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post #1 of 11
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At what age is it appropriate for kids to watch scary shows?  And what shows do you consider to be scary?  I was thinking about having DD#1 (almost 4) watch The Wizard of Oz, but wondering if it will be too scary for her.

post #2 of 11

The scariest thing I let my 3 and 4 yr old watch is scooby doo. DD11 has watched Hunger Games and the first Harry Potter. That is as scary as she is allowed or can handle. Now my 15 yr old niece received the Chucky movies for Christmas when she was 7. She handles scary way better than my kids. Some say because she was exposed to it so young and is desensitized to it. 

post #3 of 11

We let M watch quite a bit of Jurassic Park when she was 4.  I covered her eyes when T-rex ate the guy in the bathroom, but other than that she wasn't bothered.  We don't watch scary shows ourselves, though, and she thinks Garfield Halloween is scary.

post #4 of 11

M'ija watched The Wizazrd of Oz while she was still in diapers. After she saw it, she appropriated an old pair of red pumps I had, stuck a stuffed animal in an old Easter basket, and clomped around the house calling herself "Darfy," carrying "Dodo" and wearing her "lubby feepers."

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We let M watch quite a bit of Jurassic Park when she was 4.  I covered her eyes when T-rex ate the guy in the bathroom, but other than that she wasn't bothered.  We don't watch scary shows ourselves, though, and she thinks Garfield Halloween is scary.

M'ija saw JP at about that same age. My ex was against it, telling me that seeing a man get eaten would terrify her. She, having had special effects explained to her by me, patted his arm and said, "Don't worry. They can't hurt you. All the real dinosaurs are dead. These are just pictures somebody drew on a computer."

post #6 of 11

Neither of my kids are ready.  DD is 4 and will still run out of the room if anything on Nick Jr seems scary.

 

We tried a Barbie Rapunzel movie recently, and that didn't work, either.  Different kids are ready at different times.
 

post #7 of 11

what I did with the wizard of oz was stop it when it got to the part before the flying monkeys!  she thought that was the end of the movie for so many years!  HA

 

I let dd watch gremlins a few weeks ago, I remembered it and didn't think it was that scary.  WRONG, she was terrified out of her wits.  bad mama!

post #8 of 11

DS6 and DD4 watch the Walking Dead with us. So I'm no help on this topic. They've always been pretty aware that the things on tv are fake.

 

 

 

 

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I let dd watch gremlins a few weeks ago, I remembered it and didn't think it was that scary.  WRONG, she was terrified out of her wits.  bad mama!

That was one of my favorite movies when I was little! (like in diapers little) I called it "the kitty movie" Nothing scary about kitties. haha


Edited by Karen1985 - 9/20/12 at 5:04am
post #9 of 11

Scary to one kid is not scary to another.  Ds isn't bothered by Harry Potter, since he's read the books and knows what to expect.  He HATED Wizard of Oz, because he didn't like the stuff lurking around trees and such to jump out at people.  He begged me to tell him "what was going to happen next" and when it was over he told me he never wanted to watch it again (he was about 8.5)  Now Harry Potter?  Doesn't bother him at all.  It's all in how the tension is build up, IMO.

post #10 of 11

I don't know.  My girls are terrified of the wimpy scary stuff on cartoons.  Fine with me.  Who needs to be scared?

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