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5 Family Friendly Halloween Movies

October 19, 2017

We love watching Halloween movies! It’s a perfect way to get in the spirit of ghosts and goblins with the kids. Last year was my daughter Fota’s first ever Halloween, so I got to introduce her to some of my all time favorite movies from when I was a kid and she found some newer ones I had never heard of.

Here are a handful of kid-friendly Halloween movies I think your family would love:

Hocus Pocus

http://movies.disney.com/hocus-pocus

This is one of my most favorite Halloween movies of all time. I LOVED watching this when I was younger and now I’m even more excited to share it with my children. The story of the Sanderson sisters is a thrill to watch. Funny anecdote — a woman dressed up as Winifred Sanderson (Bette Midler’s character) came to my mom’s Halloween ‘open house’ in full character last year and walked around then left. Afterwards we both looked at each other and asked if we knew who it was. We didn’t, and later found out it was one of her neighbors from up the street.

ย It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/its-the-great-pumpkin-charlie-brown/tv-listings/295692/

Another classic — I grew up watching this movie every Halloween season. It’s always on TV at some point and I just love the nostalgia I feel when watching the Peanuts gang. Linus was always one of my favorite characters of the bunch and his dedication to the Great Pumpkin is so sweet. It’s funny how as a kid these movies seemed so much longer, because now when I watch them I can’t believe how fast they seem to go by.

Halloweentown

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0173886/mediaviewer/rm70466304

This is a newer favorite of ours. I found this movie last year because my daughter Fota was really into watching anything Halloween. It’s a cute movie about a teenager who discovers she’s a witch and then is traveling between realms and fighting ghosts and monsters. The special effects are old-school for sure, but I think it’s a fun movie for kids. There’s several sequels too, which I didn’t really care for, but my daughter seems to enjoy them.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

http://movies.disney.com/the-nightmare-before-christmas

To be honest, I didn’t really love this movie when it first came out when I was 10. It kind of creeped me out. It wasn’t until later in my twenties I watched it again and grew to love it. But that being said, I think it’s a great movie for kids. While it does tell the story of Jack Skellington’s plan to bring Christmas to Halloween Town — this movie is great for both holidays really. I’ve really loved all of Tim Burton’s films, I find them so creative and unique and enjoy sharing them with my family.

Casper

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/casper-1995

I had a small crush on Devon Sawa as a tween, so any movie he was in I HAD to watch. This is a cute movie about Casper ‘the friendly ghost’ and how he befriends the human daughter of a ‘ghost doctor’ that moves in and tries to get him and his scarier ghost uncles to stop haunting the old house. The special effects of animation interacting with humans is pretty good for it’s time and it’s a good mix of silly and spooky so a perfect family film.

So there’s five of our favorite Halloween inspired movies. My tween daughter is starting to think she wants to watch some scarier flicks, but I’m not convinced she’s ready quite yet, so I’m hoping we can just stick with ones like this for now.

What are some of your favorite Halloween movies to watch with your kiddos?

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Jordan October 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Oh, great list!! I forgot about Casper. My husband and I are throwing a kid-friendly Halloween party and it will be great to throw one of these movies on. Thank you!

  • Reply Kelsey October 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Oh my gosh Halloweentown makes me feel so old ๐Ÿ˜œ

  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups October 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Love these! Nightmare before Christmas is one of my all time faves!

  • Reply Robyn Shaver October 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Casper was such a cute movie.

  • Reply Kristi October 21, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Charlie Brown is one of our favorites!

  • Reply Tawni October 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Yay, I love all of these movies! Especially Charlie Brown, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lamees October 25, 2017 at 8:38 am

    So tomorrow is Thursday,I will buy pizza and snacks and watch all of these movies together with my kids.
    Thank you

    • Reply Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Awesome, sounds like a blast!

  • Reply Angela Camacho October 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    This is a great list!

  • Reply Mel October 26, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Great list! I too had a huge crush on Devon Sawa, lol. Didn’t we all? My son is 3, so we aren’t watching any Halloween movies yet. Can’t wait for Hocus Pocus!

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