Let’s be honest, scary movies throw in a lot of gratuitous nudity and what not that makes for some pretty awkward moments when you’re watching them with your teen. The 31 spooky flicks below offer up plenty of horrifying moments, yes, but none of them are horrifyingly embarrassing for you or your teen. Check them out!

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31 Scary Movies That You Can Comfortably Watch With Your Teen This Halloween

Quick note: when I say “teen,” I’m thinking along the lines of 15+. If you’re looking for something a younger crowd, check out my list of scary movies for tweens rated PG-13 and under.

My son is 16 and he’s pretty much allowed to watch whatever he wants (aside from a few obvious exceptions). That said, there are some scenes in movies that really make him uncomfortable when he’s watching them with me. Heck, even at 40+, I feel awkward watching those scenes with MY mom, so I know how he feels.

These scary movies below are free of awkward nudity or sex scenes. However,they may be gory, violent, or contain other things that you personally don’t approve of. So, I’m including a link to the IMDB parent guide for each to help you decide if it’s “clean” enough for YOUR teen. I’m also including the trailer, rating, IMDB description, and where to watch it for each one.

FYI, this post includes affiliate links. If you buy anything through them, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Movies are in no particular order. I started with most recent, but then jumped around towards the middle as I remembered movies to include.

1. A Quiet Place

This movie freaks me out, mostly because I know I’d die if I had to be completely quiet! While it does feature a pregnant woman giving birth, you don’t actually see anything.

2. IT

I can’t actually watch this one with my son because I am freaking terrified of clowns, but for those without coulrophobia, it’s fairly clean as far as nudity and sex go. It is violent and gory enough to earn an R rating, though.

  • IMDB Parent Guide for IT
  • IMDB Description: “In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.”
  • Rating: R for Gore and Violence
  • Where to Watch: HBOMax/Rent on Amazon

3. Annabelle: Creation 

If dolls don’t already creep you out, they will after watching this one! It’s the sequel to Annabelle, which is also pretty teen-friendly.

  • IMDB Parent Guide
  • IMDB Description: “Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll-maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they become the target of the doll-maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.”
  • Rating: R for Horror and Violence
  • Where to Watch: HBOMax/Rent on Amazon

4. Ouija: Origin of Evil

Who knew a Parker Brothers board game really CAN contact the dead?

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business by inviting an evil presence into their home, not realizing how dangerous it is.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max/ Rent on Amazon

5. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

I blame this movie for all those nausea-inducing “shaky cam” flicks that followed. If you can stomach that, though, the plot itself was pretty good and creepy.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.”
  • Rating: R for language
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon

6. Lights Out

Or, as my son likes to call it, “A good excuse for why I leave every light on in the house at night.”
  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “
  • Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother’s experiences that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with a supernatural spirit attached to their mother.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Hulu/Rent on Amazon

7. Life (2017)

While it only scored a 6.6/10 on IMDB, this one is great if you love super-creepy space movies (which I do).

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens all life on Earth.”
  • Rating: R for language and an “sci-fi terror.”
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon (may also be available on Fubu TV)

8. The Conjuring

This is probably one of the scariest Halloween movies I’ve ever seen. Technically, it came out before Annabelle, but Annabelle is actually a prequel to it. So you may want to watch it first if you’re having a Conjuring series movie marathon.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.”
  • Rating: R for violence and terror
  • Where to Watch: Netflix/HBOMax/ Rent on Amazon

9. Krampus

It’s probably the cheesiest movie on this list (and that’s saying a lot, since horror movies in general practically ooze cheese), but as far as embarrassing scenes go, it’s also among the mildest.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon. You may also be able to get it for free on Hoopla if your library partners with them.


Yeah, I know, it’s not exactly a terrifying horror movie, but it’s such a fun flick! We’re huge Jack Black fans here. Plus, it’s probably one of the few on this list that are appropriate for young teens.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “
  • A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.”
  • Rating: PG
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon or with a Fubu TV subscription.

11. Insidious

This was one of my favorite horror movies to come out in the last decade. I prefer movies that are creepy without being too gory.

12. World War Z

I’m not really into zombies, but I guess I’m in the minority there since this was one of Brad Pitt’s highest-grossing films.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Paramount+/ Rent on Amazon

13. Warm Bodies

If you and your teen like zombies but don’t really want something absolutely terrifying, this one was actually cute (and I say that as someone who hates zombie movies).

