Halloween Movies for Tweens

Halloween movies are sometimes difficult to find for children that are too young for the scary movies teenagers enjoy and too old for the babyish ones they used to watch over and over again until the DVD wouldn’t work anymore.  These Halloween movies should be appropriate and enjoyable for most children between the ages of 7 and 12.  Of course, each child and your personal parental guidelines will differ, so you might want to watch these movies first before showing them to your younger children.  You’ll probably find that you’re going to love these Halloween classics just as much as they will!

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Halloween Movies for Tweens

  1. Monster House (Rated PG)
  2. Spooky House (Rated PG)
  3. Hocus Pocus (Rated PG)
  4. Little Monsters (Rated PG)
  5. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (Rated PG)

  6. Other Tweens Halloween Movies

Monster House (2006) PG

This computer generated instant Halloween classic is one that no child, or adult, should miss.  Following the spooky adventures of DJ, Chowder, and Jenny, Monster House frights and delights as the threesome try to get to the bottom of the mystery that lies within the spooky house across the street.  The house seems to have an appetite for abandoned toys, unlucky passersby’s, and even stray dogs.  DJ knows that something isn’t quite right, but no one will believe him, not even his closest friends.  As the house prepares to eat all the small children who go trick-or-treating that Halloween night, the trio tries to find out what is really up with the creepy haunted house and attempts to defeat the evil that exists within its black-hearted picket fence.  The film is definitely very scary and not for the weak at heart or children too young.  It’s sort of a primer for exposing young children to their first horror flick.  The story is engaging, action packed, and full of edge-of-your-seat spooks. 


Spooky House (2002) PG

You wouldn’t expect a movie starring Oscar winners’ Sir Ben Kingsley and Mercedes Ruehl to be very attractive to children, but this Halloween winner will have your kids transfixed and enjoying every magical minute.  It tells the tale of a mysterious magician, the Great Zamboni, who lives in a very spooky house with hidden chambers and surprising tricks around every corner.  Max, a young orphan, tries to befriend the old magician, but is unable to.  As Max and his friends try to unravel the hidden mysteries that surround the elusive Great Zamboni one Halloween night, the neighborhood bullies get involved and magical hilarity ensues.  While it lacks the kind of special effects that most movies rely upon these days, the story is heartwarming, entertaining, and wholesome enough for all viewers.


Hocus Pocus (1993) PG

Hocus Pocus didn’t really enjoy overwhelming success in the theaters, but as a DVD Halloween choice it has quite the cult following.  Starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, this film tells a Halloween tale of three witches who were hanged during the witch hunts of Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s.  Accidentally brought back to life in modern day Salem, the three witches will do whatever it takes to achieve immortality.  This movie is actually very funny and quite scary at times.  The plot includes some violent imagery, but nothing too bad for children over the age of seven.  There’s enough music, fun, and fright to entertain even the most attention-lacking children.


Little Monsters (1989) PG

Before Howie Mandel became the uber-famous host of Deal-or-No-Deal, he starred in this little movie with that kid from The Wonder Years, Fred Savage.  Mandel plays a monster that really lives underneath the boy’s bed.  This crazy, wacky, slightly dysfunctional monster takes the boy to his alternate world beneath the bed where monsters spend their time pulling pranks and scaring children every night after they go to bed.  This movie is fun and entertaining for kids of all ages.  It’s great to see how funny and talented Howie Mandel really is as an actor and comedian.  Your kids will love all the crazy antics that occur throughout this delightfully entertaining Halloween movie.


The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) NR

This movie is surely an oldie, but certainly a goodie.  You probably remember seeing it when you were a kid and your kids will most likely enjoy it as well.  Starring Don Knotts, this classic film tells the story of a goofy nerd who tries to solve the mystery of a spooky haunted house.  With all the silly, wacky, clumsy, nervousness that Don Knotts is famous for, this film is one that sticks with you, no matter how old you get.  It’s perfect for children and adults of all ages.  While it might not be the scariest movie you’ll ever see, it will certainly entertain the entire family in that wholesome, innocent 1960s sort of way.


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