Halloween is coming up, and it's a great chance to spend some quality time with your kids. One fun way to celebrate the holiday is to have a movie night, and there are plenty of Halloween classics that are perfect for family viewing.
Casper is a great movie for little ones who are scared of the dark, because it proves that ghosts don't have to be scary — they can be friendly, like Casper! This film, which mixes live action and animation, was a huge hit in the 1990s, and adults will have fun spotting familiar faces, such as Bill Pullman, Eric Idle and Christina Ricci.
Christina Ricci also appears in another Halloween classic, The Addams Family, alongside Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd. This funny and twisted movie, inspired by a cartoon series, is about a rich and spooky family who is tricked by an imposter pretending to be their Uncle Fester. Watch out for the clever twist at the end!
If your kids love to sing, then this bizarre and silly musical will go down as a treat. Directed by Frank Oz, the creator of Miss Piggy and voice of Yoda, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of flower shop worker Seymour, who discovers a strange talking plant. The quirky film received glowing reviews and was nominated for two Oscars for its amusing singalong soundtrack.
The first Tim Burton movie on the list is Corpse Bride, a 2005 animated fantasy-horror film with music composed by Danny Elfman. You'll recognize the voices of Burton's regular collaborators, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, in the movie, and as usual, the writer-director includes humour that will appeal to adults as much as to kids.
A more recent Tim Burton movie is last year's Frankenweenie. It's available in 3-D and features the voice of another Burton favourite, Winona Ryder. Inspired by the 19th century novel Frankenstein, it's about a young scientist called Victor Frankenstein, who brings his dead dog back to life. The film is very sweet with lots of funny moments.
Disney fans will love this family fantasy movie about a group of witches from the 17th century who are resurrected by a group of teenagers. Hocus Pocus has an all-star cast, including "The Rose" singer Bette Midler, Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and a young Thora Birch. It has become a cult classic and a cornerstone of Halloween TV.
Looking for a film that provides Halloween fun without the fear? Monster House could be just the movie! This PG movie from 2006 credits Steven Spielberg as an executive producer and uses innovative performance capture technology. It tells the story of three children who discover that their neighbour's house is actually a monster.
Even if you haven't seen the movie Ghostbusters, you will know the catchy theme tune! This hilarious film mixes fantasy with reality, as three inept parapsychologists (the ghostbusters) try to make a living by exterminating ghosts. There is also a love triangle, and the ghostbusters find themselves on a mission to save the world.
One of the most recent spooky hit movies for kids is ParaNorman, a cute animated film that was nominated for an Oscar. The protagonist is Norman, a little boy who can speak to dead people. He is mocked by his family and classmates, who don't believe his claims, but when zombies arrive in town, it's Norman's responsibility to save the day.
Beetlejuice is another Tim Burton classic, but this time it's live action rather than animation. The movie centres on a young couple who discovers they have died and entered the afterlife. Their home is taken over by an irritating new family, and the only way to get rid of them is to scare them away with the help of ghost exorcist Beetlejuice.
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