The Art of Darkness

Scary Movies for Kids

July 17th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Someone on the Halloween-L Listserv recently wrote that his ten-year-old daughter wanted to start watching “scary movies” and asked the list for age-appropriate recommendations. I thought some of the suggestions were worth a mention.

I’ve divided these into three rough groups, based on how likely you are to have company in your bed after a screening. Nothing in the first group should be too scary for a ten-year-old, and several of them are probably appropriate for younger kids. The second group has some spookier stuff, and the third group is spookier yet; if you haven’t seen them, you may want to pre-screen them for their Nightmare Quotient.

I erred on the side of caution in grouping these, and obviously your mileage will vary depending upon your particular child. One lady on the listserv said her five-year-old’s favorite movie is The Ring. I think I’d be afraid to take my eyes off that kid.

If you have other suggestions, please share them in the comments.

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