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5 Scary Movies for Kids

These movies are more trick than treat: here are some of the best scary movies for budding horror fans.

October is a great time to watch spooky shows and movies, especially for kids. Movies like Halloweentown, Hotel Transylvania, and Hocus Pocus flood the airwaves, especially during the 31 Nights of Halloween.

But some kids, raised on Five Nights at Freddy’s and creepypasta, want something with a little more edge. This one’s for them: a list of five good scary movies for kids and families.

Adults get scared sometimes, too

We were all kids once, and we remember the movies that scared us the most as children, even if they weren’t necessarily supposed to be scary at all. Check out our list of the top ten most disturbing scenes in children’s entertainment.

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Monster House | Hulu

Haunted houses are a horror staple. In Monster House, there’s no monster lurking in the dilapidated house across the street—the house is the monster. Or so it would seem.

The dialogue in this movie hasn’t aged well since 2006, the peak of Edgy Kid Humor, but it still has its charms.

Monster House stars Mitchel Musso (Hannah Montana) and Sam Lerner (The Goldbergs), for anyone reaching for their phone to google how they recognize the voices.

Gremlins | HBO Max

Gremlins may look like a cozy Christmas movie, but don’t be fooled. Once you get this movie wet, it turns into a terrifying monster.

This 1984 film will probably give your kids a healthy fear of puppets. We wouldn’t blame them if they wanted to turn it off twenty minutes in (this writer certainly did).

HBO Max is reportedly working on a spinoff series called Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, so this Halloween is the perfect time to catch your family up on all the lore.

Coraline | The Roku Channel

This movie isn’t just scary—it’s on our list of the ten most disturbing moments in kids films.

If you’re unfamiliar, this film follows its title character as she explores her family’s new house. Her parents are too busy to pay attention to her, but she finds temporary comfort in her newly discovered Other Parents instead.

Nearly every scene in this film is so upsetting. It’s guaranteed to produce weeks of nightmares.

Nightbooks | Netflix

Producer Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) takes a stab at children’s horror in this Netflix film.

Nightbooks follows a young boy named Alex who finds himself trapped in the home of an evil witch (Krysten Ritter of Jessica Jones fame). To survive, he has to tell scary stories, something that he previously loved doing.

This movie definitely leans into the horror factor, as you can tell from the trailer, so make sure your kid is fully on board before picking this one for family movie night.

Over the Garden Wall | HBO Max

It may not technically be a movie, but you can’t have a list of the best scary Halloween movies for kids without at least mentioning Over the Garden Wall.

This musical series is one part spooky, one part atmospheric, and one part froggy. It may not be as terrifying as some other items on this list, but it has its haunting moments that will have you coming back year after year.

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