So Halloween is just around the corner, but that doesn't mean it has to be all spooks and screams.
Having a family with a wide range of ages makes it a bit tricky. My oldest is 13 but his siblings are 8,5, and 3, which adds a challenge on family movie night. My husband and I are not into bloody slasher movies to begin with, so that makes movie selection a little easier. This year I have decided to stretch my brain and think of some movies that are more strange than scary, but will be entertaining for all.
My Family-Friendly Criteria
Now keep in mind, I have picked these because they are strange. So they may have some scare factor for younger children, but will be strange enough for older kids, so it does not feel so kid like. That being said . . .
-No bad words (if there are any minor words they are indicated)
-No blood beyond a bloody lip or scratch
-Generally, there are not things jumping out to scare you
-The movie has good-overcomes-evil themes
-If I think there is still anything one should be warned about, I will note it after the movie title
My husband said that my selections dated me, BUT I figured that some people may
not know about these movies just the same.
Here Are My Top 10 Strange Movies
(Affil-links for the movies on amazon are included)
-Labyrinth (has the word D*#N in it 4 times)
-The Dark Crystal (There is a part where they collect the "essence of people," a little creepy)
-Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
-Escape To Witch Mountain
-The Never Ending Story (There is a part, when at the oracles, where there are bear chested statues and a skull that is in a suite of armor)
-The Black Cauldron
-The Last Unicorn (There is a harpy creature, bird, that has a bosom and one use of D#*N )
-Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events
-The Nightmare Before Christmas (The creatures can be scary for smaller children)
-Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp (The Queen of Hearts can be a bit intense)