Archive 10 Spooky Horror Movies Perfect For 10-Year-Olds

Table of contents:

In the horror genre, there are different types of subgenres such as supernatural, home invasion, apocalyptic, etc. It’s not easy to choose 10 horror movies for 10-year-olds since children can get scared easily compared to adults. Generally, the best horror movies for this age range are also spooky, creating a certain tension that can entertain a child for hours. The best movies are timeless and stay spooky for years after they’ve been released. That’s why a large part of the list you’re about to see is comprised of movies released many years ago. 


What Is a Scary Kid-Friendly Movie? 

Making a list of horror movies for 10-year-olds certainly comes with problems. First of all, most of the horror genre is made specifically with adults in mind. Many of the horror movies listed here are scary for kids but might not be for adults, some might even look like comedies. On the other hand, it’s easy to go over the edge and end up with a list of violent movies. The psychological effects of violent movies are well-researched, but that doesn’t mean filmmakers can’t have fun with kids. Rather, it means that we as parents have to be careful when choosing what our child watches. 

To make sure that these films are appropriate for 10-year-olds we checked the age rating of every movie given to it by the Motion Picture Association (MPA). A study has shown that an overwhelming majority of parents use these ratings to decide what films to watch with their children. The five MPA age ratings are as follows: 

  • G/General Audiences /All Ages Admitted: Contains no content that would offend parents if children viewed it. 
  • PG /Parental Guidance Suggested /Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children: Contains content that some parents might find non-suitable for their child 
  • PG-13/Parents Strongly Cautioned/Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13: Contains content that parents should be cautious about and may be inappropriate for tweens. 
  • R/Restricted/Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian: Contains material suitable for adults only. Parents should learn or perhaps watch the film before viewing it with their children. 
  • NC-17/No One 17 and Under Admitted: Only adults should watch. Is not appropriate for children under any circumstances. 


Father and child watching a movie under a blanket


There has been some debate as to whether these age ratings are enough for parents. One study showed that age ratings work much better for screening sexual content than for violent content. A meta-analysis showed that most parents want to know the type of content that each movie contains instead of just having an age rating.  

Also, keep in mind that households differ in their values so different parents have different ideas about what their children are allowed to see. And children’s sensitivity especially to horror movies is not the same, just as it isn’t in adults. That’s why to get a better understanding of the rating of each of these films, we’ve also incorporated CommonSenseMedia’s ratings. Their ratings are age-specific. 


How to Block Inappropriate Movies 

There will always be movies that your 10-year-old will want to see but are inappropriate. Using a parental control app like Safes can let you easily restrict watching age-inappropriate films on streaming services and other platforms. 


10 Spooky Horror Movies 

10 films have been selected as the spookiest horror movies your 10-year-old can watch. In case you’re looking for more, be sure to check out the honorable mentions section as well. The films presented are in no particular order. 


Frankenweenie (2012) – PG/+9 

Frankenweenie, a stop-motion animation directed by Tim Burton, tells the story of a boy who tries to revive his recently deceased dog, but chaos ensues. Think of it as a cuter retelling of the Frankenstein story, which we all know and love. 


Spirited Away (2001) – PG/+9 

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator known for his creative style of animation and storytelling. Spirited Away is probably the spookiest of his creations. The animation’s plot involves a 10-year-old girl interacting with supernatural beings in a quest to turn her parents into humans after they’ve become pigs. 


Coraline (2009) – PG/+9 

Based on the novel of Neil Gaiman, a famous children’s author, a girl named Coraline steps into an idealized version of the world she already knows, but things are much more spookier and mysterious than they seem. 


The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) – PG/+8 

The Spiderwick Chronicles tells the story of a family who move into the Spiderwick Estate only to find a quite magical and spooky world that lives right in front of their very eyes. This movie is based on a book series of the same name. 


Goosebumps (2015) – PG/+9 

The first live-action movie on the list, Goosebumps is based on a series of stories created by R.L. Stine. In fact, Jack Black plays Stine as the titular character who alongside his daughter try to save the world when the monsters from his works of fiction suddenly come to life. 


Mother and daughter watching a horror movie


Corpse Bride (2005) – PG/+10 

Another stop-motion animation by Tim Burton, but not the last, Corpse Bride refers to one of the characters in the movie, a dead bride who wants to fall in love. In fact, the plot starts with a hilarious scene in which Victor, voiced by Johnny Depp, while practicing his wedding vows, accidentally marries a skeleton. 


ParaNorman (2012) – PG/+10 

Another stop-motion animation on the list, but this time not by Tim Burton. Norman, the protagonist, can talk to ghosts and everyone thinks he’s crazy. But he soon discovers that his powers come in handy when the city is under attack because of a deadly curse. 


Return to Oz (2004) – PG/+10 

The Wizard of Oz is a familiar fairytale for a lot of parents. It tells the story of Dorothy as she’s transported to the Emerald City and goes on an adventure. The 1939 movie was a family-friendly installment. But a few decades later, Return to Oz, a much spookier and creepier installment was released as a sequel to the believed 1939 movie. 


The Addams Family (2019) – PG/+7 

The Addams Family is based on a series of characters created by Charles Addams in the 20th century. There have been multiple movies, comic books, and television series based on these characters.  The 2019 animation tells the story of the Addams family moving to New Jersey and their daughter befriending the daughter of a reality show host. 


