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Halloween Children's Movies: A List of Fun, Spooky Halloween Films for Kids

Updated on August 14, 2014

Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. Most kids love dressing up, decorating, and preparing for the spookiest night of the year. Nothing is better than watching Halloween shows and films to get you in the spirit.

Check out this list of the best Halloween movies for kids that the whole family can enjoy. You'll find some classic kids Halloween movies that you probably remember from when you were a child, as well as some more recent Halloween films.

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Movie Trailer

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Year Released: 1966

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is an animated film starring the much-loved Peanuts cast.

Each year at Halloween Linus writes a letter to The Great Pumpkin even though Charlie Brown and the rest of the kids are insistent that he does not exist.

While everyone else goes trick-or-treating, Linus goes to the pumpkin patch after persuading Sally to join him. There they await the arrival of The Great Pumpkin. After spending all night in the pumpkin patch, Linus sees a shadowy figure he believes to be The Great Pumpkin and faints. However, the figure was only Snoopy and Sally becomes angry with Linus for wasting her entire Halloween when she could have been out getting candy. Regardless, Linus is declares that The Great Pumpkin will arrive next Halloween.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.8 / 5 stars
IMDb: 8.1 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 77% liked it

Garfield's Halloween Adventure "This is the Night" clip

Garfield's Halloween Adventure

Year Released: 1985

Garfield's Halloween Adventure stars the same lovable characters from the Garfield cartoon. Garfield the cat, Odie the dog, and John the owner of the two are anticipating the arrival of Halloween night. Garfield plans on trick-or-treating and collecting more candy than he has ever seen. Garfield recruits Odie as his trick-or-treating companion and they set out into the night.

The two companions become lost and stumble upon an old broken down house that is said to be haunted. At the stroke of midnight, a gang of pirate ghosts comes to the old mansion for their long lost treasure. Garfield and Odie are more scared than they ever could imagine and are glad to make it out safely and unharmed.

Although this is an animated cartoon for children, it contains some scenes that may be frightening to some young children.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.8 / 5 stars
IMDb: 8.2 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes:

Corpse Bride Movie Trailer

The Corpse Bride

Year Released: 2005

The Corpse Bride is a computer animated film from the interesting and unusual mind of Tim Burton.

The film tells the tale about a young man named Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) that is being married to a girl named Emily (voiced by Emily Watson). Victor stumbles during his vows to Emily and become embarrased. He takes off into the woods alone and practices speaking his vows. While he's practicing, Victor places the ring onto a twig which turns out to be the corpse bride. She declares that they are now married and Victor must go to the underworld to be with her.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.2 / 5 stars
IMDb: 7.4 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 76% liked it

Hocus Pocus Movie Trailer

Hocus Pocus

Year Released: 1993

Hocus Pocus stars Bette Midler, Thora Birch, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stephanie Faracy. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker play three witches that become resurrected after having been hung 300 years earlier and begin to terrorize the people of modern day Salem, Massachusetts.

The three witches had a spell that helped to keep them young and attractive. However, to complete the spell, a living child was needed. After a failed attempt one evening to complete their spell, the witches were caught by the townspeople and hung. However, before they were hung, the witches cast a curse which called for their resurrection on Halloween 300 years later should someone light the black flame candle.

Hocus Pocus is Rated PG and may not be suitable for all ages. There are some scenes that may be frightening or mature in nature and not recommended for young children.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.7 / 5 stars
IMDb: 6.1 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 67% liked it

The Worst Witch Movie Trailer

The Worst Witch

Year Released: 1986

The Worst Witch stars real life actors and is an entertaining film for the whole family. The film tells the story of a boarding school for witches, and no, it's not Hogwarts. The school's name is Miss Cackle's International Academy for Witches and the movie came some time before Harry Potter was even a thought.

