AliceAndBob are two mischievous little kids aged around 8-14. One day, they decide they'll go to the movies. Their parents are fine with this, but warn the two of them not to see that new horror film that just came out. Alice and Bob swear they'll see an age appropriate kid film and go off to the movies innocently. Of course, they'll go see the horror film anyway, either getting in easily or sneaking in if the guy at the ticket booth won't let a pair of kids in. This backfires when they find out how terrifying and gruesome the horror movie is, and nearly end up half-traumatized. The rest of the episode will usually consist of them having nightmares and eventually being outed to the parents at seeing the film. Another common version is the kids watching it at home when the parents are out. Sometimes, though less common, the parents will be there as well.

Of course, in RealLife, a lot of children enjoy a good horror movie. At least depending on their age.

If this trope pops up in a kids' sitcom, it will almost always overlap with CantGetAwayWithNuthin. See also GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies and ScareEmStraight. When something like this happens in RealLife, see WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids. It can sometimes be {{inverted|Trope}}, where adults are terrified of the film but kids love it. (See also FridgeHorror for that case; [[InnocentInaccurate perhaps the kids]] ''[[InnocentInaccurate don't understand]]'' [[AdultFear why the events of the movie are something to be afraid of]].)

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* The basic plot of "Home [=UnAlone=]" (from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'') is this, though it takes an interesting twist...

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* In the first ''HomeAlone'' movie, Kevin watches an old gangster movie that he was previously not allowed to see. It ends up scaring him, but he later uses the audio of that scene to ward off the burglars (as well as to scare the living daylights out of a pizza deliveryman). He watches another in the second one and the same thing happens, except he uses it to ward off the hotel staff instead.
* In ''Literature/WaysToLiveForever'', Sam and his friend Felix watch a horror movie in secret, until the parents find out and freak out. Being as the two kids are dealing with leukemia, they wanted to be able to say they've seen a horror film before they die which puts the parents in an interesting situation.

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* In the ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' book ''Dog Days'', Greg and Rowley watch a B-Movie called ''Hello, You're Dead'' that they found in Rodrick's room, featuring a muddy hand. Rowley has his eyes covered the whole movie. Greg doesn't find the movie all that scary... until the end, when the "muddy hand" crawls straight to the screen, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou meaning the "hand" is coming for the viewer next.]]
** Manny, who's already scared of ghosts, accidentally watches one of the horror movies left in a player. The result is a NightmareFuelColoringBook.
* Discussed in the Literature/HarryPotter spin-off, ''TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'', a collection of wizard fairy tales with commentary by Albus Dumbledore. He tells the true story of a little girl who was once ordered to go to bed, because she was too young to hear the story about to be told to her older siblings. The story, "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", was about a bitter man removing his heart so he would never fall in love, who eventually killed a woman and ripped out ''her'' heart and ate it to try and feel emotion. She was so traumatized that she rewrote and Bowdlerized all the tales into horrible mountains of {{glurge}}. She never could manage to do it to TWHH, so she just refused to print it.
* In ''Literature/SonicTheHedgehogInCastleRobotnik'' the gang at the start of the book are watching one and everybody (even way-past-cool Sonic) are scared at one point or another. It was apparently even worse than last weeks ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Scrunchback of Dotty Name]]''.

