Blogging Wondertime Magazine: How to Tell a Scary Story

Blogging Wondertime Magazine: How to Tell a Scary Story

Alejandra Valera
Sep 25, 2007

We love Wondertime magazine for all of the great "How To"s featured in every issue and this month is no exception.

With Halloween coming upon us, there is no better time to hone in on your scary story skills. Pete Nelsen gives us tips on how to tell a scary story.

Nelsen recommends you, "Start in the middle, with somebody in trouble." We tried this with our son, and it definitely gave an extra jolt of mystery and panic to our story...

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.

• 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.

We love Nelsen's suggestion of letting children save themselves! What a great self-esteem booster.

What about you? Do you have scary-telling techniques you're proud of, you'd like to share?

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