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Spooky movies to enjoy with the whole family

Looking for the best scary movies for your kids? Something spooky to watch that is suitable for the whole family? We have the full lowdown on alternative horror movies for those who don't like to be too scared!

Spooky movies to watch with the kids

Watching scary movies with your kids

Finding a scary movie for your children to watch can be a harder task than you might originally think. You don't want to have them grappling with some freakishly scary psychological themes that will give them nightmares, but on the other hand a lot of children are drawn to scary movies and want a little jump or exciting scary tingle to add to the excitement!

This list is full of recommendations for movies that really hit the spot between primary school age children up to young teens. They aren't all PG or U so make sure you check before you watch with little ones. You know your children best, some kids can handle blood but not suspense and some will run at the sight of ghosts. We have tried to add rating notes where possible to give you a better idea about what these movies might contain!

  • Hocus Pocus (1993)

Rated: PG (some scary sequences, and for language)

Hocus Pocus 1993

  • Practical Magic

Rated: 12 (some violence, intense thematic elements and sensuality)

Practical Magic

  • Casper

Rated: PG (mild language and thematic elements)


  • Halloweentown

Rated: U (very mild violence, mild intense scenes)


  • Frankenweenie

Rated: PG (moderate gore and violence, thematic elements, scary images and action)

© Disney

  • The Lost Boys

Rated: 15 (moderate violence, gore, mild sexual references, language)

The Lost Boys

  • Goosebumps (2015)

Rated: PG (scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humour)


  • The Witches (2020)

Rated: PG (scary images/moments, language and thematic elements)

The Witches

  • Shaun of the Dead

Rated: 15 (zombie violence/gore and language)

Shaun of the dead

  • Ghostbusters (1984)

Rated: 12 (mild sexual references, profanity, smoking and mild intense frightening scenes)


  • Hotel Transylvania

Rated: U

Hotel Transylvania

  • The Corpse Bride

Rated: PG (some scary images and action, and brief mild language)

Corpse Bride

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rated: 12A (moderate sexual scenes, mild violence and gore, smoking, mild language)

Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Teen Witch

Rated: U (mild language, very mild nudity)

Teen Witch

  • Beetlejuice

Rated: 15 (mild sexual references, moderate violence and gore, language, smoking and moderate intense scenes)

  • Coraline

Rated: PG (thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humour)


  • Warm Bodies

Rated: 12A (zombie violence and some language)

Warm Bodies

  • The Addams Family Values (1993)

Rated: PG (macabre humour, mild suggestive references, moderate violence - no gore, some mild intense and frightening scenes)

Addams Family Values

  • Witches of Eastwick

Rated: 18 (strong sexual references, mild violence and gore, strong language and some mild drug references)

The Witches of Eastwick

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Rated: 12 (suggestive sex scenes, no nudity, comic vampire violence and drug references)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • The World's End

Rated: 15 (includes mild sexual references, nothing seen. Moderate violence - comedic blue blood. Strong language)

Worlds End

  • The Haunted Mansion

Rated: PG (frightening images, thematic elements and language)

Haunted Mansion

  • Monster House

Rated: PG (scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language)

Monster House

  • Ernest Scared Stupid

Rated: U (moderate scary/intense slightly jumpy moments)

Ernest being Stupid

  • Muppets Haunted Mansion

Rated: PG (moderate frightening and intense scenes, mild violence)

Muppets Haunted Mansion
© Disney

  • Little Shop of Horrors

Rated: PG (mature thematic material including comic horror violence, substance abuse, language and sex references)

Little Shop of Horrors


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