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* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has the twins take their dates not to see the kiddie film "Doggie Came Home", but the horror film "Zombie Mom". Zack ends up having nightmares and sleepwalking in the hotel, stacking the lobby furniture against the door to stop the zombies.
* A variation happens in an episode of ''LizzieMcGuire'' where Matt gets scared watching a horror film, though it happens with his parents present. He ends up trying to Feng Sheui the house to get rid of evil spirits.
* Not a horror film, but in ''Raising Dad'', Sarah takes Emily with her and her friends to see an R-rated movie called "Love To Love". Emily ends up trying to practice making out with a boy from school. At the end of the episode, Sarah reveals that she's been lying to her dad about what movies she sees for years.
* One episode of ''Hope & Faith'' has the family try to convince Hope to quit her chef job by showing themselves pretending to be completely lost without her. Justin's part?
--> '''Justin:''' I was up all night watching ''Film/TheExorcist''. I will never go to church or sleep again.
--> '''Hope:''' Charlie, how could you let him watch that? [[NoodleIncident He still has nightmares from]] ''[[SesameStreet Elmo In Grouch Land]]''.
* On ''FullHouse'', Stephanie wouldn't eat Jell-O for a month after watching ''Film/TheBlob'', but she demands to be allowed to watch ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'' with D.J. and Kimmy. When Jesse caves in, she winds up scared by that too, and he winds up dragooned by Joey and Danny into helping her get over her alarm by playing a slacker teen wolfman in an improvised skit.
* An early ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' episode deals with an underage Alex sneaking off to see an R-rated, ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''-like horror movie, against her parents and Justin's wishes. She magically, accidentally [[TrappedInTVLand becomes trapped in the movie]] in the process, and Justin has to save her.
* "''Zoey 101''" has Dustin watching a Japanese horror film with the guys against his sister's orders. He naturally gets so scared, he refuses to sleep in his own dorm room. When Zoey and her friends tire of Dustin wanting to sleep in their room every night, Zoey confronts him and he admits that he wasn't really scared after the first night and [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming just wanted to spend more time with his sister.]]
* In ''LiveActionTV/TheGoldbergs'' episode "Mini Murray", Gramps wants to see ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatMouseDetective'', but Adam wants to see ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}''. How does he accomplush this? By tricking Gramps that Scarface is The Great Mouse Detective. Adam winds up getting scared of some things in the episode, like a clown doll, and attempts to throw it out.
--> Gramps: Okay, where's the mouse?
* The ''Series/Dinosaurs'' episode "Monster Under the Bed" Starts out with Earl letting Baby watch a horror movie involving a mad scientist bringing vegetables to life. Naturally, the Baby spends the next few days screaming about a monster under his bed, keeping his parents up. Then it transpires that there really ''is'' something under the bed...!
* Parodied on ''Series/FatherTed'', where amazingly thick twenty-something Dougal is warned to definitely not watch the horror movie that's coming on that night. You can probably guess what happens from then.
** What makes it even better is that in an earlier episode, he gets scared out of his wits by a Goosebumps style book ''written by Gary Lineker''.
-->Dougal: Whew. I'm not reading ''that'' book any more, Ted!

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* Possibly referenced in the opening to the Music/MoxyFruvous song "Splatter Splatter":
-->''Kids in their PJ's, big bowl of Nachos''
-->''Another perfect day in Rhododendron Park''
-->''The sun is shining, now dad's reclining''
-->''Roll down the shades to watch a movie in the dark''

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': [[BrattyHalfPint Calvin]], allowed to stay up one night without a babysitter, decides to rent a VCR ([[WhatAreRecords kids, ask your parents]]) and a bunch of scary movies. The aftermath:
-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Well, the house is still standing. Calvin must have gone to bed.
-->'''Calvin's Mom:''' His light is still on. Calvin? Are you awake? ''(opens bedroom door, gets hit by BucketBoobyTrap)'' '''EEP!''' Did you watch a scary movie?!?
-->'''Calvin:''' '''[[BlatantLies No.]]''' Don't come in. The rug is rigged too.
** After reading a bunch of scary comics in ''A Nauseous Nocturne'', Calvin fears a monster is coming to eat him. He's right.
** He also gets pretty traumatized after reading [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks a superhero comic]] where [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath the superhero gets his spine blown to pieces]]. He tries to cope by watching TV, but his mom responds "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint There's too much violence on TV. Why don't you go read something]]?"
* In ''{{ComicStrip/Zits}}'', Jeremy watches ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' when he's home alone, and every little sound in the house starts terrifying him.

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* The Hurricane says he gained a fear of/desire to destroy twins after his babysitter had him watch ''The Shining''. He also hates the idea of clones, because they're basically the same thing twins.

