Halloween will be celebrated around the world in just two weeks (October 31st). One of the ways that I like to celebrate with my family is by enjoying a spooky – but not TOO scary – movie. Below are my top ten Halloween movie choices for families with kids ranging in ages from preschoolers to tweens. There is certain to be at least a couple of movies that your family will have fun watching!
1. Casper (PG/1995)
Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci star in this movie that is based on the popular Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons and comic books. It is rated PG due to some of the language.
2. CORPSE BRIDE (PG/2005)
Co-directed by Tim Burton, this stop-motion animated movie is set in Europe’s Victorian era. It is rated PG for scary images and action as well as brief mild language.
3. Halloweentown (1998)
This Disney channel movie follows the adventures of a young girl (Marnie) who finds out that she is a witch on her 13th birthday.
4. Hocus Pocus (PG/1993)
This funny movie is about three witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. It is rated PG for some mild scary scenes and some rude language.
5. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
In this animated television special, The PEANUTS comic characters celebrate Halloween and Linus hopes that he will finally be visited by The Great Pumpkin. (This is one of my family’s favorite Halloween shows!)
6. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
After a child enters their city, monsters eventually find an alternative way to generate their city’s power instead of by scaring children.
7. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
This direct to video movie covers Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood. In this one, Roo and his new Heffalump pal Lumpy brave trick-or-treating for the first time.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG/1993)
In this acclaimed stop-motion film, Jack Skellington gets bored with ruling Halloween and decides to tackle Christmas instead. It is rated PG for some scary images. (It might be too scary for little kids.)
And the last two (reader’s choices)…
9. Ghostbusters (PG/1984)
This popular supernatural comedy follows a group of unemployed parapsychology professors who set up a paranormal investigative company based in Manhattan. While the film isn’t super scary, it deserves its PG rating for language, smoking and a couple of sexually suggestive scenes.
10. The Goonies (PG/1985)
This film follows the adventures of a group of friends who find a private treasure map. It is rated PG for cursing and violence. Although both are pretty mild, consider your child. (There are also some scenarios that might be too scary for really young kids.)
Thanks to all who gave their input on Facebook regarding the “Reader’s Choice” picks. In any event, you can borrow these videos from the library, rent them or buy those that you especially love. Happy Halloween movie watching!