EJ Moreno discusses his top picks for kid-friendly Halloween horror movies…
Halloween is a significant time when everyone dives into the world of horror. For many children, this is their first introduction into the genre, either scarring them for life or making them lifelong fans. Use this list as a guide to find the perfect fit for you and your family this Halloween season. If you are craving some spooky adventures or hilariously horror, there is something for everyone here.
-Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
-The Sixth Sense
10. Frankenstein (1931)
This Universal Classic Monster might not be the most accessible to small children, but it’s a thrilling adventure that works on so many levels. Most of these films work with The Wolfman and Creature From The Black Lagoon other amazing picks, but Frankenstein’s story and beautiful filmmaking make it stand above the rest.
9. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Musicals are the easiest way to make the entire family happy, even if the songs are about a giant plant that needs to eat people. Little Shop of Horrors feels warm and inviting but has this dark spirit sprinkled throughout the film. Everything from the horrific Audrey II puppet to the darkly comedic songs, make sure to watch on Halloween.
8. The Frighteners (1996)
R-rated, yes? But Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners is the perfect entry into “adult horror” for any kid. This 90’s cult classic, starring Michael J. Fox and directed by Peter Jackson, feels very 90’s in every way possible. Funny, shocking, and oh so campy, this is a movie that feels like the perfect step from kid-horror to something for teens!
7. Addams Family Values (1993)
My personal favorite on this list, Addams Family Values is a must-see for any horror-loving child. The Addams Family is something that’s lasted generation after generation, starting in the 60’s and even having a millennium reboot not too long ago. Nothing comes close to this iconic film though. It has horror and fun for the whole spooky family!
6. The Monster Squad (1987)
So many 80’s kids can cite this as an influential part of their upbringing. Writer Shane Black and director Fred Dekker know the right way to bring out the kid in everyone, and The Monster Squad is the perfect example. Using the iconic Universal Horror Monsters in an updated fashion is perfect, and allows this to be accessible to just about anyone.
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