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Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

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Perhaps some of you are parents looking for fun ways to share Halloween spooky times with your kids but don’t think they are quite ready for the heavy stuff. Or maybe you would enjoy to revisit some favorites from your own childhood. Or maybe you are just a wuss. Either way, this list could be a lot of fun for you.

I had a good time compiling it. Sometimes the hardest part about watching things with your kids is finding something you will both enjoy. Some of these selections are classics and some are new, but all of them would be fun to share with the family. You don’t have to be hardcore to enjoy Halloween. The only thing that is required is a healthy imagination and a willingness to recapture the child inside. But then I recommend letting them go before someone calls the cops. Top Ten Wee Willy-Inspiring Watches

The Haunted Mansion (2003)– This Disney film will seem a little silly to those of us who are used to be showered with blood and guts, but the kids will enjoy the cool effects and overall spooky atmosphere. Never think you’d be willing to watch an Eddie Murphey film with your kids? This isn’t exactly Delirious. The family friendly Eddie of recent years has proved to be just as much fun…well not JUST as much but this is a cute movie.

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

The Monster Squad (1987)– I balked momentarily about adding this one to the list. After all it does mention nards as in the wolfman’s got ‘em and it touched on the subject of virginity but I was a teen when this flick came out and I think it’s fun. Perhaps this one would be better to share with the tweens rather than the super young children. But that will be your call. I grew up watching An American Werewolf in London in the theater so what do I know?

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (1998)- If you haven’t seen this flick, you should check it out just because. We all loved those mysteries growing up and this one is actually kind of scary at times. It’s still appropriate for the kiddies I believe but if you watch it as an adult in the right “frame of mind” it can be rather spooky mostly because you won’t find an angry Innkeeper in a rubber mask as the culprit here. It’s darker than that and loads of fun for any Scooby fan.

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

Monster House (2006)– What could be scary about a cartoon? Several things in this cool little entry. It is definitely creepy. Some of the images could be frightening to the little ones but I think it’s a cool way to introduce them to horror. The animation is top-notch and the story is cute and engaging. I wasn’t sure I would like it when I first watched it but it was surprisingly entertaining.

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)– Okay so this one straddles the line between being a Christmas film and a Halloween film. I think it serves well as both. It does take place in Halloweentown after all. I love the music and the look. It is dark and brooding like anything Tim Burton has a hand in and it is now a classic. But then I don’t have to tell you any of that. I know you’ve all seen this one.

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

Halloweentown (1998)– Hey speaking of Halloweentown… Debbie Reynolds does a turn as witchy grandmother in this fun little family film. It is lighthearted and magical and the kids should enjoy it. I usually watch it every year. Yeah, so what? I’m not all guts and glory you know? I do have a heart. I like it. So there.

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

Hocus Pocus (1993)– Heehee this movie is so cute and funny. 300 years ago three sisters were executed for witchcraft. Now they are back thanks to Max. But they are out for mischief and Max must stop them before they steal the lives of the children of Salem. Played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, these witches are the likes of witch (lol couldn’t help it) you have never seen. Coming into the future, they ride vacuum cleaners nowadays. Also look for a young Thora Birch.

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad / The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)– Okay I did the slashy thing because this Disney version of the Washington Irving classic tale was originally released as part of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad but has since become available in other collections, etc. I love this animated version of one of my favorite stories and I think the kiddies will too. And it’s narrated by Bing Crosby. How cool is that?

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

Mad Monster Party (1969)– Okay so we are all familiar with the Rankin / Bass animated Christmas movies we love so much. But some of you may not be aware of this Halloween tale. It is fun, fun, fun. If you love those other ones like Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin to Town, you cannot miss this feature. I really wish they would show this at Halloween but the networks seem to forget that it exists. Check it out. It’s worth a watch, even an own, and I think both you and the little ones will dig it.

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)– If you didn’t see this one coming, then I don’t know what I’m gonna do with you. This is by far the most classic Halloween television event for several generations…in my own humble opinion. I have to watch this every year or I am not satisfied. I won’t bother you with the story. We all know what that is. But I will say that if you haven’t shared this one with your own kids yet, what the heck is taking you so long? Get on it.  It’s CHARLIE BROWN!!!   “I got a rock”

Ten Family Friendly Horror Movies

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      1. SteveB October 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        I really like ‘Hocus Pocus’. It gets it’s tone pretty much perfect. It’s camp and funny but the witches are a real threat. That’s not an easy balance, so I take my (pointed) hat off to them.

      2. Kory Mitch Slater October 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        Huh, surprised “A Serbian Film” didn’t make the list.

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          Rebecca Riker October 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

          LOL Kory.. Yea baby porn fights right in there with “family friendly” LOL

      3. Marti-neto Vazquez October 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        ohhhh…mi favorite is Monster Squad…and Its a Great Pumpkin

      4. Antony Lord Watts October 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        Lol proper horror is not family friendly, only the latest Hollywood ‘horror’ films are family friendly.

      5. idleprimate October 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        I’ll add the animated Witches Night Out and the Fat Albert Halloween Special as favorites.

        And to films add Coraline, The Witches, Something Wicked This Way Comes and for older kids maybe the remake of Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark.

        Mad Monster Party is great fun. Scooped that fast when it was rereleased last year

      6. idleprimate October 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        Incidentally, E.T. takes place around halloween and includes a comical trick or treating scene. So it could sneak into rotation

      7. Brandon See October 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

        No mention of the Disney Horror movies Something Wicked This Way Comes or The Watcher In The Woods?

      8. Super8rocks October 8, 2013 at 2:45 am

        How’s Ernest Scared Stupid not on here too?

      9. Alex October 9, 2013 at 1:18 am

        The Halloween Tree

      10. Slashersteve October 10, 2013 at 6:24 am

        You had some wonderful suggestions here. Many of which are staples of Halloween with my child. I’d also add The Haunting Hour. Great one for the youngsters and can often be found at Walmart for $5. Also, Bride of Boogady can be found in its entirety on you tube.

      11. Raven Moyle October 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        U forgot Coraline! It is technically a kid horror movie!