18 Best Scary Movies for Kids

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Children of the Corn. Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares. Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic. Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks directed this wacky comedy about Doctor Frankenstein's grandson who follows in his mad scientist footsteps. The film follows three best friends as they navigate the trials and tribulations of middle school. Looking for the best scary movies for your kids?

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Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets. Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale. Book-based family fantasy is magical fun but also scary. Imaginative adventure has lots of peril, nasty villain. The Bride of Frankenstein. A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic. Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids. Burton's creepy young Frankenstein is perfect for tweens.

This vintage classic is more funny than scary. Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine. Where the Wild Things Are. Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness. TV movie version of Oscar Wilde classic has mild scares. Classic vampire movie is more creepy than violent. Classic monster movie still electrifies. Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.

Frightful fun for tweens and up. Cool-but-creepy monster flick is too scary for little kids. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. Magical, with scares most year-olds can handle. Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.

Comic horror classic is still scary; some profanity. Tim Burton tale creepy, dark fun; some violence, language.

Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills. One of the all-time great haunted house movies. Exceptionally simple, smart, scary monster movie. Suspenseful Shyamalan movie has extreme tension and peril. Teen girls in danger in smart, satisfying, scary thriller. Dated but still extremely scary. Not for younger kids.

Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic. Terrifying evil clown movie based on Stephen King classic. Brilliant, poignant fairy tale isn't for kids. Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.

Amazing, quirky sci-fi movie has drinking, language. The Blair Witch Project. Terrifying paranormal horror movie based on a true story. Well-made, thoughtful sequel is VERY scary.

Lots of blood, ghosts in highly stylized gothic chiller. Trendsetting shocker about a possessed child. Indie scare fest doesn't need blood and gore to terrify. Remake of Japanese horror film is terrifying and creepy. When Sarah wishes that goblins would take her baby brother, the King of the Goblins comes and whisks the boy away to a Labyrinth. Sarah must venture inside and solve it within 13 hours to get her little brother back.

Filled with fantastical Jim Henson puppets, this movie has magic enough to enchant the kiddos. Plus, David Bowie is perfect as the brooding, discontent Jareth. The Witches While visiting the seaside with his grandmother, Luke stumbles upon a convention of witches who are hatching a plan to exterminate children.

He must find a way to stop them—a task that seems infinitely harder once he is turned into a mouse. The witches are scary enough to give us a fright—especially when they peel off their human costumes. Beetlejuice A newly dead husband and wife discover that a family of the living has moved into their house, so they hire a crude "bio-exorcist" to scare them off.

Do we need to say more? Coraline Based on Neil Gaiman's popular "children's horror" novel, Coraline is in many ways similar to Alice in Wonderland —only creepier. Unhappy about relocating to a new house and leaving all her friends behind, the gutsy heroine discovers a door to an alternative world.

There she finds attentive, doting versions of her real parents and other exciting wonders. But this new world is more dangerous than it seems and Coraline must find a way to rescue her family and herself. Frankenweenie Another film from the master of all things creepy, Tim Burton, this spooky film follows Victor as he attempts to bring his beloved pet Sparky back to life.

This film borders on scary without going too far, making it perfect for bigger kids. Gremlins Gremlins are the original Furbies. Thankfully, Furby never multiplied after getting wet or turned into a trouble-causing reptile. While the film doesn't revolve around Halloween, watching these little monsters cause chaos is totally in the spirit of this trick-or-treating holiday.

Corpse Bride This is another gem from Tim Burton's twisted imagination. Victor, a nervous and clumsy young man, accidentally marries a dead bride. Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks directed this wacky comedy about Doctor Frankenstein's grandson who follows in his mad scientist footsteps.

The slapstick comedy and juvenile gags will draw kids in. The film is a fun parody of classic horror movies, so if your children are always begging to stay up and watch the scarier stuff with you—this is a good compromise.

Hocus Pocus A boy who is charged with keeping an eye on his nosy little sister on Halloween night accidentally unleashes the Sanderson Sisters—three witches from the Salem witch trials that suck the youth from little girls. Best part of the movie?

The Addams Family Halloween is a great reason to introduce your older kids to this creepy classic. Moody tweens will love Wednesday and Pugsley, and parents will get to soak up screen legends like Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd in this witty comedy. This spooky cult classic is endlessly entertaining and touches on family, young love, fitting in, and so many other topics that will resonate with teens. Skip to main content. TV and Movies , Halloween , Halloween:

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Common Sense Media editors help you choose Scary Movies for Kids. From "starter" scares to chilling classics. The best scary movies for kids. These horror films are appropriate for anyone under 12 to watch. Are there any more you think should be on the list? If so, let me know! 1. House 2. Something Wicked This Way Comes 3. The Lady in White 4. Stephen King's IT 5. The Lost Boys 6. Watcher in the Woods 7. The Monster Squad 8. The horror and suspense movies in the sections below aren't necessarily aimed at kids but are nonetheless relatively acceptable for family viewing (graphic violence, sexuality, and profanity are all kept to a minimum). Most of the films on this list are rated PG, so there may be some mild.