There’s nothing more bonding than scary fire pit stories. Something about the shiver of terror demanding our toes and ankles be covered by blanket knits us deep into the winter. We remember the tales, as badly as we wish to forget them. They linger around us every time we gather together around the fire, prompting a second telling or sharing of a story new.

When it’s your turn to hold the flashlight beneath your chin this winter, keep the beginnings to these spooky stories for kids in your back pocket:

  • Amber

The Ouija board is only as powerful as you believe it to be, right? Well, there once was a girl who did not believe in the power of the board at all. Mary and her friends- Sarah, Jessie, and Parker- brought the board out just after the sun went down. They followed instructions packed away in the box, waiting for the emergence of spirits and ghosts. None came, just as Mary expected. Then the moon rose to the middle of the sky and Mary moved the planchette as the instructions said. Only when she went to push forward, the piece didn’t budge. Mary’s hand recoiled as though it conducted a spark. She pushed again, with force, but it was frozen and refused to move…

  • Army of the Dead

A laundress recently moved to Charleston, just after the Civil War. Though memories of the recent past snuck in and out of her daily reminiscing, she did her best to make routines out of the day; to lead a calm, steady life. But every night at midnight, after having tucked herself in tight to her sheet, the laundress heard the stroke of twelve on her grandfather clock accompanied by the rumble of wheels passing outside her house. She reminded herself that she lived at a dead end. The sound could be nothing but noise carried over from her dreams…

  • Black Magic

You’ve heard of Mad Henry, right? The man with wild eyes who lives at the edge of town? You’ve never seen him because he is what the world calls a hermit- someone who lives inside their house and at every cost, avoids contact with the normal world. Suspicions have never determined what keeps Mad Henry cooped up inside; only that when he does leave, his actions are formidable. He’s been known to be a magician, harnessing the power of black magic to punish his neighbors. Others have recalled the time he walked through a cemetery, restoring full life to the corpses beneath the ground…

  • Ghost in the Alley

There’s an alley behind the tavern down by the railway- you know the one? Sixty years ago, there was a terrible murder of a small girl The details of the attack were few; we only know the family was left scarred and immobile in their daughter’s wake. The mother returned to the alley every day, convinced that she could still communicate with her daughter there. But the father, the woman’s husband, refused to let his wife look like the neighborhood lunatic. So we dragged her from the alley, and he made the entire family move far across the country. But the ghost of the little girl did live in the alley. She did speak with her mother every day. So when the gossip of the town made her family move across the country, she made it her mission to make anyone who dared come through the alley sorry that they ever walked so close her space…

If you’re craving spooky sessions around the campfire this winter, get in touch Cricket Pavers about a new fire pit installation.