Four Not-Too-Scary Collections of Stories

Julie Pippert
October 17, 2017

Whether it's around a campfire on a family camping trip, snuggled in the living room for a sleepover, in the middle of a power outage, or on special days and holidays, every now and again it's just right for a not-too-spooky story. Here are six fantastic books to either get inspiration from or read to your kids for those scary-but-not-too-scary times. From a friendly-and-fun spooky board book to a creepy Roald Dahl collection of stories, this list of books should satisfy a family even with a broad mix of ages.

Seriously Spooky Stories

There are thrills and chills galore in this spine-tingling collection of stories about ghosts, ghouls, and haunted happenings. Young readers will shiver with delight at stories by favorite writers such as Ruskin Bond, Adle Geras, and Tony Ross. With a winning combination of contemporary original stories and retellings of traditional ghost tales, this is an irrestible blend of scary and fun.

The Kingfisher Treasury of Ghost Stories

This spooky anthology provides a shivery thrill on every page. Frightening and friendly, menacing and mischievous, here are tales about ghosts and ghouls for any occasion. Atmospheric black line illustrations on every spread add to the eerie mood. Featuring stories by high-profile contributors such as Dick King-Smith, Joan Aiken, Robert Swindells, and Catherine Storr, this collection is perfect for children who enjoy having their spine tingled. From folktales to original stories, there are ghost stories for everyone...Black-and-white illustrations complete these ghostly grim tales that will haunt and delight children of all ages.

The Kingfisher Book of Scary Stories

Here are ghouls, goblins, and ghosts galore! With its chilling mix of contemporary stories and retellings of old favorites, this anthology is illustrated with haunting detail and offers a satisfying, spooky read. The tales from top-notch writers make this an ideal read-aloud for Halloween, and a must-have gift book for all young fright fans.

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre or bizarre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. As he realtes in the erudite introduction to this volume, he read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. "Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story," Dahl writes. "It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts." For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton. Roald Dahl has selected fourteen of his favorite ghost stories that will deliver chills and goose bumps.


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