Horror movies are fun, but they can be scary for younger children. Your kids want the adrenaline rush but not the nightmares that come with the movies afterwards. So, how do you know if a short horror movie is suitable for the family? Here are four tips to help you choose the perfect scary movie.
Opt for a Short Movie
Don’t go for the full-length features. Keep the first horror movie you all watch together short and sweet. A 10-20 horror movie is perfectly fine to watch together. As your kids gain a bigger appreciation for horror and can keep the fiction from reality, you can start to watch longer movies together.
Show Something You’ve Already Seen
When you first watch a horror movie together, you don’t want to show any fear. Your kids will get more scared if they see an adult is afraid. That justifies their own fears. To make sure you can keep your poker face, you’ll need to know what’s coming next. The best thing to do would be to watch the movie first and vet it for the kids. As they get older and appreciate more movies, you can start watching the movies new with them.
Avoid Gore and Violence
Find horror movies that keep gore and domestic violence to a minimum. That means no psycho killer movies. However, phantoms, ghosts, and the supernatural can be absolutely great options. Kids surprisingly love the supernatural style movies more than the violence ones. They don’t find the supernatural as scary because they can accept that it is more make-believe.
Stick to Animation for Younger Kids
If you have kids under 7, you’ll want to think about your style of movies carefully. Live action movies are a no-go for these ages. Younger kids believe everything they see. Stick to some animation horror. There are some excellent choices out there, and the majority are designed just for younger kids. You’ll find them funny, but your kids will cuddle in and jump at “boo!”
When you all want to watch a horror movie together, make sure it’s suitable for all ages. Don’t just base your decisions on the certificate given. You know your kids best and will know if they can handle the things that go bump in the night. The last thing you want is a child having night terrors because of the things they’ve watched on TV.
This article was written by Scott Forbes, an entertainment news writer. He enjoys watching short horror films and writing reviews about them to help others choose the perfect family movie.