Ghost Stories for Christmas

By Clarissa Cooke, Children's Librarian
December 16, 2021
96th Street Library

Telling ghost stories at Christmas was a popular tradition in Victorian Britain. Charles Dickens wrote a number of Christmas ghost stories of which A Christmas Carol is his most famous. When it's dark and cold out, listening to spooky stories, especially with the company of good friends or family, will  let you enjoy a shiver while basking in the comfort and warmth of home.

Here are some scary stories you might enjoy reading aloud, or to yourself at Christmas. The publisher Biblioasis has released several tiny books of individual Christmas ghost stories, illustrated by the cartoonist known as Seth, every year, since 2016, three of which are included below. Each book has one ghost story to read, or you can borrow one of the other collections of stories on this list, and read one every night.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.