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Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« on: October 07, 2008, 02:41:26 pm »

Halloween night after trick or treating I'm thinking of throwing up a cloth and showing a movie in the backyard.  I'll probably have the kids each invite a friend or two over if it's not too cold.  Suggestions on a movie that grownups would actually want to watch but is reasonable enough for kids 7 and up?  Keep in mind I'm pretty conservative for the kids when it comes to clear violence.  So far the wife suggested Monster House, but I don't really want to do animated, so the best I have come up with thus far is Ghostbusters.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008, 02:45:43 pm »
Monster House kicks ass. Me and the wife have added that to our yearly Halloween queue.

Personally, I think you should go with Ernest: Scared Stupid.  ;D

Ghostbusters is not really a movie for the younger kids.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2008, 02:48:29 pm »
Monster House kicks ass. Me and the wife have added that to our yearly Halloween queue.

Personally, I think you should go with Ernest: Scared Stupid.  ;D

Ghostbusters is not really a movie for the younger kids.

Erg.  Don't think I could deal with Ernest.  nowuttuhmean?

My kids have seen Ghostbusters.  They thought it was pretty scary but did make it through.  I've seen it like 45 times, though.  I was just thinking about The Ghost and Mr Chicken.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2008, 02:51:46 pm »
E.T.

Has a Trick or Treating scene anyway.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2008, 02:55:11 pm »
E.T.

Has a Trick or Treating scene anyway.


Hrm.  Not only have my kids seen it, we spent 90 minutes at Universal riding the E.T. ride over and over again because there was no line.  Good suggestion, though.  It does take place on Halloween.


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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2008, 02:57:13 pm »
There was a really good Goosebumps Halloween movie/multi part episode in which some kids became their costumes.

And I would also recommend the episode of Buffy where the people became what their costumes were. Never know, we might convert a few more kids to buffy fans!

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2008, 02:58:59 pm »
My wife really liked Wallace and Grommet: Were-rabbit movie, but I don't know how halloweeny it really is.

2 other recommendations that are true halloween movies are Casper and Hocus Pocus.

In the end though, I really think you should go with Ernest. I actually saw that at the theater...as with most of his movies back then.  ;D

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2008, 02:59:24 pm »
Would the Goosebumps eps be something the adults would want to watch?

Can't say I've ever watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Maybe I should just put up Super Mario World.  That show was so crappy it's scary.


EDIT:  ooh just found this site.  Pretty much echoes shardian's suggestions... and The Corpse Bride is another really good suggestion.
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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2008, 03:02:55 pm »
Laurel & Hardy's: The Live Ghost

It's a comedy, but it's in black and white, so that might be scary enough for the kids.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2008, 03:03:16 pm »
Monster Squad
Goonies (not a Halloween movie, but it plays well on the night)
The Worst Witch (good luck finding it, though. I can hook you up...)
more as I think of them...

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2008, 03:04:58 pm »

Good stuff.  My brother suggested ripping a bunch of Simpsons Halloween eps.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2008, 03:07:54 pm »
Child's Play
Night of the Comet
Night of the Creeps (not on DVD, but again, I could hook you up)

Oh, wait.....
Invaders from Mars (Tobe Hooper remake FTW!!!!!)

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2008, 03:08:37 pm »
Yeah, I was going to suggest W&G Were-Rabbit as well. The eight year old tolerates it well enough.

I seem to be tougher when it comes to horror flicks (not slashers though).

I saw it when I was six, but the eight year old can't handle it is, Gremlins. I think that takes place on Christmas though?
Little Monsters is good, but not very Halloweeny.
Nightmare before Christmas is high on my list, I'm just never sure when I should show it.
E.T. was already recommended, but I'll include it here.

Not really Halloween films, but I've always had a fondness for
Night of the Comet
House
Maximum Overdrive
all of which I've seen before the third grade.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2008, 03:09:29 pm »
Lost Skeleton of Cadavra ;)

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2008, 03:14:22 pm »
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all of which I've seen before the third grade

There wasn't a horror movie I wasn't allowed to watch, and none of them ever really affected me. The only things I didn't like were:

The scene in Halloween III where the snakes pour out of that kids head
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The clown in Poltergeist

Oooooo, Poltergeist! There's a good one!

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2008, 03:16:22 pm »
Nightmare before Christmas is definitely a Christmas movie. I have tried it on both holidays, and it just doesn't do it for me on Halloween. One of my favorite Christmas ones though.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2008, 03:23:28 pm »
Nightmare before Christmas is definitely a Christmas movie. I have tried it on both holidays, and it just doesn't do it for me on Halloween. One of my favorite Christmas ones though.

My wife wanted to show that and I told her the same thing.  It's an Xmas movie.

One of the reasons I am so conservative with the movies my kids watch is because my father used premium cable as a babysitter for my stepbrother and I from the first days of cable.  We saw so much crap we never should have seen.  The scariest of horror movies, any violence you could think of, pr0n, it was all there and we stayed up all night every weekend taking it all in.  That's an entirely different conversation, though.

There's no way I would show Poltergeist to kids.  It would be a great pick for adults, though.  Love that movie.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2008, 03:25:31 pm »
Look for my other suggestion Invaders from Mars (the Tobe Hooper remake). Kids love that (as do adults).

Also, Monster Squad is like $7.50 at Walmart, and that's written by Shane Black! Great movie.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2008, 03:26:22 pm »
How about The Gate?

What about Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Nightmare before christmas, the Dark Crystal, Evil Dead 2, Shaun of the Dead (though this one might lead to misinformation concerning zombie outbreaks), or Beetlejuice.

