22 Best Halloween Movies for Kids

by Bethany Braun-Silva

22 Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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Halloween time means candy, costumes and some of our favorite movies of all time. Sure, Halloween is only one night a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate all month long with great (sorta scary) flicks for the whole family.


Luckily, many Halloween movies can be found on some streaming services like Disney+ (Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Halloweentown), Hulu (Goosebumps and Coraline) and Netflix (The Addams Family and Happy Family).


The scary movies on this list (that aren’t too scary) will set the Halloween mood for the entire family, way before it’s time to go trick or treating. Check them out below.


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Curious George: A Halloween Boofest (2013)


For littles who love Curious George and the man in the yellow hat, this is the perfect full-length Halloween movie to keep their attention. More funny than scary, this film follows George to the local Boo Festival where he learns a lot about fall and fun. Recommended Age: 3+

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Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)


Who doesn't love Winnie-the-Pooh? It's Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and everyone is excited to trick or treat. But Pooh eats all of the candy (oh, Pooh Bear!), so Roo and Lumpy set off on a quest to capture a scary Gobloon who will grant their wish for more. Sweet and not scary, this film is perfect for the pre-school set. Recommended Age: 3+

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)


What is a Halloween without the Great Pumpkin? Linus' optimistic wait in the pumpkin patch is a staple of the season. Plus, there are other fun, festive antics like trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, and Snoopy taking his costume a little too seriously. Recommended Age: 4+

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Casper (1995)


The iconic cartoon character stars in this sweet film. Poor Casper has always struggled with being lonely and when he finally finds a friend, he tries to bring himself back to life. But things do not go according to plan. At its heart, this is a tender ghost-meets-girl story. And Casper whispering "can I keep you" never fails to make us tear up! Recommended Age: 6+

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Dreamed up by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington—the “King of Halloween”—who, tired of staging Halloween festivities year after year, finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to try his hand at that holiday, instead. We dare you not to have the songs from this musical flick stuck in your head for days after watching. "This is Halloween" should be the unofficial theme song of October! Best of all, it also makes a great Christmas movie. Recommended Age: 6+

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)


This Disney classic is what Mary Poppins would be if it had witches, wizards, and magic bedknobs that make your bed fly. The theme involves World War II and Nazi invasions, but it is handled with kid gloves. Bonus points if your kiddo starts using "bedknobs" in regular conversation! Recommended Age: 7+

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The Black Cauldron (1985)


This coming-of-age film is perfect for young fantasy lovers. Taran, an assistant pig-farmer who yearns for adventure, must protect his magical pig from the evil Horned King who plans to use the animal to find a cauldron that can bring the dead to life. Though slightly darker than the standard Disney fare, parents might find Princess Eilonwy a welcome relief from the typical damsel in distress found in other animated films. Recommended Age: 7+

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Halloweentown (1998)


Marnie Piper has always been obsessed with Halloween, much to her mother’s despair. But it turns out there is something her mom is keeping from her—she’s a witch! When grandmother Aggie arrives for her annual Halloween visit, Marnie follows her to a strange place called Halloweentown. This installment is the first of a magical trilogy—so be sure and check out the sequels. Recommended Age: 7+

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)


Harry Potter is a year-round gem, but Halloween seems especially appropriate. There is something about Harry boarding the Hogwarts Express that really evokes that start-of-the-school-year, fall feeling. Oh, and there's magic and witches, too! The first few movies are aimed at younger children while the later ones are better suited to their older, tween siblings. Recommended Age: 7+

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)


This animated movie and its two sequels (Hotel Transylvania 2 and 3) may not actually be about Halloween, but the story of Dracula and his daughter is fitting for the spooky season! With an all-star cast, including Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg, this is one the whole family can enjoy. Recommended Age: 7+

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Labyrinth (1986)


Dealing with sibling rivalry? Labyrinth is a must-watch for anyone who has ever felt fed-up with a younger sib. When Sarah wishes that goblins would take her baby brother, the King of the Goblins comes and whisks the boy away to a Labyrinth. Sarah must venture inside and solve it within 13 hours to get her little brother back. Filled with fantastical Jim Henson puppets, this movie has magic enough to enchant the kiddos. Plus, David Bowie is perfect as the brooding, discontent Jareth. Recommended Age: 8+

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The Witches (1990)


While visiting the seaside with his grandmother, Luke stumbles upon a convention of witches who are hatching a plan to exterminate children. He must find a way to stop them—a task that seems infinitely harder once he is turned into a mouse. The witches are scary enough to give us a fright—especially when they peel off their human costumes. Recommended Age: 8+

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Beetlejuice (1988)


A newly dead husband and wife discover that a family of the living has moved into their house, so they hire a crude "bio-exorcist" to scare them off. The friendship between the deceased couple and Lydia—the epitome of a neglected and gloomy teenager—is heart-warming and the rockin' ’80s styling will give you a good chuckle. Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Do we need to say more? Recommended Age: 9+

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Coraline (2009)


Based on Neil Gaiman's popular "children's horror" novel, Coraline is in many ways similar to Alice in Wonderland—only creepier. Unhappy about relocating to a new house and leaving all her friends behind, the gutsy heroine discovers a door to an alternative world. There she finds attentive, doting versions of her real parents and other exciting wonders. But this new world is more dangerous than it seems and Coraline must find a way to rescue her family and herself. Recommended Age: 9+

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Frankenweenie (2012)


Another film from the master of all things creepy, Tim Burton, this spooky film follows Victor as he attempts to bring his beloved pet Sparky back to life. This film borders on scary without going too far, making it perfect for bigger kids. Recommended Age: 9+

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Gremlins (1984)


Gremlins are the original Furbies. Thankfully, Furby never multiplied after getting wet or turned into a trouble-causing reptile. While the film doesn't revolve around Halloween, watching these little monsters cause chaos is totally in the spirit of this trick-or-treating holiday. Recommended Age: 9+

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Corpse Bride (2005)


This is another gem from Tim Burton's twisted imagination. Victor, a nervous and clumsy young man, accidentally marries a dead bride. He is taken to the Land of the Dead and must somehow escape in order to be reunited with his true fiancée in time for their wedding. Recommended Age: 10+

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Monster House (2006)


On Halloween night, three teenagers try to discover the secrets hidden in their neighbor’s spooky house and end up getting more than they bargained for. If you’re looking for a movie that’s as touching as it is terrifying, this is the one. Recommended Age: 10+

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Young Frankenstein (1974)


Mel Brooks directed this wacky comedy about Doctor Frankenstein's grandson who follows in his mad scientist footsteps. The slapstick comedy and juvenile gags will draw kids in. The film is a fun parody of classic horror movies, so if your children are always begging to stay up and watch the scarier stuff with you—this is a good compromise. Recommended Age: 10+

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Hocus Pocus (1993)


A boy who is charged with keeping an eye on his nosy little sister on Halloween night accidentally unleashes the Sanderson Sisters—three witches from the Salem witch trials that suck the youth from little girls. Best part of the movie? The sisters performing “I Put a Spell on You” at a Halloween party, hands down! Recommended Age: 11+

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The Addams Family (1990)


Halloween is a great reason to introduce your older kids to this creepy classic. Moody tweens will love Wednesday and Pugsley, and parents will get to soak up screen legends like Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd in this witty comedy. Recommended Age: 12+

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Edward Scissorhands (1991)


At this point, it’s safe to say any Tim Burton movie will make for a fun family night this fall—and Edward Scissorhands is no exception. This spooky cult classic is endlessly entertaining and touches on family, young love, fitting in, and so many other topics that will resonate with teens. Recommended Age: 13+