The lessons taught at the boarding school are all related to witch practices like broom flying and creating potions. However, there is one student, Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) can't seem to get anything right and is deemed as "the worst witch." The Grand Wizard is this year's guest of honor for Halloween and Mildred does her best to improve her broom flying abilities before his arrival.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.5 / 5 stars
IMDb: 6.6 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 70% liked it

Casper Movie Trailer


Year Released: 1995

Casper stars real life actors Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci and also includes animated characters, such as Casper nd the other ghosts.

The movie is based on Casper The Friendly Ghost, the classic childhood cartoon. In the film, Kat Harvey (Christina Ricci) and her father (Bill Pullman) are brought to Whipstaff Manor in Friendship, Maine to exorcise the ghosts that have been haunting the manor. These ghost include Casper and his three uncles - Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie who are after a treasure thought to be burried there.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.4 / 5 stars
IMDb: 5.8 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 54% liked it

Haunted Mansion Movie Trailer

The Haunted Mansion

Year Released: 2003

The Haunted Mansion is a film that stars real life actors, although it combines some amazing computer generated graphics and special effects. The movie stars Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Tilly. In the film, Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) is co-owner of Evers and Evers Real Estate. his workaholic lifestyle has been taking a tole on the family so he decides to take a small trip with his wife and children.

Just as they're ready to leave for the trip, they receive a phone call and Jim has to make a quick stop at at the Gracey Manor in New Orleans. A rainstorm forces the family to stay for the night and it's not long before the family realizes they have entered a house full of restless spirits.

The Haunted Mansion is Rated PG and not recommended for small children. There may be scenes and characters that could frighten some people.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 3.3 / 5 stars
IMDb: 4.8 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 41% liked it

Munster, Go Home Movie Trailer

Munster, Go Home

Year Released: 1966

In Munster, Go Home the family that is loved by generations sails to Britain after Herman learns that he is the new lord of Munster Hall which is in England. While on their journey, Roger and Marilyn's relationship blossoms into a romance. However, Marilyn soon learns that Roger's family is not very fond of the Munsters.

This is a comedy film that is not rated although it may be not be suited for very young children. There are some scenes and characters in the film that may be frightening.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.1 / 5 stars
IMDb: 6.1 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 60% liked it

Halloweentown Movie Trailer


Year Released: 1998

Halloweentown is the story of a family with three young children that does not celebrate Halloween. What the children come to learn is that they have supernatural powers. One of the children, Marnie, is turning 13 and learns that she must begin training and practicing her powers before they are lost.

During a brewing war between good and evil, the family is pulled into a portal where they must face a variety of monsters, ghouls, and other supernatural beings in the parallel world of Halloweentown. The sequel, Halloweentown II, takes place two years later.

Halloweentown is Rated PG and is not recommended for all ages. Some young children may become frightened by scenes in the film.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.8 / 5 stars
IMDb: 6.3 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 68% liked it

Bedknobs and Broomsticks Movie Trailer

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Year Released: 1971

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is part animated and part real life. Although there are real life characters that star in the film, animated characters appear in the film as well.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks tells the tale of a witch that groups with three young World War II refugees and, with the help of a magical bed, sets off for some crazy, wacky adventures.

This is a wonderful movie that is entertaining for children and the entire family.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.4 / 5 stars
IMDb: 6.8 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 67% liked it

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Movie Trailer

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie

Year Released: 2005

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie features the gang from The Hundred Acre Wood. It's Halloween time and the characters of Hundred Acre Wood are threatened by a terrible Gobloon. Roo and Lumpy set off on an adventure to capture the Gobloon and save Halloween.

Like most stories of Winnie the Pooh and The Hundred Acre Wood, this is a tale about true friendship and how, when you have your friends, you can do just about anything.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 3.6 / 5 stars
IMDb: 6.1 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 61% liked it

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Movie

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Year Released: 1949

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad contains two short films - Wind in the Willows and Sleepy Hollow. The Halloween themed part would be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tells the tale of Ichabod Crane, a tall and slim school teacher, and the Headless Horseman. The legend of the Headless Horseman is that he was a soldier who had his head blown off in a battle during the American Revolutionary War and, as a headless ghost, rides the path in search of his lost head.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.7 / 5 stars
IMDb: 7.2 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 65% liked it

Monsters Inc. Movie Trailer

Monsters Inc.

