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Free Scary Stories for Children

Updated on September 13, 2014
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She learned all her book repair tricks on the job!

Skeletal Audience waiting for a scary story to be told!

Think Grandpa can rattle their bones with a free scary story?
Think Grandpa can rattle their bones with a free scary story? | Source

How to Have Fun Telling Scary Stories to Children

Do you want to be the center of attention by telling the best scary stories ever? Then learn how to be that person by using these free story telling tips from a grandfather!

My grandchildren love for their Grandpa to tell them "scary" stories. Grandpa has the best imagination, but Gigi -- me -- needs all the free online help that I can get. You, dear reader, are in luck because I found several sites on the web that have spooky stories that one can read (or tell) to children. All are suitable for the young people in your family. By suitable, I mean there is no foul language or sex. You are the one who needs to decide how much fear your own children can handle.

So, cuddle up to the computer, my dearies, and settle down for a trip to spooky, scary story sites on the web. You might want your blankie for security, though.

(The image of the little skeletons waiting for a scary story is mine and I am being selfish in not wanting to share it. Mickie Gee- all rights reserved)

A Scary Story-telling Tip from Grandpa:

Tell your favorite scary story, but when it comes to the "monster" revealing itself, have it be something funny like a mound of mashed potatoes.

21 Fun Halloween Stories (not free, but only $.99 for the Kindle editon!) - suitable for ages 4 to 8 years

This fun, scary storytelling book was still available for $.99 the last time I looked.

Keep scrolling down to see some more Amazon selections. They are not free, but some of the books have the "Look Inside" feature so you can read a few of the stories for nothing. I love this feature because you can actually read a sample before you decide to purchase a book.

21 Fun Halloween Stories for 4-8 Year Olds (Perfect for Bedtime & Young Readers)
21 Fun Halloween Stories for 4-8 Year Olds (Perfect for Bedtime & Young Readers)

$.99 on Kindle! Yes, I bought this for Grandpa and sent it to his Apple iPad


Links to spooky stories suitable for kids - of course they are frighteningly free

Just to whet your appetite, here is a list of a few kid friendly stories. I have included a few lines from each one so you can get the creepy, crawly feeling. There is also a Mummy Story Idea.

  1. The Gloop Maker

    No excerpt because what this Gloop maker does would make a poor man cry.

  2. A Short Scary Story with a Funny Ending

    It's more of a joke than a story, but it's a good filler between other stories.

  3. Vinder Viper Story

    The story begins: Years ago, a man inherited a house from his great uncle who died in the war. The house sat on a hill outside of town in the next state and rumors were told that it was haunted.

  4. The Helpful Ghost

    Jimmy was excited. Uncle Julius was coming to dinner. Uncle Julius was a civil engineer. He'd travelled all over the world building roads and bridges. And Jimmy knew that whenever Uncle Julius came over he always told stories about his exciting adventures in all the interesting places he'd to.

    But today was different. Instead of telling Jimmy about lions in Africa or the carnival in Brazil, Uncle Julius told a story about when he was a student, along, long time ago.

  5. Never mind them watermelons!

    This story has a link to someone actually telling it! Go check it out.

    Well now, old Sam Gibb, he didn't believe in ghosts. Not one bit. Everyone in town knew the old log cabin back in the woods was haunted, but Sam Gibb just laughed whenever folks talked about it.

  6. Mummy Scary Story:

    Older children may enjoy a spooky Egyptian mummy tomb story. One can play "The Mummy" movie soundtrack and lower the lights. Children MUST close their eyes while you tell a story and pass around objects for them to touch. The story should include entering an ancient tomb and feeling the remnants of the mummification process (gross!!!!!)

    Creepy, feeling Ideas include:

    The mist from the Nile River--Gently spray children with water spray bottle

    Dessert sand--actual sand

    Stench of ancient tomb--open jar of something smelly (sauerkraut?)

