Halloween is a great time to snuggle up on the couch and watch a spooky movie with your family. These twenty-five Halloween movies offer chills, thrills, and sometimes laughs for kids and adults. Appropriate age ranges are noted, along with where to stream.
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When grandma brings Marnie and her kids home to Halloweentown, they realize they come from a family of witches. As they interact with supernatural beings leading normal lives, on Marnie’s 13th birthday she realizes she’s a witch, and an evil threat is trying to take over the world.
There might be some scarier parts in this movie, so be advised if you have little children.
24. Casper, Peacock (1995)
Kat and her father, Dr. Harvey, are hired to drive four ghosts from a mansion with a secret treasure. Three of the ghosts are determined to conquer their human rivals, but luckily for Kat, the fourth ghost, Casper, is the “friendliest ghost, you know.”
23. Coco, Disney+ (2017)
Miguel longs to be a musician, but his family honors a generations-long ban on music. When he accidentally enters the Land of the Dead, he seeks out an ancestor to finally solve the mystery of the music ban.
Coraline moves into a new home but finds a secret passage to an alternate world, where the people have buttons for eyes, and a sinister “other mother” wants to take Coraline’s soul. Coraline has to find the strength to save her family and escape back to her ordinary world.
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21. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Prime Video and Apple TV (1982)
How do you hide an alien you have befriended while trick or treating on Halloween? This is a Gen X classic, so it’s time to share it with your kids if they have somehow missed it so far.
Besides giving us a cute and young Drew Barrymore, the movie put Reese’s Pieces officially on the map. How could your kids live through this world without recognizing the iconic phrase ” E.T. Phone Home“?
Three hundred years after being executed for witchcraft, the three Sanderson sisters are accidentally brought back to life by Max. It’s up to him, his little sister, and girlfriend Allison to save everyone in Salem from the witch sisters on Halloween.
Having a rebirth of lately with the invention of streaming, you’ll want to make sure this classic is in your kid’s Halloween collection.
19. Hotel Transylvania, Netflix (2012)
Dracula’s teenage daughter, Mavis, lives with him at his resort for monsters and ghouls in Transylvania. But when a young human named Jonathan appears on Mavis’ birthday weekend, she has her first crush. Dracula uses all of his powers to prevent them from falling in love.
18. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Apple TV+ (1966)
The only TV movie on the list, Charlie Brown navigates his somewhat clumsy social life, while his pal Linus longs for a visit from the Great Pumpkin. It’s just not the Holidays with the Peanuts gang.
17. Monster House, Hulu Plus and Vudu (2006)
What if an entire house is a living, breathing monster? Three teenagers try to stop an evil house from eating the trick-or-treating kids on Halloween night.
16. Monsters, Inc., Prime Video and Disney+ (2001)
Ever wondered about the monster in the closet? Where did it come from? Who is it? Why is it there? This Disney classic shows us the day-to-day lives of the employees at the company where the screams are the product, and the monsters in the closet are the employees.
15. The Boxtrolls, Netflix (2014)
Eggs is a human boy raised by the Boxtrolls, little trash-collecting creatures who live below the city. When the evil Snatcher hatches a plan to exterminate all of the Boxtrolls, Eggs must go above ground to save his family.
14. The Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney+ and Prime Video (1993)
Bored with Halloween, Jack Skellington discovers Christmas and wants to bring it to Halloweentown. Despite his best efforts and assistance from love-smitten Sally, Jack makes a mess of things and needs Santa Claus himself to set things right.
Sure it’s Christmas themed, but this spooky movie will be the perfect complement to your Halloween movie party.
Wallace and his ever-loyal dog and companion, Gromit, run a humane pest control business. A mysterious creature is destroying the town’s vegetable crops ahead of the annual vegetable-growing contest. It sounds like a job for Wallace & Gromit.
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12. Frankenstein, Prime Video (1931)
What can go wrong when an obsessed scientist brings the dead back to life? Maybe the granddaddy of all horror movies, this one still holds up all these decades later. (This is not for younger kids. While not shown on camera, the monster does throw a little girl into a lake, and we find out later she drowns.
