What to do with the kids after or instead of trick or treating? Cuddle up to these family-friendly Halloween movies that won’t scare them!
Make your favorite popcorn and check out these classic films that your whole family will enjoy.
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Since it came out in 1993, Hocus Pocus has become everyone’s favorite Halloween movie. It is fun to watch, not too scary, and family-friendly. The movie features three sisters who are witches and live in Salem. They come back centuries after their death when they get resurrected. An immortal black cat helps the young characters get rid of the witches for good and save everyone in town in the process.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
If you turn on the television on Halloween or anywhere near it, you are bound to find this television special somewhere. It is a Charlie Brown special that originally aired in 1966. It features Charlie Brown and friends who are getting ready to go trick-or-treating, while Linus spends the night in the pumpkin patch, because of a story about ‘The Great Pumpkin’.
If your kids are around 9 or 10 or older, Coraline is a great Halloween movie. It is based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, who wrote a scary book meant for children and teens. Coraline is an animated movie that came out in 2009, with imagery similar to Nightmare Before Christmas. It features an alternative world that is much more dangerous than she was expecting.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
For the younger kids, there is a Halloween-themed Winnie the Pooh movie called Pooh’s Heffalump Movie. This takes place in the Hundred Acre Wood where it is Halloween and Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of the gang go on their regular adventures. This is great if you have babies or younger children, since it can be something they are able to watch for Halloween while the older kids either watch it, or play Halloween games in another room.
This is an older movie, and not necessarily a Halloween movie, but it is definitely one that is fun to watch during this season. Beetlejuice came out in 1988 and is one of Tim Burton’s first iconic movies. While it is somewhat of an exorcist and ghost movie, it isn’t too frightening. Older children and teens do love this movie a lot, though you might want to take a peek before you let younger kids watch it.
The Addams Family
If your crew loved the popular TV show or if they’ve never been introduced, the film is a great way to get everyone familiar. Get drawn into the lives of the spooky Addams Family as they try to figure out if Fester is who he says he is.
The Dog Who Saved Halloween
Leave it to a dog of course to save the holiday! If your tribe is a dog-lover and you have pets running around the house they will love this film. Be sure to include your canine family member in the holiday festivities.
Did you know the Shrek franchise included a Halloween themed film? Shrek and the crew are unlucky enough to have to spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle and the ensuing chaos is hilarious. Your little ones will love Scared Shrekless.
Tower of Terror
A classic Disney film with a young Kirsten Dunst! Hotel guests checked into this spooky hotel but they never checked out! Now it’s your turn to find out what happened to them as the hotel is now in ruin and has turned into the Tower of Terror.
What would you do if you found out Grandma is really a witch? That’s what happened in Halloweentown and you won’t wanna miss the plot twist!
How can you not love Casper the friendly ghost? It’s the classic love story perfect for little ones who will get caught up in the adventure. They’ll definitely want to help bring Casper back to life and may even want a Casper costume for Halloween!
Introduce your favorite to your kids on Halloween. This adorable film starring your childhood’s favorite alien will warm the hearts of your kiddos. Stream E.T. here.
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Of course it would be fitting to watch a film on Halloween night about fighting ghosts. Help save New York City from invasion in this classic film.
This is another classic that you can get a costume for! Wouldn’t it be fun to dress up as a ghostbuster this Halloween?
Bonus! Check out Woody and Buzz in Toy Story of Terror this Halloween!