25 Must See Halloween Films For Kids & Families
October has arrived. Sofa-based activities can now commence with snacks and warm blankets! Our oldest Grom has made a list of his top 25 Halloween films of all time. Some scary, some not so scary but a spooktacular evening guaranteed! Halloween candy at the ready...
October has arrived, Halloween is upon us
and snuggle season at ours has well and truly commenced. Curtains are drawn early, the cozy blankets and snacks are out, and we are ready to watch our favourite Halloween movies.
Every year my eldest son Haydn (10) and I make a bucket list of our favourite films so we don't miss any out. We also do it at Christmas too so watch this space! Some we can watch with our youngest son who is 5 years old but others would 100% lead to him never sleeping again - So my advice is to have a little look into whether you think the ones we've suggested would be suitable for your little ones.
Most of these can be found on our favorite streaming services - Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Prime.
So here are Haydn's top 25 Halloween movies -
1. Casper (PG)
Carrigan Crittenden hires paranormal expert Dr James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from her mansion. The situation changes when Harvey's daughter befriends Casper, a friendly ghost.
2. The Addams Family (2019) (PG)
The eccentric and macabre Addams family moves to a bland suburb in New Jersey. However, problems arise when their child, Wednesday, befriends the daughter of a reality show host.
3. Edward Scissorhands (PG-13)
Edward, a synthetic man with scissor hands, is taken in by Peg, a kindly Avon lady, after the passing of his inventor.
Things take a turn for the worse when he is blamed for a crime he did not commit.
4. E.T (PG)
An alien is left behind on Earth and is saved by young Elliot who decides to keep him hidden. While the task force hunts for it, Elliot and his siblings form an emotional bond with their new friend.
5.Curious George - A Halloween Boo Fest (U)
In 2020 the boys and I voted this our favourite Halloween family film.
George and Allie visit Renkins' farm on the occasion of Halloween and learn of a spooky legend about a scarecrow who attacks people wearing hats. The duo try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
6.Room On The Broom (U)
Based on Julia Donaldson's picture book, telling the story of a kind witch who invites a collection of animals to join her on her broom, though her cat thinks it will get too crowded. Her new friends make themselves useful, however, when the witch is threatened by a fearsome dragon.
7. Gremlins (15)
Billy's father gets him a pet from China with three very specific instructions. However, when Billy does not follow them, it unleashes a horde of monsters
8.Toy Story Of Terror (U)
Toy Story of Terror! is a Halloween TV special that is based on the Toy Story films.
9.Hotel Transylvania (1, 2 & 3) (PG)
Van Helsing's mysterious new invention transforms Drac and his pals into humans, and Johnny into a monster.
With their new mismatched bodies, Drac and the pack must find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.
10. Coraline (PG)
This is a PG but my 10 year old found this one of the scariest films he's seen, so please be mindful. An adventurous girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
11. Corpse Bride (PG)
When Victor is practising his wedding vows in the woods, he accidentally gets married to a skeleton-like creature called Emily who whisks him off to the land of the dead.
12. BeetleJuice (15)
When the deceased couple Adam and Barbara are unsuccessful in scaring away a family that has moved into their old home, they seek the help of bio-exorcist Betelgeuse.
13. Hocus Pocus (PG)
Three witches resurrect after 300 years to exact revenge and begin a reign of terror after Max, a young boy who moves to Salem with his family, lights a cursed Candle of Black Flame.
14. Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (U)
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie is a 2005 American animated direct-to-video film produced by DisneyToon Studios.
It features the characters from Winnie the Pooh franchise and the sequel to Pooh's Heffalump Movie.
15. Paranorman (PG)
Norman Babcock is the resident of an ill-fated town that is reeling under a deadly curse. Norman, with his unique ability to talk to ghosts, and a few companions must together save the town.
Victor invites trouble when he revives his dead pet dog Sparky after it is hit by a car. Now, Sparky looks like a monster and terrifies Victor's neighbours.
17. The Little Vampire(PG)
After he moves to Scotland with his parents, only child Tony (Jonathan Lipnicki) struggles to make friends at his new school. But he is bullied and picked on by the other boys, and has little hope of overcoming his miserable new life.
Then he meets Rudolph (Rollo Weeks), a kid vampire with whom Tony becomes very close. But, when Rudolph's life and the future of the vampire race are threatened by a ruthless vampire hunter, Tony must find the courage to save his best friend.
18. Scooby-Doo in Zombie Land (PG)
Zombie Island contains a darker tone than most Scooby-Doo productions, and is notable for containing real supernatural creatures rather than people in costumes.
19. Coco (PG)
Miguel pursues his love for singing in spite of his family's ban on music. He stumbles into the Land of the Dead, where he learns about his great-great-grandfather who was a legendary singer.
20. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (U)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.
21. Ghostbusters (12)
After the members of a team of scientists lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money.
They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.
22. Monsters Inc, (U)
In Monstropolis, best friends Sulley and Mike are the top scarers working at the Monsters, Inc. However, their lives are hugely disrupted when a human girl enters their world.
23. The Dog That Saved Halloween (PG)
A talking dog encounters a haunted house, a creepy neighbor and a scary canine.
24. Goosebumps (PG)
Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush).
The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah's mysterious father is R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the famous author of the best-selling "Goosebumps" series. When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it's up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper to return the beasts back to the books where they belong.
25. Monster House (PG)
Three teenagers discover that their neighbour's house is actually a monster that hates children. Soon, they decide to destroy the heart of the house and kill it.
We are adding 3 more on to our 2021 list - The Witches, Cruella, and hopefully we're popping to see Addams Family 2 in cinema!
I hope you enjoy ticking off the films and have a monstrous movie marathon!