Scary Movies to Show Your Kids

Scary Movies to Show Your Kids

Oct 15, 2015

It’s not hard to imagine that the release of Goosebumps will inspire kids to seek out more fun horror films to watch. Rather than let them jump straight into Nightmare on Elm Street territory, try some of these beloved films instead.


The Witches (1990)

Not only does this bizarre movie feature evil witches that desperately want to kill children, it also features a protagonist who gets turned into a mouse. Both are surprisingly terrifying for kids and adults alike.


Gremlins (1984)

These little guys may be cute (in a ferociously ugly way), but they are not to be trusted. Their mischievous antics stop just short of crossing the line into full-on horror territory.


Little Monsters (1989)

To a kid, what’s more horrifying than a monster under your bed? How about a monster under your bed who spends all its energy getting you in big trouble with your parents? That’s exactly what poor Fred Savage has to contend with in this late ‘80s classic.


Hocus Pocus (1993)

This beloved film may be remembered more for its comedy than its horror, but for the younger set, there are some real creepy moments to be found among all the funny witch makeup and hammy acting.


ParaNorman (2012)

For some reason, a lot of stop motion animation films aimed at children have a horror vibe. Probably the best example is this recent film about a boy gifted with the ability to communicate with the dead, a gift that comes to good use when his town gets taken over by zombies.


The Gate (1987)

For the slightly older set, this 1980s film about a trio of boys who accidentally open a doorway to Hell offers a perfect introduction to the world of horror. The creature work in this one is especially good.


Monster House (2006)

Instead of being about a house filled with monsters, this animated film is about an actual living house that has been swallowing children. A group of friends must figure out a way to make the sentient domicile safe without getting eaten themselves.


The Monster Squad (1987)

Another one for slightly older kids, this classic features Dracula, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Mummy in an all-out battle with a group of scrappy kids. The film gets bonus points for featuring a super cuddly version of Frankenstein’s Monster.


Frankenstein (1931)

Speaking of Frankenstein, this golden oldie has all the ingredients kids need in a horror film without any of the gore parents might want to avoid. It’s a classic for a reason, and it’s never too early to introduce kids to Karloff.


Ghostbusters (1984)

For grownups, this is a hilarious comedy. But for kids, this one borders on terrifying, particularly when it comes to the library ghost encounter that opens the film. Chilling stuff. On the other hand, kids will love the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.


The Burbs (1989)

Something bad is happening in the neighborhood, and it’s up to Tom Hanks and his nosey, weekend warrior pals to figure out what that is. While the film offers plenty in the way of laughs, it’s also dark enough to give kids a little scare.

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