Scary movies are all the rage every October as plenty of people want to get their spookiness on, but sometimes these films aren’t appropriate for younger viewers or for people that want to celebrate Halloween without seeing killers and gore. For those people, we’ve put together a nice collection of family-friendly, kid-appropriate films that are sure to get you ready for Halloween.
Not quite a full-length feature film, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown taps out at about 25 minutes, but it’s still a holiday classic worth watching with the kids. Join Charlie Brown as he goes trick ‘r treating, stop by Lucy’s house for a classic Halloween party, stay up with Linus as he faithfully awaits the arrival of his favorite holiday hero, the Great Pumpkin, and follow Snoopy as he tries to track down the Red Baron. The gang’s all here for Halloween and there’s no better way to kick off your Halloween festivities.
A Disney Channel movie from 2004, Halloweentown is about three siblings who find out that their grandmother is a witch and lives in Halloweentown, an alternate dimension city where witches, ghosts, goblins, skeletons, and all the like have been living for a thousand years. The children discover that their grandmother is in trouble because the Mayor of Halloween town is trying to brainwash and imprison its citizens. The kids must join the fight and help battle him and save the town.
Halloweentown is your typical Disney Channel fare, but has plenty of spooky Halloween creatures and magic that make it a fun film for the kids or great Halloween tradition for the whole family.
Based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoon and comics that ran from the 1940s through the 1960s, this live-action and computer animation adaption expands on the Casper story as a paranormal expert and his daughter come to live in the mansion that Casper and his three horrible uncles (also ghosts) haunt. Casper befriends the daughter Kat (Christina Ricci), and frequently follows her to school and the Halloween dance. Eventually, Kat discovers a secret that may be able to bring Casper back to life. It’s a ghostly story that’s fun for the whole family with touching moments and good laughs.
Ernest is back and this time he must save Halloween. After inadvertently releasing an evil troll that was sealed away more than 100 years ago by his ancestor, Ernest must stop the creature before it turns all the neighborhood children into little wooden statues so that it can consume their life energy. Can he discover the monster’s weakness and reseal the creature before Halloween ends?
While this film has a silly plot with plenty of slapstick humor, there are some scenes that might be scary for the younger children. All in all, if you like Ernest, or just goofy holiday films, then Ernest Scared Stupid is a good one for you and your family this Halloween.
While not technically a Halloween film, The Addams Family is filled with plenty of creepy characters and settings to fit right in with the spooky season. The Addams are an eerie family that enjoy living a more moribund lifestyle inside their immense mansion. With the re-emergence of long-lost brother, Fester Addams, they begin to celebrate, but something isn’t quite right about Fester, even by Addams’ standards.
The Addams Family was a surprise smash hit during the early ‘90s, loved for its quirky characters and dark settings pitted against the comical storyline. It spawned another success in 1993’s sequel, Addams Family Values.
For even more Halloween fun, read our post from last year about 4 more Halloween movies perfect for the kids.