This past week I wanted to see how my kids would react to watching a family-friendly Halloween movies to prepare for the upcoming holiday.
I didn’t want to scare them too much so I chose to watch, The Shallows (2016).
As a result from reading online, the movie wasn’t too intense or gory for the children, just enough for me to gauge their interest in these types of movies.
My kids are six and three, so I thought that watching a shark in the water would be a good lead into the horror/thriller genre. I was sadly mistaken.
The first 45 minutes was off to a good start, half naked woman in the middle of no where wanting to surf, so far so good. Nothing out of the ordinary was going on and the family was enjoying the movie.
Until, the shark showed itself.
Both of my kids jumped off of the couch, ran and hid under the table screaming. My daughter shouted out this very annoying cry while running and hiding under the table, while my son not knowing exactly what was happening, did the same thing.
At this point my wife stepped in to protect her children by asking me to stop the movie due to the scary and violent nature of the shark.
Her timing was impeccable, just when the allure of the movie was starting to get me hooked.
I’m not saying that I totally ignored my daughter’s behavior but, we finished the movie against my her wishes and everyone was okay by the end.
As a result here’s a drawing of what my daughter remembered from the movie. She showed it to us unexpectedly after picking her up from grandma and grandpa’s! My wife and I couldn’t help but laugh. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recognize this scene.
After The Shallows I decided to play another movie, Ghostbusters (2016). While this movie had plenty of ‘scary’ visuals, more than the previous but everybody was fine with it…interesting.
I guess a floating, glowing, see through ghost is more entertaining and not as scary than a hungry shark.
The first 30 minutes went by quickly, I fell asleep and my wife and kids finished the rest of the movie. No crying, no whining, and no running and hiding under the table.
I’m confused, I am still on this kick to find a balance between what family-friendly Halloween movies both parents and kids will enjoy this Halloween.
I started looking at the movies that we had and decided to create a list of what I think would be a good fit.
In conclusion below is a list of family-friendly Halloween movies along with trailers and favorite quotes from each movie.
Leave a comment to let us know what you’ll be watching this Halloween season. And for more family-friendly fall ideas check Fall Bucket List.
Family-Friendly Halloween Movies
Hello. My name is Mr. R.L. Stine. Every story ever told can be broken down into three parts. The beginning. The middle. And the twist. – R.L. Stine
Can you see my dog, Bub? He was hit by an animal rescue van. Tragic and ironic. – Neil
With this hand I will lift your sorrows. Your cup will never be empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way into darkness. With this ring, I ask you to be mine. – Victor Van Dort
Evil and darkness have fallen this night. But now, to survive, you must gain new sight. – Madame Leota
I must first gain new underwear. – Jim
There’s a girl… on my bed. YES! – Casper
[singing] Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it! – Jack Skellington
You know, I’ve always wanted a child. And now I think I’ll have one on toast! – Winifred Sanderson
I’m a homicidal maniac, they look just like everyone else. – Wednesday
Wolfman’s got nards! – Horace
10. Gremlins (1984)
Well, that’s the story. So if your air conditioner goes on the fritz or your washing machine blows up or your video recorder conks out; before you call the repairman turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds, ’cause you never can tell there just might be a gremlin in your house. – Randall Peltzer
I got a rock. – Charlie Brown
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