Super Scary Read-Alouds

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Looking for a spooky story to read this Halloween? These classic tales have scared generations of young readers:


A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown. Journeying through a dark, dark house, a black cat surprises the only inhabitant of the abandoned residence.

In a Dark, Dark Room : and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. Seven scary stories to tell at night, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.

Tailypo: a Ghost Story by Joanna Galdone. A strange varmint haunts the woodsman who lopped off its tail.

The Dancing Skeleton by Cynthia DeFelice. An ornery dead man refuses to stay in his coffin and causes a disturbance when the best fiddler in town comes to call on his widow.

The Teeny-Tiny Woman: A Ghost Story by Paul Galdone. Retells the tale of the teeny-tiny woman who finds a teeny-tiny bone in a churchyard and puts it away in her cupboard before she goes to sleep.

This Book is Haunted by Joanne Rocklin. This book's "not too scary" ghost host tells six spooky stories.

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