The Halloween season is a time for children and families to get together and enjoy the spooky stories, costumes, and candy. It’s also a time for horror movies that are just too scary for adults. Here are 30 of the best kids and family movies from the past decades that will have you on edge this Halloween.
The halloween animated movies is a list of 30 best Halloween kids and family movies of all time. The list has been updated in 2021.
All you want to do when you’re in the mood for Halloween is shut the curtains, turn out the lights, make some popcorn, and settle down for a Halloween movie. If your kids want to participate in the fun, you’ll need to figure out how much scariness they can handle first. With so many content providers and rentals to choose from, you’re sure to find something to fit your family’s fear level.
These Halloween movies for kids are perfect for a family movie night and capture the indescribable Halloween spirit. Short specials are available for children who are too little to withstand real shocks. There are stop-motion animated movies that take use of how scary that technique can be. Even if it doesn’t frighten everyone, Halloween comedy are guaranteed to delight everyone in the family. Then there are other films for older kids that certainly offer some shocks and thrills without quite reaching Poltergeist levels of terror. Bring the kids together, carve a family pumpkin, make some Halloween sweets, and watch one of these family-friendly Halloween movies!
Hocus Pocus is the first film in the Hocus Pocus franchise.
Hocus Pocus is a wonderful option for a fun family movie to watch around Halloween.
Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, portrayed by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, respectively, are the three hysterical witches in Hocus Pocus. After 300 years, the three sister witches awaken and find that they must devour souls in order to live. However, they must first cope with three courageous youngsters and a talking cat who are out to stop them. The film is a wonderful family comedy for Halloween, despite some adult allusions and situations.
Casper is number two (1995)
It’s simple to understand why Casper the Friendly Ghost is such a hit among kids. They have a lot in common with him since they, too, are unseen and misunderstood, with little memory of their former lives. He’s comforting; in a world full of frightening ghosts, it’s good to know you’re not alone. The Casper comics did not make it through the present era of mega-heroes. Nonetheless, their memory served them well, and “Casper,” a high-tech special-effects spectacular starring His Friendliness, is now available.
Like “The Flintstones” and “The Addams Family,” “Casper” tries to bring cartoons to life by using real performers and settings. It’s a technically remarkable and enjoyable accomplishment. There’s even some charming philosophy, like when Casper laments to Kat, “I suppose life simply doesn’t matter that much when you’re a ghost.”
3. Gives you goosebumps (2015)
What if, while trying to help a neighbor, you inadvertently unleashed actual monsters into the world? R.L. Stine’s universe is unlike any other. He’s the mega-best-selling author of horror-but-only-for-kids novels. It’s chock-full of ingeniously designed creatures based on traditional adult or “adult” horror, but consistently and creatively slanted to the tastes and tolerances of a younger audience. The objective is to give the required, hmm, goosebumps while avoiding nightmares. The popularity of R.L. Stine is well-deserved, and his tales have been adapted for television, direct-to-video, and other media. A feature-length excursion into that realm might be difficult.
The Witches (#4) (2020)
Roald Dahl did not believe in babying children and instead preferred to implant in them ideas ranging from childlike imagination to surreal horror. Guillermo del Toro is a master craftsman who does not believe in holding your hand and knows the pure force of imagination, regardless of your age. Years ago, del Toro started work on a stop-motion cinematic version of Roeg’s 1990 adaptation of Dahl’s The Witches. Although that project fell through, del Toro’s love of difficult scares will continue on in the 2020 remake of “The Witches,” which he co-produced and co-wrote (with Kenya Barris and the director) with Robert Zemeckis, a quite different technical master.
This once-theatrical hit, which was decimated by the epidemic, is now accessible on HBO Max, just in time to scare kids into staying up all night on Halloween. According to its description, it has some of the most obnoxiously frightening images in recent family entertainment. It reminds one of its original material and, at its best, of Zemeckis’ work, with warped images like “Death Becomes Her” and even the darker side of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Some of the writing is clumsy, the finale is awful, and there’s a central performance that sucks everything in its path like a black hole, but much of it won’t matter to viewers of “The Witches” because they’ll be too terrified.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton (1993)
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, is tired of repeating himself. He decides to spice things up a little by trying on Christmas. As one would imagine, it doesn’t exactly work out for him, but this Tim Burton film is so aesthetically stunning that we could watch him try all day.
