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10 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. As much as I love watching horror movies and getting a good scare, I also love watching family-friendly Halloween movies as well. These are my 10 favorite family-friendly Halloween movies. These movies are perfect for a family movie night in October. To really get in the spirit of Halloween, I like to watch these throughout the entire month of October. These movies are fun to watch and some are pretty funny as well. All of the movies on this list are appropriate for the whole family to watch. Nothing is too scary and there is nothing inappropriate you have to worry about any little ones seeing. So pop some popcorn, get some candy, and snuggle up and enjoy some good Halloween fun.
1. The Adventures Of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
This is a very underrated classic Walt Disney film. I have loved this movie ever since I was a child.
There are actually two parts to this film. The first part is the story "The Wind In The Willows", narrated by actor Basil Rathbone. This hilarious story is about the madcap adventures of J. Thaddeus Toad. This segment is very funny and the animation is simply beautiful.
The second part of the film is a retelling of "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow". This ghost story is narrated by Bing Crosby. He also sings all of the songs in the story and voices all of the characters as well. His voice suits this story perfectly.
I always watch this movie every Halloween night. It fits the occasion perfectly and is a beautifully animated feature. If you have never seen this film before, give it a try. It's definitely worth your time.
2. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This one is such a classic. I have watched this every year for as long as I can remember. This is another one I like to watch on the night of Halloween. It's a tradition for me.
This animated short tells the story about the Charlie Brown and the gang getting ready to celebrate Halloween and go trick or treating. Meanwhile, Linus and Sally spend the entire evening waiting in the pumpkin patch for "The Great Pumpkin" to appear.
If you are a fan of Peanuts, or you just love Halloween specials, watch this one. It's funny, cute, and entertaining.
3. Mad Monster Party
This classic film comes from Rankin/Bass Productions. They are the same folks who created such classics as "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", and "The Little Drummer Boy".
When Dr. Baron Von Frankenstein decides to retire from his career as head of "Worldwide Organization Of Monsters", he invites all of his monster creations for one last party to announce his successor. This movie is full of laughs and fun characters.
A lot of people have never heard about this film, and that's a shame because it really is a fun film. If you like classic films and love to laugh, you should definitely give this one a viewing.
4. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
This is one of my absolute all-time favorite films. I have watched this so many times and it never gets old.
Abbott and Costello play railroad baggage clerks, and their world is turned upside down when they have to deliver a mysterious shipment to "MacDougal's House Of Horrors. Inside these mysterious shipments contains the final remains of Frankenstein and Dracula. However, these monsters are still very much alive. What follows is a combination of comedy and horror that can't be beat.
If you've seen any of Abbott and Costello films before you know how hilarious they are. Even if you have never seen an Abbott and Costello film before this is a great one to start off with.
5. The Haunted Mansion
This movie may seem like it's scary but it's not. It's really a fun ghost story. This movie is based off "The Haunted Mansion" ride at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Eddie Murphy stars as workaholic realtor Jim Evers. While on the way to a long deserved weekend getaway with his wife/business partner Sara and two children, Jim is offered an exclusive listing on a mansion out of town. Jim cannot resist the offer and he insists they stop on the way to their weekend getaway. The family ends up getting stranded at the mansion due to a storm, and the family soon discovers that something is not right with the place.
If you've ever been on "The Haunted Mansion" ride at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you will recognize the references to the ride in the movie. This movie is fun to watch and gets you in the Halloween mood.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
This movie is perfect to watch at Halloween time. This movie is a little dark and weird but not in a bad way. All of the characters are unique and they make the movie very enjoyable.
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, starts to get bored doing the same routine year after year. Because Jack is so down he decides to take a walk through the dark forest to think things through. While on his walk he comes across an interesting town called "Christmastown". Jack has never heard of Christmas before and is fascinated by the wonder and joy of it. Jack decides to bring Christmas back to the residents of Halloweentown. However, since Jack doesn't understand fully understand how Christmas works things get a little out of hand.
This is one of my favorite movies ever. The stop-motion animation is so amazing, and the characters and imagery are remarkable. Tim Burton really made a gem with this one.
7. Winnie The Pooh: Frankenpooh and Spookable Pooh
These two movies are so cute and they are not scary at all, so they're perfect for very young children. I grew up watching Winnie the Pooh, and I have many fond memories of watching this movie when I was little. I loved it so much that I watched it year-round. Even though I am older I still love and watch it.
Frankenpooh has three short cartoon segments. "The Monster Frankenpooh" features Dr. Von Tigger turning Pooh into a Frankenstein-like monster. It's a very cute cartoon but it's short, almost too short. After Frankenpooh comes "Things That Go Piglet In The Night" in which Piglet is mistaken for a ghost. After that follows "Pooh Moon" which finds Pooh and Piglet searching for honey, while everyone else thinks they're missing and have been kidnapped.
Spookable Pooh has two cartoons in this segment. The first one is "A Knight To Remember" in which Piglet imagines he's in a magical kingdom where he has to fight and slay a dragon. The second cartoon is "Rock-a-Bye-Pooh Bear". In this cartoon Piglet has a nightmare and is afraid to go back to sleep. Pooh, Rabbit, and Tigger try to help Piglet get over his fears by explaining that nightmares aren't real, and that there is no reason to be afraid to go back to sleep.
This is a really cute movie, and I highly recommend it if you have young children, or if your a child at heart just like me.
8. Hocus Pocus
Another one of my favorites. I just love the way the sets in this movie look. They have such an authentic Halloween look to them.
300 years after the Sanderson sisters were put to death for practicing witchcraft, they are brought back to life after teenager Max sets off the curse the witches cast before their death. It is now up to Max, his sister, and his girlfriend to stop the witches from terrorizing the town.
This is definitely a must see during the Halloween season.
9. Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet The Wolfman
This cute little film is just perfect for kids, and for all the kids at heart.
After seeing one too many monster movies, Alvin is convinced that their mysterious neighbor, Mr. Talbot, is a werewolf. Obviously, no one believes poor Alvin. However, things become even more suspicious when Theodore begins acting strange as well.
If you are a fan of the Chipmunks or want to introduce them to your kids, I recommend this film.
10. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
This movie is a good one to get you ready for the fall season and for Halloween. Curious George is adorable as well.
George is excited about fall and Halloween. He can't to do all the fun activities that the Halloween season brings, especially the annual Boo Festival. When George visits the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin, he hears the story about "No Noggin", a scarecrow who is notorious for appearing each Halloween and stealing the hats off the trick-or-treaters. After hearing this story George and his friends are determined to catch "No Noggin" in the act to prove he really exists.
This is a really cute movie, and is appropriate for the whole family.
I hope you enjoyed my recommendations for family-friendly Halloween movies. I don't have any kids but I'm a kid at heart and I love all of these movies. I hope you check some of these movies out. They are all really good(at least in my opinion), and they are all worth a watch.
© 2014 Danielle