Top Ten Scariest Kids Movies

You know... for kids! My criteria is that the movie has to be rated PG or lower in order to count as a kids movie and also has to be advertised as a kids movie too. So prepare for the horrors of your past. The top ten SCARIEST "kids" movies.

The Top Ten

1 Coraline

My sister was scared - blackflower

The Beldum's true form is really scary. My little sister started screaming when she saw her.
The movie itself is very good. - WorldPuncher47592834

GREAT MOVIE, very well done, the animation is incredible, The characters are really thought out, but the best thing about this movie is how suspensful it is, and how many un solved things are about and how many things are to be theorized on!

Awesome. I watched it when I was seven and I thought the other mother lived in a door in my garage that we never opened before.

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2 Return to Oz

It's about a woman who wants to add a little girl's head to her severed head collection. 'enough said, right? I still get nightmares from this almost 35 years later. - truckturner

The Wheelers were scary

Wheelers are probally the scariest thing ever!

3 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

So creepy it's on the list twice

Why this movie on twice this movie is bogus and hopeless this should be number 48
and the Oompa Loompas song is to same theme the new one is a lot better because it has
different music and lyrics of the song than the old one.

The Johnny Depp movie is way creepier - Jonerman

Watch the psychedelic boat trip and TELL ME that wasn't scary. - pinkmermaidgirl227

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4 The Secret of NIMH

What? I watched this movie as a kid, and it's not scary at all.

This movie scared the hell out of me when I was young! I rated G my pants! Whoever rated this movie G should be sued! NOT A KIDS MOVIE!

5 Poltergeist

This is not a kid horror movie this is rated 18R this should not be on this list.

This is the reson age on movies is a thing.

This is NOT for kids at all. There is one scene where a guy's face gets peeled off. I'm not making this up!

It’s not really for kids - blackflower

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6 The Dark Crystal

It's been 30 years since I've seen it and some of the scenes still pop in my head D=

I'm 19 and this movie still scares the living hell out of me.

Pretty dark and dirstrubing but still good through. P.S the creator of this movie also did Sesame Street and the muppets.

deez nutz

7 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

I remember when Large Marge was about to show up and my brother and I were little. As Large Marge was saying, "And it looked like..." I could see my brother shaking his head no with a terrified look on his face. - RedTheGremlin

And it looked like. THIS!

Everyone remembers Large Marge. - Pony

Yes, I remember Large Marge too.

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8 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
9 Son of the Mask

Did they seriously market a sequel to a movie with guns and swearing for kids?

This movies is creepy, just watch the Nostalgia Critic's review of if

This is a horrible (literally) HORRIBLE MOVIE, not only is boring, also is very creepy

This is an awful movie and it's scary as hell.

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10 The Witches

This is really good movie but I should warn you that you have to be older than 10
years old to watch this movie there is one scene that will scare the kids that will be
the mask scene of the grand high witch I freaked out when I saw this when I was 8 years old. The movie is way better than the book they don't have the same characters from
the movie.

The Contenders

11 Jumanji

Can't watch the part with the spider

This ain't scary. What are you talking about?

I watched Jumanji woth my classmates in school for my club and its not even scary

12 Beetlejuice

The Snake Part Was Creepy

13 The Black Cauldron

I watched this movie when I was little, and it creeped me out so much I haven't seen it since. - ShuhBanggg

Scariest Disney movie, first disney cartoon to be rated PG, and scarier than the chernabog scene from fantasia

14 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

I LOVE this movie, but I will admit that Judge Doom's true form was pretty scary. - RedTheGremlin

The true form of Judge Doom was very. With his red eyes and his high-pitched voice.

Even though it features the greatest cartoon characters, there's murder and a lot of inappropriate content.

I can understand rooms getting drunk and getting into life threatening situations and using guns. But when R.K. Maroon is killed so violently and it shows his dead body, oh, that gave me nightmares as a child.

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15 Watership Down

What were they SMOKING when they rated this film? This originally rated U? This film is automatically the worst kids film for featuring decaying bunnys! I HATE it!

This probably inspired htf

How could this not be here?

I watched this as a child and had to have someone go everywhere in fear of being attacked!

I'm pretty sure this is (or until recently was) the children's film with the most complaints from parents.

Horrifying film, DO NOT SHOW TO YOUR KIDS!

You'd think that it being about bunnies would make it a pretty innocent tale, right? Let me tell you, this is nothing like Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit! The rabbits are fighting for survival and tearing each other to shreds! Very bloody--had the misfortune of watching it when I was young and will never watch it again. :( The Black Rabbit spirit also scared the daylights out of me...

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16 Spirited Away

I was watching this my vie with my two friends and their cousin who is older than all three of us, and we had to shut it off somewhere around twenty minutes in because their cousin got scared.