Movies have the ability to transport us to new worlds, but this is one of their rarest gifts. Most filmmakers aim for realism in their work, creating settings that we can identify. One of the great pleasures of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is the lack of recognized scenery. Everything seems weird and ominous. Without his red-and-white striped outfit, even Santa Claus would be difficult to see.
The Goonies (No. 6)
This may not be the most obvious Halloween film, but its treasure hunt, pirate mystery, and coming-of-age adventure have been exciting youngsters since the 1980s. The delighted performances of the youngsters who have the adventures raise “The Goonies” to a seamless mix of the typical Steven Spielberg action movie elements. It’s a fanciful story about hidden pirate riches presented in a slice-of-life manner, allowing these youngsters to use phrases that Bogart didn’t comprehend in “Casablanca.” Children’s and adult films used to be separated into different categories. Now, Spielberg has discovered a middle ground for young adolescents with sophisticated horror preferences. He directs elegant action veterans (this time, Richard Donner of “Superman” and “Ladyhawke”) and controls the production and formula.
Coraline is number seven (2009)
This film has a “creepy” undertone despite its stunning stop-motion animation and bright colors (and that may be an understatement). Coraline is a bleak tale about the dangers of constantly hoping the grass was greener.
According to the director of “Coraline,” it is suitable for courageous youngsters of any age. That’s an understatement to say the least. No matter how courageous a kid is, this is nightmare stuff for children under a particular age. I realize that youngsters are exposed to a variety of horror films through video, but “Coraline” is unsettling not because of the gruesome visuals, but because of the narrative it conveys. That’s uncommon in and of itself: many movies are excellent at cutting limbs, but few are good at capturing us deep within, where it’s dark and frightening.
Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) isn’t a nice young kid, which makes her even more odd. She’s obnoxious, complains a lot, and only begrudgingly makes friends. She meets lovely and colorful new acquaintances throughout her journey, which involves replacing her parents with frightening duplicates with buttons sewed over their eyes. She’s in danger of being trapped in their alternative reality, which is accessible via a creepy tunnel concealed beneath a painted-over doorway in her own.
Beetlejuice is the eighth film in the Beetlejuice franchise (1988)
For the Maitlands, nothing seems to be going right. They not only perished on the road while swerving to escape a dog, but they also seem to be stuck, haunting their own home and its new inhabitants. Naturally, they seek help from Beetlejuice in recovering their house. Beetlejuice’s appeal is obvious, even if the 1988 picture isn’t quite as frightening as you remember.
Apart from the opening sequence, Bo Welch’s set design is the finest thing about “Beetlejuice.” Both Welch and Burton seem to have been influenced by the spirit of the “Pee-Playhouse” and “Pee-Big wee’s Adventure,” in which things take on life of their own and architectural features have an unnerving tendency of rearranging themselves. The film’s style may be characterized as surrealistic animation.
9. A Chain of Unfortunate Occurrences (2018)
The tale of the Baudelaire orphans needs to be included on any Halloween movie list, despite the fact that it is not a film. This twisted tale of family secrets and, well, “unfortunate occurrences” is best suited for tweens and above.
Netflix may have been tempted to prolong A Series of Unfortunate Events as long as possible due to the basic framework of the stories. Sure, the Unfortunate Events series author Daniel Handler only published 13 novels. Nonetheless, the premise of his story may inspire a slew of additional plots in which the cunning Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) dons a ludicrous disguise to attempt to steal the Baudelaire kids’ fortune. Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld, the series’ creators, took a methodical approach to their adaptation, sticking closely to the storylines, spirit, and chronology of the books. The show’s third and final season is a masterpiece.
10. Halloween Is Saved by Super Monsters (2018)
For the preschooler who is frightened of his own shadow, Netflix’s original series Super Monsters is available all year. It follows a group of preschool monsters as they go to school to learn everything about how to be monsters while staying as frightening as possible. The tiny monsters prepare for their favorite holiday and “greatest night of the year” in this Halloween movie special, which includes assisting a worried buddy.
