summaryRemember the voice that moaned, "Who took me bo-o-o-ne?" as the campfire crackled and you nearly jumped out of your skin? Your children can also delight in spooky stories and you can all enjoy those spine-tingling sensations.
- The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
- Celebrations and Holidays, Drama, Rainy Day Fun
MATERIALS: Flashlight, cassette or record player (optional), scary mask (optional), sheet, cord
Striking Fear with a Flashlight. This idea is for older children who find scary things fascinating. Turn off the lights. Don a ski mask or a Halloween mask, or make an ugly face. If you have a cassette or record player, turn on some eerie background music (Danse Macabre and Moonlight Sonata are good choices), or the children's own prerecorded spooky soundtrack. If you dont have a cassette player, do a little moaning and groaning. Then suddenly, shine a flashlight on your own masked face! When the screams and giggles subside, you can begin telling your favorite ghost story. You might also offer to do your best Bela Lugosi imitation. When youre finished, turn off the flashlight and pass it and the mask to the next ghost storyteller. Tales in the Tepee. This idea is for children who don't like their rooms too dark or their stories too scary. Stretch a cord between a doorknob and a chair. Throw a sheet over the top and stake it out on both sides with small piles of books. Crawl in beside your children. Then snuggle together and read a few not-too-spooky supernatural stories by flashlight. Try Four Scary Stories for starters, in which three endearing creatures-a scalawag, an imp, and a goblin-scare the living daylights out of themselves by telling each other BOY stories (what else!). Maybe you and your children can make up some of these.