It’s almost Halloween. To build the spooky atmosphere — and also to encourage creative writing — I’m offering these nine read-alouds, spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, all featured on my Cabin Tales podcast last October. They range from silly fun to gory terror, ideal for this time of year.
First is the shortest story of the batch: 11-year-old Jacob Tremblay’s take on a classic babysitting scare, “Bat, Axe, Racket.”
Third is a futuristic fright by Ottawa student writer, Owen Fitzpatrick, “Ear to Ear,” first published in Pot-pourri 2019 and podcasted with permission of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association.
Fourth is a comedic Halloween story by Quebec student writer Kaylee Williams, “Demonic Yoga.”
Fifth is another comedic demon story, this one from Ottawa student writer, Sarah Ham: “Deliverance,” first published in Pot-pourri 2017 and podcasted with permission of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association.
Sixth, a comedic ghost story that was superfun to read aloud by teen writer Olivia Li, “Air B&B.”
Now it gets a little scarier….
Seventh is a creepy historical Halloween story by Gatineau student writer Olivia Beauchamp, “The Duskmire Forest.” (PG)
Eighth is a classic horror story by Gatineau student writer Lexi-Jade McCowan, “Minutes to Sunrise.” (Definitely PG)
And finally, a macabre monster story from Ottawa student writer, Aleina Wang, “The Monster of Feyre,” first published in Pot-pourri 2019 and podcasted with permission of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. (PG)
Now that you’ve heard the spooky tales of these fab young writers, why not write your own?