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These spooky tales would creep any brave camper out

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Two sisters were traveling when they ran into bad weather in Cape Cod and their car broke down. Looking for shelter from the storm, the pair walked up to an abandoned house and decided to wait until the morning for a tow. During the middle of the night, they were awoken by a glowing figure of a seaman by the non-working fireplace. Thinking they were dreaming the sisters went back to sleep. When they awoke, they found seaweed and salt water by the fireplace. They eventually got a tow into town and discovered the home they were sleeping in actually was owned by a man who drowned. When a stranger offered to send the seaweed to a museum for analysis, the results were bone-chilling…

Dinner Party Discovery

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Two sisters were traveling when they ran into bad weather in Cape Cod and their car broke down. When a stranger offered to send the seaweed to a museum for analysis, the results were bone-chilling…

Dinner Party Discovery

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The sisters later went to a dinner party where they met a museum curator who offered to test the seaweed they had found. Days later, they received a note that said that it was a rare seaweed that only grew on dead bodies.

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The Drip

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This story tells the shuddering tale of a young girl alone in the house with a leaky faucet. The story goes that her parents bought her a dog before they left and the young girl allowed the dog to sleep next to her bed for protection. The night she was left alone, a leaky faucet caused her to wake up several times, checking the bathroom and finding the dripping faucet that would stop. Each time she returned to her bed, she’d place her hand over the side of the bed for a reassuring lick on her hand from her furry protector. After getting up several more times to find no leaky faucet, she heard the noise coming from her closet. She opened the door to a horrific scene…

The Drip

Her dead dog’s blood dripping with the super creepy words written on the wall “humans can lick, too!”

Hairy Toe

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A woman who was desperately hungry went searching for food in the woods. All she found was a missing hairy toe. In her desperation, she cooked the hairy toe and made hairy toe soup which she ended up loving. Unfortunately, the owner of the hairy toe returned for it, and in its absence took the old woman instead leaving behind a dusty footprint... with a missing toe.

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The Hook

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When a couple heads to Lover’s Lane for a little alone time, a scary broadcast comes across the radio. It warns listeners of a killer on the loose slaying victims with a hook and the young woman in the car becomes frightened and asks her boyfriend to take them home. The two fight about this until he finally gives up and drives her home, but not before hearing and awful screech as they pulled away. When the couple arrives home, they discovered a hook lodged in the passenger door.

Milk Bottles

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As the Great Depression took its toll on a small town, a man who owned small shop was visited by an old woman with two empty milk bottles. She put them on the counter in exchange for two full ones. When the shop owner asked for the 10 cents it cost to refill them, she walked away. The shop owner, being a compassionate man, let it go seeing the desperation on her face. She returned the next day and the day after that. Finally the shop owner asked her if she wanted a job and she took off running with the milk bottles. The owner watched her run past the town to the graveyard where she disappeared into the ground. He ran to the stone where she vanished and heard a muffled crying under the stone. Soon the graveyard was overrun with policemen and they frantically dug up the grave. In the coffin they unearthed the woman who visited the shop, who was dead and clutching two milk bottles. Nestled next to her was something that made every person present scream bloody murder...

Milk Bottles

The Knife

There was a woman who offered to give a ride to a stranger with a briefcase, although she was in a hurry to pick up her daughter. When she and her hitchhiker stopped at a rest stop, he mysterious passenger took too long in the restroom, and in her haste she drove off with the briefcase in her backseat. She forgot all about it until she picked up her daughter. When she saw the briefcase she opened it in hope of finding the man’s information — but instead she found...

The Knife

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Yellow Ribbon

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The tale goes that there was a young girl who always wore a yellow ribbon around her neck. A boy, with whom she had been friends for years, begged and begged her every day to take the ribbon off, and the girl refused. They went through life together, married, and even had children. When the girl was an old woman, lying on her death bed, she told her beloved husband he could remove the ribbon...

Yellow Ribbon

A Porker in the Family

This story is about a veterinarian who visited MacPherson’s farm. During their visit, they noticed a pig with three artificial legs walking around. When they asked about the pig, the farmer said that the pig has, on multiple occasions, saved family member’s lives. The vet still didn’t understand why the pig had three artificial legs so he asked again.

A Porker in the Family

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The Meat Grinder

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This story follows a family that owns a meat packing plant in rural America. Legend has it that the owner’s children were brutally killed by their uncle by being fed through a meat grinder. The owner, so stricken with grief, took his own life in the meat cooler. After being reopened many years later, workers say they still see two children running around the warehouse.

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10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.


10 Ghost Stories for Kids that Won't Keep Them Up All Night

These funny, creepy tales are perfect for telling around a campfire.

