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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Monsters, Inc. Movie Poster Image
Cute, kid-friendly monster movie; may scare sensitive kids.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Scared Shrekless Movie Poster Image
Halloween "scary tale" is a real treat for families.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Movie Poster Image
Two classic stories told in the best Disney style.
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(Release Year: 1949)
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The Black Cauldron Movie Poster Image
Book-based fantasy is darker than much Disney fare.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Poster Image
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Labyrinth Movie Poster Image
Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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The NeverEnding Story Movie Poster Image
Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Poster Image
Book-based family fantasy is magical fun but also scary.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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The Boxtrolls Movie Poster Image
Imaginative adventure has lots of peril, nasty villain.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Bride of Frankenstein Movie Poster Image
A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.
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(Release Year: 1935)
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Coraline Movie Poster Image
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Frankenweenie Movie Poster Image
Burton's creepy young Frankenstein is perfect for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Mummy (1932) Movie Poster Image
This vintage classic is more funny than scary.
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(Release Year: 1932)
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Spirited Away Movie Poster Image
Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Where the Wild Things Are Movie Poster Image
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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The Canterville Ghost Movie Poster Image
TV movie version of Oscar Wilde classic has mild scares.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Dracula Movie Poster Image
Classic vampire movie is more creepy than violent.
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(Release Year: 1931)
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Frankenstein Movie Poster Image
Classic monster movie still electrifies.
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(Release Year: 1931)
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The Goonies Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Monster House Movie Poster Image
Frightful fun for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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ParaNorman Movie Poster Image
Cool-but-creepy monster flick is too scary for little kids.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Movie Poster Image
Magical, with scares most 10-year-olds can handle.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Ghostbusters Movie Poster Image
Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Arachnophobia Movie Poster Image
Creepy/clever creature feature with touches of humor.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Gremlins Movie Poster Image
Comic horror classic is still scary; some profanity.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Beetlejuice Movie Poster Image
Tim Burton tale creepy, dark fun; some violence, language.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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The Birds Movie Poster Image
Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Jaws Movie Poster Image
'70s classic horror tale is still scary as ever.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Poltergeist Movie Poster Image
One of the all-time great haunted house movies.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Lights Out Movie Poster Image
Exceptionally simple, smart, scary monster movie.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Signs Movie Poster Image
Suspenseful Shyamalan movie has extreme tension and peril.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Split Movie Poster Image
Teen girls in danger in smart, satisfying, scary thriller.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Alien Movie Poster Image
Dated but still extremely scary. Not for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Carrie Movie Poster Image
Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
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(Release Year: 1976)
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It Movie Poster Image
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Terrifying evil clown movie based on Stephen King classic.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Pan's Labyrinth Movie Poster Image
Brilliant, poignant fairy tale isn't for kids.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Psycho Movie Poster Image
Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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Colossal Movie Poster Image
Amazing, quirky sci-fi movie has drinking, language.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Blair Witch Project Movie Poster Image
'90s horror movie isn't gory but is still terrifying.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Conjuring Movie Poster Image
Terrifying paranormal horror movie based on a true story.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Conjuring 2 Movie Poster Image
Well-made, thoughtful sequel is VERY scary.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Crimson Peak Movie Poster Image
Lots of blood, ghosts in highly stylized gothic chiller.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Exorcist Movie Poster Image
Trendsetting shocker about a possessed child.
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(Release Year: 1973)
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Paranormal Activity Movie Poster Image
Indie scare fest doesn't need blood and gore to terrify.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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The Ring Movie Poster Image
Remake of Japanese horror film is terrifying and creepy.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Rosemary's Baby Movie Poster Image
Keep children away from this scary classic.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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The Cabin in the Woods Movie Poster Image
Clever but very bloody deconstruction of horror movies.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Children of the Corn Movie Poster Image
Classic Stephen King horror, hardly popping.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Get Out Movie Poster Image
Horror-thriller is surprising, shocking, timely, and funny.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Night of the Living Dead Movie Poster Image
'60s zombie classic is still intense and gory.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Poster Image
First feature for knife-handed horror idol Freddy.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Shaun of the Dead Movie Poster Image
Zombie horror-comedy has lots of gore, cursing.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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The Shining Movie Poster Image
Kubrick's suspenseful horror classic is violent and dark.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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The Silence of the Lambs Movie Poster Image
Thriller that made the serial killer a superstar.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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