Encourages empathy for people who are frightened and helps them overcome their anxieties. “You are under no obligation to attempt something that makes you uncomfortable or afraid.” What frightens some individuals may not bother others.
Arachnophobia is a fear of spiders (1990)
A venomous spider travels from the jungles of South America to a quiet California hamlet in this Halloween flick that is not for the faint of heart! This exciting thriller includes a good amount of comedy, but don’t be deceived; there are a few scary moments sprinkled throughout.
This is the kind of film that makes you squirm out of pleasure rather than fear, and it’s likely to appeal to younger viewers since it doesn’t bombard you with violence. It, like the spider, places a premium on structure.
The Addams Family is number 12 on the list (1991)
The Addams Family is creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, but they also offer dark comedy that your teenagers will enjoy.
Wednesday and Pugsley are to blame for the film’s one huge laugh, which occurs during a school pageant in which half of the audience is soaked in stage blood. I’m hoping it’s stage blood at the very least. Aside from that, the story centers on a plan developed by a clever family attorney (Dan Hedaya), who persuades a client’s son to mimic Gomez’s long-lost elder brother, Fester. The brother (Christopher Lloyd, from the “Back to the Future” movie) is a wretched creature who stares out at the world through big black eye sockets in dismay until he starts to think he belongs in the Addams family.
Julie and the Phantoms (#13) (2020)
This is a wonderful Halloween movie for the preteen age, with catchy music and scary ghosts. Julie and the Phantoms is a television series about a young girl who, due to her ghost band, the Phantoms, rediscovers her passion and drive for music.
The laws of “Julie and the Phantoms’” universe, as well as its pervasive afterlife, are extremely confusing. In 1995, three members of the pop-punk band Sunset Curve died suddenly after eating contaminated hot dogs (yes). At the year 2020, they resurface in their former studio, where they make a new friend in an adolescent called Julie (Madison Reyes). When they play with her, they find that the rest of the world can hear and see them until the music ends. The film “Julie and the Phantoms” is charming and adorable.
Cruella de Vil (2021)
Cruella isn’t a Halloween movie, and it’s not scary in the way that goblins, ghouls, or witches are. It does, however, have a gothic Halloween feel about it (mixed with some fabulous punk fashions). When looking into the circumstances that led to Estrella’s transformation into Cruella, several terrifying things happen, revealing how she became one of Disney’s greatest villains. (A PG-13 picture is best suitable for older children since the events may be violent.) Cruella is presently accessible on Disney+ for a premium experience, but starting August 27, it will be included with all Disney+ subscribers.
15. Toil and Trouble, Toil and Trouble, Toil and Trouble, Toil and Trouble, Toil and Trouble (1993)
This made-for-television family comedy stars the Olsen twins. Yes, it’s corny, but in Double, Double Toil and Trouble, these child-star darlings are at their best. Furthermore, the Halloween-themed storyline is nearly completely comedic, with just a few scares—all of which are mild enough to be tolerated by a kindergartener.
Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King (Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King) (2008)
This is one to watch with your elementary schooler. What can you anticipate? The classic Scooby-Doo comedy, replete with scary characters. The popular and colorful ensemble goes on an adventure-packed, and at times frightening, journey to Halloween Land in this family-friendly, feature-length animated picture.
Although the sight of an animated Daphne clad in a skintight catsuit was maybe a bit more pleasant than it should have been, the animation is superb. The 5.1 surround audio adds to the entire ambiance, and the vocal performance is outstanding, with Tim Curry, James Belushi, and Lauren Bacall contributing their voices to the proceedings. Scooby regulars Casey Kasem and Frank Welker, on the other hand, deserve credit for standing out amid the plethora of celebrities.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie is number seventeen (2005)
Like everything Winnie the Pooh, this Halloween special is sugar-coated and completely innocent. When you need a non-scary seasonal selection, rent this guy. It’s festively entertaining and simple to watch with even the youngest members of your family (or disrupt the bedtime routine).
