25 Spooky and Scary Stories for Children
This collection of spooky children's books will excite those students of yours who love the anticipation and excitement of listening to scary stories.
Spooky Stories for Children Are Not Just for Halloween
I find many Halloween books are not that scary. Many children love listening to a spooky book where the anticipation and excitement build, and they don’t know what will happen next.
When I worked as a teacher-librarian, I kept a list of spooky children's books on hand, as students often asked me for the scariest book in the library!
Why do we like scary stories?
While children may like scary stories, they also like to feel safe. Spooky children’s books give them an opportunity to feel different emotions, but in an environment they know is safe. I will let Neil Gaiman explain further.
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Spooky Children’s Books
Please read any of the scary stories for children you are interested in before sharing them with your students. Scary stories aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and you know your children the best.
Depending on your tone and speed of reading, you can make a book less scary. Some books have illustrations that may upset some children and are probably best for older students.
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
The Dreadful Fluff by Aaron Blabey
The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey
The Grotlyn by Benji Davies
Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood
How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green
I Go Quiet by David Ouimet
Into the Forest by Anthony Browne
Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead
Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason
Lon Po Po by Ed Young
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
The Tunnel by Anthony Browne
The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
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These are a great collection of scary stories for children to have on hand all year round. They would also make great Halloween read-alouds and you can find more traditional suggestions at Best Halloween Books for Kids.
You can also check out some ideas for book character costumes for teachers and your students for the Halloween season.