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15 Scary Movies for Tweens – Perfect For Halloween

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There is nothing better than enjoying a nice scary movie on Halloween. These scary movies for tweens will have them jumping in fear (not really!) as they enjoy some time with their friends or family.

There are a lot of scary movies out there, and you see them start popping up in August. I don’t know why they bring them out so early, but I guess it gives your tweens plenty of time to watch and enjoy them.

If your tween loves a good scare, these scary movies for tweens are a must-watch. Of course, you’ll want to preview the movies first to be sure you approve! You can even enjoy the movies while you serve some Halloween party snacks or while hosting a Halloween party.

15 Best Scary Movies for Tweens – Halloween Classics

NB – some of our picks are classified as PG13 – use your discretion in determining whether your tween is ready for some of the more mature themes that may be portrayed in these movies.

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The Ring


A truly scary movie that starts with an urban legend, The Ring is a story about a scary videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later.

The Others


A thriller that is sure to give your tween the chills, The Others is about a mother and her two young children who live isolated behind locked doors in a mansion that is full of scary and thrilling things.

Hocus Pocus


Maybe not a truly scary movie but it can enjoy during the Halloween holiday; Hocus Pocus has become a classic.

Three witches have returned from the 17th century only to be welcomed by some unexpected pranksters who accidentally brought them into the current year.



You’ve likely seen the scene of a girl sitting in front of a fuzzy tv talking to something. It’s become the movie’s signature scene.

Strange things start happening once a family moves into a house that they find out was built over a cemetery in this classic thriller movie.



Based on the extremely popular R.L. Stine books, Goosebumps brings all of the spooky characters from the books to life as they terrorize a town.



Not a great movie if your tween is afraid of spiders as this movie is all about an army of killer arachnids that take over a community.

But if they’re not afraid of them, this is a thrilling movie that isn’t too scary.

The Village


The Village is a town in Pennsylvania where the residents live by strict rules. One of those rules is to never leave the village.

But when a few of the residents must leave to help save a friend, they disobey the rules to find out what really awaits outside of the town.



Marnie, along with her grandmother and siblings take a trip to Halloweentown where they come across some spooky characters. It’s not too spooky but it does have the perfect Halloween theme.

After you’ve watched the first Halloweentown, be sure to check out the sequels.

The Visit


When a brother and sister are sent to live at their grandparents’ farm in a remote area in Pennsylvania, they find out that their grandparents are involved in something disturbing and scary.



After a mysterious accident in the attic, Dalton falls into a coma and his parents try to find help for him. As they try to get the help that is needed, they explore the paranormal by rediscovering the past.

Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire


Wanting their mom to go out, date, and have some fun for a change, the kids set her up with a vampire. More of a fun spooky, this movie is perfect for tweens who aren’t quite ready for scary movies.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark


Scary Movies to Tell in the Dark is based on one of the scariest children’s book series and tells the tale of a group of young teens that must solve the mystery of the sudden deaths in their small town.

Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket


A young mystery writer is in search of a story and ends up finding a 200-year-old mystery with the spooky story she has been looking for.

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf


Jordan, her dad, and her brother have inherited a spooky place called Wolfsberg Manor from their late uncle. While on their new estate, they’re hit with a freak accident that slowly turns Jordan into a werewolf.

This is another great tween movie that fits if you are looking for a Halloween movie that isn’t so scary.

Happy Death Day


If your tween enjoys the scary movie with a bit of a slasher twist, Happy Death Day might be a good one to check out. The plot of the movie tells the story of a woman who relives the day of her murder over and over.

You’ll definitely want to preview this one to see if it’s something you’ll approve of.

Think your tweens can handle this bunch?

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