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How to Tell a Scary Story

How to tell scary stories to your kids
  • Start in the middle, with somebody in trouble.


  • Speak slowly, with furtive glances and long pauses.


  • If stuck, ask questions like, "And do you know what happened next?" Your child may give you something you can use.


  • For physical details, use things your child already knows, like the "Snoktopus," half snake, half octopus.


  • Give the creature a fatal flaw (and yourself a narrative exit strategy), like the Snoktopus that loved music and could be hypnotized by it.


  • Work in a kid-protagonist your child can identify with, like The Little Shepherd Boy Who Played the Flute and Tamed a Wild Snoktopus.


  • Don't bring in adults to save the protagonist. It's better to give kids power to save
    themselves.


  • Endings are key. Monsters can be imprisoned, petrified, or converted to good by the kindness of a child who isn't afraid.
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