Scary Spooky Stories

When I was around six or seven years old, my brother and I used to listen to a collection of short horror stories on our little Sears record player.  It was a collection of six stories, told by three different narrators, released on a full-size LP and titled Scary Spooky Stories. It was released by Troll records and distributed through Scholastic to schools across the country.  My brother and I must have listened to this record at least a thousand times. We loved it and I still have the original record in my possession today (although it’s chipped badly on one edge, ruining the first story on each side).

Fast forward thirty years.  My six year old son asked me to tell him a story one night.  I usually make up stories for him, but on that night something reminded me of a story from the Scary Spooky Stories collection.  I hadn’t listened to the records in thirty years but I remembered the gist of the story and told it to him…and he loved it.

After he went to bed I did a Google search for the record and found mp3 copies of the collection.  I immediately downloaded and listened to them.  It was like stepping back in time.  The nostalgia was almost overwhelming.  It was strange because I hadn’t heard them for so long, but so familiar I could finish the sentences. Surreal.

The following day I let my kids listen to the stories and they absolutely loved them!  They asked for them again and again, never tiring of them, just like my brother and I did thirty years earlier.  As I write this, it’s been well over a month and they’re still asking for them.

I don’t remember exactly where I downloaded these from, but I’m making them available here.  Just click on the link below to download the mp3 files in a single zip archive.  Enjoy!

  Scary Spooky Stories (43.1 MiB, 778 hits)

[Update: During my search I also ran across another record produced around the same time period by Troll Records. It features four stories narrated by the same narrators who read for the Scary Spooky Stories collection. It’s called Great Ghost Stories. Though I didn’t listen to this record as a child it’s a wonderful little addition to the Scary Spooky Stories collection. Both records will fit on a single compact disc. Download link to the zip file is below.]

  Great Ghost Stories (43.3 MiB, 392 hits)

 

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11 Replies to “Scary Spooky Stories”

  1. I just love the internet…

    Maybe it’s because Halloween is upon us, but I my thoughts turned to this record just the other day. My best childhood friend had a copy and we’d listen to it and of course, be terrified out of our minds.

    I’m actually still a little hesitant to listen to it now, some 35 years later…

    1. How cool. It still holds up pretty well after all these years. “The Dare” and “Wait ‘Til Martin Comes” are my favorites. Love that guy’s voice.

      Just recently my oldest son listened to it all summer long, every single night. He and his younger brother love it as much as my brother and I did over 30 years ago.

  2. Thank you so much!!! I teach 5th grade and was telling my students about this. I loved listening to it as a kid and can’t wait to share it with them for halloween!

  3. Wow! Thank you so much!!! I am 36 years old and have NEVER forgotten listening to this record at the sitter’s house when I was 4. I’m a speech/language therapist now and love how rich in language and imagery these stories are…I cannot wait to share them with my kids!

    1. Hi Kristie,

      Like you, I could never get these stories out of my head. I’m 38 and remember listening to these like it was yesterday. My two sons “camp out” together in the same room every weekend (and all through summer vacation), and they listen to these every night on infinite repeat. Unfortunately the narrators are all long dead now, but my favorite has to be Ralph Bell, who narrated “The Dare” and “Wait ‘Til Martin Comes”.

      Thanks to the Internet I also found another record the Troll Records folks put out called “Great Ghost Stories” (if memory serves). I have those mp3 files too. I’ll have to add them on this page as soon as I get time.

      Anyway, thanks for commenting and I hope your children enjoy the stories.

      Brian

  4. I cannot thank you enough for making these available. I honestly didn’t think I would be able to find it. My sister and I literally wore out my Grandma’s vinyl copy listening to it so much. Our neighborhood is having a halloween party in the woods behind the house where a creek runs. We call it the creepy creek walk. I’m gonna play this while their walking the trail. EEk!! I can’t wait. Thanks Again!

    1. No problem at all. My brother and I listened to these stories all the time back when we were kids. I knew them all by heart. My kids are about to turn seven and ten and they still listen to them every weekend and all summer long. It’s become a ritual!

      Take it easy,
      Brian

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