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13 Awesome Halloween Party Movies For Adults, Teens and Kids

Updated on March 8, 2017
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Halloween Party Movies for Guests of All Ages

Most party guests enjoy getting into the "spirit" at a Halloween get-together. But not everyone enjoys being terrified by slasher films or horror movies that often can lead to nightmares. That's why I put together this list of 13 Halloween party movies that includes a variety of films to appeal to adults, teens, and children, so that everyone at your get-together can have a great time.

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A couple of these movies (such as Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles) are somewhat scarier, but certainly not horror movies. And many of them (like Young Frankenstein) and are iconic, laugh-out-loud comedy movies.

From romances like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse to classic monster movies like King Kong to hilarious comedies like Dracula - Dead and Loving It to campy cult favorite The Rocky Horror Picture Show, there's something here for every taste. I've even included movies like Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein that are suitable for a more juvenile crowd (in terms of either age or tastes). :)

Note: If your crowd prefers spine-chilling psychological thrillers and slasher movies, you'll want to check out my Thirteen Spine-Chilling Scary Movies for Your Halloween Party.

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Coraline is an Eerie Animated Fantasy for Teens and Adults

The Darker Side of "Alice in Wonderland" in a Style Reminiscent of a Tim Burton Film

Tim Burton fans will love Coraline for the surrealistic, eerie feel of this animated dark comedy movie that is very similar in style Burton's films but was directed by the wonderful writer/director/producer Henry Selick who also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, with lovable character Jack Skellington, and the delightful James and the Giant Peach.

Coraline was the first stop-motion feature film shot in stereoscopic 3-D, and the bizarre, stick figure puppets with huge, oversized heads become emotionally engaging characters in this groundbreaking movie. The movie is based on Neil Gaiman's book of the same name. The vocal performances by Dakota Fanning as Coraline and Teri Hatcher as the Other Mother, and the 3D visual effects in the movie are extraordinary.

If It Seems Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

Coraline Jones is a typical teenager who is bored, lonely, and resentful after her parents, who are preoccupied with work and can't give her the time and attention she wants, move to an old house in an extremely isolated area. Her only company is an annoyingly talkative boy named Wybie, some eccentric neighbors from the theater and circus, and a weird, button-eyed doll that looks eerily similar to Coraline, which Wybie found in his grandmother's old trunk.

One day, Coraline finds a hidden pathway that leads her to an alternate reality in which her parents, her house, and her life seem absolutely perfect - exactly the way she wished for them to be in her dreams! For several days, she alternates between living at home with her real life and family, and sneaking off to the too-perfect alternate reality, where her "Other Mother" and "Other Father" do everything to make Coraline's dreams come true. Of course, all is not as it seems. Coraline discovers that in order to continue having access to her perfect alternate reality world, there's a huge catch...and the dark magic that has created the cruel illusion of bliss. Can Coraline find a way to escape the Other Mother's evil trap and save her real parents — and other children — before it's too late?

Coraline is rated PG-13 and is too scary for young children, but it's a perfect Halloween party movie choice for teens and adults.

"Coraline" Movie Trailer

Bella Swan Must Choose Between Edward Cullen and Jacob in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Lonely teen Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is forced to choose between heartthrob vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and best friend hunky, Native American werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third installment of the wildly popular Twilight Saga series based on the bestselling novels by Stephenie Meyer.

Although the acting is just adequate for the most part, if you or your Halloween party guests are into the Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle and are willing to suspend disbelief and just go for the ride, you and they will definitely be entertained. And if your guests include teenage girls this chick flick should score big points with them.

If your Halloween party guests are Twilight Saga fans, consider having an all-day Edward, Bella and Jacob marathon and show all five movies, interspersed with your choice of behind-the-scenes documentaries, featurettes, cast interviews, clips from the red carpet, cast interviews, music and music videos. The "Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga" 10-disc Blu-Ray boxed set includes all that and more.