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* Creator/BillCosby
** His famous "Chicken Heart" routine is this with a horror radio show (Arch Oboler's ''Lights Out''). It culminates in him smearing Jell-O on the floor to trap the giant heart and ''setting the couch on fire.''
** Another routine involves him and a friend going to the movies and trying to watch Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}, and never opening their eyes to see the monster. This leads to them staying at the theater for hours, through multiple showings, trying to build up the courage to look at the monster. Afterwards, he and his friend walk home, late at night, scared that the monster's going to jump out and get them. This leads to them running into a wino, mistaking him for the monster, and running up his front and down his back, and all the way home.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** [[BumblingDad Homer]] takes Bart and Lisa to see a horror film about a possessed doll. All three end up terrified that there's a monster in their attic, which leads into the episode's real plot about Artie Ziff living in their attic.
** "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" has the neighborhood kids sneak out after curfew to a drive-in to watch ''The Bloodening'' (a parody of ''Village of the Damned'').
** In "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?", Bart takes the orphan Charlie to see ''Sever V''. After Charlie is scared witless, Bart realises that having a little brother involves more responsibility than he previously thought.
* ''PepperAnn''
** Pepper Ann gets invited to a slumber party where they will be watching the R-rated film "Gutter Clowns", which Lydia warns Pepper Ann against seeing. At first, Pepper Ann tries to stop the girls at the party from watching the film, but ends up watching it anyway, and is terrified for the next few days.
** Subverted with her friend Nicky watching the movie right next to her, and she's amused by the SoBadItsGood ClicheStorm.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Duck in the Dark," where Plucky watches a marathon of "[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Eddie Cougar]]" horror movies, including one that has him attacking a screaming Disney/{{Bambi}}. It ends up giving Plucky horrible nightmares.
-->'''Plucky''': [[TemptingFate Only a total idiot would be afraid of these movies!]]
-->'''Buster''': I rest my case.
* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' episode "Where's God When I'm S-scared" starts with Junior Asparagus watching "Frankencelery," and becoming frightened by everything in the house after that. Somewhat subverted when the {{Aesop}} is "{{God}} will protect you so you don't need to be scared," not "You shouldn't have watched that movie."
* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''. Muffie's parents try to ban the "Scare Your Pants Off Club" books (an {{expy}} of ''{{Goosebumps}}'') after she has nightmares from reading one. [[spoiler:It turns out that she reads them all the time and that the nightmares were caused by her [[AcidRefluxNightmare sneaking ice cream]].]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'', Maggie and Rayna sneak into a scary R-rated movie. Rayna ends up so traumatized she'd rather watch the baby movie that's playing on another screen. Maggie plays it cool at first, but eventually starts hallucinating the movie's monster everywhere until she confesses to her parents. They decide her trauma from watching the movie was punishment enough.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''
** One episode has Johnny and Dukey, after several attempts, getting an M-rated game. They get nightmares after they play it.
** Another episode had Johnny stay up late watching a horror movie marathon despite his dad telling him not to. To ensure that he wakes up on time and keep his illicit film-viewing a secret, he steals his sisters' alarm clock, which just happens to be programmed to record the sleeper's dreams and make them real.
* Upon unexpectedly having to work late, ''TheIronGiant'''s Annie Hughes forbids her son Hogarth from gorging on snacks, staying up too late, or watching scary movies. So, naturally, he plunks down in front of the TV with a box of Twinkies to catch the midnight Creature Feature as soon as she's gone. And it's his paranoia over being hearing noises after being creeped out by the movie that leads him to [[spoiler:leave the house with his flashlight, helmet, and BB gun, and discover the Giant for the first time]].
* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' reboot has both Dexter and [[BumblingDad his dad]] sneak up after bed time to watch a late night b-movie horror flick. This results in the two of them getting increasingly freaked out when searching the dark house after the movie is over, and the next morning has both of them frozen in a catatonic state in the hallway.