Halloweentown, no. 18 (1998)
A little girl learns she is a good witch in this Halloween tale, and her goal is to preserve the festival, even if it means violating her domineering mother’s laws. Warning: the enemy is a grotesque-looking warlock, and the stand-offs may get a bit heated at times. (There are also realistic portrayals of parent-child conflict.) However, there is minimal gore, and the overall tension of Halloweentown makes it a delightful crowd-pleaser for both tweens and adults.
What sets this picture apart from the typical Halloween material is that it reflects the atmosphere of a family-friendly celebration. It’s delicious and amusing, but if you eat too much of it, you’ll get a stomachache. Halloween, like Christmas, has become a commercial gimmick, and there are certain gender stereotypes (so much buying), but this is a family-friendly video that will appeal to tweens and early adolescents with a little follow-up conversation. Every year, TV executives attempt to profit on the craze. This story of a 13-year-old girl fascinated with witchcraft, on the other hand, is actually about understanding the power of family, whether mortal or otherwise.
Twitches (19.) (2005)
This made-for-TV Disney film stars Tia and Tamera Mowry from the popular Sister, Sister TV program. In this tale about two girls who learn they are twin sisters—and also witches destined to fight “the evil,” their seamless chemistry comes through (as it usually does).
Their guardians Illeana and Karsh rescue the twin sisters Artemis and Apolla from the Darkness and transfer them to another reality in the enchanted land of Coventry. They are adopted by several families, but their guardians compel them to meet on their twenty-first birthday. Camryn Barnes lives with her beloved rich parents, while Alex Fielding lost her mother three months ago and is searching for employment on her own. They learn they have magical powers and are forced to return to Coventry to rescue their birth mother and the kingdom from the Darkness.
Although there are certain gender stereotypes (so much shopping), this is a family-friendly video that will appeal to tweens and early teenagers with some discussion.
Song of the Sea (number 20) (2014)
Hand-drawn animation captures the beauty of Irish folklore in a touching tale about sibling bonding. The tale is filled with imagination and magic, as well as a few scary moments that may be too strong for small children but nonetheless capture the Halloween mood.
Coco (number 21) (2017)
Although Dia de Los Muertos and Halloween are not the same, they both begin on October 31 (the eve of All Saints Day) and have a same history. Both festivities are a lot of fun and a bit creepy at the same time. Give your kid a taste of culture with this charming, family-friendly video that uses stunning animation and artifacts to pay tribute to the Mexican festival.
“Coco” is a happy tale about a little kid who wants to be a musician but finds himself interacting with talking skeletons in the afterlife. It features catchy music, a convoluted but comprehensible storyline, with home humor and media satire sprinkled throughout. Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and veteran Pixar animator Adrian Molina directed the film, which is strongly influenced by Mexican culture and traditional designs.
The film is mostly a slapstick comedy with a “Back to the Future” vibe, with large action scenes and new narrative material being revealed every few minutes. Nonetheless, as a Pixar picture, “Coco” builds to emotional moments so subtly that you may be surprised to find yourself wiping a tear despite the studio’s best efforts.
Monster House (number 22) (2006)
Older youngsters may get a fear-driven adrenaline rush without the gore in the frightening Monster House. This film about a home that comes to life in a strange way is genuinely terrifying, and the people are without redeeming characteristics. That so, it’s a lot more family-friendly than a slasher movie and a great way to introduce your preteen to the horror genre.
23. Spooky Companions (2011)
The good vs evil superhero cliche, mild shocks, and adorable puppies steal the show in this Halloween-themed flick. Working together to fight bad acts is what the dogs and their human companions are all about. There are also teachings about following your conscience rather than people that do not appreciate you.
The villains in this animated picture are made even more terrifying by ominous music and special effects, and there are plenty of creepy characters to boot (think: ghosts, haunted houses, monsters, and evil magic).
Curious George’s Halloween Boo Fest (#24) (2013)
The lovable naughty monkey returns in this charming and low-key but festive short. Curious George delves into eerie Halloween tales, confronts phobias, and escapes unharmed (as always). If you’re looking for a family-friendly, scare-free film that even the smallest viewers will appreciate, stream this one.
Dear Dracula, No. 25 (2012)
This delightful picture follows a young and surprisingly lovely vampire (i.e., Dracula) who battles with his identity when he discovers he isn’t all that frightening. It’s amusing and devoid of over-the-top scares. Fear takes a back seat to friendship and self-acceptance.
