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Scary Movies for Kids

Looking for the best scary movies for your kids? Our picks include some good "starter" scares for younger kids, as well as truly chilling picks for older tweens and teens. Get ready, get set, boo!

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5
QUALITY
 
Cute, kid-friendly monster movie; may scare sensitive kids.
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On DVD
(2013)
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6
QUALITY
 
Two classic stories told in the best Disney style.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2000)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2000)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2004)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Early Tim Burton is creepy, dark fun for tweens and teens.
csm_movie
On DVD
(1997)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2001)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2009)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Burton's creepy young Frankenstein is perfect for tweens.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2013)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
A comic horror movie classic.
csm_movie
On DVD
(1997)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Frightful fun for tweens and up.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2006)
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9
QUALITY
 
This vintage classic is more funny than scary.
csm_movie
On DVD
(1999)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Cool-but-creepy monster flick is too scary for little kids.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2012)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Classic monster movie still electrifies.
csm_movie
On DVD
(1999)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Paranormal fun with some scares, innuendo.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2002)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Magical, with scares most 10-year-olds can handle.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2006)
Editors' pick
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Creepy/clever creature feature with touches of humor.
csm_movie
On DVD
(1999)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
One of the all-time great haunted house movies.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2000)
Editors' pick
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2000)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2001)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Horror masterpiece definitely isn't for young kids.
csm_movie
On DVD
(2003)

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