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Halloween is a treasured, fun time of year. However, it can get downright frightening for the kiddos if they get exposed to too much of the gory stuff. So what exactly is appropriate for the little ones during this haunt-filled season? Well, most kids can definitely handle the typical trick or treat fests and corn mazes. However, when it’s movie time, be selective about the flicks you show. Following are some classic favorites that are sure to bring a little fun fright but won’t leave your babies having bad dreams either.
A great group of movies for kids is the entire Harry Potter series. They’ll love the whimsical follies that Harry, Hermione, and Ron encounter as they learn the ins and outs of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, do realize that the books, and the movies, grew up along with the audience. As a result, the first movies are most appropriate for younger audiences, and the last are more geared toward pre-teens and teens.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This is a fantastic family tradition! The Charlie Brown cartoons are classics that children have loved and watched for generations. Even the youngest children in your household can watch this one without being bothered at bedtime. It’s a great show for teaching that while Halloween is tons of fun, there isn’t really a Great Pumpkin coming for little tykes on Halloween night.
Hocus Pocus has been a favorite of scary-kid movie fans since the 1990’s. While not likely appropriate for the tiniest of Halloween celebrators, this is a great moving for pre-teens. They’ll love how a young boy unleashes the power of three sister witches, accidentally, while babysitting his younger sister on Halloween night.
Parents and children alike will love this tale of how irresponsibility can bring seriously bad results. It’s a fun, action-filled story that will leave your kids giggling more than shivering with fright. Eight and nine-year-olds and older should do fine with this.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Another family favorite for generations, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a movie that can easily become a family tradition. This Disney movie’s fun look at magic is great for younger and older kids alike!