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

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.

Great movie. Just the tiniest bit creepy for young kids

I read the book and told my friend to read it but she said it was too scary

The Beldum's true form is actually really scary for some people. It after all is a horror movie. The movie itself is awesome.

Laika themself makes really scary films and this is the scariest yet.
1. Coraline (The scariest. The Beldum herself looks very scary to everyone who watches, her look and "The Other Mother" which is her alias, as a doll is very scary, the beginning scene where she grabs a random doll and remodels it into a look a like Coraline to what happens to her at the end, all those scenes are very scary. Coraline itself is a horror movie, the scariest horror movie for kids.)

2. Kubo and the Two Strings (Raiden the Moon King itself is scary for little kids, it gets really scary about those 2 wicked aunts and plus, when the Moon King himself turns into a monster, that freaks people out)

3. ParaNorman (Aggie Penderghast's story line was a scary one, her getting executed, and then she has this: She becomes immortal by possessing the power of a ...more - WorldPuncher47592834

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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 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!

4 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

Everyone remembers Large Marge. - Pony

Yes, I remember Large Marge too.

Large Marge scared me. - Solarian

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5 Poltergeist

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!

How Is This a Kids Movie Anyway? It Was One Of The Scariest Films Ever Made!

Why on earth would a horror movie be for kids!?


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6 The Dark Crystal

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

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

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

7 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
8 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

Otis as the Mask it awesome, but movie is creepy. Just watch Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

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9 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

He almost murders children, there are jumpscares, and he's eerie! This is just too scary!

He does nothing when the kids almost die. He just says don't be braty

10 The Witches

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 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

The Johnny Depp movie is way creepier - Jonerman

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

14 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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.

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

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15 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

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

It's not that scary. I like it! - mayamanga

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

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

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

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21 Watership Down

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...

What's this doing on the list? It has no violence in it. Parents, I recommend this movie to your kids! It's adorable, lovable, and it has no inappropriate subject material! It's about rabbits, and the farmer digs up there home! So they must find the magical land of Rabbit city and find a new home! It's the best kids movie ever, your kids will learn kindness, honesty, and respectfulness for this glorious film! It's an excellent choice for kids 5 and under and they'll love it! Trust me on this one.

Have you watched the full movie yet? Are you sure that it doesn't have violence in it? If you meant the 1978 movie version then you can see many violent and bloody scenes in it. Maybe you must confuse it with the 1999 T.V. version that don't have much violent scenes as the movie version. - Nectaria

Sooo HAVE YOU PEOPLE EVER READ THE F ING BOOK? The book is the best book of all time and yes, the movie was dark but, SO WAS THE BOOK, did
People expect it to be, ‘a tribe of fluffy bunny’s come to a hill and make a lovely new home and it is wonderful and there neighbours are so nice and they live happily ever after the end’ I mean NEWS FLASH WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD SO MAGHBE THIS MOVIE WAS VIOLENT, but SO WAS THE BOOK! They couldn’t just change the book completely in MY opinion it left out stuff [ but this opinion is coming from a kid who watched willy wonka in school and had NO CLUE why every one was covering there eyes at the tunnel scene sooo, maybe I’m just weird ]

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22 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

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.

23 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.

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

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

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

27 Dumbo
28 Disney's A Christmas Carol

What is wrong with disney?

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

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.

I can handle the scariness. - michaelthecritic

29 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.

30 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

31 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.

32 Animal Farm

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

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 The Brave Little Toaster

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

39 Scared Shrekless
40 Pinocchio

2 words- Pleasure Island.

41 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

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

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

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

44 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.

45 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.

46 The Spiderwick Chronicles
47 Goosebumps

That's perfect.

48 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.

49 The Watcher in the Woods
50 Hotel Transylvania 2

The scene with the possessed cake monster explains it all

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

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List Stats

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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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