[Top 10] Horror Games For Kids That Are Fun

Horror Games For Kids
Gotta teach 'em young.

Horror is a genre that isn't really targeted at kids. However, kids are going to be curious about a forbidden scary genre of games, so we might as well look at the best games for kids to play.

These games are divided into either simple horror games that don’t have complicated mechanics and can give you a few jumpscares, or lighthearted games with a slightly horror-ish thematic that aren’t really meant to be scary at all.

10. Slender: The Eight Pages (PC)

Slender: The Eight Pages -- Game Teaser

Slender: The Eight Pages is a simple indie horror game. However, because it's simple it doesn't mean it's not able to give you a scare.

The gameplay consists of you walking around an ominous forest, searching for 8 pages that are hidden around the map. Each page has a childlike drawing of the monster chasing you - Slenderman.

The game is simple yet creepy and it gets progressively harder. It's ominous and scary, however, the simple and repetitive gameplay makes it simple enough a child could pick it up and easily play it, even though they may get too spooked.

9. Five Nights at Freddy's (PS4 / PC / XBOX 1 / SWITCH)

Five Nights at Freddy's - Trailer

Five Nights at Freddy's is a franchise filled with cryptic and deep storytelling about an ominous haunted restaurant and a serial murderer. However, it's very hard to realize that unless you start to dig deep. On the surface, Five Nights at Freddy's is a game about cute animatronics that become scary.

Five Nights at Freddy's is a game with simple gameplay. You sit in an office and through a camera watch animatronics that start to move at certain times of the night. You have to monitor the power usage and how close the animatronics are to keep safe.

It's a pretty simple and enjoyable premise, filled with a lot of jumpscares. But somehow, this franchise has become very popular with the kids already, most probably because of the simple and unique animatronic designs.

8. Plants VS Zombies 2 (Android / IOS)

Official Trailer for Plants vs. Zombies™ 2: It's About Time!

Тhe original Plants VS Zombies was a big hit when it was released, an interesting and funny premise with unique gameplay. But the sequel has not been disappointing. It only built on the original and it took everything that was good in the first game and made it better.

Plants VS Zombies 2 will not scare you at all, it's rather pleasant to play, maybe it shouldn't even be called a horror game. It has a simple gameplay idea: Plant down your plants, which in turn will shoot the oncoming wave of zombies. Devise a strategy and be ready to defend.

The game is a full package, simple, friendly, and beautiful. There are many different plants that make each playthrough a unique experience since you choose which plants you want to use before each level. The zombie designs are clean and charming. It is a great game for the younger audience offering a lighthearted spin on the zombie genre.

7. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (PS4 / PS5 / PC / XBOX 360 / XBOX 1 / XBOX X / SWITCH)

Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse Trailer (Rare, awesome)

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse is a game about a zombie that eats people. That’s about it. It lets you play as Stubbs and you have only one goal - eat as many brains as you can.

Stubbs has multiple abilities he can use to diversify the gameplay. His goal is to amass a horde of zombies on each level and get through the end. He will face a plethora of varying enemies with different guns. The gameplay is simple and fun.

The only problem is the fact that it’s a bit gory. Every kill you achieve results in a lot of blood being shown on the screen which may not be the best idea for a young kid to see. However, it still offers a lot of fun, mindless, chaotic gameplay that doesn’t require a lot of practice and learning.

6.Costume Quest 2 (PS3 / PS4 / PC / XBOX 360 / XBOX 1)

Costume Quest 2 - Launch Trailer

Costume Quest 2 is a casual RPG game taking place on Halloween. After the events of the first game, our protagonists must save Halloween AGAIN. It’s really similar to the first game in the franchise but it has slightly upgraded graphics and combat mechanics.

Costume Quest 2 has some pretty casual yet fun turn-based combat. It’s like whatever you would expect of a cult classic RPG - simplified and cutified a great deal. It’s a short and fun turn-based experience fit for children taking place in a Halloween setting.

