Old time family camping trips have got to be one of the best memory generating experiences in life. Choosing to leave the gadgets behind and really connect with your family, friends and nature is an unbeatable experience. One of my very favorite family camping trip activities happens well after dark, when the camp kitchen has been tidied and secured and everyone is gathered around a crackling campfire – and the kids are asking “Now what?”
I’ll tell you what – good old fashioned ghost stories. Funny-scary classic stories for the little kids, vintage hair raising horror for the teens, told after the little’uns have been safely tucked in their bedrolls for the night.
Just picture the scene, a soft summer night has fallen. The campfire flickers and pops, coals wink at marshmallows on sticks, everyone is comfortably gathered close to the fire and the storyteller. It’s time for scary stories!
Tips for campfire storytelling:
Speak in a slow, soft voice very slowly, so people have pay attention and listen carefully.
As you near the end of the tale, gradually increase the volume of your voice.
Most important trick – Pause before the punch line!
Throw in something unexpected at the end.
(Save these next tricks for the teens, little’uns could be too scared)
Hold a bright flashlight under your chin at the very last moment of your story and scream like the dickens
Recruit one of your fellow campers to jump up and scream at the end.
American Folklore has some really great old time campfire stories, my favorite is “Hairy Toes”