I have a 9-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son. They do very different things on Halloween. My daughter still loves to trick-or-treat. My teenage son ususally doesn’t do anything special. He’s usually home to give out candy to any visitors to our house or maybe go to a party.
Tweens are the kids who don’t want to watch the baby movies but they aren’t old enough to watch adult movies. Watching PG-13 with or without parental supervision will still give them a thrilling Halloween experience. You aren’t going to find ones that everyone in the family can watch, but these aren’t super scary either. I love Common Sense Media’s tips on How to Choose a Scary Movie for Your Kid.
These movies are great some non-slasher Halloween movies for teens to watch with their friends. We picked our favorites, and gave you the cheat sheet for each of them!
10 Best PG-13 Halloween Movies
PG-13 picks (depending on your kids’ ages and your discretion).
Trying to win the approval of her friends, 17-year-old Tiffany sneaks out of the house to go to a Halloween bash at a fraternity. The fun soon ends when police and the cranky, fast-talking Madea (Tyler Perry) arrive to crash the party.
Tiffany travels to Derrick Lake to celebrate her 18th birthday at a Halloween frat party in the middle of the woods. Frantic and worried, Madea, Aunt Bam and Hattie hop in the car to save her from the same terrible fate that befell a group of teens there years earlier.
The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories.
A childhood prank comes back to haunt a clique of South Central Los Angeles teens when their victim returns home during their high-school Homecoming weekend.
At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreak havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.
Meek flower shop assistant Seymour pines for co-worker Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store.
When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia begins to suspect the man is a fraud since he cannot recall details of Fester’s life.
Parents take drastic measures when it seems their new home is haunted and their comatose son is possessed by a malevolent entity.
It sounds like just another urban legend — a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.
PG-13 Halloween Movies on Netflix
When Darren Shan is taken to a circus that’s chock-full of sideshow oddities, he meets a vampire and receives a life-changing bite on the neck. (Stream on Netflix)
Parents take drastic measures when it seems their new home is haunted and their comatose son is possessed by a malevolent entity. (Stream on Netflix)
When a 9-year-old boy inexplicably starts seeing dead people, he lands in the care of a child psychologist who’s determined to uncover the truth. (Stream on Netflix)
Three college students move into an off-campus house and discover they’ve unwittingly unleashed a supernatural killer known as The Bye Bye Man. (Stream on Netflix)
A sweet little boy’s wondrous dreams come to life while he sleeps. Unfortunately, so do his nightmares. (Stream on Netflix)
Scary PG-13 Halloween Movies
Common Sense Media gives these tips for parents of middle school kids:
- Pushing boundaries may be OK. Some kids of this age are ready to be scared silly. You still should be mindful of blood and gore, but in general skeletons, monsters, and aliens are okay. Even so, stick to movies that have humor mixed in, or those with safe-and-sound endings.
- Give reassurance when necessary. Other kids still scare easily. Middle school is when scary movies start being a big part of sleepovers and movie outings with friends. Even if your child isn’t ready for the scarier stuff, it can be hard for her to tell that to friends who want to see the latest zombie flick. Let your children know that it’s ok to be scared and to tell their friends they’d rather watch something else.
More Halloween Movies:
What are some kid-friendly Halloween movies?
These family-friendly Halloween movies are great to watch before, during, or after Halloween with the whole family.
What’s the scariest PG 13 movie?
Since I DON’T watch scary movies, I’ll defer to Game Spot. They published this list of the 11 Scariest Horror Movies Rated PG-13 (And Lower).
What are the rules for PG 13 movies?
In the early 1980s, complaints about violence and gore in films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins, both of which received PG ratings, refocused attention on films seen by small children and pre-teens. The PG classification, “no longer matched a notion of childhood most parents in America could agree on.” A suggested a new intermediate rating between “PG” and “R”. The “PG-13” rating was introduced on July 1, 1984, with the advisory “Parents Are Strongly Cautioned to Give Special Guidance for Attendance of Children Under 13 – Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Young Children”. (Source)
Is the Halloween movie PG 13?
The original Halloween movie, released in 1978, is rated R. All prequels and sequels are rated R, too.