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7 Fun Halloween Movies For All Ages
There are a lot of fantastic movies to watch this Halloween season. These films range from horror movies to kids movies and everything in-between. The trick with many families is finding the right mix that everyone wants to see. That means appealing to both the young and the old. Furthermore, they can't be so connected to a time period that kids feel they are completely outdated.
The following seven films are fun Halloween flicks all ages will appreciate. None of these are too gory, too childish, or too outlandish.
"Who ya gonna call?" This film made $242 million lifetime gross and is labeled as one of the biggest horror movies of all time. This includes all slasher, spooky, and monster horror movies. (Take that Scream and Saw!) That was an amazing feat and it is no wonder this film has stood the test of time. One of the things that stood out is that the actors did not expect this movie to be labeled a comedy. They thought this was a serious scary movie.
Run time: 105 minutes
IMDB Tagline: "Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service."
With just a touch of Goonies flavor, this film is a fun "not to serious" show to watch. Gremlins also did fantastic at the box office with a lifetime gross of over $153 million. Hi-jinx galore in this film. The other great thing about this film is that the rules for the gremlins helped spark a number of inside jokes to those influenced by the film.
Run time: 106 minutes
IMDB Tagline: "A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town."
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
This "movie" is short and sweet. The movie is also largely credited with causing the rise in trick or treating in America. Previous to this cartoon, trick or treating was not popular at all. Neither were Halloween parties. This particular cartoon, based on the popular Peanuts characters, brought the popularity out for these traditions.
So every spooky specter that graces your house this Halloween is there in part to this classic.
Run time: 25 minutes
IMDB Tagline: "The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin."
This film is a Halloween classic among many movie patrons. While not a box office smash at $39 million, this film grew a solid following for its deception of witches entering the modern era. This film is fun enough to enjoy, but unique enough that it doesn't feel like you've watched it a thousand times.
Run time: 96 minutes
IMDB Tagline: "After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all."
Ernest Scared Stupid
The way the troll is depicted in this film gives it the slight edge it needs to move from "a campy film" to worth re-watching. As you can imagine, this movie did not do fantastic at the box office... with just $14 million lifetime gross.
Run time: 91 minutes
IMDB Tagline: "After a misunderstanding, Ernest P. Worrell unleashes an evil troll on Halloween."
The Nightmare Before Christmas
When first released, everyone was amazed at the quality of stop motion animation. This feature was part of the reason the movie made $75 million. The other reason was that the film had a unique perspective and story to tell. Many spin-offs have tried to copy this film's famous style. (Frankenweenie and Coraline are a couple that come to mind)
Run time: 76 minutes
IMDB Tagline: "Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept."
This film is right on the borderline of too scary for kids. However, the older special effects will probably help those kids to realize just how much of a fun movie this is. The movie also had a healthy box office showing at $73 million.
Run time: 92 minutes
IMDB Tagline: "A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house."