Halloween is upon us! High on the list of Halloween treats for many of our children are scary movies, and this weekend the theaters, networks and cable channels will have many for them to choose from. But how do you know whether your child is really ready to handle watching a scary movie?

Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that helps parents navigate the treacherous waters of media and digital activities, offers up “Ten Tips To Know Whether Your Kids Are Ready For Scary Movies” . Click here to see their tips as well as their recommendations for slightly less scary Halloween fare. Bookmark the Common Sense site (www.commonsensemedia.org), so that you can regularly check it out. Among the many great offerings on the site are their movie reviews, which include their assessment of the positive messages as well as the sex and violence in each of the movies.

For additional helpful movie reviews, check out Kids-In-Mind (www.kids-in-mind.com), which rates movies on a scale of 1-10 for “sex and nudity”, “violence and gore”, and “profanity”. It also gives in every review detailed descriptions of potentially problematic scenes so you can know precisely what you and your children will see.

Thanks to Wendy Van Amson for the heads up on the scary movie tips!