Laugh and Sing Along with the 35th Anniversary Edition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Would you believe that this madcap, musical sci-fi satire about a sweet, alien, transvestite mad scientist named Frank-n-Furter (played by the wonderful Tim Curry) was a total flop when it was first released in 1975? But that was back when was just a B-movie whose campy humor was misunderstood (or maybe just under-appreciated), and before it became perhaps the ultimate cult classic that for several decades now has had midnight theater-goers chanting the lines throughout the film, like a grown-up campfire sing-a-long.

Hilarious and outrageous mayhem ensues as demure Janet (Susan Sarandon) and straight-laced Brad (Barry Bostwick) find themselves soggy and stranded at Frank-n-Furter's mansion during a storm, along with the rebellious Eddie (Meat Loaf).

Watching this movie is NOT a spectator sport! The fun is in the active audience participation, so be sure to chant and sing along!

Important: Broad-minded, mature audiences who can laugh at campy transvestite and sexual humor will find this cult classic hilarious. Others may find the humor offensive, so I've shared a clip of one of Tim Curry's songs so you can decide for yourself.

Tim Curry as Frank-n-Furter Sings in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Something familiar, something peculiar ... something appealing, something appalling, something for everyone...

— Stephen Sondheim, "Comedy Tonight"

Who You Gonna Call? Dan Ayckroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson!

With the highly anticipated Ghostbusters 3 coming out in 2016, there has been a renewed interest in the original Ghostbusters movie and Ghostbusters 2. They'd make a great Halloween party double-feature!

To refresh your memory (or in case you haven't seen one or both of them), in the first Ghostbusters movie Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and his colleagues Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their research grant from Columbia University's Paranormal Studies Department (with good reason). Depressed and out of work, they decide to set up shop in an empty firehouse, marketing themselves as the world's first firm for paranormal investigations and eliminations

Using extremely unconventional methods and seriously dangerous equipment including an unlicensed nuclear accelerator and unstable proton packs, the Ghostbusters' new business is a surprising success and the founders have gotten so busy that they hire an out-of-work blue collar guy improbably named Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) who ends up in an intensive OJT crash course when one of their engagements turns out to be a whole lot bigger than they bargained for. Self-important Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bureaucrat Walter Peck (William Atherton) is determined to shut down their operations and managed to throw a major spanner in the works, but even without his annoying attempts to thwart them the four Ghostbusters find themselves in way over their heads. Their client, classical musician Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), turns into a sexy siren when she is inhabited by Zuul, "the Gatekeeper" of Gozer, the ancient Sumerian god of destruction. Likewise her nerdy accountant neighbor Louis (Rick Moranis) is psychically taken over by Vinz Clortho, Keymaster of Gozer. The old, ornate, baroque building where Dana and Louis live is the center of the rapidly escalating paranormal activity and Egon finds out that its insane architect was so disgusted by the horrors of WW I that he and other members of a secret society who worship Gozer tried to orchestrate the end of the world by performing rituals on the roof that was designed as the gateway to enable the Destructor to enter this world.

With the way prepared by Dana/Zuul and Louis/Vinz Clortho, the Gatekeeper and Keymaster, Gozer the Gozerian enters through the roof, now transformed into a temple. She is triumphant, all-powerful and glorying in the prospect of this world's imminent annihilation. Although she arrives in the form of a tall, red-eyed, exotic-looking woman with a black, flat-top haircut, she tells the people that they must choose the form of the Destructor. Although Venkman urges everyone to make their minds a blank so that no form can be chosen, Ray confesses that he was unable to prevent an image of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from popping into his head. In one of the funniest and most famous scenes in the movie we see Gozer the Destructor in the form of a 10-story tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man walking the city streets, leaving trampled people, animals, cars and buildings in her wake.

The resolution of the movie is too funny to spoil by merely trying to describe it; there's no way to do it justice. There's a reason everyone still loves Ghostbusters 30 years after it was released. But you have to experience it for yourself. So if you somehow managed to avoid seeing it during the past three decades, just get it. You'll laugh yourself silly, I promise!

Like most movie sequels, the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II isn't up to the level of the original Ghostbusters but it's still funny enough to make watching worthwhile. Any opportunity to watch Dan Ayckroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson together again in their iconic roles means guaranteed laughter. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis reprise their roles as Dana and Louis.

So share the original Ghostbusters movie, with or without Ghostbusters 2. Your Halloween guests will love you for it.

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Re-Release Trailer

Fay Wray and King Kong Atop the Empire State Building - A Classic Monster Movie with a Big Heart

Romantic, corny, and a classic for good reason, this newly restored, digitally mastered print of the 1933 version of King Kong will have you rooting for the doomed big ape with an equally big heart. Who would want to miss the iconic images of a tiny and helpless Fay Wray struggling in the misunderstood monster's gigantic palm?

Fans of the classic monster movie genre will want to grab the outstanding King Kong limited edition DVD gift set that includes all of the following bonus features that include a new, extended edition with 13 minutes of added footage and 38 inutes of deleted scenes; an LE Weta sculpture of Kong climbing the Empire State Building; an 8-part documentary about this iconic film ("Re-Creating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong"); a CD-ROM of the 1996 and 2005 versions of the script; outtakes and gag reel; and much more.

Mel Brooks' Howlingly Funny "Young Frankenstein" is a Totally Hilarious Halloween Party Movie

A Frightfully Funny Film

Mel Brooks' brilliantly side-splitting comedy movie Young Frankenstein won nine awards (including five Golden Scrolls from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA), and was nominated for two Oscars, a Golden Globe and two other awards.

Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein in the Mel Brooks comedy classic "Young Frankenstein"
Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein in the Mel Brooks comedy classic "Young Frankenstein" | Source

The writing and performances by the all-star cast are pure comic genius in this beloved and zany 1974 Mel Brooks film, which some consider to be the funniest movie ever made. It's certainly right up there with This Is Spinal Tap.

This iconic comedy is both a loving tribute to, and an outrageously funny send-up of, Universal's classic horror films, Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Gene Wilder's side-splitting performance as Frederick Frankenstein, who is intent on resuming his late father's pioneering experiments in re-animation, will make you laugh until you're gasping for breath. Marty Feldman is a riot as Freddy's hapless hunchback lab assistant Igor (pronounced "EYE-gore"), and talented comedienne Teri Garr plays Inga, the busty broad who isn't the brightest bulb in the box. Peter Boyle plays the monster young Frankenstein creates, and the brilliant cast is rounded out by smaller parts played by Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman.

The set was faithfully recreated from the Universal 1931 Frankenstein film, using many of the same props and lab equipment, courtesy of original designer Kenneth Strickfaden. And the special features are special, indeed.

A 5-Minute Edit of Young Frankenstein

A universally acclaimed, brilliant comedy, Young Frankenstein earned the #13 spot on the prestigious American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest American movies. It was one of the 25 "Culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films" selected in 2003 by the National Film Preservation Board to be preserved in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

You'll want to own Young Frankenstein on DVD so you can enjoy this hilarious parody of Frankenstein dozens of times whenever the spirit moves you. Mel Brooks' comic genius never gets old!

Top 7 Halloween Movies for the Whole Family

Kids, teens and adults can enjoy these entertaining, family friendly Halloween comedy and fantasy movies.

Nothing that's formal, nothing that's normal... frenzy and frolic... nothing that's grim

— Stephen Sondheim, "Comedy Tonight"

In Hotel Transylvania, Overprotective Dad Count Dracula Throws "Teenage" Daughter Mavis an Unusual 118th Birthday Party

This animated comedy features an all-star cast, Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) has turned his castle into the Hotel Transylvania, a lavish "5-stake" resort where monsters can relax and enjoy themselves in luxury... as a way to keep his "teenage" daughter Mavis far away from the "evil" humans the monsters fear.

