10 Great Scary Movies for the Family in October
The Halloween season is upon us! It’s a good time or some fun and a few scares. Halloween is great for letting kids face their fears of the dark, boogeymen, and other horrors. It’s okay to be scared, and Halloween allows us to grow out of those fears.
Scary movies are seldom for kids, but there are some great ones out there. It can be a challenge to find something wholesome that won’t cause children nightmares. When looking for movies, we tried to pick titles that reflect several different ages, but all of these manage to be just shy of any the sickening kind of gore you want to make sure your kids miss when enjoying Halloween scares.
10. Spirited Away -- Although this may be too heady to be understood, the ghosts and creatures in this drama speak on a level children can understand.
9. Coraline -- I think every kid has anxiety dreams about imposters masquerading at some time. Neil Gaiman’s story of a girl’s trip to a dark world is wonderful without being bloody.
8. Ghostbusters -- There’s some rude language and adult stuff involving keymasters and gatekeepers, but for the most part, Ghostbusters is a family-friendly film. The ghosts aren’t too spooky, and the content isn’t too occult.
7. The Addams Family -- While some of the hijinx Wednesday and Pugsley get up to might terrify you, kids will focus more on Christopher Lloyd’s performance as Uncle Fester, a manipulated man who is trying to work out where he belongs.
6. Stephen King’s It -- We’re talking about the 1990 made-for-television version, NOT the recent remake. Scary clowns are the stuff of nightmares, but some of your older kids will get this and appreciate the concept of a group of kids who invent their own magic to defeat the evils possessing their town. There’s LOTS of blood, but rarely do we see actual bloodshed.
5. Something Wicked This Way Comes -- Disney produced this live-action adaptation of the Ray Bradbury book during their edgy late 1980s period. The story follows Jack and Will, two best friends in a midwestern town, growing up in competition with each other when a strange circus comes into town. It’s scary, but the violence and bloodshed are at a minimum.
4. The Sixth Sense -- This is more likely for teens and tweens than kids, but it is definitely a great horror story with little violence. The Sixth Sense is the story of a young boy who claims to see ghosts and the child psychologist trying to help him. Without spoiling too much, it’s less about monsters and violence and more about a child learning to face his fears and use his gifts to help others.
3. Hocus Pocus -- A Halloween classic that’s just a little bit silly in places, this is the tale of three executed witches who come back from revenge and the young newcomer who matches wits with them.
2. The Monster Squad -- As a 1980s kid’s horror film classic, The Monster Squad still has a significant cult following. All the Universal monsters-- Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and “Gillman” (the Creature from the Black Lagoon) are involved in a plot to take over a small town. But the local kids club dedicated to hunting down monsters is there to thwart Dracula’s evil plan.
1. The Halloween Tree -- This animated special is a must-see for every family. Bradbury’s novella about a group of friends racing with Death to save the life of their friend takes us on a whirlwind tour of the history of Halloween. The Halloween Tree speaks to those powerful friendships we form as kids and the way we shield ourselves from our fears with that love.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Halloween Horror suggestions! Please have a happy and safe time this Halloween-- avoid driving as much as you can on October 31st. And if your car needs work, please come and see us! We want to be your auto repair service! Click on this link to schedule an appointment with us today. We’re located at 2689 Monument Blvd, Concord, CA 94520. Our hours of operation are Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM.