Conundrum: Is My Favorite Childhood Halloween Movie Age-Appropriate for my Kids?Cody
One of the things I’m so excited for as a parent is to share some of my favorite childhood movies with my daughters. Movies like The Goonies and The Sandlot are flicks that I absolutely loved as a kid and I can’t wait to sit down and watch them with Addie.
Another movie I couldn’t wait to watch with Addie was Teen Wolf. I remember watching Teen Wolf when it first came out on VHS and I watched it regularly for several years thereafter. Two years ago I got pretty excited to watch the movie with Addie, so I set my DVR to record Teen Wolf as soon as it became available on cable. A few months ago it finally played, my DVR did its job, and set-up a daddy daughter movie night.
Addie and I turned on the movie and began to watch. As I sat there while one of my childhood favorites played, I cringed. There were several moments that were adult-oriented and I just hoped that Addie was too naïve to understand what was happening.
A few weeks after watching Teen Wolf, my DVR recorded Ghostbusters. Addie has had a fascination with Ghostbusters for the last year and she had asked me if she could watch Ghostbusters at least a hundred times. The day finally came where we could watch the movie together and again, I found myself cringing throughout the movie.
Once more I seemed to have stumbled on a childhood favorite that is rated PG-13, which means on its face that it isn’t appropriate for kids Addie’s age. However, I used to watch the movie when I was 8 years-old and it became a Halloween classic that my friends and I watched each October. The movie? The Monster Squad. (Think of The Goonies with a monster theme and you get The Monster Squad.)
Addie loves monsters. I don’t think I could convey just how fascinated Addie is with Frankenstein, Dracula, the mummy etc. This movie has all of those monsters in it and more. It’s right up Addie’s aisle, but it has been several years since I have watched The Monster Squad. I didn’t remember if there was anything in the movie that would make me hesitate showing it to Addie. But after my experiences with Ghostbusters and Teen Wolf, I obviously can’t just rely on the fact that I watched the movie as a kid. And I also can’t trust myself to give the movie a fair screening before Addie is allowed to watch the movie.
Thankfully, I’m married to a wife who isn’t enamored with watching questionable movies with her kids. Casey can give the movie a fair screening to make sure it is appropriate for a 7-year-old, and that’s exactly what we’ll do. Once Casey gives the okay, then I will sit down and enjoy what I am sure will become Addie’s favorite monster movie.
And if Casey doesn’t give the approval, I’ll watch the movie on my own and hope that she’ll give the okay next year.
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