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What's the biggest problem running Hocus Pocus as a D&D session?  Why are there so many Folk Horror stories for kids?  Why is the Gothic one of the most fraught genres to run with young players?  

We are a couple of spooky gamer parents, and it's not always easy to run horror games for kids (ages 8-12)!  In Ravenloft Gives Me Goosebumps: Genres of Horror, we go through the amazing "Genres of Horror" section in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft with tips and ideas for running games for kids in each of those genres.  We start with general "horror gaming with kids" tips. 
We then go into each genre in turn, providing advice for how to adapt that genre for kids' gaming. In addition to overall genre advice, give examples of kids' horror books, movies and shows that use those genres, and advice for adapting them into Dungeons & Dragons adventures. 
We go through several famous kids' horror movies to discuss how those stories adapted genres of horror for younger sensibilities, with tips on using those stories as gaming inspiration. 
Finally, we give a Recommended Reading list of young reader horror novels written in the last 10 years for inspiration or just enjoyment.
Happy Gaming! 
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Son B April 14, 2022 7:22 pm UTC
This is by FAR the best resource out right now if you want to tackle any genre of horror with a group of younger teens. It is incredibly respectful and in-depth and offers an enormous amount of tools you as a DM can use to adapt any and all horror settings.

I can not recommend this PDF enough.
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Jimmy F September 10, 2021 6:03 pm UTC
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