So you think your children are old enough to watch a slight horror film? Well I'm not talking about Nightmare on Elm street here, but I think children enjoy watching scary movies. So here are a list of a few you should go and hire at the DVD library for the school holidays or on the weekend.
The Corpse Bride Directed by Tim Burton, kids will enjoy this cute different film. It is about a man who recites his wedding vows and a deceased woman in the house overhears it and assumes he is married to her so she rises from the grave. Young kids will like this film and find it funny, if they aren't into dull black and white looking movies they may get bored.
Suitable for children aged 7 & up
An old film, kids will enjoy this one. I haven't seen the movie but a lot of my friends have and say it was one of their favorite films when they were a kid. Its about a boy who accidentally breaks 3 important rules regarding his new pet. It releases a whole heap of cheeky monsters into the town. From what I've heard, this movie isn't so much scary but its great for the whole family to watch.
A very different horror film about a group of teenagers who find out a neighbors house is actually real live monster. My cousins went and see this at the cinema's when they were about aged 7 and 11 and they weren't freaked from it. I haven't seen this film either but I've heard great reviews from it.
I took my brother and sister to see this and they weren't scared at all. It is about a boy who uses some spooky science to bring his beloved pet dog back to life but the the results are a bit monstrous. This movie is bets suited for children who are a bit older as there is some morbid imagery. It's a very sweet story that the whole family can enjoy, but I would reccomend it for children aged 7 and up.
Munster, Go Home I first saw this film when I was little with my dad on VHS and I really liked it, so I managed to find it again because I wanted to show it to my siblings. It's pretty much a comedy about a monster named Hermun who finds out he is the new lord of Munster Hall in Britain. His family go over there and expect a really amazing life style but they are poorly welcomed by not so pleased members of the hall. This movie is great to introduce to your kids if its their first horror film, the film is funny even though the characters may look kind of freaky.
Monsters Inc This movie isn't exactly classed as horror, but I thought I'd add it in anyway. Check out the amazing animated funny monsters in this film who scared kids through their bedroom door at night. They can't be touched by humans, but they meet a sweet little girl named Boo who they begin to love. The movie is funny and full of suspense, kids will love seeing the unique designed monsters and cute little Boo. Watch out for the sneaky Randell though, he may spook younger children.
I would reccomend this film for children 5 and up however if your child is afraid of monsters it may be best to leave this one for the older kids.
I hope you will take these movies into consideration. Make sure to watch horror films with the kids as a frightening scene may come on, it's good to sit there and monitor the movie but also enjoy yourself at the same time.
Word of advice, don't cover the child's eyes or fast forward a scene if the child doesn't seem hesitant or afraid, this will just make them think they need to be scared. If your child does show signs of being frightened, pause the film or switch it off. Calm the child down, ask them what they thought was scary and reassure them its not real and they are only pretending. Put the film away and do a fun activity like watch a funny DVD or go outside and play to take their mind off it.