When your kids are all jazzed up from their trick-or-treating sugar rush, mellow them out with spook-tacular movies. Start your movie-watching tradition by choosing one of these five fun Halloween movies suitable for the entire family.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween if almost every major television network didn’t show this movie classic. First released in 1966, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown follows Linus and Sally as they try to confirm the legend of the Great Pumpkin by sleeping in the pumpkin patch. In the process, they miss out on the Halloween traditions that the rest of Charlie Brown’s gang are enjoying.
Bedknobs & Broomsticks
Disney is known for their family-friendly flicks, and this movie doesn’t disappoint. First released in 1971, Bedknobs and Broomsticks follows an aspiring witch whose training is interrupted when she takes three orphans into her home. The witch and the children end up going on a fantastical journey as they try to track down the missing page from her magic book.
For the family who prefers films from the last decade, Monster House (2006) addresses childhood fears and neighborhood myths surrounding a spooky house. When Halloween arrives, the main characters involve themselves in dares that place them in real danger as they discover the spooky house is actually a monster in its own right. Monster House is suitable for most families, but it does have a PG rating due to some scary sequences and language.
Ghostbusters is one of those classic movies from the 1980s that every child should have the chance to experience. The special effects may not meet modern-day standards, but the film’s fun factor is off the charts. A team of ghostbusters — Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson — work together to rid New York City of all types of ghosts and ghouls. Like Monster House, Ghostbusters has a PG rating for adult-like themes and language.
Casper is a PG-rated film produced by Steven Spielberg and first released in 1995. A greedy heiress discovers that a house she inherited harbors a treasure being guarded by three malicious ghosts. In an effort to extract the treasure, she enlists a paranormal expert and his teenage daughter to move into the house and deal with the ghouls. Lots of action ensues, and a fourth, gentle ghost emerges.