Watching spine-tingling thrillers is undoubtedly a rite of passage for kids on Halloween. But mileage certainly varies on how scary is too scary, and while some gentle fun is great, you don’t want it to be a terrifying affair! Here are some movies that on the surface may seem scary, but won’t keep them up all night”
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The Witches (2020)
This one isn’t quite out yet, so we don’t know where it falls on the spectrum of scares. Anne Hathaway stars as the Grand High Witch in Rober Zemeckis’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book, and Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock and Stanley Tucci round out the cast. The movie was meant for theatres, but due to COVID-19, it’s headed straight for HBO Max on October 22 instead.
Did you know the Mystery Machine gang met on a Halloween night? This animated movie delves into the gang’s origins, then solves a mystery that’s more fantastic than it is terrifying. (Plus, there are plenty of Easter eggs for parents who might’ve grown up with old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.)
The Addams Family (2019)
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, but they’re also plenty of fun. This animated take on the Addams clan also looks more like the old Charles Addams cartoons.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
This one’s for the in-betweeners: Kids who have aged out of the most family-friendly scary movies, but aren’t yet old enough for Nightmare on Elm Street. Based on the series of books that used to terrify you as a child, this movie follows a group of kids who have to investigate a bunch of local legends – before the legends wind up getting the better of them. (Note: This movie is much darker/more mature than a lot of the others on this list – it’s really for the older ones.)
Super Monsters Save Halloween (2018)
For the littlest Halloween fans, Netflix offers this Super Monsters half-hour special, which actively shows preschoolers how the holiday’s scares are mostly make-believe. The characters explain the tricks behind haunted houses and spooky decorations so they don’t seem quite so horrifying anymore. A follow-up, Super Monsters: Vida’s First Halloween, is a good one to follow it with.
Toy Story of Terror (2014)
When Mr. Potato Head goes missing at a roadside motel, Andy and the rest of the toys go on a spooky and mysterious adventure to find their friend. This movie features all the warmth, humour, funny references, and gags you expect from the best Pixar films.
Corpse Bride (2005)
This Oscar-nominated stop-motion movie follows a young man who accidentally married a ghost. If you couldn’t already guess, the movie is directed by Tim Burton (again), and it’s done in his trademark macabre style.
Christina Ricci – who was basically the It Girl of vintage ghoul movies as a kid – stars as Kathleen Harvey, the daughter of ghost therapist Dr. James Harvey. She’s recruited by the friendliest ghost of all time to help him handle some unfinished business.
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