Small stories for kids to read. Tall tales of ghosts, spooks and creepy situations.
1. A Close Call
When I was 10 years old, I had a best friend who lived a few minutes walk from my house. One day, after school, I went over to his house as usual to play. When I got to his home, I found I knocked on the front door. The whole house was deathly silent. I called out my friend’s name, but there was no answer. His mother’s car was still in the driveway, so I knew they hadn’t gone anywhere.
“Come out to play!” I shouted. There was no reply. “Come on, I know you’re in there,” I called. The silence was eerie.
I went up to the window and peered inside. Just then, I heard my friend’s voice shout, “Just go away! Get out of here!”
Suddenly, I heard a loud scream and a crashing sound. Frightened, I ran home crying, not knowing what was going on.
The next day, at school, I heard a shocking story from the older boys. They said that a gang of thieves had broken into my friend’s house the day before. My friend and his mother had been murdered.
If I had gone into the house, I would have been killed as well. It turned out that my friend and his mother had been hiding from the thieves when I showed up. By shouting at me, he had saved my life, but he had also given away his hiding place.
2. A Rainy Day
One day, I was on my way home from work. I stepped out of the subway and found that it had started raining heavily outside. Luckily, I had an umbrella with me, so I opened it and started walking. After a few minutes, I got the strangest feeling that something was wrong.
The atmosphere was very eerie and strange. As I walked down the darkened street in the pouring rain, I realized that every single person I passed by was standing perfectly still. None of them even had an umbrella over them. They were all completely silent and stood with their backs to me, all facing the same direction. I had to zig zag back and forth as I was walking to avoid bumping into them.
All of a sudden, a taxi pulled up right beside me and the driver rolled down the window. He put out his hand and urgently motioned for me to come over. I told him I didn’t need a taxi, but he kept saying, “Quick, get in! No charge! No charge!”
The taxi driver was so insistent that I decided to take him up on his offer of a free ride. Besides, the people on the street were beginning to give me the creeps. I got into the back of the taxi and with a screech of wheels, we drove off. The driver looked back over his shoulder at me. His face was deathly pale.
“I thought I should help you,” he said, “I saw you walking down an empty street as if you were trying to avoid bumping into people.”
3. Big Surprise
One bright, Summer day, two children were playing outside when they noticed a strange old man standing at the edge of the woods behind their house. He was lurking in the shadows and just staring at them.
The children got creeped out by the old man’s odd behavior. When he called out to them, they got up and ran inside their house. Their parents had warned them never to speak to strangers.
A few minutes later, they looked out their kitchen window and saw the old man standing there. They could hear him shouting at them.
“Look here at the edge of the forest,” he said. “Do you see there is a spot where the soil is raised? There is something buried there. If you come out here tomorrow and dig, you will get a surprise.”
The next day, the children looked outside. They discovered that there was a place where the grass met the trees where the soil was raised. It was just like the old man had said.
Excited, the two kids grabbed two shovels and started digging. After a while, they uncovered a large wooden box. They threw down their shovels and scrambled to open it. The box was very old and damp and it was hard to get a grip on it. Working together, they managed to prise off the hinges and when they pulled back the lid, they were horrified.
Lying inside was the rotting corpse of the old man they had seen the day before.
4. The Taxi Driver
This story comes from the Philippines. There was a girl who was attending university. One night, she was out late with her friends. When it was time to go home, she hailed a taxi and got in. She told the taxi driver to take her back to her dorm on the university campus.
As they drove through the city streets, the driver was silent. The girl noticed him staring at her in his rearview mirror. The route he took was not one that she recognized. Afraid for her safety, she was wary throughout the ride, until the taxi made a right turn and she found herself just across the street from her dormitory.
Mildly shaken, she hurried to get out of the taxi, but the driver stopped her. In an urgent voice, he told her that as soon as she got home, she should take off her clothes and burn them. He explained that there was an evil spirit following her. He took a detour to try and ward off the demon. “When I looked at you in the mirror earlier,” he said, his voice shaking, “You didn’t have a head.”
5. The Father-in-law
There was a Japanese woman who fell in love with a young man. He still lived with his parents, so after they got married, she moved in with them.
The young man’s mother was very friendly to her and always treated her with kindness and generosity. However, the man’s father was a nasty individual and was extremely rude to her. He was stubborn and selfish and made everyone’s life miserable.
He was in a wheelchair and the mother had to take care of all of his needs. The old man was incredibly demanding and sat in his chair issuing orders. Every day, he demanded a bowl of Oxtail Soup.
A few months later, the mother passed away. The young woman was forced to take over the duties of caring for her father-in-law. Before long, the old man began to complain about her. He said his wife was much better at taking care of him than the young woman could ever hope to be.
Every day, when she served him a bowl of Oxtail Soup, he would take one mouthful and then spit it in her face. Then he would throw the bowl on the floor and scream, “That’s not what Oxtail Soup is supposed to taste like! Can’t you do anything right?”
The young woman had to endure his criticism every day and eventually it began to take its toll on her. One morning, while she was cleaning out a cupboard, she found a jar of poison. At lunchtime, she was so fed up with the old man’s behavior that she secretly sprinkled the poison into his bowl of Oxtail Soup. With a devilish smile on her face, she served the poisoned soup to her father-in-law.
She watched as the father-in-law started greedily wolfed down the entire bowl of soup. Licking his lips, her father-in-law said, “Ah, now that’s how Oxtail Soup is supposed to taste. Just like my wife used to make it!”
6. The Baby’s Crib
A few years ago, a married couple moved into a new house with their newborn son. One night, the mother heard the baby crying, so she got out of bed and went to see what was wrong. Suddenly, the baby stopped crying. The woman thought that he must have just fallen asleep again, so she went back to bed.
A few hours later, she was awoken by the sound of the baby crying again. The woman got up and went to check on him. As she opened the door to her baby’s bedroom, the crying stopped. She was shocked to see a young boy, around 6 or 7 years of age, standing beside the baby’s crib. He seemed to be stroking the baby’s head and calming him down.
Just then, he turned to look at the woman and suddenly disappeared into thin air. The woman screamed and ran to tell her husband. He got up and searched the entire house, but there was no sign of the mysterious young boy.
A few days later, the mother was talking to one of her neighbours and happened to mention the strange incident that had happened that night. The neighbour already knew all about it. She said that there were rumors that the house was haunted by the ghost of a young boy. He had died of an illness about 80 years before and his body was buried under the house.
The couple dug up the crawlspace under their house and unearthed a pile of old bones. The spot where they were located was directly under her baby’s crib.