Want to de-fright movie night for little ones? We rounded up 10 Kid-Friendly Monster Movies that are more silly than scary and will reduce your children to giggling ghouls and make you a popular parent!
Completely free of spooks, Monsters Inc. is a delightful, animated movie from Pixar that delves into the more-furry-than-frightening world of Mike and Sully, two loveable monsters employed by a scream factory called Monsters Inc. When they befriend an unflappable girl named Boo, she follows them to their underworld, and hilarity ensues when they embark on an adventure to get her safely back home.
What Parents Need to Know: This charming story is more enchanting than chilling, making it perfectly appropriate for little guys.
Monster High Double Feature: Friday Night Frights/Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?
This spooktacular animated Monster High Double Feature, available on February 5, delivers twice the fun without the frights!
In Friday Night Frights, the Monster High gang of ghouls is back and they have a dilemma! The boys can’t compete in the Skulltimate Roller Maze Championships, so the “ghouls” must save the day!
Then, you’re invited to Draculara’s epic Sweet 1600th birthday! As she prepares for her big day, she crushes on two guys who set out to steal her heart (literally!) before the party in Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?
What Parents Need to Know: These kid-friendly monster adventures are fang-tastic! No spooks in these, making it perfect for little ones not ready for the scary stuff.
In this stop-motion comedy, ParaNorman, misunderstood Norman is the odd boy out at school and at home. He actually has a lot of friends—unfortunately, they’re all dead! But, when his small town comes under siege by zombies conjured by a witch’s curse, suddenly, Norman’s ability to communicate with the deceased comes in handy as he’s the only one who can save his town!
What Parents Need to Know: When planning a movie night with kids, keep the PG rating in mind; although adorable, this movie features some tense moments and is more appropriate for children in middle school or older.
Mad Monster Party?
When Baron von Frankenstein decides to retire from monster-making, he calls a creepy conference of ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and miscreants to elect his successor, and colorful chaos ensues as the monsters compete for the prestigious position in Mad Monster Party?.
What Parents Need to Know: This quaint, classic, stop-motion production brings together creepy characters from tons of fun and freaky films, and is perfectly suitable for little ones—you can expect lots of laughs!
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish resort for the glamorously ghoulish, where monster families can vacation free from annoying human interference. On a special weekend, Dracula invites some high-profile monsters to his hotel and is determined to impress them but his plans go awry when an ordinary boy stumbles upon the secret resort and falls for the Count’s daughter.
What Parents Need to Know: This is a cute introductory monster movie for little ones, who will love the harmless characters.
Frankenweenie is a heartwarming Tim Burton tale about sweet, young Victor, who is devastated after the loss of his beloved dog, Sparky. Using some spooky science, Victor is determined to bring his best friend back to life, and when he succeeds, the results are monstrous.
What Parents Need to Know: This movie is best for tweens and little ones who aren’t disturbed by morbid imagery. It has some macabre scenes, but is ultimately a very sweet story.
Munster, Go Home
This 60s film is a great way to get kids into old movies, as they are sure to fall in love with the classic ghastly group in Munster, Go Home. In this comedy, Herman Munster is revealed to be the new lord of Munster Hall in Great Britain. Expecting a lavish life, the whole family sets sail to jolly old England, where they are poorly welcomed by surly members of the estate. Will this gruesome, kooky clan learn to get along?
What Parents Need to Know: This film delivers way more hilarity than horror, and although the Munsters may appear frightening, they are loveable and harmless.
The Haunted Mansion
Jim Evers, played by funnyman Eddie Murphy, is an overworked realtor who sets out to find a buyer for a huge but crumbling New Orleans mansion. When he visits the property with his family, they find the house is already inhabited—by 999 ghosts! These demonic dwellers won’t give up their home without a fight, so it’s up to Evers and his family to force them to vacate in The Haunted Mansion.
What Parents Need to Know: This is a pretty tame film, but there are images of ghosts and skeletons. There are also chase scenes and moments of perceived peril.