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – PG/+7 

The last entry is also the last stop-motion directed by Tim Burton on this list. Its story is simple; a being from Halloween Town goes to Christmas Town and becomes enchanted by the atmosphere. This leads to him abducting Santa Claus! As always, the animation includes Tim Burton’s spooky signature style. 



These ten horror movies are some of the best spooky films you can watch with your ten-year-old child. If you want to know more about the details of each of these films, we recommend checking out their IMDB page. Understanding how age ratings work can also help with streaming services, a large number of which offer parental controls. For more information check out our blog posts on how to put parental controls on Disney Plus, NOW TV, and Netflix. 

Mahsa Naseri

Mahsa Naseri

At auctor lacus fusce enim id tempor etiam amet. Et consequat amet eu nulla nunc est massa dui consequat. Facilisi adipiscing nec condimentum sit laoreet non turpis aenean in. Aliquam cursus elementum mollis sed accumsan nisl ullamcorper in.

More from Our Blog

How to Prevent an Enmeshed Family - How Enmeshment in Family Can Stifle Your Child's Autonomy
An enmeshed family can stifle a child’s autonomy & hinder their development. In this blog, we’ll explore how to prevent enmeshment in your family.
Reza Ardani

Reza Ardani

Is your child reaching the age when they’re almost ready for their first phone? Or are they getting a bit older, and you’re thinking about getting them a more advanced one? Whichever it may be, the most vital thing is to make sure their phone is as safe as it can be. Acquiring safe phones for kids is a must. 
Safes Content Team

Safes Content Team

The Risks of Hoop App_ What Every Parent Should Know
The Hoop app connects with Snapchat to help users make new friends. If your child starts using Hoop, read on to find out everything you should know. 
Mahsa Naseri

Mahsa Naseri

6 Solutions to Secure Social Media for Underage Teens
Secure Social Media for Underage Teens it’s important I feel your pain! You’re a parent, and I’m sure you want to protect your children from the many dangers of social media. One of the most important things we can do is get our kids to talk with us about how they use social media. It’s not just about teaching them what not to do (they’re capable enough to learn that much on their own,) but also about encouraging them to ask questions, learn how their profiles work, and understand how their posts impact others. That way, when they’re older, they’ll have some good habits in place that help keep them safe online.   1. Create a Dialogue, Not a Lecture. A good way to get your teen to use social media safely is to talk about what they want to do on social media and how they can use it in healthy ways. Talk about the consequences of their actions, including potential legal issues. Help them understand that just because something is published online does not mean it’s private—or even true!   2. Ground Rules and Consequences Establish ground rules and teach them about the consequences. The first step in teaching your teen how to use social media responsibly is establishing a set of rules for which content is okay and what will result in consequences if broken. Make sure these rules are clear, concise, and consistent—if you’re constantly changing the rules as your child grows up, they won’t learn how to make good decisions on their own. When establishing ground rules for your teenager’s social media usage: Set clear expectations for what is allowed on social media vs. what is not permitted by setting limits on content (e.g., no nudity) or behavior (e.g., no cyberbullying). Explain all possible consequences of breaking any of these limits (e.g., restrictions for using certain apps).     3. Keeping Track of Activities You should make talking to your child regularly a habit so that you know what they are doing online. Even if your teen is unaware of the dangers of connecting with strangers online and sharing personal information, you still need to communicate with them about their experiences. Secure social media for underage teens It’s also crucial for parents to keep track of their kids’ activities across different platforms by using parental control apps and tools.   4. Encourage Research Encourage them to Verify and Research before they download a new file, click on a link or add someone. If they are going to download a file, they should make sure it doesn’t contain harmful material like Malware (malicious software) that could damage their computer or steal personal information. Make sure they know how to use antivirus software if you have that installed on your computer or mobile device. Also, make sure the URL is correct before clicking on it; some URLs can look similar but have different outcomes that may harm your computer or put you at risk.   5. Set Boundaries Online A great place to start is by showing your kids how you use social media, what you think is acceptable as online behavior and how to report abuse or harassment. You can also help them understand the positive aspects of being online by encouraging them to join groups that share similar interests as well as develop their own profiles where they can express themselves. Finally, kids need to know when it’s time for a break from social media. If you notice your child is spending too much time on their phone or computer screen during meals and other family activities, then it might be time for an intervention about limiting screen time.     6. Use Parental Control Tools and Apps like Safes parental control, so you can easily Supervise and Manage your Child’s Online Presence.   One of the best ways to help your child manage their own social media accounts is to use parental control tools and apps. These can be set up, to monitor their online activity, set time limits, block certain sites and apps, and even monitor their browsing history — all easily accessible via a web browser or mobile app. This way, you can monitor what your child does on social media without having to pry into their phone or tablet. You may also want to consider blocking inappropriate content from appearing in your child’s feed by using one of these tools. You can easily do all those things and more by using Safes, our own Parental Control App made from scratch, to make your job more convenient and straightforward. It is the best family and kid-friendly, next-generation parental control app, with features like child’s digital activity report, screen time limiting, tracking child’s location, monitoring social media activities, providing a safe search on the Internet, web filtering, detecting inappropriate content.   Conclusion The internet is huge, and it can be hard to know what’s safe. That’s why it’s so important to talk with your kids about social media and make sure they understand their responsibilities as well as the consequences of their actions online. Remember that you are their first teacher when it comes to this new technology—and if you teach them well now, they’ll be able to take care of themselves well into adulthood.
Safes Content Team

Safes Content Team