5. Poppy Playtime (PC)

Poppy Playtime - Official Game Trailer

You played with toys... Now it’s their turn… This is the cryptic point that this game is trying to send across. Poppy Playtime is a game about a man in a toy factory using his GrabPack (a pair of elastic hands capable of stretching a great length and carrying electrical currents) to solve puzzles while hiding from the infamous blue monster - Poppy.

The game only has one chapter out, with many more being awaited. The game has interesting yet not too difficult puzzles. It’s a short and atmospheric experience in a dim closed toy factory. The whole game experience makes you feel like you don’t belong there and does a good job of making you feel endangered.

This game, although scary, seems popular enough with kids, since the idea of toys haunting you is more interesting and childlike than a demented serial killer. The game isn’t too scary, and the monster is weird and authentic.

4. Bendy and the Ink Machine (PS4 / PC / XBOX 1 / SWITCH)

Bendy and the Ink Machine "ALL TRAILERS 1,2,3,4 & 5 (CHAPTER)"

You play as Henry as he visits the abandoned animator's workshop of Joey Drew Studios. He is soon enough forced to explore the ominous, bleak corridors of the studio escaping the cartoonish-looking monstrosities.

Bendy and the Ink Machine is a game that has a lot of nice and unique designs. The first thing you realize - the game has only 2 colors. Black and a very dirty white. This sets the atmosphere of the 1920s cartoons extraordinarily well.

The game is scary and ominous and filled with jump scares, but it also focuses on exploration and puzzle-solving. For more serious players it offers a deep and grim story that requires some exploration to figure out, and for the less interested players, it’s a neat creepy atmosphere filled with deadly yet still somehow cute scenery and characters.

3. Spooky's House of Jump Scares (PC)

Spooky's House of Jump Scares 2015 Trailer

Spooky's House of Jump Scares is a prime example of a cute horror game. You find yourself in Spooky's big house having to walk through 1000 rooms to beat the game. The game starts off slowly and first tries to jumpscare you with cute cardboard cutouts.

Progressively the game does get creepier and it introduces new enemies. But the vibe of the game never becomes too scary, and the cute story moments you get every once in a while take the edge off.

It’s a game that can be a little bit scary, but in general, the atmosphere is pretty lighthearted and cute. The story is fun and the different enemies you have to avoid are interesting. 

2. Little Nightmares 2 (PS4 / PS5 / PC / XBOX 1 / XBOX X / SWITCH)

Little Nightmares II - Launch Trailer

Little Nightmares 2 is a game in which the two main characters, Mono and Six, are kids rummaging through a dystopian city ruled by an antagonist by the name of The Thin Man. As they travel they meet a bunch of brainwashed characters they need to escape in order to find The Thin Man.

Little Nightmares 2 is a game with a childish vibe and smooth low-poly graphics. It doesn’t look like a threateningly scary game even though it weaves a bunch of creepy thematics through its story.

The game is unsettling and has a dark ambiance, but the fact that you play as kids on a mission to free a corrupted town also makes the game feel a bit lighthearted and a lot of fun. The game is slow-paced, making you explore ominous scenery and do a bunch of puzzles, and it’s simple enough that anyone can pick it up and play it.

1.Luigi’s Mansion 3 (SWITCH)

Luigi’s Mansion 3 - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the newest installment into the well-known franchise. It made the setting different by moving the story from the well-known mansion into a creepy hotel. You play as Luigi as he sucks ghosts with his supernatural vacuum and solves puzzles to climb to the upper floors to rescue his friends.

The franchise has been well received since the first game was released in 2001. It offers a lot of lighthearted fun and intricate puzzle solving. The graphics are all of what you would expect of Nintendo's newest console, while the ambiance gets increasingly weird and quirky - just like you would expect.

The game is a very enjoyable and low-stress experience. It has a bunch of puzzles and enemy types which will make you have to switch up your strategies often. It’s basically the best example of a fun game for kids with a unique horror theme.

As a young lad from Serbia, David chose to sustain his sanity and nutritional needs by playing games and reading books. He wishes to share his experiences by writing about his favorite games.
Gamer Since: 2008
Favorite Genre: RPG
Currently Playing: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Top 3 Favorite Games:Sleeping Dogs, Shovel Knight, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

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