* An episode of ''KidVsKat'' has Coop and Dennis both staying up to watch a Creature Feature style horror show, which [[CatsAreMean Kat takes as an opportunity to scare the hell out of them.]]
* ''CampLazlo'': In "Movie Night", according to the Bean Scout regulations, Edward is too young to watch ''Mountain Zombies of Scab Lagoon'' (rated BB, Big Boys), and has to watch ''Mr. Cotton Goes to Bubbleland'' instead. He later locks himself in the projection room and watches ''Mountain Zombies of Scab Lagoon'' alone and scares himself silly.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' did this in both Nick and Disney versions of the show: In the former, Doug goes to watch a monster flick but can't get through the movie without covering his eyes when the monster reveals itself, leading to nightmares. He eventually gains the courage to finally sit through it and finds that, [[NightmareRetardant not only is the monster not scary looking, but the zipper on the costume is showing.]] In the Disney version. Doug is forbade from seeing an R-Rated Terminator like flick. He and Skeeter manage to sneak in and are horrified by the violence of it. When having dinner with the family, he daydreams their heads coming off their bodies and flying around.
* Inverted in an episode of the ''TheFairlyOddparents'', Timmy's parents won't allow him to watch a horror movie thinking this will be in effect. But it's his father whose the jumpy one through the whole episode even starting a mob upon seeing a Fly-Headed Timmy (the result of a wish Timmy made). After Timmy clears up everything, his dad allows him to watch the movie with him while still under the bravado that he isn't scared...until getting spooked by Timmy's mother coming into the room with face cream on her face. Timmy doesn't even flinch.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "Midnight Movie Madness" dealt with Max and PJ seeing a horror film, the irony is Max gets scared and he wanted to see it and PJ ends up enjoying it even though he didn't want to see it, after Pete finds out and learns it didn't scare PJ he tells him that the movie was based on a true story and ends up scaring them for most of the night, and meanwhile Goofy gets locked out of the house during a thunderstorm and gets covered in mud and leaves and Max, PJ, and Pete think he's the killer.
* In the ''Series/MonstersVsAliens'' episode "Attack of the Movie Night", Sqweep sees a horror movie despite being warned not to, and gets scared by the monster in the movie. To get him over his fear, the monsters device a costume like the one in the movie to get him to face his fear. Only two things wrong with that scenario: One, Sqweep got the memory of the movie extracted, so when he sees Coverton wearing the costume, instead of being scared, starts attacking him; and two, that extracted memory comes to life, so now the movie monster is on the loose.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'': In "Reggie: The Movie", Reggie goes to see a horror movie called "Sharkenstein's Revenge" that scares her so badly that she blows a big surfing competition the next day. In this case, her father actually gave her permission to see the movie if she thought she could handle it and, although she didn't want to see it, she was goaded into it by her friends calling her chicken.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Don't Look Now!" has [[ManChild SpongeBob and Patrick]] go to the movie theater to watch a horror movie called "Fisherman IV", which naturally leaves them terrified. Squidward decides to have some fun by dressing up as said Fisherman and scaring them late at night.

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* Some children will be terrified out of their wits by some movie scenes that turn out to be scary but are in films that aren't even ''meant'' to be scary (or worse, ''are'' meant to be scary for [[SurpriseCreepy that one isolated scene]]).
** They don't have to watch the movies, just watching the trailer, or looking at the posters are enough to scare them. This is true for any media with horror elements such as TV Shows, video games and books.
* There are many people for whom this was the way they were introduced to horror movies.
* Just about any kids who are too young to understand will probably be scared by a lot of these movies while older children will be tuned in.
* Somewhat averted with [[DefangedHorrors the children's horror genre]].
* The infamous "elevator of blood" trailer for ''Film/TheShining'' was shown in front of ''E.T.'' in some theaters. Yikes.
* Music/RobZombie once said that the first time he and his brother were left alone in the house they decided to watch ''Film/TheExorcist'' and deeply regretted it.
** He also has mentioned that, for years, he had a fear of going into water due to having watched ''Jaws''.

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