Spooktacular Halloween Movies for Kids

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The spooky season is upon us, and there's nothing like watching a creepy Halloween movie for kids to set the spooktacular scene!

Even if you've decided not to go out trick or treating this year, there's no harm in enjoying a little creepy festivities at home, starting with a legendary Halloween movie for kids that will, hopefully, not spook all the big and little kids in your house too much!

16 Spooktacular Halloween Movies for Kids

1. Goosebumps (2015)

Recommended Age: 9+

Inspired by the hugely popular book series, the live-action film version of Goosebumps unleashes a cacophony of beastly monsters from the pages of the very books they came from! With the expert help of author R.L.Stine, teenager Zach Cooper has to save his town from the demons wreaking havoc.

2. The Addams Family (2019)

Recommended Age: 8+

This quirky animated comedy is a modern take on the famously macabre clan as they stir up trouble in the neighbourhood and is an ideal Halloween movie for kids aged 8 and over. The mysterious and spooky Gomez and Morticia Addams, together with their eccentric brood - Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and It - do whatever it takes to defend their eerie hilltop mansion from ultimate doom!

3. Beetlejuice (1988)

Recommended Age: 8+

This award-winning 80s Halloween movie directed by the master of quirky comedy, Tim Burton, revolves around a recently deceased couple who become ghosts haunting their former home to try to scare away the new residents with help from their spirit friend, the wicked Beetlejuice. Creepy, cooky family fun!

4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Recommended Age: 7+

Spielberg’s family classic is still one of the best Halloween movies for kids. It’s the story of the loveable extra-terrestrial who finds itself stranded on earth and the special connection the little boy Elliot makes with him as he tries to repatriate him. We challenge you not to cry. The Trick or Treat scene makes us all want to live in the States!

5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Recommended Age: 12+

Another classic Burton fantasy film, with a sprinkle of romance, this much-loved fairy tale follows the sweet journey of Edward - a constructed 'human' with a bizarre appearance and scissors for hands. Underneath the freakish exterior is a kind-hearted creative genius who embarks on a magical adventure in the pastel paradise of Suburbia, where he falls in love.

6. Hotel Transylvania – Daddy’s Little Daughter (2012)

Recommended Age: 7+

This is a good introductory ‘monster movie’ for little kids – the monsters are tame, and the story focuses on Dracula and his daughter as she comes of age (118!). When a boy stumbles upon Dracula’s hotel and falls for his daughter Mavis, Dracula becomes quite the protective parent.

7. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

Recommended Age: 3+

A Halloween movie for the littlies, this sweet-as-honey Halloween story follows Pooh and his pals as they gobble up all the trick-or-treat candy, immediately feel bad and get a tummy ache!

8. Ghostbusters (1984)

Recommended Age: 11+

This 80s classic follows the somewhat hilarious escapades of a team of paranormal sanitation workers with fully charged proton packs strapped to their backs, as they venture around New York City attempting to exterminate the ghost population. Some of the ghosts are skeletal and scary, hence the recommendation for older children.

9. Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)

Recommended Age: 7+

A 70s Disney classic that doubles as a great Halloween movie for kids, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is about three children evacuated from London during World War II, who then find themselves looked after by an apprentice witch who plans to save England from the Nazis by casting a spell. A flying brass bed adventure to the world of Naboombu ensues.

10. Corpse Bride (2005)

Recommended Age: 10+

Tim Burton lets his imagination run wild yet again in this animated movie about Victor, a nervous and clumsy young man, who accidentally marries a dead bride. He is taken to the Land of the Dead and must somehow escape in order to be reunited with his true fiancée in time for their wedding. It manages to handle dead bodies, skeletons, decay and death with humour.

11. Coraline (2009)

Recommended Age: 9+

A cool but creepy Halloween movie based on Neil Gaiman’s popular children’s novel. Unhappy about relocating to a new house and leaving all her friends behind, Coraline, the gutsy heroine discovers a door to an alternative world. There she finds attentive, doting versions of her real parents and other excitement. But this new world is more dangerous than it seems.

12. Casper (1995)

Recommended Age: 6+

The ultimate Halloween movie for kids, this adaption of the well-known ‘friendly ghost’ cartoon series focuses on Casper who has always struggled with being lonely and when he finally finds a friend, he tries to bring himself back to life. But things do not go according to plan. The Casper Movie is not as mild as the cartoons but shouldn't be too scary for the right age group.

13. Gremlins (1984)

Recommended Age: 10+

A dad discovers a Mogwai in Chinatown and buys it as a Christmas present for his son Billy, who loves his sweet furry pet Gizmo, but disregards the basic rules of owning a Mogwai. Gizmo spawns nasty offspring, and the new creatures immediately go wild and tear up the house. There are several gory scenes; Gremlin-in-a-blender, Gremlin-in-a-microwave to name but a few.

14. Monsters Inc. (2001)

Recommended Age: 5+

A cute, kid-friendly monster movie where the monsters are more afraid of kids than the kids are of monsters! But these monsters need to collect kids’ screams to fuel their world. Children are getting hard to scare so Monsters Sully and Mike Wazowski have their work cut out for them.

15. Monsters University (2013)

Recommended Age: 5+

If your little ones love Monsters Inc. they're going to love the sequel. Monsters University follows the journey of Sully and Mike Wazowski before their scaring days at Monsters Inc. With the same comedy and cutely creepy monster characters, Monsters University is a great monster movie for little ones who don't like to be too scared.

16. Hocus Pocus (1993)

Recommended Ages: 13+

Witches, flying broomsticks, magic spells, talking cats, zombies... no wonder Hocus Pocus is a classic Halloween movie for kids! A great mix of comical theatrics and spookiness, Hocus Pocus follows the tale of Max, Dani and Allison as they try and defeat the resurrection of the sassy and spooky 3 witches, aka, the Sanderson Sisters. With a stellar cast including Bette Midler, Sarah-Jessica Parker and Thora Birch, Hocus Pocus should be on everyone's Halloween movie list.

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