Drac invites his pals Frankenstein AKA "Uncle Frank" (Kevin James), The Invisible Man (David Spade), The Mummy (Cee-Lo Green), Quasimodo (Jon Lovitz), Bigfoot, and a few other monsters to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez).

But when Jonathan (Andy Samberg), a teenage boy, finds the castle during a mountain climbing trip, he and Mavis immediately fall for each other. It's a monstrously upsetting situation for papa Drac who, along with the rest of his monster pals, has to learn how to overcome his centuries-old prejudice against humans and finally let his daughter go out of the house, er, castle. Charming and fun for the whole family.

If you enjoy "Hotel Transylvania," you'll also like the charming sequel, "Hotel Transylvania 2."

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ParaNorman: A Strange and Lonely Boy Thwarts a Centuries-Old Curse and Becomes a Hero

This 3-D stop-motion animation comedy comes from the Laika studio artists who created the awesome movie Coraline. ParaNorman is the story of a lonely, strange boy and social misfit.

His fortunes change dramatically for the better when his ability to see and speak fearlessly with ghosts and zombies allows him to save his town from a centuries-old curse and become a popular local hero.

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Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn, Rowan Atkinson, Jane Horrocks and Jim Henson's Animatronic Puppet Makers Bring Roald Dahl's Adventure-Fantasy Book "The Witches

Although this marvelous 1990 adventure-fantasy adapted from Roald Dahl's book had a very short and unsuccessful run in theaters, it became extremely popular on video. When a secret coven of witches holds its annual convention, the evil Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) decrees that all children in England be turned into mice.

Our hero Luke, a young boy recently orphaned by a tragic accident, and his friend Bruno are the witches' first victims. They are turned into rodents through imaginative special effects and the magic of Jim Henson's animatronic puppet makers. The extraordinary cast also includes Brenda Blethyn, Rowan Atkinson of Blackadder and Mr. Bean fame, and Jane Horrocks. It's a bit scary for young children (rated PG), but older children and adults will love it.

The Inimitable Mel Brooks Directs Leslie Nielsen as The Funniest Count Dracula in History

Dracula: Dead and Loving It is another campy romp written, directed and produced Mel Brooks that must have poor Bram Stoker rolling over in his grave. Choosing master of deadpan comedy Leslie Nielsen, whom film critic Roger Ebert once called "the Laurence Olivier of spoofs", to play the fanged count was a stroke of comic genius on Brooks' part. Nielsen is best known for his popular TV comedy series Police Squad! and hilariously silly movie parodies such as Airplane!, The Naked Gun 33 1/3, Spy Hard and Scary Movie 3 and 4.

Mel Brooks himself plays Dr. Van Helsing, the heavily accented hero who must save the people from the vampire Dracula. This Halloween party favorite is rated PG-13 so kids of all ages can join in the fun.

"Dracula: Dead and Loving It" Movie Trailer

A Fabulous Cast Makes "Hocus Pocus" Fun for Adults and Teens

Three hundred years after they were hanged for murdering a 5-year-old girl, three 17th-century witches are accidentally called back from the dead by a teenage boy who is trying to impress the girl of his dreams while having to escort his sister on her Halloween trick-or-treat rounds.

Actresses Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy star as the Sanderson sisters, the newly undead witches in search of eternal youth, in this 1993 comedy. These three extremely talented comediennes ensure that you'll have a good time in this fun, campy comedy. Rated PG.

Halloween Town's Pumpkin King Jack Skellington Learns About Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 3D stop-motion animation film about Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and his adventure in Christmas Town. Jack has been delivering spectacularly scary Halloween festivities to his enthusiastic and appreciative subjects year after year, but by now his former pleasure and excitement in Halloween have palled. Bored and dissatisfied with the same old routine, he knows that something is missing from his life but is clueless as to what it might be.

Jack spends some time in a cemetery pondering how to fill the increasingly apparent void in his life, completely oblivious to Sally, the rag doll who secretly loves him from afar.

