Short Campfire Stories for Kids

Once you’ve thoroughly packed for your camping trip with our camping checklist, travelled to your staycation destination, set up and figured out how to make a campfire, there’s nothing better than sharing a few ghost stories to pass the evening by.

Get yourself some camping food (we recommend popcorn, s’mores and a thermal flask full of cocoa) along with this list of scary stories and you’ll be sure to have a fun-filled evening with family or friends!

So grab a torch (or not, if you’re brave enough!), cosy up and get set for a sleepless night… but don’t worry – these horror stories are suitable for kids!

In a Dark, Dark Room

Make your voice deep and mysterious. Build suspense by stretching out the words, but try and make your listeners jump when you say the final few words loud and suddenly!

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house.
And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room.
And in the dark, dark room there was a dark, dark cupboard.
And in the dark, dark cupboard there was a dark, dark shelf.
And on the dark, dark shelf there was a dark, dark box.
And in the dark, dark box there was a ghost!

Source: The Camping Family

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Hidden by the Rustling Corn

This is a great poem for some dramatic reading!

The shortcut through the Corn field
tempts you as you’re walking home.
The clouds above keep the moon concealed
as you enter the swaying corn, alone.
The corn grows tall and thick, my friend;
the path you chose is muddy.
It grows in rows without scope or end
and in the dark, you hurry.
You don’t see the standing forms
as you pass them on your way.
They stand still amongst the swaying corn,
which hides their pallor, and decay.

Hundreds gather in this field tonight,
though you see none at all.
Yet still you look around in fright
but the corn grows too thick, too tall.

You tell yourself as you continue through,
“Its merely the rustling of the leaves”.
But they see you, and they hear you,
and they might not let you leave.

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This story is famous for being the shortest horror story in the world… A spooky thought! Drag this one out for dramatic effect.

The last man on Earth sat alone in a room.
There was a knock on the door …

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The Ribbon

Make some troublesome tweens tremble with this ghost story. We suggest adding some sound effects when you get to the ‘thud’. Let your (and consequently their’s) imagination run wild!

A man marries his beloved: a beautiful young woman who always wears a black, velvet ribbon around her neck. On their wedding night, he asks why she never takes the ribbon off. “If I do, you’ll be sorry,” she says, and goes to sleep.

Night after night, he keeps asking, but she always gives him the same reply. He begins to go mad with curiosity. Finally, one night, while she’s sleeping, he steals the scissors from her sewing box and cuts through the ribbon himself.

The black ribbon falls away… and her head rolls right off her neck and falls to the floor with a sickening thud.

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The Neverending Story

They’ll never get tired of this classic – but if they do, it’s a bonus for you!

It was a dark and stormy night,
and all the Cub Scouts where huddled around their campfire.
One scout looked up to the Scout Master and said:
“Tell us a story.”
And the story went like this:
It was a dark and stormy night…

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Make Your Own!

Why not go round the circle taking it in turns to add a sentence to a horror story? The sillier the better! You can come up with your own characters, setting and plot – or make it about yourselves!

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Written by: Natalie Green