Scary For Kids

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, around a campfire, at sleepovers or read online. Alvin Schwartz put together a collection of spooky tales for kids based on ghost stories and urban legends. The three titles in the Stories To Tell series are Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, and More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Some parents have tried to have the books banned, but most kids remember the stories fondly and they have even released the tales on audio book.

Stories To Tell

Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark

More Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark

Alvin Schwartz’s most popular and spooky book is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

More Tales to Chill Your Bones

Stephen Gammell draws creepy artwork that perfectly captures the mood of more than two dozen scary stories, just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark. Alvin Schwartz’s third collection of scary folklore gives readers spooky, funny and fantastic tales guaranteed to raise goosebumps.

Even More Scary Stories

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  • I LOVED these stories when I was younger. The illustrations were my favorite part. Wish they hadn`t changed them…

  • I love reading these stories, they have a mix of unusual (original), spine-chilling as well as humorous stories, it really blends the book these stories came from together, also thank you so much SFK for providing/making these stories available online and easy to access!

  • These books were all the rage in elementary school. This section makes me want to see if our middle school had the books too. Brings back memories

  • thebeast@
    there’s a more scary version of that story name” the girl in the photograph”, It’s actually much better than this one…

  • My bro used to borrow these from the library :) I loved reading them but I would never sleep at night :/

  • Here’s a story for ya:
    Jim, a trucker, was driving down a dark road. The radio was saying, “Attention please. We have been told of numerous disappearances around Foothill Woods.” Jim was driving right next to Foothill Woods.
    All of the sudden, he saw a women on the road. Jim slammed the brakes and barely managed to stop the truck in time. He got out of the truck and said to the women,”Whew, I’m so sorry. Almost had a really nasty situation there.”
    The women turned and stared at him and said,”52…. 52…. 52…. 52,” in a emotionless voice. Jim noticed that her shirt also says 52.
    “What?” Jim asked.
    “52…. 52…. 52…. 52,” the women said.
    “Ummmm, you better get off this road. It’s really late and there have been disappearances around Foothill Woods. Do you need a ride?” Jim offered.
    “52…. 52…. 52…. 52,” the women continued.
    “I’ll get going then,” Jim said.
    As soon as Jim opened the truck door, a monstrous bear-looking thing appeared out of the bushes. It also had 52 on its face. It tackled Jim to the ground and started clawing at his face. Jim was screaming and calling for help. The beast shut Jim up by slicing his throat and devouring it. The women came over and hit the beast. The beast whimpered and dashed back into the bushes. The women took some of Jim’s blood and drew “53” on her shirt…

  • I used to read these stories all the time when i was little, they were always my favorite :D
    thanks for posting

  • A student in my class brought a scary stories book for the teacher to read to the whole class… My teacher stopped reading “The Red Ribbon” because she thought it might scare us XD This happened last year!

  • i remember reading in the dark dark room when i was a child in school :P my favorite one was the girl who wore the ribbon to keep her head on

  • I used to love these books when I was little…used to read the books from my elementary school library all the time…both Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and In A Dark Dark Room…loved them both.

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