It’s that spooky time of the year again and I am not sure if we’re going trick-or-treating for Halloween this year. I haven’t prepared much and my weekend is booked with events. If you’re certain you’ll be missing out on trick-or-treating, why not watch Halloween movies with your kids instead?
I am not a fan of adult horror movies but I definitely love it when it’s child-friendly. It’s fun to watch kids go on a spooky adventure. Kai has been exposed to spooky films like Monster House and Casper and between the two, he hated the former. He’d cry when the camera zooms on the haunted house.
If you plan on skipping Halloween, it’s fine. Bond with your children by watching these 15 best Halloween movies with your kids.
#1. Casper (1995)
Casper has got to be a favorite when it comes to Halloween movies. The adorable friendly ghost has always struggled with loneliness until he met a friend. Everyone just loves this movie and you have to admit, this has got to be your favorite scene.
#2.The Addams Family (1991)
It’s creepy and it’s a classic! You just gotta love the epitome of the spooky family played by a stellar cast.
#3. Hocus Pocus (1993)
The movie is about a boy who accidentally unleashed the Sanderson Sisters – the three witches from the Salem trials – while watching over his little sister on Halloween.
#4. Harry Potter series
Go for a Harry Potter marathon this Halloween. We did that earlier this year and it’s the only movie series that Kai was actually able to stand watching. We finished all movies and Kai loved it. He would freak during intense scenes like those involving Nagini, but he wouldn’t ask for the movie to stop. He definitely enjoyed Harry Potter.
#5. Monster House (2006)
This may be an animated kids movie but Kai was scared of it. I thought that since he loved Harry Potter, which was already intense for his age, he’ll be fine with this. But no. We only lasted for first few minutes when there was a scene that zooms in on the haunted house. Kai was so scared he cried asking to end the movie. Well, the mean old guy did look scary. That was funny, though, and our boy asked to watch Monster Truck instead.
#5. Frankenweenie (2012)
My favorite! And why wouldn’t you love Frankenweenie– it’s by Tim Burton! The movie is close to my heart since it is about a boy, Victor, who did everything just to bring back his beloved pooch, Sparky, back to life. Sparky also looked like my late dog, Jak-Jak.
#6. Casper Meets Wendy (1998)
Our favorite friendly ghost returns with a new friend, Wendy the Witch. Although ghosts and witches are natural enemies, these two got along just fine and even had fun adventures together.
#7. Scooby Doo (2002 film)
Any Scooby-Doo movie or series is great for kids. While the scenes with ghosts and monsters can be scary for kids, Scooby and Shaggy’s childish antics tone it down a bit. I grew up watching the animated series on TV, and I remember my dad allowing me to stay up until I finished watching an episode.
Here’s the live action movie trailer.
#9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tired of the routine creepiness and spooky festivals in Halloween Town, “Pumpkin King” Jack Skellington wanders and ends up in Christmas Town.
#10. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Of course, Monsters, Inc. will make it to the list. This movie is obviously, about the world of monsters surviving on children’s screams. You got to love the heartwarming friendship story of Boo and Sully.
#11. Hotel Transylvannia (2012)
Halloween characters like mummies, werewolves, zombies and yes – vampires can be found in this movie. And what’s great is that the movie has a wonderful cast, including Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez. The movie also has a sequel, Hotel Transylvannia 2, the trailer of which can be found below.
#12. Coraline (2009)
Coraline is based on Neil Gaiman’s children’s horror novel. The story is comparable to Alice in Wonderland, only a lot creepier.
#13. Paranorman (2012)
I’ve heard about Paranorman but I’ve never actually seen it. But after watching the trailer, I will definitely watch this with my kid.
#14. Ghostbusters (1984)
It’s gooey. It’s filled with ghosts and action-packed scenes as the team cleans up New York of mean spirits. Have some spooky night with Ghostbusters on your screen.
#15. The Witches (1990)
A classic based on the children’s novel of the same name, with my favorite Anjelica Houston playing as the Grand High Witch. The story is about a boy who stumbled upon a group of witches discussing a plan to exterminate children. Kind of a dark movie for your little one, especially when the witches when they reveal their true forms.
Have you watched any of the Halloween movies in the list? Do you have more to add? Let me know in the comments section below.