We continue our Halloween journey, collecting five scary tales for middle-grade and older readers. The Scare-o-Meter ratings are more varied here; the mildest story gets a 5, the scariest one a solid 10.
These stories teach us Very Important Lessons, like:
- It’s ok to express our dark sides in stories, as long as we know the difference between fictional horror and real-life violence.
- Sometimes, we’re not faced with a straightforward battle between Good and Evil. Sometimes, we have to consider the “scary” side’s point of view.
- Sometimes, life is just really, really unfair, and it’s not your fault.
But there are also a few problematic messages, like:
- The solution to unspeakable violence is…more violence.
If you’re still feeling brave enough, follow me to a forbidden forest filled with demons, cannibals, and (squee!) zombicorns.