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Movies to scare -- but not scar -- your kids

10 films you can watch with the family this Halloween

By Martha Brockenbrough
Special to MSN Movies

Halloween can be horrifying in so many wrong ways: the "sexy Sherlock Holmes" costumes, the pre-Halloween Christmas decoration displays at the Gas-n-Chug, the looped Mannheim Steamroller holiday albums in shopping centers.

But there's one kind of scary we crave: the pleasure of spooky movies. Who doesn't want a racing pulse, sweaty palms and a sudden urge to shriek? When you have a family, though, you have to tread carefully in choosing the right cinematic creepfest.

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As some of us learned the hard way when we were kids, there's a fine line between being scared and being scarred for life.

So, with the caveat that every kid is different and you are the best judge of what's right for yours, here are our favorite 10 movies that offer a good mix of fun and freaky for families.

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