Despite its subject matter, it is still quite tame by today’s standards, and kids might not even notice the drowning incident).
11. Ghostbusters, Peacock TV and Spectrum TV (1984)
Something strange in your neighborhood? Call the Ghostbusters! This 1980s-era classic might have dated, stop-motion special effects, but it works for kids and adults with humor and just enough scary stuff to keep everyone interested.
This one is in the tweens category because of some strong language and sexual situations.
10. Goosebumps, Netflix and Prime Video (2015)
Teenager Zach develops a crush on his next-door neighbor, Hannah, but there’s only one problem. Hannah’s dad happens to be horror author R. L. Stine, who secretly keeps all his literary monsters locked away safely in his manuscripts.
Guess who has to round up all the monsters after they are accidentally released to terrorize the town?
It might be too scary for the younger kids due to intense action sequences where characters are being chased by scary creatures.
9. The Haunted Mansion, Disney+ (2003)
Eddie Murphy plays a real estate agent who drags his wife and two children to a remote swamp to check out a mansion that is for sale. Spending one night there can’t hurt anyone, right? Right?
On the tweeners list, because some of the effects and imagery might be too intense for younger viewers.
8. ParaNorman, Vudu (2012)
Norman can talk to the dead, but only his new friend Neil believes him. Norman finds help in an unexpected crew of friends and the real truth behind an evil curse that threatens the town.
The final climactic scenes might be a little too intense for the younger ones due to the loud sounds and bright lights.
7. Scooby-Doo, HBO Max and Apple TV (2002)
After a nasty breakup two years earlier, the Mystery, Inc. gang goes to Spooky Island to—you guessed it—solve a mystery. Despite their differences, they realize they work best as a team.
Nostalgic parents will also enjoy this new ‘tail’ from the legendary Scooby-Doo gang.
This is in the tweeners list because it does have some special effects that might be too scary for the younger kids.
6. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, Netflix (2020)
When the boy she’s watching gets stolen by the boogeyman, a babysitter has to go after him and battle against the boogeyman’s monsters in order to get him back. She also encounters a whole squad of babysitters who also protect their kids on Halloween from these monsters.
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5. Beetlejuice, Prime Video and Apple TV (1988)
What do you do if you die as a couple, reside in your home as ghosts, but hate the family who buys and moves into your house? You hire a human-exorcism specialist named Beetlejuice, played brilliantly by Michael Keaton. Say his name three times at your own risk.
This one has scenes that are too scary for the younger kids as well as strong language.
4. Ghostbusters, Prime Video and ABC (2016)
If you enjoyed the original series of Ghostbusters, then check out the 2016 remake, but this time the team is made up of four women. Ghosts invade Manhattan, and the only ones who can stop the paranormal threat are paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan.
The plot doesn’t matter. This movie is all about the characters from the cartoon and TV show. Spot-on casting and seamless effects illuminate the macabre daily lives of Gomez and Morticia Addams, plus their creepy and kooky relatives.
This one is for the older kids due to sexual innuendo, dark humor, references to torture and weaponry, and mean-spirited behavior by kids. Even for older kids, you might consider previewing it.
2. Nightbooks, Netflix (2021)
Alex, a young boy obsessed with scary stories, is taken by an evil young witch to her New York City apartment. In order to avoid death, he convinces her to tell her a scary story every night. He meets another prisoner and then must try to break free from their prison.
This is a perfect gateway horror movie for teenagers.
1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Prime Video and Hulu (2021) Halloween Movies
Perfect for fans of the original Ghostbusters films, when a single mom and her two kids move to a small town to live in their grandfather’s house, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters. With a secret legacy and a rising threat under the surface, the kids will learn just what it takes to become a Ghostbuster.
There is a range of Halloween themed movies, from comedies to straight-up horror, there is a movie for all ages to enjoy. These are just a few of the Halloween movies that are out now, and surely more are to come as Halloween gets closer.
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