21 Halloween films to watch with the kids

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

We LOVE Halloween in this house, all the decorations and activities, pumpkins and of course, Halloween movies! I've compiled a list of child friendly spooky films below (some not so suitable for younger kids, although mine seem find the scarier ones hilarious)...



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Hocus Pocus


I've always loved this one - properly camp spooky fun, I recently introduced the twins to this and they love it too! I love Bette Midler's version of I Put A Spell On You. This one's on Disney + or on DVD, rated PG.




The Addams Family & Addams Family Values


Both streaming on Netflix (or to rent on Amazon), these are great fun! They are rated PG but I've let me two watch these - they find the "gory" bits funny and a lot of it goes over their heads.


For a more child friendly version, there's a new animated version we enjoy too which is also on Netflix and rated PG.




The Nightmare Before Christmas


You can't have a list of Halloween films without a Tim Burton movie (or five)! Jack Skellington is my favourite - catchy songs and fun animation with a great story. Rated PG as some bits are quite scary. Streaming on Disney+.




Coraline


Another Tim Burton spookfest, this is a really creepy story about appreciating what you have! Available to rent on Amazon, rated PG.




Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II


Classic 80s fun! I love both of these films and dare I say the re-make (currently available to rent on Amazon for £1.99) with all the cameos and Melissa McCarthy whom I adore, but it's no patch on the originals. You can buy the DVD box set on Amazon for the same price as renting the first film but the second one is streaming on Amazon Prime.




Casper


A very sweet film about Casper, the friendly ghost. Another one my son finds hilarious with all the slapstick and silly baddies! Available to rent on Amazon, rated PG.



Monster House


This isn't my favourite but the twins like it. It has a lot of darker bits with some very scary scenes too so probably not for little ones. Rated PG, streaming on Netflix.



Frankenweenie


Another one on Disney+, I only half watched this one with the twins last year so I have no idea if it's any good or not. Rated 6+.




Corpse Bride


Good Old Tim Burton again, he is the king of creepy. Priya and I love this one, K isn't so keen. Streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, rated PG.



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