Both funny and scary and perfect for the whole family is "The Ghost and Mr.
Chicken" with Don Knotts. One of our family favorites for Halloween is
"Hocus Pocus" with Bette Midler. How can you leave out "Arsenic and
Old Lace" with Cary Grant. Good stuff!
And why has the Deseret News decided that G, PG, and PG-13 are family friendly
and R isnt'?
The tradition of children donning costumes of various kinds, and making lanterns
is one thing, but the sick "holiday" that has emerged over the years is
disgusting.Why should we encourage a taste for the gory, things that
frighten children, and the superstitious? I hope that more and more parents
will promote more tasteful and wholesome activities than those suggested by
I wish that this article followed the conventions of IMDB with regards to
parental supervision; rather than pass judgments on which ages of kids should be
okay to watch what, present the content and allow parents to choose for
I would add The Changeling with George C Scott. A 1980's suspenseful ghost
story that'll scare the wits out of you without blood and gore.
In SoCali last weekend I saw the Stage play version of "The Woman in
Black" in Fullerton. I didn't realize it was originally a movie. Two
actors were playing all the parts. The actors narration put me in that dank
manor house in Northern England tidal marsh land. Wow, what an early Halloween
I love The Woman In Black. It's a classic.
Fun list. A few more:Sixth SenseMonster HousePoltergeistClose Encounters of the Third Kind