Fairy tale endings have become synonymous with a life lived happily ever after. We parents can’t be having our kids thinking it’s all sunshine and unicorn poop though, can we? Regale your sprogs with these original fairy tale endings instead.
Perhaps terrify them in the process. Bonus.
The Little Mermaid
Forget the Disney ending of human transformation and eternal love. In the original version, Aerial witnesses her prince marry another less fishy princess.
She’s offered a knife to put an end to the prince once and for all. In her despair however, she chooses to jump back into the sea and dies in swirl of salty froth. Pleasant, no?
Little Red Riding Hood
Heroic huntsman and grandmothers are nowhere to be seen in the original French tale. Red foolishly follows directions to Granny’s house given by a hungry wolf.
Finally she is trapped and dies in the belly of the beast. I imagine he ate all the cakes in her basket too. Greedy so and so.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
There are two variations of the this story, which only dates back to the early 1800s. In all versions Goldilocks is a thieving little wotsit and home invader. Rather than escaping as she does in the modernised tale however, the original ends as she dies at the hands of the angry bears and is gobbled up.
In another variant Goldilocks is a crooked old hag that jumps out of the window when the bears arrive. She dies when she hits the floor.
The Pied Piper
The familiar version we tell our children see’s the Pied Piper lead all the children of an ungrateful town into a cave. When the townspeople agree to pay his fee for ridding them of their rat problem, he promptly releases them.
Not so in the dark as night original. The Piper decides in this version to punish the town by leading all of their children to a river where everyone dies. Is anyone else seeing a pattern here?
Fairy Tale Endings – Not so happy after all…
I recommend that you deliver these tales to your children only on dark stormy nights. Wear something appropriate like a demonic mask and tutu. That combination is bound to stir fear in the hearts of anyone.
If you like this sort of thing, this book on Amazon might tickle your fancy.
If you’d prefer something a little more nonsensical, see how many of these made up facts you can get your kids to believe.
Got a favourite dark fairy tale to share?