Best Halloween
Family Flicks

Spook yourself silly with this roundup of the best Halloween movies for kids of all ages.

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Preschoolers

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Don't miss this Halloween classic with all of your favorite characters from the Peanuts gang while they wait for an appearance from the Great Pumpkin. Don't be surprised if watching this movie becomes a Halloween family tradition.

Barney's Halloween Party

Join everyone's favorite purple dinosaur for a Halloween party full of oodles of preschool fun. Go trick-or-treating, play games and make silly Halloween crafts that are sure to tickle your toddler's funny bone!

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie

Go deep into the Hundred Acre Woods for this exciting Halloween adventure with Winnie the Pooh and the gang while they take Roo's new Heffalump friend trick-or-treating for the very first time.

Dora's Halloween Parade

Celebrate this Halloween with all your favorite characters from Dora the Explorer. Join Dora, Boots and Little Monster for some not-so-scary fun during their nighttime Halloween adventures.

Sesame Street - A Magical Halloween Adventure

You can't go wrong with every toddler and preschooler's favorite show, Sesame Street. Featuring all characters from the beloved show, the cast has many Halloween adventures guaranteed to not be scary.


Elementary schoolers

Scooby-Doo

In this full-length feature film from 2002, the Scooby-Doo gang is broken up until they are all separately invited to Spooky Island to solve a mystery. Help the gang uncover the spooky secrets of the island while they discover how much they really do need each other, once again.

Monsters, Inc.

Have a monstrously good time watching this hilarious and mildly spooky film about two loveable monsters who accidentally get involved in a mix-up with a human child who gets trapped in the monster world.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace and Gromit are at it again in this adorable claymation film where they try to discover the sneaky beast that is causing trouble all over town by eating up all the goodies in everyone's vegetable gardens.

Monster House

Is there such a thing as a real haunted house? Watch what happens when several kids discover a Monster House right in their own neighborhood and get entangled in a spooky adventure.

Hotel Transylvania

More funny than spooky, this movie for ages 5 and up includes everyone from Dracula to a few mummies and zombies. Selena Gomez lends her voice to the lead character in this fun Halloween flick.

Mickey's House of Villains

The villains from our favorite Disney movies have plans to take over the House of Mouse — and poor Mickey Mouse has to battle them all! Jafar, Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil and Ursula are among the characters that we love to hate — and make this an excellent choice for Halloween time.

The Black Cauldron

A young boy dreams of becoming an invincible warrior and finds himself plunged into a real-life adventure. This Disney animated film contains some scarier scenes that really young children might find a bit frightening — and a fun short film featuring Donald Duck.


Tweens

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

It's almost Halloween when Elliot discovers a creature from another planet that was accidentally left behind when his ship visited Earth. Kids and adults alike will fall in love with this incredible movie that portrays the deep bond that develops between this young boy and his extra-terrestrial friend.

The Goonies

Bound to become a family favorite, this Halloween classic from Steven Spielberg is a must-watch for the tween/teen crowd. A group of friends stumbles upon a scary criminal and her posse of outlaws while they are searching for treasure in a cave.

Casper

The friendly ghost from cartoons past comes alive in this Steven Spielberg production sure to be a hit with the tween crowd. Hidden treasure, a greedy heiress, a ghost therapist and Casper himself all make this one to add to your Halloween list.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweenland, is bored and is beginning to feel like life is meaningless until the day he discovers Christmastown. Find out what happens when he tries to get the creatures in his world to put on Christmas instead of Halloween.

Haunted Mansion

When workaholic Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) takes his family away on a business/family trip to an old New Orleans mansion, they discover the house is haunted by 999 ghosts.

Ghostbusters

Don't forget to introduce your tweens to this hilarious classic film from the '80s with the goofy gang of Ghostbusters who do everything in their power to destroy the ghouls that are haunting New York City.

Corpse Bride

From the mastermind Tim Burton comes this chillingly adorable movie about a bride who rises from the grave assuming a young man has married her.


Teens

Harry Potter

Fall in love watching the magic, mystery and special effects of this incredible fantasy adventure based on the novels of J.K. Rowling. The entire eight-part Harry Potter series is perfect for teens of all ages.

Halloweentown

What happens when your grandma reveals that she is actually a witch and that you and your siblings have magical powers? Find out in the thrilling Halloweentown where Grandma Aggie must battle to protect the children from a warlock who wants to turn the kids into zombies.

Gremlins

The rules were clear: "Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." But no one obeyed them. Watch what happens when an adorable but mischievous Christmas pet "Mogwai" becomes something else and turns the whole town upside down in this mild horror film.

Hocus Pocus

Your teens will get a scream out of this hilarious classic Halloween film in which three evil sister witches are resurrected after 300 years on Halloween night and it's left to a group of teenagers to defeat the wicked trio.

Twilight series

Love it or hate it, the Twilight series has taken teens (especially girls) by storm. Twilight is the story of Bella, the beautiful human girl who falls in love with Edward the vampire. There are some mature themes and scenes that may be too intense for younger teens.

Coraline

You might want to keep the little ones away from this movie about a young girl who finds a gateway to a home that is just like her own — except for a few sinister secrets. Perfect for older kids who aren't easily creeped out by button eyes!

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

With a funny twist on the idea of vampires, this movie depicts them as a sort of blood addicts who attend AA-type meetings and appear sickly. They band together when one of their members is staked to prevent it from happening again. There is some swearing and violence, making this a better bet for older teens.


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Comments on "Frightfully fun Halloween movies for kids of all ages"

Nicole October 22, 2012 | 11:10 AM

This is a great list of Halloween movies for kids! I like that this article offers so many film suggestions for children nine and under because, let’s face it, it’s not always easy for parents to find things that younger kids can watch which won’t cause them to have nightmares. Thanks!

Shannon October 18, 2012 | 8:07 PM

Great choices! I think this article really hits the mark with the choices. I loveee Hocus Pocus and think any teen would appreciate that movie as well. It's a classic! Thanks for all the other ideas.

Adam October 25, 2011 | 7:43 PM

Awesome article! I have seen some other sites with recommendations but you have gone the extra step of giving us a nice age appropriate breakdown. You have a lot of my all time favorites from “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” to “Ghostbusters”, “Gremlins” and any thing Scooby Doo is good for Halloween! For the older members of our family I found a ton of great Halloween and Horror movies at DISHOnline. The site is included free with service. There I can stream online or download to watch from my DVR. They have tons of other movies and TV shows there as well. I think I am going to go and pick up Wallace and Gromit along and The Haunted Mansion. I have The Nightmare Before Christmas waiting for me on the DVR.

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