9 Scary Campfire Stories for Kids

Published on August 16th, 2020

Scary Stories for Children

No camping trip is complete without a campfire, and there are two things that absolutely must be present at every campfire: s’mores and scary campfire stories. Sure, campfire songs might make a showing from time to time as well, and stargazing is a great option for older kids and adults, but stories are a campfire staple that will entertain everyone in your family.

There are, of course, many different types of campfire stories you could tell. Many people enjoy playing a “round robin” kind of storytelling game or using something like Rory’s Story Cubes to make up their own stories. Other people enjoy funny stories that cause everyone in the group to erupt into laughter. However, the most classic campfire stories are the ghost stories, and in our opinion, every campfire storytelling session should include at least one spooky tale.

All that said, nobody wants to scare younger campers out of their wits. Therefore, many ghost stories aren’t suitable for family camping trips. This is where child ghost stories come into play.

There are plenty of children’s ghost stories out there. These kinds of stories retain a little bit of the creepiness, but are not nearly as scary as the many stories meant for adults. These scary stories for kids also tend to be short ghost stories, meaning kids won’t get bored and wander off.

Kid-Friendly Ghost Stories and Scary Campfire Stories

Wondering where to find these kid-friendly ghost stories? We’ve compiled a list of our favorites below. These scary campfire stories will keep everyone happy and entertained as you sit around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying the company of friends and family.

Cow’s Head

Part scary story, part fairytale, and part fable, Cow’s Head is about a young girl who is sent away to fend for herself. She’s able to make it on her own, but one night she is awoken by a spooky cow’s head spirit. Read the story to learn what happens next.

Room for One More

Room for One More is supposedly based on a true story from Ireland. Whether or not you choose to share that information with the kids is up to you, but either way, it’s a good, solid ghost story about a lady who refuses a ride and what happens after.

The Hairy Toe

Want a slightly scary story with a little bit of weird mixed in? The Hairy Toe is the tale you’re looking for. It tells the story of an old woman who finds a hairy toe in the woods. She takes it home and eats it. It turns out this was not only an odd decision, but also a huge mistake.

The Cursed Doll

Dolls are creepy, there’s no denying that. In fact, that’s probably why The Cursed Doll is one of our favorite scary campfire stories. It tells the story of a little girl who gets a new doll. What happens next is absolutely terrifying.

Fifty-Cent Piece

A thrilling story that will have everyone on the edge of their seats, Fifty-Cent Piece tells the story of a traveling couple. The couple stops for the night at the house of a friendly family, leaving a fifty-cent piece to show their appreciation. It isn’t until they leave the house and get into town that they discover the creepy truth.


Underpants is a story that includes both the spooky factor and the silly factor, and kids adore it. In the story, a ghost is trying to communicate with his wife about something very important to him. Unfortunately, his wife is too scared to listen…at first.

In the end she does hear him out, and his question will have all the kids laughing.

Love Test

Perhaps a little bit scarier than some of the other scary campfire stories on this list, Love Test is the tale of a beautiful young girl. This girl goes on many dates, but never dates the same man twice.

Her parents are baffled, and rumors begin spreading through the town, until nobody wants to date her. Eventually, a new man comes to town and learns why this is. However, this date ends a bit differently than the others.

Ghost of the Bloody Finger

Another funny/scary story, Ghost of the Bloody Finger is a great option for ending the night and helping to ensure there are no bad dreams. While the beginning of the story is creepy—telling the tale of a man hearing the voice of a ghost—the ending is pretty silly and definitely lightens the mood.

Magic Castle

We love this story for younger children. Like “Bloody Finger” and “Underpants”, Magic Castle is a funny and scary story with a silly ending everyone will enjoy. It tells the story of a magic castle that nobody is to visit at midnight. So of course, the main character does, and she’s met with quite the surprise.

Dessert and Scary Campfire Stories

These scary campfire stories are great on their own, but even better with sweet treats. Want to enjoy some delicious desserts while telling stories? Obviously, the aforementioned s’mores are a must. However, if you were hoping to add another option into the mix, these camping desserts are also pretty amazing. Why not give a couple a try on your next camping trip? You might just create a new tradition!

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