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  • 7 Age-appropriate TV Series and Movies to Watch With Your Kids This Halloween

    Amidst the scare tactics, they can even learn a thing or two about what is right and wrong.
    by Kitty Elicay .
7 Age-appropriate TV Series and Movies to Watch With Your Kids This Halloween
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  • We’re sure the kids were all fired up from all the Halloween activities the past few days. After they’ve collected the chocolates and candies, why not wind them down with monsters, magic, and mayhem in front of the TV? Whether you have babies, tots, or older kids, there’s always a series to stream in Netflix. Let’s get spooky!

    Super Monsters (2017)

    Watch with: Babies and toddlers

    If the young supernatural beings aren't clues enough, then the fact that this animated series is set in a preschool would be your green light to watch it with the tots. Super Monsters is about a group of kids whose descendants are the world's famous monsters (think vampires, witches, werewolves, mummies, and zombies), but instead of embracing their dark past, they are learning to use their super abilities for the good. Each episode focuses on bad behaviors and their consequences, and the characters must decide whether to continue with the errant behavior or own up to their mistakes and be responsible for their actions. It's a great way to teach your kids that making mistakes is a part of life, but that they can turn it into something positive by choosing the right set of values.

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    Dreamworks Spooky Stories 2 (2012)

    Watch with: Your preschoolers

    Characters from your favorite Dreamworks movies (Megamind, Shrek, and Monsters vs. Aliens) make an appearance in four short films that parody popular tales like Night of the Living Dead (Night of the Living Carrots) and The Boy Who Cried Wolf (The Pig Who Cried Werewolf). The films are more thrill and laughs with a kick of scare, and the kids will definitely enjoy keeping up with the characters’ hijinks and misadventures.

    Ghost Patrol (2016)


    Watch with: Your preschoolers

    Friends Gabi and Spence, and their pup, Spooky, serve as their town’s supernatural watchdogs, but they haven’t seen an actual ghost yet. When the two get a call to investigate a creepy estate called Geist Manor, they see it as their chance to prove that ghosts really do exist! Your children will be at the edge of their seats trying to figure out if there is actually a phantom in the midst, and as the plot thickens, they’ll also discover that it’s not always about proving yourself right, but knowing what is good and right.

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    The Worst Witch (2017)

    Watch with: Your tweens

    If you grew up loving magic and fantasy, and want to share it with your kids, then start them off with this Netflix Original series. Adapted from the book of the same name, the titular character is Mildred Hubble, a young girl who discovers that she has magical abilities and is the first person in her family to have it. She gets whisked off to Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, and as expected, struggles to be accepted in this new world. For the most part, the series is mild and family friendly, but the sneaky and competitive nature of the student witches might lead to some questions about bullying and prejudice. While the show is not at all terrifying, it’s a great way to teach your children about friendship, loyalty, and honesty.

    Goosebumps (1995)

    Watch with: Your tweens

    If your older children are craving for something a little more frightening, then there’s nothing like the classic 90s TV show to scare the wits out of them. Based from R.L. Stine’s bestselling books, the first season has 13 episodes with stories on strange basements, eerie old cuckoo clocks, phantoms, mummies, and other creepers. Turn the lights low and get ready for a hair-raising night!

    A Series of Unfortunate Events (2016)

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    Watch with: Your tweens and teens

    Based on Lemony Snicket’s (Daniel Handler) children’s book series of the same name, this Netflix Original follows the journey of the Baudelaire children as they try to escape the clutches of a villainous relative named Olaf. It’s a dark, chilling story that will open your children’s eyes to what is morally right or wrong, but will also teach them to be resilient and to think hard about their actions. We advise you to be there and talk about the show’s themes with your kids as you navigate each episode.

    Doctor Who (2005)

    Watch with: Your tweens

    The long-running British TV series got a reboot in the mid-2000s to suit the modern times, but it hasn’t lost its brilliant time travel fantasy and zany humor. For the most part, the episodes start out lighthearted, but many of them end up being spine-chilling, making it a great watch for Halloween. This is definitely for the older minds, but if your child enjoys science fiction, it’s worth a shot. Watch with your child and be prepared for questions about selfishness, evil, and the urge to dominate others. The show is always about showing the consequences of every action and teaches the value of forgiveness—villains can choose to be good again. Honesty, loyalty, and integrity will always win against the baddies.

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