Scary Movies for Kids

Looking for the best scary movies for your kids? Our favorite frightening films include some good "starter" scares for younger kids, such as the kid-friendly Monsters Inc., as well as truly chilling picks for older tweens and teens, such as the thrilling Hitchcock horror masterpiece Psycho. Some of these top-rated titles are more mature than others, so be prepared to discuss the way violence is portrayed. You're sure to find something with just the right amount of spookiness for your kids. Get ready, get set, boo!

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Cute, kid-friendly monster movie; may scare sensitive kids.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Halloween "scary tale" is a real treat for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Two classic stories told in the best Disney style.
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(Release Year: 1949)
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Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.
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(Release Year: 1935)
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Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Burton's creepy young Frankenstein is perfect for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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This vintage classic is more funny than scary.
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(Release Year: 1932)
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Early Tim Burton is creepy, dark fun for tweens and teens.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Classic monster movie still electrifies.
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(Release Year: 1931)
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Comic horror classic is still scary; some profanity.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Frightful fun for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Cool-but-creepy monster flick is too scary for little kids.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Magical, with scares most 10-year-olds can handle.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Creepy/clever creature feature with touches of humor.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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One of the all-time great haunted house movies.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1976)
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Brilliant, poignant fairy tale isn't for kids.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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Kubrick's suspenseful horror classic is violent and dark.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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