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I have nieces who range anywhere from 25 years old to great nieces at
10 weeks. Not all horror films are appropriate for them, and as a
parent I know most people just have the misconception if it is a horror
or scary movie that little kids are not the intended audience. I wanted
to come up with a list of films that I have watched with my youngest
nieces that I think are scary but yet safe for kids of any age.
Gremlins- While the film does have a PG13 rating, this is still a fun
film for kids all ages, where little boys and girls will want you to buy
them a Mogwai. The film is fun for the whole family, and many kids may
also learn how to properly feed an animal, you never know.
Bettlejuice- I let my 7 year old niece watch this with me and she could
not stop laughing at this film. This film is more comedy than horror,
and kids will love the character and all the stuff he gets into.
Ghostbusters- This film is a classic, and every kid should at least watch
it one time. From the ghosts to the jokes, this film is a sure hit with
The Wizard of Oz- This film brings out the kid in all of us. Was there
anyone truly scarier than the wicked witch of the north? This film
should be witnessed by everyone at least once in a lifetime.
Jaws- This one while PG is a little tricky, the film is violent and very
graphic and will scare the little ones. While kids ten and above may be
the perfect crowd for this film.
Nightmare Before Christmas- Nightmare Before Christmas does not really
aim to scare viewers, but the creepy claymation monsters featured in
Halloween Town may provide some scares. Some of the original creatures
are creepily animated and scenes of Santa's abduction are frightening as
Coraline- For pure horror and chills alone, Coraline is by far one of
the scarier children's movies. It is PG and suited for kids, but parents
may want to watch it as well.
Mars Attacks- Another iffy film for kids, while this film as well is in
the same realm as Killer Klowns, it is still very fun and kids would
laugh and have a good time with.
Twilight Zone-Not the film but the original television shows. It airs on
basic cable daily on many channels, if you have a kid who wants to be a
horror fan, this would be a safe way to start. I know most families
throw their little ones in Saw and Hostel, but this is the right way to
start. Discover what true terror and horror really is.
- James DaPaolo
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