Jack Skellington Laments His Lost Joy in Halloween in "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

He decides to take his spectral dog Zero for a walk in the woods and discovers a circle of strange trees. Each tree represents a particular holiday and can be entered by a door. Jack and Zero enter the Christmas tree, and Jack is enchanted with what he finds in Christmas Town.

Jack goes back to Halloween Town to tell them how cool Christmas is, but none of them really "gets" what it's about. So Jack assigns the townspeople various tasks to create a scary, Halloween-style version of Christmas and has "Sandy Claws" kidnapped so he can take his place on his Christmas Eve gift giving rounds. Despite efforts to stop him, Jack does take Santa Claus's place that Christmas and terrifies all the children with his scary gifts.

Finally he realizes the error of his ways and finds and frees Santa, who gives him a sound scolding for stealing someone else's holiday and then brings a little Christmas magic to the good folks of Halloween Town. Jack finds renewed joy in his role as the Pumpkin King, his rightful job and one in which he excels, and finally realizes what a wonderful girl Sally is.

This 1993 film is based on a story by Tim Burton and was directed by Henry Selick with music by composer Danny Elfman. Chris Sarandon's gives Jack Skellington his mellifluous speaking voice, while Danny Elfman does his singing. Creative collaboration just doesn't get any better than this animated movie dream team.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector's Edition 2-Disc Set on Blu-ray has been digitally restored and remastered for more striking visuals than ever. It also includes a long list of terrific special features, from an introduction by Tim Burton to an uncut version of the movie Frankenweenie (with an introduction by Burton) to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Nightmare Before Christmas to Jack's Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour and more.

A Seemingly Untalented Young Witch Saves the Day and Discovers She Isn't "The Worst Witch" After All

This 1986 made-for-TV movie based on Jill Murphy's book series is adored by many and has a huge fan following, probably because the intentionally cheesy special effects and even more dreadful songs give it so much campy humor. The acting is superb in this charming tale of Mildred Hubble, a student at the prestigious but unfortunately named Cackles Academy, an English boarding school for witches. Think a girls-only version of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with 30-year-old without any of the "cool" factor.

Mildred can't seem to do anything right and she's picked on mercilessly by classmates including her arch-rival Ethel Hallow. Worse yet, her stern and nasty head teacher Mrs. Hardbroom, played by wonderful actress Dame Diana Rigg of the original The Avengers TV series, has no faith in her abilities. The Grand Wizard, played by none other than the delicious Tim Curry, will be arriving at any moment as the guest of honor at the annual Halloween festivities, and before he does young Mildred must save the school from a band of dastardly witches including the dean's twin sister, an evil witch who is plotting a coup. Rated G, so even your younger guests can enjoy this.

Grand Wizard Tim Curry Serenades the School Girls with a Cheesy Celebrity-Style Performance in "The Worst Witch"

© 2010 Margaret Schindel

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      SimonJay 3 years ago

      Young frankenstein is a great and funny classic i never seen hotel trasslyvania but will definitely be watching it another good one to watch is dracula with leslie nielson the guy is so dam funny.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      Again - you have captured my imagination and given me a list of movies to delight my Halloween times!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      I love Abbott & Costello - great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      Alana-r 4 years ago

      Cool lens, i love Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder are gold.

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      JaShinYa LM 4 years ago

      Monster House is another good family one. I wouldn't recommend it for very young kids, but I definitely wouldn't call it horror.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I get too scared when I watch paranormal and slasher movies, I like your list much better than any of those! I used to love watching Hocus Pocus when I was a kid!

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      CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

      I don't like scary slasher movies, so this is a great resource for fun Halloween movies!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @cdevries: Thanks! I agree - Mel Brooks and Tim Burton are absolute geniuses, aren't they?

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      cdevries 5 years ago

      Some great choices here, including my favorite Young Frankenstein and Coraline, which I find genuinely creepy... those button eyes!

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      JLally 6 years ago

      I found this lens a bit late for Halloween, but I've favorited it for next year!

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