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Amazon (either rent or through a Cinemax subscription)

14. The Woman in Black (2012)

I really liked this one because it wasn’t at all gory. I prefer movies that are creepy or spooky versus over-the-top violent.

15. I Am Legend

NOT good for anyone who can’t handle watching animals die. I cried for a week. Other than that, a very well done horror movie.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: HBOMax/ Rent on Amazon

16. The Messengers

Not the most highly rated movie (5.4/10), but I found it fairly entertaining.
  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Free on Amazon Prime Video (or you can rent it)

17. Pan’s Labyrinth

While it’s more of a dark fantasy than a horror flick, it’s still pretty creepy!

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.”
  • Rating: R for graphic violence and language
  • Where to Watch: Netflix/ Rent on Amazon

18. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon

19. Darkness Falls

I know that not a lot of people loved this one (it only has a 5/10 rating on IMDB), but it’s actually one of my favorite horror movies of all time.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max/Rent on Amazon

20. Sphere

I watched this one again a few weeks ago for the first time in like two decades. It’s not as scary as I remember, but still very enjoyable.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • Amazon Description (because IMDB’s was too vague): “Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson star as a group of scientists recruited by the Navy to conduct a secret underwater mission to explore an alien spaceship.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon

21. Pet Semetary (the original version)

The newer version is mostly okay, but it does have one sort-of sex scene in it. The older one is better anyway, though.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.”
  • Rating: R
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon

22. The Lost Boys

It was originally created as a teen movie. Aside from a few very minor scenes, it’s pretty clean overall.

23. The Omen (1976 version)

If your teens are willing to watch something that came out before you were even born (or in my case, a year after), you can’t go wrong with this classic.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil’s own son?”
  • Rating: R
  • Where to Watch: Free with Prime Video/Hulu/Paramount+

24. Paranormal Activity

I saw this in theaters and didn’t think it was nearly as scary as all of the screaming people made it out to be. It was amusing, though, and worth a watch. For those of us with motion sickness, it wasn’t nearly as bad as other cam-style movies.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.”
  • Rating: R for language
  • Where to Watch: Watch with Starz on Amazon (or just rent it)

25. The Ring

Another one of my favorite horror movies! I only really liked the first one though.

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Hulu/Paramount/Rent on Amazon

26. I Know What You Did Last Summer

The late 90s was a great time for teen horror movies, wasn’t it? You can’t forget about this classic!

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.”
  • Rating: R for violence and language
  • Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video/Paramount+

27. The Sixth Sense

While the shocking ending is probably no longer a surprise to anyone, it’s still a great spooky movie!

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon

28. Oculus

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “”A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.”
  • Rating: R for terror and violence
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon or watch with Starz.

29. Sunshine

Honestly, I thought this was probably about the worst sci-fi/horror movie I’ve seen in a long time, mostly because I was expecting something totally different. It’s also fairly pretentious. However, it’s clean, and a lot of other people apparently think it’s amazing since it has a 7.2/10 rating.

30. Poltergeist (1982 version)

An oldie but a goodie! So clean, I could even watch it with my Gran!

31. The Meg

I wasn’t sure whether to include this one because it’s not a horror flick so much as a “creature feature” I guess. More Jaws than Jurassic Park, though. I really liked it!

  • IMDB Parents Guide
  • IMDB Description: “A group of scientists exploring the Marianas Trench encounter the largest marine predator that has ever existed – the Megalodon.”
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where to Watch: Rent on Amazon

As you can see, I really didn’t go in any particular order at all. I tried to go from most recent back, but then I’d remember something and add it mid-way through. Hey, whatever, I gave you a table of contents at the beginning at least. 😀

Please do check the parent guides for each movie. Like I said, I only looked for movies without nudity and major sex scenes (some have kissing and what not, but nothing too crazy). I don’t have an issue with my teen watching violence in movies, but if you do, those parent guides are awesome. They’re “just the facts” without bias or a religious agenda.

Last, I use ReelGood to find out where movies are streaming. It’s not always 100% accurate. A few times it’s said that a movie was streaming on one of my services and it wasn’t, but like 95% of the time they’ll have a pretty complete list.