As much as any holiday, Halloween is a time of family traditions. While Halloween this year will likely look different, parents typically take kids trick-or-treating, and everyone heads off together to parties, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted house attractions. If you're staying closer to home this year, there are still kids Halloween movies to watch and all of the best Halloween candy to eat, and, of course, ghost stories for the children. Whether they're gathered around a campfire or snuggled under their sleeping bags, kids love tall tales of things that go bump in the night. Of course, it's up to grown ups to make sure that the legends and lore tread the line between raising goosebumps and causing screams of true terror. No one wants the little ones in tears, or up all night from a too-intense fright.

That's why we've gathered up 10 ghost stories for kids that will lift a few hairs without truly scaring them. We have stories that have lessons for the little ones, folklore that will tickle funny bones, and fables that are just a bit frightening&mdashas well as a couple creepier yarns for older kids. And after you've taken a peek, be sure to check out our Halloween party games for kids and adults for some spooktacular ideas for Halloween night.

The Ghost of the Bloody Finger

A little gory, slightly spooky, this is a story about a bloody finger inching ever closer to a man spending the night alone in a haunted house. It ends with a joke, however, so all that tension is released with a good giggle. For extra fun, be sure to use a sinister voice for the ghost, making it louder and scarier the closer he gets&mdashright up until the last line, when asks for a Band-Aid. Then, he can sound as congenial as Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Big Toe

Also known as The Hairy Toe, this is a classic story about an old woman who finds a toe in the woods and, depending on the version, eats it (ewwww) or puts it in glass jar. The tale gets creepier as the toe's very large owner comes looking for it, but the fantasy/folklore feel of it helps keeps things light, as does the ending. Children of all ages should be able to enjoy this fable without getting too frightened.

The Ball Pit

More of a play on parental worries about ball pits than a story addressing any kids' concerns (come on, do you think they fret about those things being a bacteria factory the way we do?), "The Ball Pit" is really an urban legend instead of a proper ghost story. But while it may have kids pondering the potential hidden dangers in their favorite play space for a moment or two, the silly ending will get everyone laughing.

Coffin

Most kids love a good play on words, and this uncanny story about a coffin chasing a man all the way from the cemetery to his bathroom ends with the king daddy of all puns. As you tell the tale, be sure to emphasize the scary BUMP BUMP BUMP sound the coffin makes as it clomps down the street following the poor fellow. You might even want to have a bottle of cough syrup ready to hold up, too, showing what the man throws to stop the coffin. ( They'll love it. Trust us.)

Yellow Ribbon

Spooky to be sure, this long-told-tale revolves around a married couple and the yellow ribbon the woman wears around her neck, which she refuses to remove. Various versions have him untying it while she's sleeping, or the wife allowing her husband to take it off, but it all ends the same way: with her losing her head&mdashand we don't mean metaphorically.

Dem Bones

This rollicking ghost story has everything kids love: pirates, hidden treasure, and rowdy, glowing skeletons. The legend goes that on one dark night, the infamous buccaneer Captain Kidd and his crew showed up on the coast, burying their ill-gotten gains on a quiet stretch of sandy land. The treasure was never seen again&mdashexcept on certain evenings, when the phantom pirates sail in to unearth it once more, celebrating by singing, dancing jigs and telling tales about their days sailing the high seas.

The Lady with the Emerald Ring

A parable about greed, this story set in the late 18th-century actually has a happy ending, well. for some of the characters. The story involves a woman, believed dead, a vicar who steals her emerald ring, and the bad end that comes to him. The only ghost in this story is the one the woman's husband believes her to be, but that's doesn't mean this story isn't spooky.

The Hook

If you're hosting a gathering of older kids, this is the urban legend for you. Like "The Lady with the Emerald Ring" and "Yellow Ribbon," you can have fun stretching the story out, building the suspense the longer it goes. The story of a couple who park in Lover's Lane, ignoring reports of an escaped killer from a local asylum, it ends with the kind of scare that will have kids jumping out of the their sleeping bags.

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed

Short and (not quite so) sweet, this is a cautionary tale for little ones about an old man who awakens in terror at the thing he sees lurking at the foot of his bed. He takes drastic action instead of investigating, much to his regret. Both spooky and amusing, this story could help kids understand that the scary things at night they think they see in their closet and under the bed are just figments of their imagination.

Fifty-Cent Piece

Not all ghosts are scary. Some just want to be helpful, like the spirits in this story, who host a husband and wife too tired to continue their travels. The pair leave a coin as thanks the next morning, but soon hear the truth about the old couple from neighboring villagers. Eerie rather than disturbing, this story can be told to all ages.



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