Goosebumps and Scooby Doo are popular favorites with the children who browse at the library. We often get requests for “scary movies,” though the definition of a good scary movie varies a lot from child to child. If you need ideas for something new to watch, or if you want some guidelines about what to show children of a certain age, the library website lists some useful links at Modern Media & Online Safety. Two of the sites listed, Common Sense Media and Parents’ Choice both offer advice to parents as well as recommended movies:
You can also search for reviews of individual movies on sites like Common Sense Media, IMDb, or Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews for a few more movies not mentioned already–but available from your library– are listed below:
Kiki’s Delivery Service is a great non-scary movie about a girl witch and her black cat traveling away from home for the first time.
Mad Monster Party is a good choice for fans of stop-motion animation holiday specials like Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (or fans of Boris Karloff).
Casper has special effects for fans of haunted houses.
Casper Meets Wendy mixes a good dose of silliness with its scary elements.
Igor asks, why should mad scientists have all the fun?
Scary Godmother 2: The Revenge of Jimmy is all about a boy who’s too afraid to enjoy Halloween, his little sister, and her spooky friends.
The Canterville Ghost has a Shakespeare-quoting ghost played by Patrick Stewart and a bit of romance for kids old enough to be interested in that sort of thing.
The House of Dies Drear tells the story of a family in a moving into a house with secret passages that date back to the Underground Railroad, which might hold ghosts– or a treasure!