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30 Favorite Spooky Stories Parents Love to Read Around the Campfire

Grab your sticks, marshmallows, and a copy of your favorite spooky story for some fun reading under the stars this summer.
on May 14, 2014

Nothing beats sharing chilling tales of ghosts and goblins while watching the fire spark and crackle around a campfire. We recently asked parents on our Scholastic Parents Facebook page to share their favorite spooky stories for kids. Wow – what a response we got!

Whether you're in your own backyard or out in the woods this summer – check out these 30 bone-tingling titles that'll reel your kids in and deliver a ghoulishly good treat.

Happy Reading Under the Stars!

30 Favorite Spooky Stories Parents Say They Love

books by R.L. Stine

Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Ghost Next Door
by Wylly Folk St. John

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

Hardy Boys books by Franklin W. Dixon

Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene

No Way Out - And Other Scary Short Stories by MJ Ware

The Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall

Annie Was Warned by Jarrett Krosoczka

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerrlizzi

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator series by Jennifer Allison

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle

Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle

Attack of the Vampire Weenies by David Lubar

The Vanishing Vampire by David Lubar

My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck

Skeleton Creek series by Patrick Carman

Go Away Big Green Monster (and Nighty Night Little Green Monster) by Ed Emberley

The Haunting Hour by R.L.Stine

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow by James Howe

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

You're Invited to a Creepover Collection by P.J. Night

Monster High series by Lisi Harrison

Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Share your favorite spooky story for kids on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page and get ready for summer reading around the campfire!

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