Summertime means family time outside, and what better way to spend it than around a campfire telling ghost stories. Of course, we don’t want your little ones to be scared during this family bonding time, so we’ve rounded up 30 campfire stories for kids that will leave your little campers laughing. Keep reading to discover the best campfire ghost stories to tell under the stars this summer.
Bear Hunting — Here's a story about a group of campers looking for a people-eating bear. While it sounds scary, the funny ending will leave your kiddos more entertained than frightened.
Cow's Head — This ghost story is a twist on the classic "Cinderella." Young Oksana is tasked by her evil stepmother to go into the woods and find food. She encounters a spirit in a cow's head, and the rest is up to you to read.
Fifty-Cent Piece — A couple is traveling home in a carriage when they have to stop at a house for the night. Before leaving the next day, they're given a fifty-cent piece, and what happens afterward is a spooky tale that won't leave kids scared.
Ghost Ship of Captain Sandovate — A group of pirates learn a valuable lesson after they dehydrate their captain to death. After their ship sinks, it become haunted and the sailors end up needing water.
Golden Hand — When a man tries to marry a woman with a golden hand, he then decides to poison her to get the gold for himself. It works, but he learns a valuable lesson and pays a price in the process.
Haunted — This tale is all about a ghost who loves to bake and dance. But when a family moves into his home, the ghost is forced to either keep quiet or haunt them forever.
Magic Castle — A very curious woman decides to check out a magic castle at midnight, despite being warned to stay away. Yet she keeps going farther and what she finds is a big surprise.
Sneakers — Ready for a scary story about a pair of stinky shoes? This not-so-scary story is a great one to tell around the campfire.
The Ball Pit — While those pits full of plastic balls are some parents' nightmare, this story isn't quite scary, but it has a spooky twist for kids to enjoy.
The Coffin — This tale is about a haunted coffin that chases a camper. But rest assured, it's defeated in the funniest of ways.
The Ghost of the Bloody Finger — With blood, fingers and ghosts, you'd think this story is too much for the young camper. But rest assured, it's a great way to introduce scary stories to kiddos.
The Hairy Toe — What happens when an old woman finds a hairy toe in the woods and then decides to eat it? You'll be surprised and have a laugh too.
The Knife in the Grave — When two friends decide to make a bet about who is most scared, they learn a lesson about how fear is often just in your head.
The Lady with the Emerald Ring — This scary story has a happy ending when a woman returns from the dead because her husband has summoned her back.
The Open Window — A little girl tells a neighbor a spooky story, but the prank is on her.
The Pink Jellybean — How is a story about a pink candy haunted? You'd be surprised to find out about the spooky aspects of where this jelly bean lives.
The Purple Gorilla — Nothing sounds scarier than a huge purple gorilla that's hunting people. But in reality, this beast isn't that scary after all.
Thing at the End of the Bed — One day, an old man sees something spooky at the end of his bed. But he's surprised to discover what lies at his feet.
Tommy Knockers — The ghosts of California miners are featured in this story that has a twisted and silly ending.
Underpants — This ghost keeps haunting his former wife because he has a very important message for her. But what happens when she's too afraid to talk with him?
Yellow Ribbon — Jane and Johnny fall in love, but Jane can't forget the feeling of a yellow ribbon around her neck. One day, she tells Johnny to untie the ribbon and you won't believe what happens next.
Not-so-Scary Books to Read in Your Tent
Leo: A Ghost Story — Leo is a ghost who decides his time has come to leave his home and explore the world. Who will he meet and what adventures will he have?
A Curious Tale of the In-Between — Pram Bellamy is not an ordinary girl. She talks to ghosts and her best friend is a ghost named Felix. Then one day she meets Clarence, and together they go look for spirits and supernatural answers to life's questions.
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping — Scaredy Squirrel decides to leave his home and try camping in the woods. But will his adventure be fun or a ghost story for others?
Babar and the Ghost — Find out what happens when a friendly but mischievous ghost finds Babar and his friends after a visit to a haunted castle.
Dem Bones — A colorful skeleton band and the illustrated book teaches kids about anatomy, rhyme and language through this traditional African-American spiritual song.
Goldfish Ghost — One day, Goldfish Ghost set out to find a friend. He floats through a neighborhood and soon discovers it's full of ghosts.
—Leah R. Singer