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The Best Halloween Stories for Kids — With Just the Right Amount of Fright

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These stories are a little spooky, but not so scary that kids will totally freak out

6. "Looking for Dracula"

This classic song by Charlotte Diamond is a story told within a song — you may even remember the lyrics from childhood. You can watch the video and sing along, or add the song to your collection. Kids love following the lyrics and acting out the story. A winner for the elementary or preschool crowd.

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7. Shadows in the Mirror

Got tweens who can handle a bit more of a scare? The tale of Shadows in the Mirror has all the elements of a good ghostly mystery for older kids who won’t be too easily frightened by the idea of a ghost in their home.

8. The Vinder Viper

What sounds like a scary tale of snakes is actually a comic tale — best delivered in a dramatic manner. This is an old summer-camp favorite of many, and great for any younger kids who may be too scared by a story without a "happy" ending.

9. Haunted

Haunted is a kid-friendly story about ghosts who love to party, written by Harris Tobias. Kids of all ages will follow this short story with rapt attention — and then be surprised by the delightful ending.

10. The Scarecrow

Do scarecrows keep evil spirits away, or can they be possessed by them? This first-person narrative has many elements of a perfect scary story and is great for the elementary school crowd.

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