Watching spooky movies is a classic Halloween pastime, but not all flicks are appropriate for younger kids. Seriously, the new IT movie is probably not suitable for the preschool set. That's why the Halloween movies appropriate for kids under 5 are so wonderful. Kids can learn to appreciate pumpkins, costumes, and other fun sides of the holiday without developing a lifelong terror of clowns.
Granted, these decisions about entertainment will depend on your personal parenting philosophies, as well as your kid's temperament. Some young kids can watch the entire Child's Play series without blinking, whereas other children get unhinged by the trippy scenes in Pinocchio. (Raise your hand if you're still traumatized by Large Marge from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.) Knowing what your kid can handle, and previewing anything that seems questionable, is still a good call.
But for the most part, these films are unlikely to seriously scare any young kids. Gentle animated characters, costumed talking puppies, and classic characters from your childhood are all featured here, with no jump scares or other shocks to be found. These movies will be great to watch until your little ones are old enough to enjoy The Conjuring, The Babadook, and whatever new horrors crawl out of Hollywood in the meantime.