What are great Halloween/scary movies for Tweens/kids?

As I mentioned in my earlier post today, I really am not a fan of scary movies for myself or my kids. However, ABC Family did run a bunch of older movies that my 9- and 11-year-old are really enjoying.

We recorded on the DVR: “Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare before Christmas,” and “Corpse Bride.”  We also taped “Edward Scissorhands” but we haven’t watched it yet. (I have never seen it.)

They also like “Coraline.”

I wondered about Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” but I watched it earlier this month and it was way too violent and scary for them. Heck the Disney version is pretty scary. (I love that one! We borrow it from the library.)

I also taped some older movies off of TCM like “Abbott and Costello meet the Mummy,” “The House of Dracula” and “The Raven” with Vincent Price. (I need to preview the last two to see if they are too intense.)

I am wondering about “The Mummy” (Brendan Fraser version) but I’m not sure if it’s too scary.

What movies do your kids like to watch during Halloween season? What gives them chills but isn’t too violent?

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October 31st, 2012
12:17 pm

All 4 of the Halloween Towns are still popular at my house. Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, Corpse Bride, Coraline (I recall her eyes bothered you when it came out), Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas (I always fall asleep in this one). Disney did Girl vs Monster and they watched it.

Harry Potter and Twilight have their “scary” moments. Jurassic Park the younger will watch but not the older one…although I am not sure that is “scary” in the way you mean.

Wow, how many "scary"...

October 31st, 2012
12:21 pm

…movie topic blogs can she write?


October 31st, 2012
12:25 pm

Goonies was another one.

[...] What are great Halloween/scary movies for Tweens/kids?Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)As I mentioned in my earlier post today, I really am not a fan of scary movies for myself or my kids. However, ABC Family did run a bunch of older movies that my 9- and 11-year-old are really enjoying. We recorded on the DVR: “Beetlejuice,” “The … [...]


October 31st, 2012
12:40 pm

Donnie Darko


October 31st, 2012
12:45 pm

TWG – were your parents as paranoid as you are? Did they pass that gene on to you? Why are you so afraid of EVERYTHING?????? Is it the fear of the unknown, or are you just a scardy cat in general??????

Would you let your kids go to a Haunted House? What are you afraid of????


October 31st, 2012
12:48 pm

…1, 2, 3, and 4; Scary Movie 1, 2, 3, 4; Friday the 13th, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,. 7, 8, 9 & 10; Poltergeist; The Omen 1, 2, & 3; The Exorcist; Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein; YOUNG Frankenstein…

Uh mayhem...

October 31st, 2012
12:50 pm

…we can tell that you are fairly new to the blog, because that question has been asked ad nauseum since she started this blog 6-8 years ago – just like the bashing of motherjane has been ongoing all of that time, too…


October 31st, 2012
1:01 pm

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
“Hocus Pocus”
“ET” (when they dress up for Halloween!)
“The Adaams Family”

My personal favorites are “Young Frankenstein” and “Ghost”, with Patrick Swayze, but you probably wouldn’t want the kids to see”Ghost”, with the murders and everything


October 31st, 2012
1:11 pm

Another possibility is “George of the Jungle”. Edward Sicssorhands is a great movie — a sheet, shy Johnny Depp (ask them if they recognize Captain Jack Sparrow!) and Diane Wiest is super!


October 31st, 2012
1:13 pm

I’m an adult but I still love both The Halloween Tree and the latest version of Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Not sure why those Bradbury stories stick out for me but they seem crouched in more than gore and ghosts. More friendship and ‘bigger picture’ themes.


October 31st, 2012
1:15 pm

oooo forgot Casper….and Casper and Wendy with Hilary Duff.

Great Pumpkin is on at 8PM tonight on ABC


October 31st, 2012
1:15 pm

Lemony Snicket


October 31st, 2012
1:20 pm

Rocky Horror


October 31st, 2012
2:00 pm

2016:Obama’s America.

Judge Smails

October 31st, 2012
2:37 pm

Rosemary’s Baby

who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men

October 31st, 2012
2:47 pm

TWG……So you recorded:

“The Nightmare before Christmas”
“Corpse Bride”
“Edward Scissorhands“
“Abbott and Costello meet the Mummy,”
“The House of Dracula”
“The Raven”

Jeez Louise….Is halloween like Hannukah or Ramadan in your house? How long does the Halloween spirit live for? My kid goes out trick or treating, counts his candy, swaps it with mom and dad for something he really wants (used to be the halloween fairy until he asked if mom and I were really the fairy and we told him yes) and then goes to bed because it’s a school night.


October 31st, 2012
3:07 pm

The old Goose Bumps TV series was one of my kids’ favorites. You can find the DVD’s at the library. Spooky Buddies is a cute movie…we saw it last year. It has a little ghost puppy in it. Happy Halloween!


October 31st, 2012
3:12 pm

@ who knows…the DVR holds many of the movies I mentioned (although certain ones are on DVD)….they are kids they will watch Christmas in June and Halloween in Feb if you let them! I tell them that DVR has to be 100 shows or less (mom deletes what she watches after the first viewing)…and if it goes over it is the kid shows not moms that go first.


October 31st, 2012
3:13 pm

OK so who is giving out good candy this year? My older one picked it all and she says we have the good candy.


October 31st, 2012
3:29 pm

Not sure if I’m going to pass out candy, or go walk around with the neighbors across the street.

I may just hide in the basement, and turn the lights off, watch a scary movie by myself. LOL.. The kids are all going out to parties…..I’ll be home alone.


October 31st, 2012
3:52 pm

Skeleton Key

The Birds

The Haunting (1960’s version with Claire Bloom)

Two words

October 31st, 2012
10:57 pm

Hammer Horror. From ages 6 to 10, those movies were the greatest.