I really, really, really don’t like scary movies (although I probably don’t dislike them as much as a friend of mine that screamed multiple times while watching Elf). I know many of you love scary movies and it can be disappointing to forego watching them just to assuage the feelings of your scaredy-cat friends. For those of you who find yourselves in this difficult situation, here is our top ten list of scary movies (but not too scary) to watch with the whole family, or with your wimpy friends.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, tries to bring the magic of Christmas to Halloween Town and kidnaps Santa.
E.T.: A story of an alien stranded on Earth and his relationship with a young boy.
The Witches: A 9 year old boy and his grandmother confront a witch who is planning to turn all of England’s children into mice.
Coraline: Coraline Jones finds a magical world that is similar to her own, but when her “other parents” try to get her to stay, Coraline must look for a way to return to the real world.
Murder by Death: An invitation to dinner…and a murder is sent to five world famous detectives by Lionel Twain (Truman Capote), an eccentric millionaire living in an isolated, gloomy estate in northern California.
Monster House: A group of kids discover that a neighborhood house is actually a monster. To solve the mystery of the house they must go inside it, before it takes everyone that crosses its path.
Something Wicked this Way Comes: Green Town, Illinois is visited by a mysterious Mr. Dark and his Pandemonium Carnival. Terrifying things begin to happen when two small boys become too curious about things.
Watcher in the Woods: When an American family moves into a remote English house in the woods, the two daughters begin to see a young girl who vanished in the woods during a solar eclipse 20 years ago. Is it a ghost, or something more?
The Woman in White: A sane woman is locked up in an asylum by a fraudulent English aristocrat who is afraid she may expose his ‘secret.’ Escaping while wearing a white gown, she runs into a youthful hero who becomes haunted by his brief meeting with this ‘woman in white.’
Wait Until Dark: A photographer unwittingly smuggles a doll stuffed with heroin into New York City. His recently blinded wife, alone in their apartment, is first terrorized by hired crooks, and then by the psychopathic Roat, in search of the doll.