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