It's spooky season, which means it's time to tell the best ghost stories for kids, stream the best scary films for kids and screen the best Halloween movies for kids.
Are you ready? We came up with 13 tales that will delight and frighten your crew—the list starts with silly stories suitable for young listeners, then creeps up the scary scale to ancient myths so terrifying they might keep you up at night.
How horrifying are these stories? It's up to you. Remember, it's all in the telling—and how you use dramatic pauses and ghostly whispers.
If you want to be a parental hero, workshop one or two of these stories to pull out when you're out apple picking with the family or wandering through a pumpkin patch.
Remember, Halloween is more than just costumes and candy. It's the thrill of being frightened by a scary ghost story for kids, and then comforted by the ones who love you most.
(Psst: Head to your favorite kids' library branches to check out some of these stories!)