Wondering if A Babysitters Guide to Monster Hunting on Netflix is ok for kids? Rated TV-PG for fantasy violence, fear, and language, this Halloween movie is perfect for the tween age. If you have little kids afraid of monsters and of the dark, then I’d skip it. Here’s what parents need to know in this Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Parents Guide on Netflix.
Is A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Kid Friendly?
Kelly, a high schooler known as Monster Girl for thinking she was attacked when she was 5-years-old, must now fight the boogeyman and his monsters after they kidnap the boy she’s babysitting on Halloween.
Kids will want to see A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting on Netflix, because it stars Tom Felton (known as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies), although he is almost unrecognizable. And he is the Boogeyman who tries to bring children’s nightmares to life.
I’d recommend A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting for ages 10 and up due to some scary and dark scenes for kids. There is no gore or death, but for little ones, it may get too intense.
There is no bad language, although the closed captioning did show there was one use of damn. However, there is music playing loudly, so it’s very faint, if there at all.
Mature and Scary Content
As far as violence is concerned, there is some fantasy violence involving weapons designed to hunt monsters. Nothing too extreme and nothing bloody.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting may be too scary for ages 8 and younger due to some tense scenes and monsters lurking in the dark. Think shadows and dementors, but definitely not as scary as those.
One of the character’s brothers is kidnapped and is never found, so there is talk of finding him and a sister’s guilt for allowing it to happen. There are also other characters that are scary and rude to children.
In one scene, kids have a big party without parents present. There is also some bullying present with some kids making fun of another.
Is A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Appropriate for Kids Under 8?
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is a good beginner Halloween film for kids who want more scare, but aren’t quite ready for Hubie Halloween or the more mature Harry Potter films. Tom Felton does an excellent job pulling out some of his Slytherin and frankly, being a jerky villain.
There is some humor to break up some of the fright and generally speaking, it’s a kid-friendly movie. While moments may get intense, you can always take a popcorn break. That’s the beauty of Netflix.
Diversity in the cast is refreshing, and Kelly is an intelligent heroine who gives off some Baby-Sitters Club vibes. There’s nothing that should scare parents off from allowing their tweens to watch this except for monsters. It’s spooky fun for the whole family.