Funny Ghost Stories for Kids: Spooky (But Silly) Tales

Updated September 22, 2021
Little girl reading funny ghost stories tablet in her bed at night

So you think ghosts are always scary? Think again! Ghosts are just people without bodies, and people can be really funny. Guess what? So can ghosts. So enjoy these funny ghost stories for kids that will fill you with ghoulish giggles.

The Curse of the Push and Pull

by Karen Frazier

One day as Song wandered in the woods in the back of her house, she spotted a strange sight. There, flittering through the trees about ten feet ahead of her, was a transparent girl dressed all in black. Song stopped in shock, and the girl turned around to face her. The eerie apparition had black eyes and a no other facial features! She was a truly terrifying sight.

Song gasped in fear! The frightening creature looked right at her and said in a breathy, otherworldly voice, "Follow meeeeeee....or you will beeeee....cursed by the push and pull." Then, it turned and disappeared into the trees.

Song didn't know what to do! The strange apparition had vanished. Song walked to where it had stood just moments before, but there was no sign of it. From deeper in the trees, the voice called out again. "Follow meeeeeee....or you will beeeee....cursed by the push and pull."

Song peeked through the trees, but she couldn't see the child anywhere. As the voice called out again, "Follow meeeeeee....or you will beeeee....cursed by the push and pull," Song turned fled towards home in terror. As she did, creepy, howling laughter filled the air around her, even though she couldn't see anyone nearby. As the cackling faded away, the voice spoke from right next to Song's ear.

"You didn't follow now you will beeeeeeeee....cursed by the push and pull." Spooky laughter rang out again, following Song as she fled to the safety of her house, slamming the door behind her.

supernatural concept of a ghostly woman wearing a long dress

Song was frightened, but she didn't believe in curses, and she was sure she'd be safe in her house. And in spite of her initial terror, as the day passed, the memory of her frightening encounter faded until Song completely forgot she had met a strange creature in the woods. By the time she fell asleep that night, all that remained was a barely discernible sense of discomfort that she didn't understand. It was as if, in Song's mind, she had never met the creature. She forgot she received the curse of the push and pull, even though it haunted her for the rest of her life.

All people encounter this creature at some time in their childhood. Nobody ever follows the frightening apparition, for it makes the task impossible. All children receive the curse of the push and pull and experience its effects for the rest of their lives, even if they can't remember why or how it started. In fact, you met this eerie creature and didn't follow it either. You, yourself, have received the curse of the push and pull. You, at this very moment, are cursed.

How can you tell? Because you, my friend, pull doors that are marked "push" and push doors that are marked "pull." And you are doomed to do it forever, because you have been cursed by the push and pull.

A Knife in the Grave

by Ryan Dube

Friends Tom, Fred, and John were sitting at the cafeteria table during lunchtime. The three friends were discussing local urban legends.

"According to my Uncle, his friend walked into the cemetery on a full moon, and at the stroke of midnight the hand of a skeleton reached up out of the ground and grabbed his leg," Tom explained as he twirled his fork around the pile of spaghetti on his plate.

"Yeah, whatever," John replied as he rolled his eyes.

"So, um, what happened then?" Fred stuttered as he stared at Tim with wide and fearful eyes.

"Well, they say that he was pulled down under the dirt and, trapped there, he died of suffocation," Tom answered, glancing back and forth at his two friends.

"Wow," Fred said as he broke a corner off his cornbread and popped it in his mouth.

"Get real. That's one of the oldest stories about Greywood Cemetery. Everyone knows it's a bunch of baloney," John said, looking at Tom with disdain.

"Okay then. Tomorrow night is a full moon. I dare you to stick a knife in the ground at midnight and leave it there. We'll check in the morning to see if you really did it." Tom answered, matching John's look with a smirk.


"Fine," Tom said as he shoved his hand across the table. John reached over his plate, grasped his friend's hand firmly, and shook it. The deal was made.

The next night, John crept silently into the dark and foreboding cemetery. It was far spookier than he remembered it being during the day. Finally, he found a fresh grave plot that had recently been filled in. He quickly removed the jack-knife from his jacket pocket and unfolded the blade. As he watched the moon's reflection dance over the silver blade, he realized that his hand was shaking.

man standing in a foggy graveyard's just a story, just do it.

He squatted down, closed his eyes, and slammed the blade into the freshly packed earth. He waited a few moments.



He started to stand, but at that very moment, something tugged on his jacket. He tried harder to stand up and realized that something had a firm grip on his jacket and was pulling him down toward the ground. His heart froze, and he screamed at the top of his lungs until all of his breath was expelled, and he passed out.

The next morning, his friends found him asleep by the grave. When they woke him, he started to tell the story, and then they all quickly looked down at his jacket where he'd been grabbed and pulled to the ground. Immediately, Tom and Fred burst into hysterical laughter. John just sat there, staring at his jacket. The corner was pinned to the ground by the blade that he, himself, had thrust through it.

A Full Moon

by Ryan Dube

A paranormal investigative group in Connecticut was called to a haunted house. The homeowners warned the group that the house was haunted by an especially "evil" spirit that enjoyed playing pranks. The team leader of the paranormal society invited a friend from Massachusetts to come along. He was a physicist and an amateur paranormal investigator, who everyone called "Doc." Doc believed that there were no such things as ghosts or poltergeists, and that every type of haunting or unusual phenomenon had a reasonable, earthly explanation.

The group traveled across the State of Connecticut in three vehicles filled with team members and equipment. Upon arriving at the home, the team immediately started setting up the monitoring equipment as the team leader and his friend, Doc, toured the home with the homeowner.

Full moon behind a house

At one point in the tour, when the three men approached the staircase that led to the second floor, they heard very loud footsteps on the upstairs landing.

"Is anyone else home?" Doc asked the homeowner.

"No, my wife's at work and we have no kids," the homeowner replied.

Excited to have his first opportunity to confront an alleged ghostly spirit, Doc walked to the foot of the stairs.

"Come on! You can do better than that you lousy ghost!" Doc yelled up the stairwell.

"Doc, I wouldn't do that if I were you," the paranormal team leader advised, but Doc ignored him. Instead, he stepped up onto the bottom step.

"If you're a ghost, why don't you show us what you can really do, you lousy, no-good prankster!" Doc yelled.

The moment the last word came out of his mouth, his pants fell down around his ankles. The homeowner and the team leader burst into laughter as Doc, terrified, struggled to pull his pants back up. He then stumbled as fast as he could out the front door of the house. He refused to re-enter the house or to talk about the incident ever again. However, the event went down in the records as one of the most humorous moments the paranormal team had ever witnessed in a haunted home. They still tell this funny ghost story to every new team member.

Ghoulish Giggles With Funny Ghost Stories for Kids

Simple, silly ghost stories are a lot of fun. With a few chills and thrills and lots of laughs, these stories show that things that go bump in the night aren't always what you fear they are.

Funny Ghost Stories for Kids: Spooky (But Silly) Tales