Dentists, public speaking, first dates, tax bills, turning the big 4-0… as adults there are plenty of things that scare us, but kids these days are pretty resilient and not a lot seems to phase them.
So, if your children are wanting a fright this Halloween, these ghost stories for kids and teens are sure will do the trick!
1. For Toddlers: Not Now, Bernard
A short story by David McKee and an all-time favourite, if you’re looking for not-so-scary bedtime stories for toddlers this Halloween, this is spot on.
The classic picture book is all about Bernard and how his parents don’t believe him when he says there’s a monster in the garden.
Your toddler is sure to love it – especially if you design your own monster masks to wear while reading! Plus, it’s also a pretty stark reminder to us parents that, if we don’t give them enough attention, kids can turn into real monsters.
Not Now, Bernard can be bought from most good bookstores, or you can listen to a reading of it in the video below.
2. For Children: Funny Bones – Fright Night
A series of nine books by Allan Ahlberg and a television series narrated by Griff Rhys Jones in the ’90s, this series holds a special place in my heart and would make the perfect entertainment for Halloween.
Every story starts off with the iconic opening:
In a dark, dark town there was a dark, dark street
and in the dark, dark street there was a dark, dark house,
and in the dark, dark house there were some dark, dark stairs
and down the dark, dark stairs there was a dark, dark cellar
and in the dark dark cellar…
Three skeletons lived!
One of my favourite short Funny Bones stories is Fright Night. In this tale, the skeletons decide to go out and frighten anyone they meet along the way. Unfortunately, the cat gets left behind in the process.
Read it with your children or simply play the below video and enjoy together.
3. For Tweens: Goosebumps
Banned in America after parents thought the book series was too scary for the intended age range of 9 to 12 years, Goosebumps is a series of horror fiction novels for kids by R. L. Stine.
The second-best selling book series in history, after J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, there are 62 Goosebumps books about varying child characters who find themselves in scary situations, often with a supernatural twist.
With so many to choose from, which should you pick this Halloween?
I would recommend Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps – a series of Halloween-themed short stories that you can read to your children, or they can enjoy themselves as spooky bedtime stories.
You won’t be disappointed! I love the short story ‘Pumpkin Juice’, where anyone who drinks this magical concoction turns into a monster.
4. For Older Teens: The Sacrifice Box
When it comes to the big kids, th
ey may not be keen for telling tales with their younger brothers and sisters, so we’ve decided to recommend something they can read inthe week leading up to All Hallows Eve instead - The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart.
Described as ‘an atmospheric, chilling page turner reminiscent of Stand By Me and Stranger Things’, the story revolves around five friends who discover a stone box hidden in the forest. Each decide to sacrifice something special that they love and place it to the box forever. They make a pact to never to return to the box alone, at night or to take back their offerings.
But, years later, strange events begin to take place. Someone broke the rules, and now they all will pay the price!
Tell Your Own Tales
So, we’ve mentioned some scary stories to read at night, but have you considered making up your own?
Sitting around torchlight, huddled up in the back garden and telling ghost stories is a terrifyingly good way to spend Halloween in the absence of parties and trick or treating. Why not make it a family challenge to see who can tell the most terrifying tale this October 31st? I know anything that mentions slime goes down well in my house!
It Might Not Be the Stories Keeping You Up at Night
If you’re struggling to sleep this autumn, it could be down to spooky stories, but it may also be an old and unsupportive mattress keeping you awake. Read our blog ‘How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?’ to find out if your bed could be the reason for your poor sleep, and don’t forget to browse our scarily affordable mattress range!