Campfire stories

Staff reports

Thinking about sending your kids to camp?  Check out these tales for all ages.

Campfire Tales: True Stories from the Western Frontier

By Lester Galbreath

Publisher: Bright Sky Press


These true stories encompass all of the grittiness and glamour of the Old West. From the anxious settlers trying to find a piece of the American dream to the daring gun-slingers and cowboys, these tales paint a picture of Americana in what the Farmer-Stockman called a book that is “hard to quit reading once you sit down.”

Stories for Around the Campfire

By Ray Harriot

Publisher: Campfire Publishing Co.


This has a mix of funny and scary stories, and it’s great for kids. A few of the scariest stories may be a bit too much for the littlest children, but otherwise, these are entertaining. Stories include “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (a takeoff on the boy who cried wolf) and “A Night at the Delaney House.”

Campfire Ghost Stories

by Jo-Anne Christensen

Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing


This book combines some urban legends (“The Hitchhiker”) with some original tales, but reviewers say the stories are well-told and perfect for friends to read around the campfire. Titles include “The Best House on the Block” about competition, “The Helpful Stranger,” “A Summer Companion" and "The Caretaker."

The Curse of the Campfire Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales

By David Lubar

Publisher: Starscape


This book, from the author of “In the Land of the Lawn Weenies” and “Invasion of the Road Weenies,” is geared for kids aged 9-12 (although one reviewer said his 9-year-old was terrified, so check it out first). Other reviewers seem to appreciate the chills and macabre humor in Lubar’s 35 short stories.

Spooky Campfire Stories

By Amy Kelley

Publisher: TwoDot


Also geared toward 9- to 12-year-olds, this book’s scary stories and folktales promise to “send shivers up your spine.” One customer says her son brought the book to camp every year and read the spooky tales to friends. The book is lightweight and easy to pack – perfect for kids who have to lug a bunch of stuff to camp.

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