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I hope that as time goes on eventually I will be able to dedicate more and more time to this particular subject as there is so much to cover, share and explore with other like minded Horror Moms (and yes dads too!). For now however I wanted to get a quick list together of 5 films that you may want to consider as starters for your young horror aficionados, some that maybe we forget about, maybe aren't aware of just never considered.
I'm going to try to focus on some really great fantasy style movies that are great beginner steps. These films tend to present in almost a fairytale way, a story format that kids are familiar with, but hold some serious darkness which is always overpowered by the light of goodness, ensuring a happy ending for the little ones. When doing lists like this I will always recommend that if you see a title you are unfamiliar with watch it before you share it with your little one, every child is different and although these all work with my children they may not be so good for yours.
That being said hopefully something in here will be great for you to share with your favorite lil movie buff, make it a special time, add something fun, consider making it a theme movie party, special movie snacks, or a maybe a dress up costume to coincide with the movie. The addition of these types of fun activities is another way to help reduce the fear factor and increase the fun, you can use them to help reinforce the fact this its all good ol make believe fun! So now onto the movies (in no particular order).
Please remember every child is different, just because mine are ok with something doesn't mean all will be! My household is much different than most lol, and although my children are only two and 3 they have been watching horror with us since conception! They also watch a ton of behind the scenes reality based tv and documentary style films that show what go into the making of both movies and monsters. We regularly remind them in terms that they understand that its make believe and dress up and it takes a whole team of talented people to make our favorite frightening moments!
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way get out there and make some movie memories with your family, and pass on the love of our favorite genre!
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