The Best Scary Movies On Netflix For Pre-Teens

Posted on: 29 October 2020

As children get older, they may become more excited about the scares and thrills found in horror films. While many horror films are rated R and feature mature content, there are a number of family-friendly scary films presented on Netflix. The best scary movies on Netflix for pre-teens introduce some great horror moments, classic characters, and fun adventures.

Gnome Alone

The Netflix original film Gnome Alone follows the adventures of a young girl who moves into a new home with a lot of creepy vibes. As she spends time in the home, she quickly realizes that not everything is like it seems. Gnomes come to life and have to fight off monsters from another dimension.

The film is filled with a lot of thrills but doesn't pack on too many scares. There is a lot of action mixed with the jump scares, and the movie also includes a lot of laughs to keep children calm through some of the more intense moments.


The stop-motion animated film Paranorman is often featured in Netflix's streaming line-up and is an ideal scary movie for pre-teens. The story follows a young boy who can see the dead, and he uses the skill to help stop a witch's curse. The film is filled with a lot of intense visuals and exciting moments.

The film is similar in style to other stop-motion productions like Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas.


The adventures of Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. crew are chronicled through several stand-alone movies and TV series. Netflix will often feature some form of Scooby-Doo on their streaming platform, including full seasons of the show. There have also been multiple Halloween specials featuring vampires and monsters.

Older kids may enjoy the live-action Scooby-Doo movies, which feature a lot more scares and intense moments featuring monster designs.

Creeped Out

The Netflix original series Creeped Out is essentially an anthology of short horror films geared directly to children. Each episode of Creeped Out includes a full story and scares comparable to classic shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? The show already has two seasons with 23 episodes of original content.

Themes in the episodes include scary puppets, haunted houses, ghosts, and haunted video games. The stories all focus on young kids, giving pre-teens a lot to relate to as they watch the short films unfold on the screen. Themes range from Halloween to other holidays, making the show a year-round option to watch and enjoy.

Browse through Netflix listings to see what other pre-teen horror films the service has to offer.

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