Ah, October. It's that special time of year when your kids are excited for their impending sugar high and spend hours dreaming of the most inventive costumes they can come up with. Imaginations are activated, and all the creepy crawlies come out to play. Halloween season is also the time to tell all your favorite old ghost tales, but sometimes those stories lead to nightmares — and that's no fun for anyone. But have no fear, we've got your back! Below you'll find a gaggle of kid-friendly scary stories, so you and your littles can feel festive, without the fright.
For a nightmare-free Halloween, pick from more than a dozen kid-appropriate spooky stories that your little ghouls and boys are bound to love:
This spooky story is about an old woman who eats a hairy toe she finds in the woods behind her cottage. But what about the owner of the toe? An excerpt from the book Spooky Maryland by S.E. Schlosser, this tale has enough fantasy to it that it’s not terribly scary for the younger ones.
Is your little guy crazy for pirates? This is the tale of Captain Kidd and his band of pirates who bury treasure on the New Jersey shore, then come back to haunt the area. Retold by S.E. Schlosser as part of his Spooky New Jersey book, this tale will remind you of ghost stories from your days gone by.
Who doesn’t love a good dog story? Take one loyal dog, an adventurous boy, danger and a ghost and you’ve got a not-very-scary story for younger kids to enjoy. This is just one story available on the TLC website that your whole family will enjoy.
What about a family who turns the tables on their ghost? In an adaptation of the classic Oscar Wilde story, the tale of The Canterville Ghost shows how a whole family dealt with the ghost in their new home, and how they eventually helped him move on.
James M. Deem is an author of children’s books who has collected some of his favorite ghost stories and made them available in his Haunted House online. This story is from his book Ghost Hunters. The pleading ghost in this story isn’t very scary, but it is a little boy who died young, so this one might not be suitable for the youngest in the crowd.
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