With Halloween just over a week away, what could be better than watching a good horror movie to put us in that spooky mood? If you’re ready to celebrate all things scary, then you’ll already know that there are plenty of films out there that will frighten us, but also absolutely terrify our little ones. You don’t want to put something on that’s going to scare them and leave them with nightmares for the next 6 months, instead, you want something that’s family friendly that you can all enjoy together. A film that’s still a little bit creepy, but one that’s also full of Halloween cheer with a few laughs thrown in for good measure.
If you’re wondering where you can find something that appeals to the whole family, then look no further than the master of gothic horror, Tim Burton. His films are perfect for children. They’re funny, they have great likable characters, and they also have that air of eeriness and weirdness to them, which makes them perfect for Halloween. Check out my four
Beetlejuice is a great film to watch at this time of the year, and it’s one that I’ve watched many many times before. It’s filled with an array of weird and wonderful characters that little ones are sure to love, and while it is a ghost story, it’s definitely not going to be too scary. The ghosts are likable, the monsters are funny, and it’ll even make you wish you lived in a haunted house.
This is another film that I’ve watched countless times, although mostly at Christmas. It’s a wonderfully gothic love story and one that everybody should watch at least once. Although the main character could possibly be a bit scary for younger children (he does have scissors for hands, after all) he’s not going to be the stuff of nightmares for too long. He’s just an innocent, confused man, who’s found himself in a world where he doesn’t really belong, and hey, we’ve all been there.
I watched Dark Shadows for the first time earlier this year, and I fell in love with it as soon as it started. If you’re looking for a light hearted vampire film that’s full of laughs, then this is the one to check out. It’s a comedy rather than a horror, so while it’s not too scary, it does still maintain that lovely Halloween vibe.
B efore Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect movie for Halloween. It’s a family friendly, happy go lucky film that will leave you in the Halloween mood, but also weirdly craving Christmas and fairy lights. It has the best of both worlds, and it is definitly something you should add to your collection. Is it a Halloween film or is it a Christmas film? Who knows. All I know is that this is one of my favourites, and I watch it all year round!
Now that we’ve seen what Tim Burton has to offer, how about checking out these other family favourites too:
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
This is a lovely kids film that is perfect for younger children. Even though it’s full of vampires and monsters, it’s definitely not going to scare anyone. The characters are all very likable, and you can’t help but laugh as you’re watching it.
We watched it with Cupar a few months ago and he really enjoyed it. We had to watch it in three installments because he’s terrible at staying still for longer than about 20 minutes, but it was one of those films where I couldn’t wait to put it on again to see what happened next.
My Mum introduced me to Casper when I was little, and it’s a film that I’ve always loved. It is a ghost story, but Casper is so likable, that he really couldn’t be scary if he tried. He’s cute, cuddly and funny, which makes this the perfect film for a Halloween night in with the family.
The witches (1990)
Me and my brother had this film on video when we were younger and I have to say that it did freak me out a bit at first. The characters, the makeup, and the storyline are all amazingly creepy, especially the part about Erica. It’s a good film for introducing children to the world of horror, but it may be one to watch with older children rather than younger ones!
Ghostbusters is a great family classic that every child should experience. I grew up watching these films and loved them. Although the first one was released in 1984, I think they’ve stood the test of time really well, and they’re still enjoyable for children to watch today. The monsters aren’t really scary as such, I mean how could you not love Slimer, they’re more light hearted, and will put you in the monster hunting mood.
The Addams F
Is it just me, or did everyone want to be part of the Addams Family when they were growing up? The characters, the actors, the theme tune; everything about this film is great. It’s one of those classic family favourites that appears on the TV every year and takes you straight back to your childhood. Just be warned though, you will be singing the theme tune for days after watching it.
What films did you grow up watching, and did you find them scary?
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