It was a dark and stormy night, and all throughout the Thurber House there were creaks, and squeaks, and ah! A GHOST! Stories have been passed down for years that there’s a ghost inside James Thurber’s beloved home. Luckily all of our close encounters have revealed that it’s really a friendly ghost just checking in on what we have going on – and it was tickled to see that soon we’ll be holding Ghost Writing Workshops for 4th-6th grade students.
To get the creative juices flowing as we prepare to teach students how to write their own scary (or funny!) ghost story, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite children’s spooky stories.
In a Dark Dark Room
Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional
stories and folktales from various countries.
I’m Not Afraid Of This Haunted House
Simon Lester Henry Strauss is not in the least afraid of any haunted house, but there is something else that terrifies him. It’s Halloween and Simon Lester Henry Strauss and his friends make their way through a haunted house filled with creepy creatures.
In the Haunted House
With two pairs of sneakers, one large, one small, as a little girl and her father tour a dark, mysterious house.
The Vanishing Pumpkin
A 700-yeard-old woman and an 800-year-old man go out to the patch to get a pumpkin to make a pie–only to discover that their pumpkin’s been “snitched.”
Goosebumps is the popular series of children’s scary fiction novels that tells the story of children encountering scary situations and spooky adventures.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
A series of three children’s books with scary stories of folklore and urban legends collected and adapted by Schwartz.
A classic novel suited for mature readers, Frankenstein is the story about a failed artificial life experiment that has produced a monster.
One Spooky Night: A Halloween Adventure
A fun and mysterious tale that follows a little monster walking through the woods and into a spooky, old house.
Disney Classic Scary Story Book Collection
This book includes more than a dozen short scary stories that can be read fairly quickly, all with
familiar beloved Disney characters.
Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet
Gilbert is excited about the costume he is planning to wear in the Halloween parade at school, until he discovers that lots of others have the same costume.
What’s your favorite spooky book?
Are you looking for a fun, FREE class for your 4th -6th grade child this fall? Inspired by James Thurber’s “The Night the Ghost Got In,” we’ll teach students how to incorporate suspense, ghosts and humor all into one tale at a library branch near you. Then on Oct. 23, students and their families are invited to a celebration party at Thurber House where the stories will be shared! Learn more about our Ghost Writing Workshops and how to register your child here.