Five Great Scary Stories

by goosebumps.com
​There are more great children’s scary stories than just those presented in the Goosebumps series of children's horror fiction novels written by R. L. Stine.

Although Goosebumps is a series of children's horror fiction novels written by author R. L. Stine, one of the best-selling American authors in recent years with over 350 million books sold worldwide since 1992, many literary critics have congratulated the Goosebumps series as a collection of “deliciously chilling” scary stories "that have helped many kids develop a passion for reading and usually comment that anything that gets more kids to read more often is a great thing. Some have also observed that while the Goosebumps books are not exactly great literature, the books are written primarily to interest and engage young readers.

With the introduction of the Internet to so many young lives today, it opens up access to many more scary stories for kids than just those written by Stine in his popular Goosebumps series.

A good children’s scary story will interest and engage young readers, and not bore them with long-winded passages and confuse them with words that they don’t understand. Short sentences, simple sentence structure, easy vocabulary, uncomplicated paragraphs, and simple plots, make for easy reading and the best kids scary stories do not have to contain any real violence, but they do need to contain enough supernatural elements to give the young readers a bit of fright, danger, and some felling of the loss of control. The best scary stories for kids will also feature positive moral elements that can teach young readers that ultimately there is nothing more important than the love of your family and friends.

Here is a list of top five contenders in the category of other great scary stories for kids:

Bunnicula -
Bunnicula is a children's book series written by James Howe and his wife Deborah about a vampire bunny that sucks the juice out of vegetables. It is also the name of the first book in the series, published 1979 and centered on the Monroe family and their pets and is told from the perspective of their dog Harold. The Monroes find a bunny at the theater where they were watching a Dracula film. Because of this, they name him Bunnicula. Their cat Chester, however, is convinced Bunnicula is a vampire and attempts to get Harold to help save the Monroes from the carrot-loving menace.

Something Upstairs -
Something Upstairs is a young adult horror fiction novel written by a man simply known as Avi that was first published in 1988. It centers on a 12-year-old boy named Kenny who has moved to a new area and discovers a ghost named Caleb in his room. Caleb was the slave of a previous owner of the home, and is stuck there until someone can help set him free. Kenny travels back in time with Caleb to find his murderer and comes to a dilemma on whether he can return to the present or save his new friend. This scary novel has won several awards in children's writing.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow –
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a short story written by Washington Irving and first published in 1820. The Legend is among the earliest examples of American children’s fiction still read today. The story is set in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow and tells the story of Ichabod Crane, who is a superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with a nemesis, for the daughter of a wealthy farmer. Crane is constantly pursued by a character known only as the “Headless Horseman” in the popular tale. The Horseman is supposedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during the American Revolutionary War.

Ghost Abbey -
Ghost Abbey was written by Robert Westall and is a tale set in England about a girl named Maggi who is charged with caring for her despondent father and two younger brothers after her mother dies unexpectedly. The tale includes many additional characters but the main villain is actually the house itself after Maggi comes to realize that the ancient abbey house has a sort of self awareness and the ability to protect itself.

The Doll in the Garden -
The Doll in the garden is a ghost story written by Mary Downing Hahn that tells the tale of a girl named Ashley who moves to a new town after the death of her father. Ashley and her friend Kristi find a unique doll buried in the garden and the tale gets tangled up with the doll’s ghostly past, and creates a ghostly tale of captivating fantasy.