"The Big Toe," from the series by Alvin Schwartz, is a good scary stories to tell in the dark. "The Big Toe" is about a boy who discovers a toe buried in his family's garden. He takes it to his mother, who puts it in their soup for dinner. When the soup is finished, the father pulls the toe out and slices it into three pieces so that each member of the family can have a portion.
That night, the boy hears a voice at his window calling out for the toe that he consumed. He hears the voice get louder as something climbs the stairs to his room. The story ends when the voice reaches the foot of the boy's bed and calls out for his toe.
"The Babysitter" is about a young girl babysitting late one night. She receives several strange phone calls and finally decides to dial the phone operator. When the next strange phone call occurs, the operator traces the call and informs the girl that the phone calls are coming from upstairs. The babysitter gets the children and exits the house just as a man with a knife comes downstairs. The police arrive and apprehend the dangerous caller.
"The Thing" tells of two friends named Ted and Sam who witness a skeleton-like creature crawling out of a field of turnips one night. The creature has glowing eyes and is dressed in black pants, a white shirt and black suspenders. The monster chases the boys to Ted's house where it skulks around outside for a few minutes before leaving. One year later, Ted falls ill and passes away.Learn more about Folklore