creepypastas sink into your mind creeping you out and in the dark of the night, make your eyes/ears/mind play trick on you

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  • Commented on June 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    If you guys are interested, this is narration of ‘Where Bad Kids Go’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzR7O7-t95s

    Thanks

    Horrorstudio1

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  • Commented on August 31, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I like it 🙂 however two suggestions:
    * A repeat of hearing the screaming, later on in life, would re-inforce the horror of what had happened
    * A detailed description of the building / studio would personalise the experience more.

    Other than that this is a 4.5/5 for me 🙂

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  • Commented on February 28, 2015 at 5:29 am

    that story was creepy i liked it!!

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  • Commented on March 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Absolutely amazing! I loved it!

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  • Commented on March 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    that is creepy

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  • Commented on March 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    i love every minute of it

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  • Mason
    Commented on March 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Ok im being special here whats up with the ending

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  • Commented on March 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I enjoyed it quite a bit. It reminded me of 1999, and while it was brief, it was still extremely creepy. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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  • Commented on March 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    holy crap….that is insane!!!!

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  • Commented on March 23, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Hannah.. Oh O_O NOPE

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  • Commented on March 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Nice Pasta! 5/5

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  • RippleChips
    Commented on April 18, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Thats very, very creepy. i mean, not scary, but creepy. You have to write some hardcore crap to scare me but that is some very good pasta!! Wow.

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  • Mukk2347
    Commented on April 28, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Very creepy for a creepypasta, but it seems that I want more details on the show itself.

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  • Commented on May 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Yeah how is putting your hands under the covers bad?

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  • Commented on May 7, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Bro… That was amazing :’D

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  • Commented on May 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    wickedly cool bro

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  • Commented on June 21, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Loved it! That’s kind of like the one about Mr. Bear. 15/10 breads!

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  • Commented on August 31, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    it seems kinda like the russian sleep expirement towards the end when he go

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  • Commented on September 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    This gave me chills, especially at the ending :3
    9.5/10

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  • Commented on October 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    One of my favorite pastas!~~ >3<

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  • Commented on November 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    THAT IS A GREAT CREEPY STORY!!!!!!

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  • in.need.of.souls
    Commented on December 8, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    OMG this was beautiful.

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  • Commented on December 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I really liked it, I just wish there was some more. Really great pasta though:)

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  • Commented on December 21, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Pretty short, but quite satisfactory. Wow, I wish I grew up with a program like this. Haha, just joking. (Looks around nervously)

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  • Commented on January 4, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    This is my favorite pasta

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  • Commented on July 18, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    It was cute, although I was expecting a little more on the ending.

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  • Commented on August 2, 2016 at 4:18 am

    O shit, guess they was some bad kids

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  • Commented on December 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Good to know!

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  • mac
    Commented on February 28, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    CREEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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  • Q-tip
    Commented on December 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    This is one of my favorite pastas. It is freaky as monkey assault. The end is wonderful and It is well written. #myfavoriteandIloveit

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  • Commented on January 1, 2016 at 10:27 am

    GodDAMN is that unnerving!

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  • Commented on January 1, 2016 at 10:27 am

    GodDAMN is that unnerving as Hell!

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  • porky
    Commented on November 10, 2015 at 8:11 am

    He said that the show was in Arabic, so it’s islamic. Nothing new for them to torture and murder the innocent then.

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  • Bebe
    Commented on June 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    It made me think about what those american soldiers did to those at Abu Graib

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