To get into the Halloween spirit every year, my husband and I watch Halloween, Alfred Hitchcock films, and of course, Hocus Pocus. But other than Hocus Pocus, the other two aren't very kid-friendly. So when we have a child, we're going to have to look for horror movies for kids that are just scary enough, because nothing puts us in the holiday spirit more than a scary movie and some Halloween candy. Looking for some kid-friendly spooks? Look no more. And while this isn't a definitive list, these seven movies are a great place to start.
The best thing about sharing Halloween with your kids (other than pilfering the best candies once they're asleep) is sharing with them the world of ghouls, goblins, witches, and ghosts. It's a holiday like no other, and having a few kid-friendly horror flicks on hand can really set the mood. Bonus? You'll enjoy watching them, too.
The first Halloween "horror" movie ever made was a three-minute short film titled "Le Manoir Du Diable" or "The House of The Devil" back in 1896 in France. According to IMDB, "A bat flies into an ancient castle and transforms itself into Mephistopheles himself. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures, one of which brandishes a crucifix in an effort to force the devil-vampire to vanish." That seems like a lot of stuff happening for a short three-minute film, but there you have it. Horror movies have come quite a long way since then, and there are fandoms, cons, and cult followings of many horror flicks. But what's safe for kids to watch? Though not necessarily "horror," these seven movies are definitely spooky.