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A Spooktacular Guide: 13 Scary Movies That Are Kid-Friendly


Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a spooky movie night? But wait! If you have little ones, you might be wondering which scary movies are appropriate for children. Fear not, for we have compiled a list of thrilling yet kid-friendly films that will give your family the perfect Halloween experience. Join us as we explore a variety of movies and other media that strike the perfect balance between spooky and suitable.



1. Coraline: PG

Based on Neil Gaiman's beloved book, Coraline takes children on a visually stunning adventure filled with mystery and wonder. While it has its eerie moments, the movie delivers an empowering message about bravery and appreciating what you have.



2. Monster House: PG

In this animated gem, a group of kids discovers that the creepy old house across the street is alive! Monster House offers a blend of humor, suspense, and heart, making it a perfect choice for slightly older children.



3. Hocus Pocus: PG

A Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus is a delightful mix of comedy and mild scares. Follow the misadventures of three witches resurrected in modern-day Salem as a plucky group of kids tries to stop their wicked plans.



4. Paranorman: PG

Paranorman tells the tale of a young boy with the ability to communicate with the dead. This beautifully animated film explores themes of acceptance and friendship while delivering some spooky and endearing moments.



5. Beetlejuice: PG

Tim Burton's Beetlejuice is a quirky and imaginative film that blends comedy, fantasy, and a touch of the macabre. While it may be more suitable for older children, it offers a unique Halloween experience.



6. The Nightmare Before Christmas: PG

This enchanting stop-motion musical masterpiece from Tim Burton combines the worlds of Halloween and Christmas. With its catchy songs and memorable characters, it's a family-friendly choice that celebrates the power of individuality.



7. Gremlins: PG

Gremlins is a thrilling adventure that follows a young man who inadvertently breaks three important rules when he receives a mysterious creature as a pet. While it has some intense moments, this film is an exciting choice for slightly older children.



8. Monsters, Inc.: G

Monsters, Inc. takes a creative and heartwarming approach to the world of monsters under the bed. Filled with lovable characters and imaginative storytelling, it offers laughter and valuable life lessons that children can appreciate.



9. Hotel Transylvania: PG

An animated comedy that revolves around Dracula's hotel for monsters, Hotel Transylvania is a family-friendly film that combines humor and heartwarming moments. Join Dracula and his daughter on their adventures with an unexpected human guest.



10. Coco: PG

Coco takes us on a colorful journey through Mexican traditions and the Day of the Dead. With its vibrant animation and heartfelt story, this film teaches children about the importance of family and remembering loved ones.



11. Don't Look Under the Bed: TV PG

"Don't Look Under the Bed" is a Disney Channel Original Movie that tackles the theme of childhood fears in a creative and entertaining way. This film follows a young girl who teams up with an imaginary friend to confront the boogeyman. While it may have some spooky moments, the movie emphasizes the power of imagination and overcoming fears. "Don't Look Under the Bed" is a suitable choice for children who enjoy a dose of mystery and adventure.



12. The Little Vampire: PG

"The Little Vampire" is a charming family film that brings the world of vampires to a kid-friendly level. It follows the friendship between a young boy and a vampire and explores themes of acceptance and overcoming stereotypes. This movie combines adventure, humor, and heart, making it an enjoyable choice for children who enjoy a mix of spooky and heartwarming stories.



13. Are You Afraid of the Dark: TV PG

"Are You Afraid of the Dark" is a popular television series known for its spooky and suspenseful stories. Aimed at slightly older children, this anthology series explores a wide range of supernatural tales. Each episode stands alone, making it a great choice for those seeking bite-sized scares. With its imaginative stories and eerie atmosphere, "Are You Afraid of the Dark" is perfect for fans of suspenseful storytelling.


With this diverse selection of kid-friendly scary movies, your family can enjoy a Halloween movie night filled with thrills, laughs, and valuable life lessons. From animated adventures to live-action classics, these films offer just the right amount of spookiness while keeping children entertained and engaged. So grab some popcorn, turn off the lights, and get ready for a hauntingly good time!


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