s WISH 99.7 - I WISH at Work With Today's Soft Rock and Yesterday's Favorites on Today's WISH 99.7
 
 
PITTSBURGH’S PUMPKIN PATCH & FALL FESTIVAL GUIDE

The Addams Family (1991)

Ideal viewing age - All Ages

This is a feature remake of a show I watched as a child. The film tells the tale of a con artist who is trying to cheat an eccentric family out of their fortune by pretending to be their long lost family member, Uncle Fester. When it comes to scares this one is not bad at all, in fact it is probably the least scary of the lot. But what it lacks in scare-factor, it makes up in mood making this a perfect film for Halloween night.

 

Scooby-Doo (2002)

Ideal viewing age - 4 and up

This was the first live action outing of the popular kids cartoon. It had the bigger budget and better actors (marginally) than its successors. The Gang find themselves on a mystery Holiday Island where all it not where it seems. Not too scary for the little ones, although the monsters do promote some slight hide-behind-the-pillows moments but the humor is perfect for kids of all ages.

 

Casper (1995)

Ideal viewing age - 4 and up

Casper is a friendly ghost, right? We all remember the cartoon when we were growing up, Casper is tormented by his peers for being different to other ghouls. This feature, starring a young Christina Ricci, sees a pair of kids trapped in a spooky house with four ghosts. Luckily, not all of them are bad. Casper is a film that is on the edge of being too babyish for the older kids. It treads the fine line well with slapstick humor to cut through the spooky proceedings.

 

Monsters Inc. (2001)

Ideal viewing age - 4 and up

Let us face it, who is not afraid of monsters in the cupboard. I could not sleep if the cupboard door was open, I am not alone on this right? Monsters Inc. is a film that builds on this childhood fear and turns it on its head. We follow Sully and Mike on their day to day task of collecting scares from kids to fuel the Monster Universe. Brilliant concept and chock full of laughs for Kids and grown-ups alike. Apart from a few moments (the beginning for one) it isn't that bad for even the youngest kids.

 

Labyrinth (1986)

Ideal viewing age 5 and up

OK, so this is not technically a SPOOKY tale. It is more fantasy than horror, but when you have two girls you have to make some sacrifices. Henson is a master story teller and this is probably one of the best live action non CGI kids films out there. There are scares in there, but never too much for the youngest film lovers. Add into the mix one of the catchiest songs every written and you have a perfect pre-Halloween movie.

 

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Ideal viewing age - 5 and up

Wallace and his sidekick dog Gromit are back trying to find out who or what is sabotaging their village. Aardman have long been the industry leaders in stop-motion animation and this film is perfect in many ways. It is full of jokes for kids and grown-ups alike and although it has its fill of scare, it won't leave your little ones sleepless through fear.

 

Corpse Bride (2005)

Ideal viewing age - 6 and up

Tim Burton is not for everyone. His tales are often too dark and stylised for young children to take in. Corpse Bride however is super apt for the Halloween season. A young Groom practices his wedding vows whilst in the presence of a young female ghost. She rises from the dead, thinking she is married to the man. A sweet tale that may be a little to much for little ones, but perfect for older kids (and adults)

 

Monster House (2006)

Ideal viewing age - 7 and up

I tried this one out when my youngest was 4, it was too much for her. She screamed and ran out of the front room. So be warned, this is not for little ones. Three kids discover that the spooky looking house in their neighborhood is not only spooky, but ALIVE!! I must say that this is probably one of the scariest kids films out there. The decrepit dwelling even was a touch to scary for my older child. It is OK by the end but the middle act is a definite 'hide your eyes' section for the little ones.

 

A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Ideal viewing age - 7 and up

So a Halloween film with the word Christmas in it? Don't be fooled, this Tim Burton-produced animated classic is a standout holiday season favorite - and for good reason. The fact that it's animated removes a lot of the potential graphic horror elements - namely the fact that a lot of the characters are ghouls and goblins, especially central monster "Oogie Boogie" - while the cross-over between Halloween and Christmas makes this suitable for more than one particular time of year. Mild scares and older-children-suitable themes are included, but it's by no means nightmare-inducing for the youngsters if you let them have a look. Songs aren't bad either.

 

Coraline (2009)

Ideal viewing age - 7 and up

Coraline is another film that is supposed to be for the family, yet there are elements that are way too much for younger kids. It tells the tale of a girl who is frustrated by her own life, but find another world through a secret door that is perfect but hides sinister secrets. The tone of the film is perfect for Halloween night, but another warning has to be cited, people with buttons for eyes scare kids... just saying.

 

Source:  Yahoo News