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I am performing at a festival in October that has requested ghost stories for kids. Since I can only tell so many versions of "The Golden Arm", I was wondering if anyone knows any good (possibly funny) ghost stories for kids. Elementary-age and younger is typically who they have. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
-Rixon Lane

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Comment by Tim E on September 8, 2008 at 11:53am
If you think you've got really little ones (preschool and younger), look into these literary stories:
The Little Old Woman Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams
Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman
(you'd need to get permission from the authors, obviously)

"Going on a Bear Hunt" is a great interactive story for little ones, that can easily be adapted to a ghost hunt.
Comment by Marilyn A. Hudson - Storyteller on September 7, 2008 at 9:02am
Check into the "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz....such as "the Viper"...
Comment by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on September 6, 2008 at 3:10am

Here's another tip. If you subscribe to my newsletter, Story Connection Express, you will receive a monthly newsletter by email, which contains a tellable tale every month.

Comment by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on September 6, 2008 at 3:09am

I am actually working on a book called Scared Silly: 25 Tales to Tickle and Thrill. Not only will it have 25 tellable tales, it will also instruct on how to tell a scary story. I love The Ghost of Mabel Gable; The Coffin; Rap, Rap, Rap; Wiley and the Hairy Man, The Big Hairy Toe, and one of my faves, The Viper. My book will be out next year. Good luck!
Comment by Yvonne Healy on September 4, 2008 at 8:49pm
Much of the scary quotient is determined by the telling. Some ideas:
Very young kids: Belly Button Monster. (Sherry & Bobby Norfolk have an August House picture version called Belly Button Beastie), 5 Little Pumpkins, O My Darlin' Frankenstein, Hansel & Gretel, Marilyn Kinsella's adaptation of Noisy (Halloween) House ask her for permission]
Elementary kids: elaborated jokes & jump tales = Ruby Red Lips (Naomi Baltuck's Crazy Gibberish) Black Bubble Gum (ask Cynthia Changaris for CD & permission), The Viper, It Was a Dark & Stormy Night, Ghost with One Black Eye (Priscilla Howe has a great rendition on CD). Actually scary is Mary Culhane (Chuck Larkin's gave permission to share his version
Comment by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on September 4, 2008 at 2:26pm
Also try asking Vernon L. Cox on this site. He has a bunch of Not So Scary Stories.
Comment by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on September 4, 2008 at 2:21pm
It all depends on how scary you want the stories to be but here are some good book to look at. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz, and Short and Shivery series by Robert D San Souci. Some other Authors to look at: J.B. Stamper, Margaret Read MacDonalds (she has one of my favorite kid funny ghost story "Potato in my Hand" Watch me tell in on my page) and of course the Brothers Grimm.
There are lots of kid friendly ghost story books out there. Try your library, many have a Halloween section in the kids section, or in the folklore section.
Let me tell you from experience, Don't judge a kid's scary level by their age or gender, or they will surprise you.
Have fun
Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller



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