One of the first horror films your kid should watch...but be cautious.
This movie is an absolute CLASSIC. Rather than relying on shock value and gore, this Carpenter masterpiece relies on creepy music, suspense, and Michael Myers stalking in the background. With little-to-no jumpscares, this is a great first horror movie to show your kids. Why should you be cautious? The opening scene is upsetting, showing a 6-year-old commit murder. There's a little bit of blood, and some nudity (part of a breast is shown). There's also a scene where a teenage girl shows her breasts for a good 30 seconds, and a sex scene with no nudity. Kills have very little, usually no blood, making this a subtle film. Some characters drink, others smoke, but, however, Laurie Strode (the protagonist) is a GREAT role model. She does everything to protect the kids she's babysitting when Myers shows up. She fights, hides, and always makes sure the kids are safe, no matter what. The ending is kept a mystery, unless you're compelled to watch the ultra-violent, not as good, but still entertaining sequel, Halloween II (which shouldn't be watched until your child is at least 15). This movie could make your child paranoid and scared, as it still is a scary movie...4 decades later. Overall, watch with your kid, skip through the nudity, and let them enjoy one of the best horror films ever made.