With Halloween coming up, sometimes it’s hard to know which cartoons are still too spooky for young children. Vudu is working with Common Sense Media to improve the ratings on its platform so you always know exactly what to expect, no matter what season.
Common Sense Media does more than just give films a general rating, it specifically labels each film with a recommended minimum age specifically based on the overall content and set developmental guidelines. Each review has a specific “What Parents Need To Know” section that lays out the pros and cons of the film’s content so you can make the call if it is appropriate for your child.
Below is an example of what the reviews look like:
The reviews will also alert you to the presence of violence, language, or adult themes so you can make informed decisions on what your child is viewing. They also list good aspects about the movie like positive messages and role model characters. The detailed ratings and reviews can be found right on the movie’s title page.
Here’s a list of Vudu’ most recommended scary (but not too scary) Halloween titles for kids of different age groups:
Curious George: A Halloween BooFest (Age 3+)
Everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey is back in action for a fun-filled fall adventure complete with tricks and treats. Good for kids of almost any age, this colorful tale has mild spookiness but no real scares (even the central scary story is just a scarecrow who steals hats).
Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet The Wolfman (Age 5+)
Alvin and the gang have their hands full this Halloween with a mysterious new neighbor who may (or may not?) be a real-life werewolf. The supernatural scares in this story might be too much for kids under 5, but it’s a fun seasonal adventure with good life lessons.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Age 7+)
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls galore! this timeless crossover holiday classic is filled with unforgettable songs and handmade charm. Some of the visuals in this monster-packed musical are undeniably creepy, but it’s all in good fun for kids over the age of 7.
Frankenweenie (Age 9+)
It’s alive! This revivified pet is still man’s best friend, just with a few new paranormal modifications. Frankenweenie has a somewhat dark tone and realistic depictions of grief after losing a pet, but kids over 9 will appreciate its warm sentiments and unique look.
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