Spooky family films for Halloween

Whether you're looking to spook your children or scare yourself, why not curl up on the sofa with some popcorn and a film this Halloween?

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Family-friendly frights

Children love to watch scary films, but probably best not to scar them for life. Here are some not too frightening Mumsnet favourites. 

Addams family

The Addams Family (1991, PG) Creepy enough to be scary, but kooky enough not to give the DC nightmares

Casper (1995, PG) If only all ghosts were as friendly as Casper

Coraline (2009, PG) Those things with the button eyes! "Coraline's a spooky one." weebleswillwobble

Corpse Bride (2005, PG) Tim Burton can always be relied on for some gothic watching

Frankenweenie (2012, PG) "Took my 13 and 14-year-olds to see this last Halloween. They both wept uncontrollably as did I." Shockers

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993, PG) "Hocus Pocus wins hands down. It's the only good thing about Halloween." EatShitDerek

Hotel Transylvania (2012, U) Count Dracula runs a hotel for monsters, all goes well until a clumsy human literally stumbles across it

Paranorman (2012, PG) When his town is overtaken by zombies, schoolboy Norman is the only one who can help

Scooby Doo (2002, PG) The Mystery Inc gang come to life. Zoinks!

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, U) Our favourite plasticine pals get spooked by a mysterious monster

Comedy spooks

Let's face it, Halloween is fun - but sometimes it's nicer to cry with laughter rather than fear when watching a film. Here are some more light-hearted suggestions, suitable to watch with children of different ages - but do check the certificate. 

Beetlejuice (1988, 15) Tim Burton's ghoulish haunted house film is a cult classic

Evil Dead II (1987, 15) A satirical follow-up to the much scarier original

Ghostbusters (1984, 12A) Who you gonna call?

Gremlins (1984, 12A) Don't feed them after midnight! "I found gremlins scary as a child, my friend's four-year-old loves it." yellowsnownoteatwillyou

Little Shop of Horrors (1986, PG) Camp horror with catchy tunes

Scary Movie (2000, 18) The first film in this ridiculous parody series was actually quite funny

Shaun of the Dead (2004, 15) A rom-com, with zombies

Rocky Horror

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, 12A) Let's do the time warp again. Creepy and camp  in equal measure

Young Frankenstein (1974, PG) This old-school black and white flick will still make you LOL

Zombieland (2009, 15) Worth watching for the Bill Murray cameo alone


Really bloody scary

Once the children have gone to bed, maybe you fancy scaring the hell out of yourself. We would recommend Rosemary's Baby - but if you're pregnant that may not be a good idea.

The Exorcist Regan's window

The Exorcist (1973, 18) Just hope your child isn't as demonic as little Regan

Halloween (1978, 18) An obvious, but appropriate, choice

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, 18) If you're struggling to sleep at night, Freddy Krueger won't help!

Paranormal Activity (2009, 15) This film will make you think twice about moving house

Psycho (1960, 15) An old-school classic, it'll have you watching over your shoulder in the shower

The Ring (2002, 15) Good thing nobody watches VHS cassettes any more

Saw (2004, 18) Before the ridiculous sequels, there was this gory and shocking original

Here's Johnny The Shining

The Shining (1980, 15) Heeeeeeere's Johnny! Need we say more?

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, 18) So scary, the original uncut version was banned in the UK until 1999

The Thing (1982, 18) Is one of your friends actually a parasitic alien lifeform?

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