10 Spooktacular Halloween Movies for Kids
Family Friendly Halloween Movies That Are Great For Kids To Watch
I love the month of October. The weather is nice, the outdoor activities are great, and there are fun crafts and games to do with the family. One of my favorite things is to watch family friendly Halloween movies. While many Halloween movies are scary and basically slash fests, there are a lot of Halloween movies for kids to watch.
Here are some of my favorites:
Halloween Town (Disney, 1998)
A family learns that they come from a family of witches and the town that they live in is filled with supernatural beings. On her 13th birthday, Marnie, the main character, finds she is a witch, but that she and her family are involved in a fight against the evil that is threatening to take over the world. There are also a lot of sequels, such as Halloween Town High and Return to Halloween Town, if you wanted to have a movie-fest. You can find it on Disney+. Sometimes you can find it playing on random channels. You can also rent it on Amazon Prime.
Coco (Disney, 2017)
A young boy name Miguel wants to be a musician even though his family bans it. Without giving too much away, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead. Families who are not familiar with Mexican culture will learn a lot about this tradition and belief. He and another character named Héctor, go on a journey to unlock the magic of music. You can find the movie on Disney+, and can rent it as well.
Goonies (Warner Brothers, 1985)
The movie is about a group of kids who try to save a part of their town from a property developing company. When they discover an old pirate map in the attic, which leads to felons, pirates, traps and treasure. You can find it on Disney+ and it is often on other channels as well.
Harry Potter Series (Warner Brothers, 2001-2011)
With dark wizards and magical spells, this is a great series to watch for Halloween about a boy who lived and grows up to battle a dark wizard, with lots of friends, foes, adventures and action in between. Even the Peacock Streaming service agrees as they are offering all the Harry Potter movies to watch for free in October. You can also find it streaming or playing on other services for free on channels like SyFy, Freeform, etc. Also available for rent.
Hocus Pocus (Disney, 1993)
After moving to Salem, Mass., two kids explore an abandoned house and discover a dark mystery and triggers a spell that releases a coven of evil witches who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop the witches from becoming immortal. You can also find this on Disney+ and there is talk of a modern day sequel!
Room on a Broom (BBC, 2012)
A friendly witch allows a dog, a bird and a frog to travel with her as they try to avoid a fire-breathing dragon who threatens to eat the witch but the creatures band together to impersonate a monster and save her. Super cute story based on a book that is also good. Can find it streaming in various locations, like Netflix.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Touchtone Pictures, 1993)
Halloween Town is a fantasy world filled with various monsters and supernatural being – one being Jack Skellington. He leads the annual Halloween celebrationsbut it bored with the holiday and decides to take over Christmas with interesting results. Lots of singing and a fun blend of the two holidays. Can be a bit dark for younger kids. One that is really dark is Coraline and why, despite, magic and mystery, is not on my family friendly list. I can’t even watch it. But you can find Jack on the Disney Channel and Disney+
Twitches (Disney, 2005)
Twin sisters are adopted by different families but on their twenty-first birthday, they meet and learn they have magic powers. They work together to save friends and family and their kingdom from Darkness. You can find it on the Disney Channel and Disney+.
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (Universal, 2013)
George and his friends learn of a spooky legend about a scarecrow who attacks people wearing hats. They try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Legend of No Noggin, with a lot of Curious George antics. With a running time under an hour, it is great for really young kiddos. You can find it on PBS and Hulu.
Hotel Transylvania (Columbia, 2012)
Dracula builds a hotel in Transylvania, where monsters bring their families to vacation. During his daughter’s birthday celebration, she zings for a human disguised as a monster. You can find it on Hulu and often on other channels as well, like Freeform. Then, of course, you can rent or buy. There are also other sequels if you want to make a movie marathon of it.
What other Halloween movies for kids do you like to watch around Halloween?