With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to cozy up with some spine-chilling stories that are sure to tickle your imagination. At Lake Forrest Prep, we believe in the magic of reading, especially when it’s a shared experience. We know not every reader will be ready for the likes of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” or any of RL Stine’s Goosebumps books. We’ve come up with a list that will delight younger readers looking for not-so-spooky options.
Here are six fantastic “spooky” stories that will thrill and delight both kids and adults alike.
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
While not a traditional spooky tale, “Where the Wild Things Are” carries an element of imagination and a sense of confronting fears. Max, the young protagonist, sails to the land of wild creatures and conquers his fears. Despite being published in 1963, this book is still a captivating story that teaches courage and resilience. Plus, you can add on its movie adaptation to make a fun movie-book night!
“Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
This delightful tale follows a friendly witch and her adventures on a broomstick. As she encounters various creatures, the story takes unexpected turns. With its charming illustrations and playful narrative, “Room on the Broom” is a perfect read-aloud for a spooky but fun Halloween night. (You can also find activities related to the book here!)
“The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree” by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Join the Berenstain Bears on a thrilling journey through a spooky old tree in this engaging and slightly eerie tale. It’s a fantastic choice for younger children, introducing them to mild spookiness and the joy of overcoming fears.
“The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams
This whimsical story about a little old lady who encounters lively clothing and objects that seem to be following her will capture your children’s attention. It’s a delightful way to introduce the concept of facing fears with bravery.
“Ghosts in the House!” by Kazuno Kohara
A charming and not-so-scary story about a young witch who moves into a haunted house, “Ghosts in the House!” is filled with award-winning illustrations and a heartwarming twist that young readers will adore.
“The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano
This engaging story about Spookley, a square pumpkin, celebrates individuality and self-acceptance. It’s a perfect tale to share during the Halloween season, promoting important life lessons in a not-so-spooky way. Also, the illustrations will have adults saying “awww” with each page turn!
Gather your family, dim the lights, and embark on a magical reading adventure with these “spooky” stories. Whether it’s the thrill of facing fears or the joy of embracing uniqueness, each story offers valuable life lessons. At Lake Forrest Prep, we encourage you to read and share these enchanting tales with your loved ones, nurturing a love for reading and learning. If you want to learn more about our school, schedule a visit with us!