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Hey, Mom and Dad: When Is It OK for Kids to Start Watching Scary Movies?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

As Halloween approaches, the movie channels start screening old horror movies and new slasher flicks are in plentiful supply at theaters. Your kid asks to go see a scary movie at the theater with friends, but they're barely out of grade school. Do you let them go?

That leads us to this week's question:

What's the appropriate age for kids to start watching scary movies?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the Comments section.

Brad W. When my daughter was a baby she would only go to sleep if she had The Grinch Who Stole Christmas VHS case starring Jim Carey in her crib with her. She has been watching scary movies since then & has never had a nightmare & loves them. Depends on the individual. She is a very good girl & the movies do not affect her at all. — via Oswego Patch 

Eve E. I think it not only depends on the content but maturity of the child. My son is 7 and Spooky Buddies upset him in parts. If I have any say, my kids won't be watching Freddy and Jason type films until they are at least 12! —via Yorkville Patch

Tony F. I've seen study after study about the human brain and how it perceives what it sees. Absorbing those movies will distort your rational thought patterns and have an influence on your judgement. Seeing as how our children these days have no rational thought or respect for authority. I don't think they need any help screwing up their futures — via Plainfield Patch

Michelle G. I'll never forget my parents taking us kids to see Jaws. Traumatized me ever since. To this day, I don't understand why they did that. My mom doesn't know why either & my dad (RIP) didn't remember. — via Bolingbrook Patch

Chris B. well I'm 40 and still can't handle them so, I would guess maybe...never. LOL — via Channahon-Minooka Patch

So what's your take? At what age are kids mature enough to handle a horror film? Tell us in the comments below.

Mickey October 16, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Actually, that picture of Dracula scares me. Could you remove it?? JK. :-)
Ivan Szer October 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Actually I got scared in jumana And i am a single dad aged 50 so I.would also say never unless you want your kids to reside in your bed for the foreseeable future
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