Youngsters watch Sam and Dracula connect over their shared fears and vow to assist each other overcome them, demonstrating friendship themes and teaching children that helping someone in need is never too little. Sam feels like a social outsider because of his odd hobbies. Still, he learns that he isn’t as different as he imagined when he opens himself up to the prospect of friendship. What was the outcome? A Halloween video that will delight both kids and adults.
The Dog Who Saved Halloween (No. 26) (2011)
The Dog Who Saved Halloween is a follow-up to The Dog Who Saved Christmas, featuring the same heroic dog and lots of Halloween motifs—along with a hearty helping of toilet humor. The storyline is basically a Home Alone rip-off, with two incompetent criminals and a dog playing the roles of Macaulay Culkin and a comparable amount of comic violence. This cheerful and family-friendly picture, on the other hand, will appeal to parents who don’t mind a little coarse humor.
27. Shrekless Shrekless Shrekless Shrekless Shrekless Shrek (2011)
Shrek, the most lovable of ogres, makes another hilarious cameo in this made-for-TV Halloween special. There will be some adult innuendo, like in other Shrek flicks, but it will most likely go undetected by your kid. Overall, there will be plenty of chuckles, and the scary material is mild enough for youngsters.
Shrek and many other fairy tale characters pay a visit to Lord Farquaad’s castle on Halloween and compete in delivering frightening tales. The winner is the one who is the last to leave the castle. Three short tales pay tribute to cult horror flicks in this twenty-minute animation. The story of Gingerbread is based on the film “Bride of Frankenstein,” Puss and Donkey fight as usual in a spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” and Shrek wins the night by transforming Pinocchio into scenes from “The Exorcist.” It’s original, funny, and technically sound.
Girl vs. Monster #28 (2012)
A family-friendly monster film with a low fear level and good themes. The story follows a young girl who learns (just before Halloween) that she is descended from a long line of monster hunters. The storyline is entertaining while avoiding the needless and disturbing violence common in slasher movies. In addition, Disney actress Olivia Holt sings some great songs and has a stage presence that will hold your teen’s attention.
It’s The Great Pumpkin, number 29. Charlie Brown is a cartoon character created by Charles Schul (1966)
This Halloween classic hits all the bases: costumes, trick-or-treating, and, of course, the anticipation of a magnificent pumpkin. This one is heavy on nostalgia, but parents should be aware that the Peanuts dynamic isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. In this animation, the children behave like children. They are often cruel to one another, for example. A realistic depiction, on the other hand, isn’t necessarily a negative thing—use the chance to speak to your kid about bullying or the value of compassion.
Each October, hundreds of Halloween TV specials are aired, but one stands out as a must-see for everyone who has or has ever had children. The absence of scares elevates this to the season’s quintessential feel-good picture. It’s a film that’s appropriate for kids of all ages, even very small ones. It gives me the same nostalgic sensation as the Peanuts comic strip and puts me in the mood for Halloween every year. Set aside some time in October with the youngsters in your life to watch it if you haven’t already. It works nicely with a bowl of hot popcorn and a handful of orange candy corn. So, instead of viewing films that will give you nightmares, check out the Halloween special.
Dracula (number 30) (1931)
If you have a large child in the home that is ready to delve into the horror genre, avoid the unnecessary slasher flicks and go for classic spooks instead. With its spooky music, this black-and-white thriller is the first cinematic version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The vampire feeds on the blood of strangers met in the night in London, in scenes reminiscent of the tale of Jack the Ripper. Then he infiltrates Dr. Seward’s box at the opera to introduce himself to high society (Herbert Bunston). Carfax Abbey, adjacent to the sanitarium where Renfield has been imprisoned, is owned by the doctor (giggling and eating spiders for their blood). Mina (Helen Chandler), her fiancé John Harker (David Manners), and Lucy, Mina’s friend are among the people he encounters (Frances Dade). Dr. Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), a vampire hunter, finally joins them and discusses vampirism in great detail.
Dracula isn’t exactly a pleasant guy. This classic portrayal spares young viewers the brutality that comes with his wicked actions while yet providing an experience that will keep everyone riveted to the television.
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