    Pharaoh's eyes--peeled grapes

    Pharaoh's hair--doll hair

    Pharaoh's brain--some time of ooze like play slime or putty

    Pharaoh's bones--dog bone or chicken bone

    Pharaoh's intestines--gummy spaghetti

    Pharaoh's treasure/Golden idol--statue, trophy or gold foil covered chocolate bunny

    You may wish to end the story by having someone appear as the mummy!

    Found this scary story idea at Little Ones Website: Have an egyptian/Mummy Theme Party.

Top Rated Scary Story Books for children-- - All are on

The books below are not free, but some have the "look inside" feature where you can see samples of the scary stories included. You can see entire stories on some of the views so in some cases the story is "free" to read.

Some of the books are suggested for ages three to five years of age. One is designed for school grades 3-5.

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read! Reading 2)
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read! Reading 2)

A picture book that has at least 7 scary stories. Be sure to use the "Look Inside" feature to see the illustrations!

Reading levels 4 years and up.

Favorite Scary Stories of American Children (American Storytelling)
Favorite Scary Stories of American Children (American Storytelling)

Available in book and Kindle editions. Includes a pronunciation guide so you will be able to tell the story out loud with frightening accuracy.

For children in grades 3-6.


See How to Tell a Scary Story! - Learn how to tell a ghost story from this entertaining free video.

"Step-by-step, slowly I turned...." is a classic story that can be a scary addition to your Halloween. You can learn wonderful story-telling techniques from this video. Note the costume and tone of voice of the storyteller. "Slooooowly" study and create your own scary story.

The narrator says the word "cr*p" at the beginning of the video, as in "If you want to scare the cr@p"...., so do not be offended, be forewarned.

Not so scary disclosure statement:

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Share your own scary story ideas for kids:

If you are up to it, tell me your kids' favorite scary stories. My grandchildren just love "ghost" stories. I'll have to get Grandpa to tell them one and I can write it down so I can share it with you. Of course, I cannot reproduce the scary noises that he makes. Like, how can I make "hoooooooo--ooooh" seem as scary as he does? I might have to look for some scary fonts.

© 2011 Mickie Goad

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      So many wonderful scary story suggestions, and I love the way you inspire with props and music.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This is really a fun idea! I love to be able to tell good stories. I enjoyed the mashed potatoes idea. :) Pinned to my Halloween board.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: Have fun telling those ghost stories!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Were going up to camp soon and our grandchildren will be coming for a visit also. We like to tell scary stories around the campfire.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It helps if a Grandfather is doing the story telling, too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Children love stories that are a little bit but not too scary....and free is even better, what fun!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @BarbsSpot: Grandpa is noted for his child friendly, scary stories! The grandchildren love him and the stories he tells.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...The scarier the better, but with Grandpa's advice filtered into them! I love "Slowly I Turned"!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      tried and proven! =)

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      RosaMorelli 5 years ago

      Absolutely agree with you - spooky, ghostly stories go down brilliantly with kids, and not just on the scariest day of the year - winter's a fantastically chilling time from beginning to end. #boo #yikes

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @tvyps: Thanks for the triple good deed. I do appreciate it.

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      Oh, that last video had me laughing. i'm still laughing!

      Say, do I recognize the acter from "Who's on first?"

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Liked, Blessed & Pinned! Nicely done!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: I could give you a run for your money!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh gosh, a scary story? Me in the morning with no makeup. BOOyah!!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Great Halloween story suggestions!

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      mistersquidoo_here 6 years ago

      good scary story..thanks for sharing..

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      Bullgrit 6 years ago

      Some great stuff to use with my 6 and 10 year old sons. Thanks.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Pretty scary. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chocolate Pickney 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Lovely lens, You make me Jealous, I wish we had Halloween in Jamaica ...thumbs up!!!

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      jaredsgirl 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      good scary music with your lens, 'thumbs up' to you and happy halloween!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      I love your page! I am featuring your Lens in my "Scary Russian Fairy Tales, Fables & Stories"