1. It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (NR)
This movie is a Halloween favorite the whole family will enjoy. The peanuts gang dresses up in Halloween costumes and Linus holds an all-night vigil to see the Great Pumpkin. The movie is not rated but has no scenes that would cause younger children to be crawling into your bed later that night.
Watch it on TV or buy it from Amazon.
2. Halloweentown (PG)
A disney classic, this movie is also great for the whole family. When their grandmother Aggie comes for her annual Halloween visit, Marnie and her siblings follow her back to a strange place known as Halloweentown. There they discover they’re actually witches and venture around town but then discover a plot that endangers the mortal world as well. This movie is great for kids 7 and up and is full of all things Halloween like skeletons, goblins and more.
If you’re feelin adventurous you can even take a trip to the real Halloweentown located in St. Helen’s Oregon.
Watch it on ABC Family, Disney Channel or buy it on DVD.
3. Hocus Pocus (PG)
A disbelieving teenager lights a black flame candle and brings back to life three wild witches whose goal is to suck the lives of little children. What may sound like a terrifying plot is quite the opposite. These three zany witches will have you laughing as they struggle to adjust to Halloween in the 21st century after being dead for hundreds of years and fight to achieve their goal against three kids and a talking cat.
Watch it on ABC Family, DVD and Disney Channel.
4. Casper (PG)
Usually ghost movies are too scary for kids. However Casper is known as the friendly ghost and is the opposite of most ghosts you meet in horror movies. Ghost therapist Dr. Harvey and his daughter Kat are the newest owners of the haunted mansion that Casper and other ghosts reside in. Their goal is to help the apparitions transition to the “other side.” In the process Kat and Casper form a forbidden friendship.
Watch it on DVD.
5. Ghostbusters (PG)
‘Who you gonna call’ when you need a Halloween movie that is appropriate for all ages? “GhostBusters!” While the remake and the original are equally hilarious movies that will get you in the Halloween spirit the original is more appropriate for kids. Save the remake for after you put the children to bed (The remake is rated PG-13).
Watch it on Redbox, Amazon, or DVD.
6. The Addams Family (PG)
This Addams family is very relatable, minus the butler who looks like Frankenstein and the torture chamber basement. The family finds life difficult to adjust to in the suburbs, especially when Uncle Fester finds his way home. However “they’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky,” which makes this movie perfect for Halloween.
7. Monster House (PG)
Two twelve year olds spy on the creepy old man next door who lives in an equally creepy house that sucks in anything on the lawn. The monster house features ghouls, ghosts and peril but is definitely appropriate for all ages.
Watch it on Netflix or DVD.
8. Scooby Doo (PG)
The show in general puts you into the spooky mood with many of the villains being ‘supernatural’ characters. There are a variety of Scooby Doo movies out there that will have the whole family laughing as the gang solves the many mysteries they are given.
Watch it on Netflix, DVD, ABC Family or Amazon.
9. The Haunted Mansion (PG)
With 999 ghosts haunting this house, there’s no way it won’t put you in the Halloween mood. An Eddie Murphy starring comedy, this movie is based off the Disney theme park ride. It tells the tale of a family who unknowingly moves into this haunted mansion.
Watch it on DVD.
10. Hotel Transylvania
Dracula owns a monster hotel with his daughter Mavis in this halloween movie. Filled with classic monsters, ghouls and ghosts it’s the perfect movie for this time of year. Mavis falls in love with a human boy who accidentally finds the hotel and Dracula becomes a protective father.
Watch it on Netflix, Amazon or DVD.
Grab your popcorn and candy corn and gather around the TV for these halloween movies perfect for the whole family. They will be sure to get you in the mood without having you hiding behind pillows and turning every light on in the house.