THE BOXTROLLS (2014)
This movie follows a clan of trolls, with their snarling faces and their wrinkled skin, who find an abandoned baby boy and raise him as their own. But the real monsters in the movie are the gentlemen in the society above the trolls, as the boy finds out when he tries to live among the humans again.
SPIRITED AWAY (2001)
Widely considered to be one of the best kids’ movies ever, scary or no, Spirited Away is a masterpiece from beloved director Hayao Miyazaki. It’s about a 10-year-old girl who moves to a new neighborhood and finds the world of enchanted beings, including some scary creatures. When her parents are transformed into pigs, she must navigate this magical world to save them.
THE HAUNTED MANSION (2003)
Based on the classic Disneyland ride, this movie has all of the spooky, haunted-house elements you’d expect. But, starring Eddie Murphy, it’s really a comedy and not a horror film.