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Halloween entertainment guide: Everything you need for a family-fun Halloween night

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Halloween is a great time to break out the imagination and spend time as a family. Between hay bale and corn mazes, pumpkin picking or trick-or-treating there are a lot of great family friendly activities to enjoy.

This is also the perfect time of year for spooky movies. While choosing a Halloween flick, remember that they can also show a lot of frightening images and violence. Here is a guide to finding wholesome entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Picking a Halloween show the whole family can enjoy

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Finding a movie to watch on Halloween that suits the tastes of your whole family is a difficult task. Lottie Petersen interviews BYU human development professor Sarah Coyne about what scares children in movies and how you can figure out what is good for your children.

— Lottie Peterson

29 family friendly Halloween movies you can find on Netflix, Amazon, TV

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The kids want "Halloweentown," but you want "Hocus Pocus." How can you ever break the tie? Use this guide to find movies for all ages on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and TV. With 29 choices, there's bound to be one you can all agree on.

Halloween watching: 10 eerie episodes of The Twilight Zone available to stream

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Travel back in time and into another dimension this Halloween with 10 black-and-white classic "Twilight Zone" episodes.

As Jeff Peterson wrote in his recent piece, "Nothing says Halloween like a good horror anthology, and nothing does the horror anthology better than 'The Twilight Zone.'"

—Jeff Peterson

A black-and-white Halloween: Spooky movies from a bygone era

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Blogger Elizabeth Reid takes us back to the 1930s and 1940s with these five classic flicks that will send chills and thrills down your spine (without offensive content, she notes).

— Elizabeth Reid

From the archives:

Violence & Entertainment: Parents can guide kids through media maze

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Having a difficult time figuring out how to guide your kids away from excessive violence and toward age-appropriate entertainment? Here's are some timeless tips from late film reviewer Gene Siskel on how to sift through violence in movies and keep your kids safe while also staying sane.

— Gene Siskel

15 decidedly scary films without R-rated content

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After you've watched "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" for the one-hundredth time and the kids have passed out in a candy coma, you might be in the mood for something a bit scarier. Chris and Kathleen Vander Kaay have a few screen suggestions that don't contain rated-R content, but would still be great for a spooky late-night date.

— Chris and Kathleen Vander Kaay

Why do we watch scary movies?

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Why do we pay money to watch things that terrify us? Is to prove to ourselves that we can do it? Or is it the emotional release we crave? No matter what the reason, watching horror movies might not be all that good for our future selves.

— Whitney Evans

What makes a really good horror movie?

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Is it humor or well-developed characters that make you want to watch that scary flick over and over? Or is it both? This article looks at what makes horror movies tick and the many horror sub-genres.

— Whitney Evans

Try scary flick without gooey, gloppy gore

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Are you sick of all the gore? Chris Hicks recommends films that contain "chills 'n' thrills" but don't include all of the "glop-and-goo."

— Chris Hicks

How much PG-13 violence is too much for your pre-teen kids?

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With everything from dinosaurs to superheroes, many action-packed PG-13 films are attracting youngsters. But is all of that violence good for your pre-teen, or even teenager for that matter?

— Chris Hicks