Wondering if the newest Haunted Mansion (2023) is ok for kids? It’s scary but not too scary for tweens and teens. If you’re fans of the attraction at Disney Parks, then the Easter eggs and nods to the ride will be enough for fans. If you’re not a Disney fan, then there may not be enough story for newcomers. Here’s what parents need to know in this Haunted Mansion Parents Guide.
Haunted Mansion Parents Guide
Inspired by the classic theme park attraction, Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) is a single mother, and she and her precocious son, Travis (Chase W. Dillon), move in to Gracey Manor, hoping to restore it and call it home. However, they soon discover it’s haunted, and Gabbie enlists a team of “spiritual experts” to help get rid of the ghosts.
The team consists of New Orleans tour guide Ben Matthias (LaKeith Stanfield), priest Father Kent (Owen Wilson), psychic Harriet (Tiffany Haddish), and history expert Bruce Davis (Danny DeVito). They discover that the 999 spirits living there are being terrorized by the Hatbox Ghost (Jared Leto). In order to free the mansion from its curse, the Hatbox Ghost must be defeated.
Parents should know that Haunted Mansion contains mild language, scary thematic elements, and mature themes of grief and death.
Age Rating: Why is Haunted Mansion Rated PG-13?
Haunted Mansion is rated PG-13 for scary action and thematic elements which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 13.
Language in Haunted Mansion
Language is pretty mild for kids in Haunted Mansion and includes words like damn, “pissed off,” and “son of a gun.”
Mature Content: Is Haunted Mansion Too Scary for Kids?
Haunted Mansion does contain jump scares and mature themes of death which may be too scary for young kids. Overall the film isn’t too scary for those who like frightening elements and grim-grinning ghosts. But if your kids hate the Haunted Mansion ride, then they won’t like the movie.
If you can handle some creepy, then it’s a good introduction to scary movies. Parents may be most concerned about the heavy themes of grief and loss or the supernatural elements.
There are ghosts aplenty including skeletons, a deceased bride, and a talking head. Many characters are shown in peril. There are some graphic scenes, but nothing gory. Some characters have experienced painful deaths.
There are some elements of dark magic, a seance, and a Ouija board.
Characters drink alcohol.
Characters talk about spouses and partners who have passed away. There is some flirting and romance.
This film may be painful for those who have lost a parent.
Is Haunted Mansion Appropriate for Kids Under 10?
In Haunted Mansion you can expect some graphic imagery, scary and supernatural elements, lots of ghosts, and some mild language used by some characters. To sum it up, Haunted Mansion is kid friendly for kids ages 10 and older. Younger kids and tweens could also enjoy it if they like spooky films.
Haunted Mansion may be appropriately scary for kids, but not so much for adults. Come for the nostalgia and fan service of the Haunted Mansion attraction. This version is so much better than the 2003 Haunted Mansion starring Eddie Murphy.
The all-star cast of 2023’s Haunted Mansion keeps the movie afloat, but lacks the charm and wit of the ride. It’s still a solid Halloween film for kids and teens.