The next few weeks are going to have the kids excited for Halloween. You can help them in their anticipation by cuddling up on the couch with a blanket, popcorn, and a scary movie. Watching movies is a great bonding experience for parents and children, especially if they’re scary. Even as adults, we want our parents when we’re frightened. To help you choose, we’ve compiled a list of great scary movies for kids and teens. Since most families use Netflix, we also included whether or not it’s available and where to find the movie. Happy Movie Watching!
Summary: A friendly young ghost haunts a mansion in Maine. When a specialist James Harvey begins to communicate with Casper, he befriends the ghost. Casper falls in love with Kat, the daughter of James Harvey. His mischievous uncles don’t make things easy, however.
Why Watch It: This adorable story is comical and slightly scary. Casper is a classic Halloween movie with a love story and humor that kids enjoy.
On Netflix: No, but you can find it at your local Redbox rental center.
Summary: Moving to Salem, MA, a teenager messes around in an abandoned house. This house allegedly was the home of three evil witches. Max Dennison, the teenager, accidentally revives the witches and must stop them from becoming immortal.
Why Watch It: This is a Halloween must-watch movie! There’s a reason ABC Family airs it several times each season. It’s scary, but not too scary!
On Netflix: Yes, but it’s DVD rental only. Here’s a list of times it will air on ABC Family.
DreamWorks’ Spooky Stories
Summary: This Halloween compilation consists of three movies, including Scared Shrekless, Shrek’s Thrilling Tales, and Monsters Vs. Alien’s mutant pumpkins.
Why Watch It: This triple feature movie consists of a collection of characters the kids already know and love!
On Netflix: Yes.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Summary: Pumpkin king Jack Skellington becomes bored with the consistent Halloween life and goes off to explore Christmas land. He decides he wants to be Santa instead and attempts to steal Christmas.
Why Watch It: This movie has a huge subculture for a reason. Some people even have weddings based around this movie. There’s been debate about whether it’s a Christmas or Halloween movie. We say it’s both!
On Netflix: Yesssssssssssssss.
Summary: A married couple is involved in a tragic car accident. They end up haunting their residence and enlist the help of Beetlejuice to help get the new homeowners out of “their” house.
Why Watch It: It’s a little dark and possibly too scary for the younger kids. However, you most likely loved this movie as a child. If your child is brave enough or old enough, you can share memories while bonding.
On Netflix: Yes, but it’s DVD rental only. That makes us want to call Beetlejuice!
Summary: A young girl named Coraline discovers a secret door in her new home. Through this door is an alternate universe that is much like reality, but much better. She loves visiting until her alternate family and friends try to keep her there forever.
Why Watch It: This movie has its creepy parts, but it’s not too bad. It has a great moral to it, teaching the kids that the grass is NOT always greener on the other side.
On Netflix: Yes, but it’s DVD rental only.
Summary: A man is looking for a unique gift for his child, and finds an adorable pet. The salesperson advises that this pet should never eat after midnight. He goes on to warn against getting the pet wet or exposing it to light after midnight as well. Naturally, all of this happens and trouble ensues.
Why Watch It: This is another movie you probably loved as a child. Share your experience with your son or daughter and watch for the same reactions you once had.
On Netflix: Yes, but its DVD rental only.
Summary: Victor and Victoria have an arranged marriage. They like each other, but Victor is still unsure. He walks into the woods to get some fresh air, and finds himself in the land of the dead. Emily, a corpse in a wedding dress wants to marry Victor. He must make it back to Victoria before she finds a replacement.
Why Watch It: This is just another great Tim Burton flick! If the kids enjoy The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, they’re sure to love this movie!
On Netflix: Yes
Do you think we missed a great flick? Share your favorite scary movies in the comments section below!