I saw this movie at a block party, and I only made it like 5 minutes in after I saw the parents turn into pigs. I should probably watch it soon. - 445956

Best movie ever

17 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hellfire is pretty self-explanatory

Agreed with the comments.

18 Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie is too scary for kids to watch even scarier than Son of a Mask.

I like this movie. It was really sad though

The worst thin in the movie I the cat poo

19 Little Monsters

Should be higher

20 Monster House

I was afraid when the house got shredded then came back to life. I was also afraid of Constance. - RedTheGremlin

Not at all scary! With monster house, you can tell it's scary from just looking at the cover, but with the brave little toaster, you can't tell. Therefore, this movie is not scary at all because it's so predictable!

The owner of the house was creepy and I understand why our school didn't let us watch it.

I seen it before and it was scary! - Chaotixhero

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21 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

The scene with the giant green guy under water chasing them really got me as a kid

Umm how is this scary

I love this movie, but that scene where SpongeBob and Patrick die for a few seconds was too dark for a kids film - GumballWatterson

It makes sense. This movie is really dark.

22 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

In what way is this scary

This horrified me as a kid

I watched this when I was in year 2 and I wans't scared for some reason.

23 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
24 All Dogs Go to Heaven
25 The Neverending Story

I don't understand most of the movie. But what I did understand was pretty scary.

Its... not... scary...

26 Dumbo
27 Disney's A Christmas Carol

When Marley unhinged his jaw, I freaked out and started to cry when I was little.

I agree this wa scary, but only that, I found it boring. I mean, this is my opinion, so if you don't find it that way, I respect that.

What is wrong with disney?

There are a few scenes that are scary as crap! - Chaotixhero

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28 Something Wicked This Way Comes

Personally, I love ths movie. I mean it's terrifying in the best way and has this cool Tim Burton feel about it. If you are in the mood for a childish movie that takes it a bit too far than it should I highly recommend this movie. - meynamejeff123

It features a character getting decapitated.

29 Labyrinth

Kidnapped Babies, Awesome "David Bowie" Villain Staking Teen, And STINKING FIREY'S!.

I'm actually watching it as I write this, and David Bowie makes it even better!

I've avoided this film for these reasons

Weird scary

30 Scooby Doo: On Zombie Island

When I was a little kid, this movie scared the crap out of me. the gang had to deal with real monsters. For a kid, the part where Fred is trying to unmask a zombie and pulls his head off was especially scary.

They unmask a monster in every cartoon what's wrong with you.

31 Animal Farm

Watched this movie once as a kid and couldn't watch it again... Very disturbing!

32 The Brave Little Toaster

This is not scary. It's a really great movie!

33 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

This should have been rated PG-13. Even the title has the word blood in it.


34 The Land Before Time
35 Foodfight!

Food fight is not dark it's just terrible and it's one of the worst movies of all time.

It’s scary because of the atrocious CGI - thunderstar1124

36 ParaNorman

This movie is like Frankenwinne and coraline but evan scarier The zombies and the ghost

37 Home Alone

Seriously its not even scary I laughed not be frightened.

38 Scared Shrekless
39 Pinocchio

2 words- Pleasure Island.

40 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

The scorpion scene always scared me as a kid. And over 10 years later it still scares me - Jonerman

41 Raggedy Ann & Andy: a Musical Adventure
42 The Plague Dogs

This is not for kids. Even they rated it PG-13. Stay away! It's more intense than watership down

43 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

To me ET not creepy but still a great movie even through there is a scene where the alien and boy almost dies so yeah that was pretty dark but it's still great and I love the ending and its probulay one of the best movies of all time.

Just look at the main character.

44 Mac and Me

For those of you who think ET was creepy or dirsturbing looking just take a look at Mac ok macs not really creepy but his father Jesus Christ his father is terrifying to me the way he moves my god I don't how to describe it but yeah aside from that this movie isn't really dark or creepy but the scene where the kid dies in the fire yeah that was pretty dark but spoilers the aliens bring back to life at least but yeah this movie doesn't really derverse to be on the list even et had more of a dark tone also that doesn't really derverse to be on the list but it's still awesome.

45 The Spiderwick Chronicles
46 Goosebumps

That's perfect.

47 Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

This is not for kids. I screamed allot and panicked. I ran away from the cinema and burnt my ticket. And plus, it's rated R-16.

48 The Watcher in the Woods
49 Hotel Transylvania 2

This is not scary this movie is kid friendly and hilarious if you call this a scary movie than you should call Mickey mouse

The scene with the possessed cake monster explains it all

50 Ringing Bell
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List Stats

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6 years, 171 days old

Top Remixes

1. Son of the Mask
2. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
3. Jumanji
1. Poltergeist
2. Frankenweenie
3. Spirited Away
1. Return to Oz
2. The Secret of NIMH
3. The Dark Crystal


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