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Since Halloween is fast-approaching, I spent the morning browsing online for a fun list of the best kids’ Halloween movies ever made. What I found instead was this list of “The 26 Most Disturbing Kids Movies Ever” on Babble.

Here are just a few of the kids’ movies the writer found to be too disturbing for little ones:

  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original!)
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Dumbo
  • Bambi
  • The Labyrinth
  • Monster House
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Old Yeller
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • E.T.

I have to admit that I thought this article was pretty hilarious, and raised a lot of valid points. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite films to watch during this time of the year, but I have a close friend who is still haunted by the entire idea of Halloween Town. I also distinctly remember being terrified of E.T., regardless of his “cute” antics.

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Do you agree? Are some kids movies too over-the-top for your children? Which films would have made your list? You tell us!

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  1. krellpw says:

    For our 5 year old, most of this list is probably too much for him. We’re actually struggling with family over ET right now. My mother wants to show it to him and I won’t allow it.

    She keeps telling me how much my brother and I enjoyed it when it was released. I keep reminding her that when it was released in 1982, I was 12 and my brother was 10. Big difference, but the point seems to be lost on her.

    Personally, as an adult, I still can’t sit through Old Yeller.

  2. Holly says:

    One of my favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus… but as a kid (I was about 8 when it came out) I was just terrified of the witches.

  3. Michelle says:

    I have actually thought about this too now that I have a little daughter of my own. She’s still way too young to watch movies with me – but I look forward to the day we can. However I also wonder what to watch and when. I just bought the Wizard of Oz cause it was on sale, but I also remember being scared of the flying monkeys and wicked witch. The same with E.T. My brother and I watched it a million times, but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t a little scared of the “cute” alien. I don’t agree with all of the movies on the list, but it is a good idea to think about what are kids are watching, and look at it through their eyes. The movies don’t have to be scary to affect them either, Nemo’s mom getting eaten in Finding Nemo made both my little brother and I sad, I still don’t like watching that part of the movie. So I’m in no hurry, I’d rather find family friendly movies or better yet family activities, than give my daughter nightmares too soon :)

  4. Bree says:

    My kids (2 and 3) haven’t seen a couple of these but they have seen Dumbo, Bambi, Wizard of Oz…they aren’t scared by these movies. I will say my kids seem to like the rush of getting scared. They love it when someone jumps out of the closet yelling boo and sneaks up behind them and shouts. My older sister…to this day is scared of E.T. I haven’t seen Monster House or The Labyrinth so I’d need to preview these, but any of these movies I would allow my daughters to watch. If we were watching one of these movies and they acted scared, uncomfortable, or said they were scared we would turn it off. I think Old Yeller would be out of the question for my 3 year old. She has a major soft spot for animals and it might bother her.

  5. Kids’ movies will often intertwine themes that older teens and adults can understand in an actual effort to make the movie something everyone can enjoy. Examples of movies that have both themes for children and adults include (with their possible lessons and themes):

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