In today’s post: Find 20 scary movies for tweens and teens that are perfect for watching on Halloween, without all the blood and gore.
My big kids are too old to trick-or-treat, so the past few years they’ve asked to get together with friends and watch scary movies on Halloween instead. I think that’s a great plan, but the hard part is finding scary movies for tweens and teens that aren’t gory, violent, or otherwise inappropriate for teens and tweens. I know, lots of teens watch horror films, but call me old fashioned–I’m just not thrilled about the idea of my 13 year olds watching people slash each other open.
I figured if I have this problem, some of you might too, so I’ve done some searching around and compiled a list of scary but not gory movies to watch on Halloween that are perfect for tweens and teens. I hope it’s helpful, and let me know in the comments which movies I’ve missed!
Scary movies for tweens to watch on Halloween
NOTE: The movies on this list are not bloody, gory, or overly violent, but that doesn’t mean they are all appropriate for all age ranges. Please do your research and decide which movies are right for your kids. I have noted the rating beside each movie and listed the PG movies first, then the PG-13 movies. All titles are linked to the Amazon rental page (affiliate) Thanks!
It might be a hard sell convincing your teens they want to watch a 50 year old movie, but if you can get them to give it a try they’ll love this classic psychological thriller about a young blind woman who realizes the man in her apartment is there to kill her.
The Watcher in the Woods rated PG
This is the perfect scary movie for tweens! A strange old lady that lives in the woods, fog covered swamps, and a blindfolded girl that appears in mirrors. No blood, no gore, and no cursing, but plenty of chills and thrills.
The Nightmare Before Christmas rated PG
This darkly comedic stop motion film follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin king of Halloween, as he tried to take over Christmas. A little bit scary, a little bit quirky, and a lot of fun. Great Halloween movie for teens.
Corpse Bride rated PG
Victor and Victoria are engaged to be married, at least until Victor accidentally marries a corpse. This creepy and clever animated movie is probably too scary for little kids, but will delight tweens.
The Spiderwick Chronicles rated PG
Three siblings find a secret room, a locked chest, and a book marked “Do Not Read.” The book gets opened (of course!) and ogres, goblins, and more come out. Fairly intense and scary fun for tweens.
Clue rated PG
Six guests show up at a mysterious mansion and find out there’s a murdered amongst them. Not actually very scary, but one of the most fun movies you’ll ever watch. Note: there are a few innuendos that will go over most kids’ heads.
Jaws rated PG
Classic movie about attempts to find and kill a giant shark includes what might be the the creepiest music ever. Even though it’s dated, it’s still a great scary movie for tweens and teens. NOTE: out of all the movies on the list, this one could be considered bloody, but it’s pretty tame compared to horror movies of today.
Monster House rated PG
A couple of kids and their babysitter begin to notice increasingly creepy things going on at a house in their neighborhood. And so they decide to go inside…
Frankenweenie rated PG
Victor doesn’t have many friends – in fact his dog Sparky is his only friend. When Sparky is accidentally run over, Victor decides to experiment on the corpse during a thunderstorm…which leads to all the neighborhood kids trying to bring their dead pets back to life. Fun Halloween movie!
Coraline rated PG
Bored Coraline finds a passageway into an alternate world that mirrors her own, except it’s better! Or is it? This dark fairy tale is strange, spooky, and fun.
Labyrinth rated PG
This one isn’t technically a Halloween movie, but it’s a classic! When Sarah gets tired of her baby step-brother (he gets all the attention and all he does is cry) she wishes goblins would steal him away. When they do, Sarah has to fight her way through the labyrinth and meet the Goblin king (David Bowie) to reclaim her brother.
Goosebumps rated PG
Zach thinks his new neighbor Hannah is being kept prisoner by her dad, the famous author of the Goosebumps books. When Zach sneaks into her house to save her, he also unlocks one of the many manuscripts he finds, and the monster inside it comes to life. Soon all the books have been unlocked and all the Goosebumps monsters are running around town. Fairly clever and funny as well as a bit scary.
Ghostbusters rated PG
Ok, so Ghostbusters is more funny than scary, but this classic is still perfect for Halloween.
Paranorman rated PG
Norman is your average middle school misfit. Except that he can see and speak to the dead. And he lives in a town that was cursed by a witch hundreds of years ago. And zombies are coming. It’s an animated film, but the subject matter is better suited to tweens and above.
Halloween movies for teens (not gory)
Signs rated PG-13
A farm family finds a mysterious crop circle in their backyard, which obviously means aliens are invading the world. Instead of graphic alien attack scenes, this movie uses subtle effect to build intensity, culminating in moments that will make you jump out of your seat. Plenty of plot holes, but also plenty of scary fun.
The Sixth Sense rated PG-13
When a child psychologist meets an 8 year old boy who tells him “I see dead people”, he has no idea how this story will end. This movie actually has one of the greatest twists of all time and it’s plenty scary and creepy without blood, guts, or gore.
The Others rated PG-13
Grace lives in an isolated house with her two children, who have a disorder that requires them to live in the dark. When her daughter begins to see “others” in the house, Grace wonders if the house is haunted. Scary and suspenseful with a twist at the end.
The Village rated PG-13
From the first scene, you think this is a story of an idyllic village in the late 1800’s where everyone is safe and everyone is happy. But something strange and eerie lives in the woods…or maybe right in the village itself.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows rated PG-13
All of the Harry Potter movies are incredibly enjoyable, and any one of them would make a great Halloween night flick. Even though some of the movies in the series are rated PG-13, they are much more appropriate than your average PG-13 movie, with little to no cursing, sex, or blood.
The X-Files (Fight the Future) rated PG-13
Paranormal mystery: just like the TV show but with a bigger effects budget. Note: this one has more swearing and violence than other movies on the list.
Alright, I hope you enjoyed this list of Halloween movies for teens and tweens! If you know any other scary movies that are perfect for tweens and teens, let us know in the comments.