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5 Fun Kids Halloween Films

Updated on October 1, 2013

Enjoy family time with these kids Halloween films

Looking for some great Halloween movies to watch with the kids? This page highlights five kids Halloween films that are great for families. They aren't too spooky or gory, but they offer plenty of thrills and chills for everyone to enjoy. So grab some popcorn and check out these family-friendly Halloween movies for a festive fright.

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5 Halloween Films for Kids - And adults, too!

Here are five fun kids Halloween movies. All of these movies are rated PG (with the exception of the later Harry Potter movies) and are geared to appeal to children. However, some of them may be too frightening for very young children, so be sure to exercise judgment when watching with a younger child.

Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)
Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)

Casper the friendly ghost was the star of this 1995 family film about a family that moves into a haunted house.

In addition to Casper, the house is also haunted by his three not-so-friendly uncles, Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie, who do their best to scare people away. This is a great family film for Halloween based on the popular comic book ghost.

Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus

This 1993 Disney film stars Bette Middler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as three witches who return to Salem, Massachusetts 300 years after their deaths.

It's a popular Halloween film that kids will love, although it might be a little scary for the under-8 crowd.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition)

Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect family film for Halloween or Christmas.

The stop-motion film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who is bored of the scares and screams of Halloween. So when he stumbles upon Christmas Town, he hatches a plan to take over Santa's job. Unfortunately, the residents of Halloween Town don't quite understand the concept of bringing cheer rather than chills.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad with Limited Edition Cover Art (1950, Disney, DVD)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad with Limited Edition Cover Art (1950, Disney, DVD)

This Disney classic contains two spooky short films: The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

The first tells the story of Mr. Toad, and the second recreates the Washington Irving story of Icabod Crane, who learns of the legend of the Headless Horseman and then has a scary ride home as the horseman appears to chase him.

Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection
Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection

Adapted from the extremely popular books by JK Rowling, the Harry Potter movies are great for a Halloween party or all-day movie fest for older kids. They might be a little too scary for younger kids.

But with all the witches, sorcerers, ghosts and creepy things, these movies are a perfect way to celebrate Halloween.


New Kids Halloween Film for 2012 - Monster High: Ghouls Rule

If your kids have already seen all the movies listed above, then watch for Monster High: Ghouls Rule, coming out in October 2012. The new movie is based on the popular Monster High dolls and TV series. In this film, "Normies" and monsters discover they can enjoy Halloween together.

Monster High: Ghouls Rule
Monster High: Ghouls Rule

Product description: Monster High: Ghouls Rule unearths an old conflict between "Normies" and monsters - and things are about to get scary! For years, students at Monster High were warned that Halloween was a night to stay inside and avoid conflict at all costs. But Frankie and her friends discover that ghouls and "Normies" once loved to spend the holiday together! The ghouls decide to turn back the clock and use the night to celebrate their individuality and show that it's okay to "Be Yourself. Be Unique. Be a Monster!"


A Classic Halloween Favorite - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

This isn't a movie-length feature, but you can't talk about kids Halloween films without mentioning It's the Great Pumpkin. Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown and all the Peanuts gang are back in this holiday classic in which Linus chooses to sit in the pumpkin field waiting for the Great Pumpkin while the other kids go trick-or-treating.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Product description: This timeless classic from Charles M. Shultz and Bill Melendez is remastered and features many heartwarming scenes. Also included are the bonus episodes It's Magic, Charlie Brown and Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown.


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      cricketlady 5 years ago

      I love Halloween movies! My favorite ones are Halloweentown.