21 Scary Stories For Kids To Tell In The Dark

Here is a collection of top scary and spooky stories you can tell your kids. What you are about to read are short, abridged versions and summaries of the actual stories. You can add dialogues of your own when you narrate the story to make it interesting.

Urban Legends for Kids

1. The Hook

Age Recommendation: 12 years and up

One evening, a teenage boy took his date to the secluded lovers lane for some alone time. That same day, his girlfriend had heard about an insane man who had escaped from an asylum. He was called ‘The Hook’ because his right hand was cut off and was replaced by what looked like a hook.

It was very dark that night. The teenagers were in the car and began cuddling up when the announcer on the radio repeated the warning about ‘The Hook’. On hearing it again, the girl got scared and insisted that they get out of the place immediately. Just then, the car shakes vehemently, as if someone has hit it or was pushing it.

Equally scared, the boy starts the engine and drives away from that place and back into the town. Once they were back on the road with some traffic and people, the kids decide to stop at a coffee shop for some food. When the girl gets out, she is shocked to see something hanging from the passenger door’s handle – it was a bloody hook!

Notes for telling: Create interest around how the girl gets frightened when the car moves and how they get out of the place quickly, giving an impression that the hook may have been caught in the door because they sped away.

[ Read: Spooky Halloween Stories For Kids ]

2. Candyman

Age Recommendation: 8 years and up

Once upon a time, there was a slave named Daniel. He worked at a candy factory in New Orleans. He was also a talented painter, who was hired to paint a portrait of the mill owner’s daughter Rose. Daniel and Rose fall in love, which makes her father angry. The townspeople also get upset with the fact that the slave fell in love with a wealthy man’s daughter. An angry mob chased Daniel out of the town with pitchforks and tortured and killed him for loving a woman who belonged to the aristocracy.

Daniel died in pain, but his spirit never left the world. It is said that even today, Daniel’s ghost comes to you if you say the word ‘Candyman’ five times. So remember, you can say the word Candyman once, twice, or even thrice but never five times. If you do, you’ll be sorry!

Notes for telling: Do not focus too much on how the Candyman was killed, as it can leave an impression on their minds. You could, however, emphasize on why they should not say the word five times.

3. The 13th floor

Age Recommendation: 8 years and up

According to legend, there is a haunted house somewhere in Pennsylvania. A long time ago, people were asked to visit the house for a Halloween party, and no one knew it was haunted. Jack and Mary were among those who went to the party, and they even signed a waiver that they were there on their accord, and no one forced them to be there.

Both Jack and Mary were excited about the party and the little adventure that led them to the house. They had to pass through numerous identical hallways and staircases to reach the 13th floor. On each floor, there were people who were dressed in Halloween costumes to scare the guests and entertain them. A lot of people were scared to go to the 13th floor. They had left before they reached there. Jack and Mary did not. They went up to figure out what was on that floor.

Did they find out what was in the haunted house? We will never know because they never made it back. (You could use a low voice here to make the ending dramatic)

Notes for telling: Use voice modulations to emphasize how the couple was feeling through the journey.

4. The Flying Dutchman

Age Recommendation: 8 years and up

In 1961, a Dutch ship called the Flying Dutchman was traveling the seas, approaching the Cape of Good Hope. The captain saw black clouds looming and realized that they were going straight into a storm. The crew tried hard to stay afloat and at one point they thought they were safe. But luck wasn’t with them. The ship was sinking when the captain screamed –“I will round the cape if it means I have to keep sailing until the end of time”. To this day, if you travel in a storm near the Cape of Good Hope, you’ll find the Flying Dutchman sailing into the storm, along with its captain and the entire crew.

Notes for telling: Try to create drama when talking like the captain and in the end narrate slowly about how one can find the ghost ship sailing across the Pacific.

5. The Clown Statue

Age Recommendation: 12 years and up

A family with two little boys lived in a huge house. A few days after they moved in, the kids started complaining about a clown who kept coming into their room. The father dismissed their claims as imagination.

One day, a young girl came to babysit the kids. The parents tell the girl that she can watch TV after the kids go to bed, but asked her to use the basement and not the living room. After putting the kids to bed, the girl went to the basement to watch TV. But she started feeling uncomfortable because of the clown statue in the corner. She called the father and told him about it, and asked if she can watch TV in the hall instead.

The father said, “Stay calm. Take the kids and go to the neighbors. Call me from there. We’re coming home.” The girl did as the father asked and wnt to the neighbors. She called him back from there and asked, “What’s going on?” The father replied, “We don’t have a clown statue.”

Notes for telling: Create a little eeriness when mentioning the statue. You could even show how the girl would see the statue from the corner of the eye. Towards the end, emphasize on the urgency that the girl displays on getting the kids out of the house

21 Scary Stories For Kids To Tell In The Dark

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