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Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 231 voters 9.5k views 19 items

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Family friendly scary movies combine just the right amount of horror and heart so that parents and kids can enjoy them together. The top children's horror movies feature characters overcoming scary villains to save the day. This is a list of the greatest family friendly horror movies, including everything from Gremlins to The Witches to Hocus Pocus.

What films will you find on this list of the best scary movies for kids? Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown. When he becomes fascinated with the joys of Christmas, he risks ruining the holiday for everyone. Frankenweenie - also from the unique mind of Burton - is another great family friendly horror film. A group of neighborhood kids find the truth behind a scary residence in the 2006 animated hit Monster House. Other good films featured on this list include ParaNorman, Casper, and Goosebumps.

Do you have a favorite not-so-scary horror movie? Give the best films a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more

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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joe Dante

Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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Casper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty

Released: 1995

Directed by: Brad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more

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Addams Family Values is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Addams Family Values is a 1993 American dark comedy film, which is the sequel to the 1991 American film The Addams Family. It was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and ...more

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Monster House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gil Kenan

Monster House is a 2006 computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Gil Kenan, produced by ImageMovers and Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film stars ...more

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Corpse Bride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. The plot is set in a fictional ...more

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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn

Released: 1990

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

The Witches is a 1990 comedy-fantasy film based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and produced by Jim Henson Productions for Lorimar Film Entertainment ...more

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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Rob Letterman

Goosebumps is a 2015 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Mike White and Darren Lemke. It is based on the children's book series of the same name by R. L. ...more

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and ...more

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ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Fell, Chris Butler

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Frankenweenie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. It is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the ...more

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The Haunted Mansion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

The Haunted Mansion is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film based on the attraction of the same name at Disney theme parks. The film was directed by Rob Minkoff, written by David Berenbaum and ...more

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The Monster Squad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht, Jon Gries

Released: 1987

Directed by: Fred Dekker

The Monster Squad is a 1987 horror comedy film written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Fred Dekker. It was released by Tri-Star Pictures on August 14, 1987. The film features the ...more

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Ernest Scared Stupid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Eartha Kitt, Jim Varney, Ernie Fosselius

Released: 1991

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

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The Adventures of Ichabo... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley

Released: 1949

Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

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Return to Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
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Released: 1985

Directed by: Walter Murch

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The Little Vampire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great "Horror" Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Jonathan Lipnicki, Anna Popplewell, Richard E. Grant

Released: 2000

Directed by: Uli Edel

The Little Vampire is a 2000 comedy horror film based on the children's book series of the same name by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.