Wait a movie about Halloween town taking Christmas from santa is not related to Halloween how exactly?
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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2008, 03:28:56 pm »
Beetlejuice is not a kids movie...unless you have an edited for tv version.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2008, 03:32:39 pm »
Seriously out of all my suggestions you pick beetlejuice as the least kid friendly?   :)
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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2008, 03:33:14 pm »
We didn't say it's not Halloween related - we just said it is more Xmas related.

Evil Dead 2?   :dizzy:

Beetlejuice is another decent one.  I love that movie.

The Gate is PG13.

Invaders From Mars... haven't seen it.  Intriguing but I'd have to prescreen.

What was too much in Beetlejuice?  I'm not coming up with anything from memory that would be a problem.  Maybe the whore house, I suppose.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2008, 03:34:12 pm »
Beetlejuice is not a kids movie...unless you have an edited for tv version.

Bah! I saw it when I was a kid and watched it plenty growing up. Nothing wrong with it (and it just came out today on blu-ray and special edition DVD)

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2008, 03:37:07 pm »
Invaders From Mars... haven't seen it.  Intriguing but I'd have to prescreen.

Rated PG. Available on DVD. Nevermind the ranking on IMDb. It's good, cheesy 80s fun:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091276/
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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2008, 03:38:26 pm »
Halloween 3 is a good one.
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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #25 on: October 07, 2008, 03:38:44 pm »
We didn't say it's not Halloween related - we just said it is more Xmas related.

But it takes place in Halloween town for more than half the movie.  I'll second Invaders from Mars since it is good (I saw the 86 one only).

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #26 on: October 07, 2008, 03:40:04 pm »
But it takes place in Halloween town for more than half the movie.  I'll second Invaders from Mars since it is good (I saw the 86 one only).


I don't care if it was filmed in the streets of Compton - it is a film about the spirit of Christmas...minus that little part about Christ.  ;D

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2008, 03:41:32 pm »
Chad are going to be using the Infocus for this?


Yep.  Going tonight to Joanne's fabric to buy 4.5' by 8' piece of drapery blackout cloth I can hang on the side of the house.   ;D

Maybe an old old school horror movie?  Frankenstein?  Dracula?  Those wouldn't hold their attention, I guess.


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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #28 on: October 07, 2008, 03:41:42 pm »
Halloween 3 is a good one.

No, not for kids it isn't. That crap freaked me out!

do-DO-do-DO-do-DO-do-DO-do-DO-do-DO

Three more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...

Three more days till Halloween, Silver Shamrock!


Then bugs, snakes, you name it, come pouring out of the masks.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2008, 03:44:09 pm »

The Halloween movies are way off the list.

Little Shop of Horrors?  Maybe not quite Halloween but Rick Moranis is a huge favorite in our house.

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« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2008, 03:46:12 pm »
Monster House +1

Also, anyone remember "Who's afraid of the dark" on Nickelodeon (1990's). It wasnt a movie, but a TV series, but great for kids and watchable (even entertaining) for adults.
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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2008, 03:46:50 pm »
Little Shop of Horrors?  Maybe not quite Halloween but Rick Moranis is a huge favorite in our house.

The Bill Murray / Steve Martin dentist sequence is a classic. Jack Nicholson was good in the Murray role in the original, but when Bill Murray starts yelling CANDY BAR....oh man.

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« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2008, 03:48:59 pm »
Also, anyone remember "Who's afraid of the dark" on Nickelodeon (1990's). It wasnt a movie, but a TV series, but great for kids and watchable (even entertaining) for adults.

Are You Afraid of the Dark.

I have all 7 seasons, which me and the wife marathoned over the summer. I don't remember any 'Halloween' Episodes, but there are a ton of pretty good ghost eps.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2008, 03:59:16 pm »
Also, anyone remember "Who's afraid of the dark" on Nickelodeon (1990's). It wasnt a movie, but a TV series, but great for kids and watchable (even entertaining) for adults.

Are You Afraid of the Dark.

I have all 7 seasons, which me and the wife marathoned over the summer. I don't remember any 'Halloween' Episodes, but there are a ton of pretty good ghost eps.

Ahh right, got the title off. I haven't seen it since it was new. I realized that there were no (or few) Halloween eps, but I figured I would throw it in there since it kinda works for the holiday without being too "Halloween-y". Nothing worse during a holiday season than having EVERYTHING be directly about that holiday...
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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2008, 04:00:31 pm »
Would Attack of the Killer Tomatoes hold the attention of kids?   ;D

Wait, Monster Squad is PG-13?  WTF for?  I saw that last year and it was a kid movie just about.  How the hell is Monster Squad PG-13 but Poltergeist is PG?
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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2008, 04:07:48 pm »
"Hocus Pocus"  (however you spell that)
Not my favorite, but kids seem to enjoy it.  Halloween witch movie from '93 or so.

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« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2008, 04:09:30 pm »
Would Attack of the Killer Tomatoes hold the attention of kids?   ;D

Wait, Monster Squad is PG-13?  WTF for?  I saw that last year and it was a kid movie just about.  How the hell is Monster Squad PG-13 but Poltergeist is PG?

The Monster Squad kids cuss quite a bit. And Dracula calls a helpless 4 year old girl a '---smurfette---'. Oh he's bad...reeeaaallll baaaadddd.

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #37 on: October 07, 2008, 04:18:04 pm »

Maybe I should 80s them and show Thriller? 

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #38 on: October 07, 2008, 04:20:21 pm »
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How the hell is Monster Squad PG-13 but Poltergeist is PG?

Check out Sixteen Candles. It was original rated R, they appealed, and somehow they lowered it to a PG!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088128/parentalguide

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Re: Halloween type movie safe for kids but not too kiddie?
« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2008, 04:21:19 pm »

Maybe I should 80s them and show Thriller? 

Thriller actually scared me when I was little. I still love it, though. You can get it from www.vh1classic.com (the shortened version)
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