Year Released: 2001

Monsters Inc. is a computer animated film about, if you haven't guessed it, monsters! The monsters in this movie are voiced by some very famous people (John Goodman, Billy Crystal, among others).

These furry creatures power their city of Monstropolis by frightening screams of children. There is a factory known as Monsters Inc. where monsters are produced to go and collect the screams of children by using their closets as portals.

The monsters themselves are afraid that touching a child may be fatal, so they are risking their own lives by travelling through the portals. One day it's noticed that a door had been left open on the "scare floor" and a young girl made her way in. The monsters come to learn that children may not be so scary or life threatening after all.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.7 / 5 stars
IMDb: 8 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 83% liked it

The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Trailer

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Year Released: 1993

The Nightmare Before Christmas is the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King. Jack lives in Halloweentown, a place where everything has to do with Halloween. When Jack becomes bored with living day in and day out as if it were Halloween, he sets off to discover a new holiday.

Jack, the Pumpkin King, discovers a portal to Christmas Town and is delighted with what he finds. He attempts to bring back the idea of Christmas to the people of Halloweentown.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is Rated PG and not recommended for very small children. Although it is an animated film, some scenes may be frightening.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.6 / 5 stars
IMDb: 8 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 89% liked it

The Bride of Frankenstein Movie Trailer

Bride of Frankenstein

Year Released: 1935

The Bride of Frankenstein is a classic film starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, and Ernest Thesiger.

In this film, Frankenstein and his creator were thought to have perished, as depicted in the movie Frankenstein which was released in 1931. Due to the success of the first film, they decided to bring Frankenstein back. The Bride of Frankenstein is a classic, iconic film with many famous lines and scenes. Not to mention, the hairdo of the bride is famous to this day.

Although this film is not rated, it may still scare some very young children.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.5 / 5 stars
IMDb: 8 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 83% liked it

Gremlins Movie Trailer


Year Released: 1984

Gremlins is mostly based aroung Christmas time although the cute, creepy little monsters in this film make it an excellent Halloween movie. It may not be well suited for really young children, but most kids and adults will truly love this gem of a film.

Gremlins is about a father that purchases a strange gift for his son that he finds in a shop in Chinatown. The gift is a cute, cuddly little creature that he names Gizmo. Although Gizmo is very interesting and unique, there are certain rules that the owner must follow or there can be terrible consequences. Gizmo is not allowed to get wet, get any direct sunlight, or eat after midnight. Though unintentional, the rules are broken and a group of mean little monsters called Gremlins are hatched and terrorize the town.

This film is Rated PG and not recommended for very small children.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 4.5 / 5 stars
IMDb: 7.2 / 10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes: 70% liked it

Scooby Doo:The Movie Trailer

Scooby Doo: The Movie

Year Released: 2002

Although there are several Scooby Doo movies, or extra long episodes, Scooby Doo: The Movie stars real life characters(Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mathew Lillard, Rowan Atkinson, Linda Cardellini).

In Scooby Doo: The Movie the Mystery Inc. gang is reuinited after having split up some time earlier. The group (Fred, Vilma, Shaggy, Daphne, and Scooby Doo) go to Spooky Island to investigate some hauntings and paranormal activity. Although the group runs into trouble along the way, the mystery is solved and Mystery Inc. gets back together to continue hunting for ghosts and solving mysteries.

This film is Rated PG. It contains some ghosts and monsters that may be frightening to some and is not recommended for very young children.

Ratings Received

Amazon: 3.2 / 5 stars
Rotten Tomatoes:

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      Thank you so much I really appreaciate your compliments. I try my best :) I love Casper too but too tell you the truth, I really don't have a favorite I like most of them equally.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Loved all the movies, but I have voted for Casper!! Love the friendly ghost. My thanks to you for the great effort in putting the whole hub together, seamlessly...never easy to put together a great movie hub like this because as a hubber I know the work it takes to get pics, vids and all.A wonderful job!!