A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Hold on to old friends if you can.
Positive Role Models
Tween best friends Jake, Carson, and Bo try to keep their friendship alive as they grow up.
Black and Latino main and secondary characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Some horror violence, though mild compared to many horror movies. Some scares involve animatronic Halloween store creatures coming to life with the intent of taking over kids' bodies. Tween uses bug spray and fire to burn an animatronic demonic skeleton. Explosions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tween experiences his first serious crush.
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"Crap" used twice. "Hell." Some name-calling such as "geek, "idiots," "nitwit."
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Products & Purchases
Spirit Halloween stores. Brief Skittles reference.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spirit Halloween: The Movie is a coming-of-age horror-thriller in which three tweens spend the night in a Halloween store. While it definitely has some scares, including jump scares throughout, it's age-appropriate for tweens -- there's no gore or bloody violence. The three tweens, later joined by a teen, take on a variety of animatronic monsters that have become possessed by the ghost of a local legend. The monsters are usually stopped with fire, including a scene in which fire and bug spray are used to stop a skeleton monster that burns alive while shrieking. The movie explores themes of growing up, trying to adjust to living in a blended family, and first crushes. Language is limited to "crap" and insults like "nitwit." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a spooky coming-of-age horror-thriller with appropriate tween-level scares. Spirit Halloween: The Movie does a good job of including side stories that encompass relevant tween topics like the different rates that childhood friends grow and mature and adjusting to life in a blended family. It's a simple story about ragtag tweens taking on an evil resurrected spirit, played with gusto by the legendary Christopher Lloyd.
The acting is very good across the board, and while it doesn't rise to the level of being a great movie, Spirit Halloween: The Movie, unlike so many horror movies, doesn't try to do anything that it can't in terms of storyline and special effects. It's fun for what it is: scary but not too scary.
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