20 Halloween Movies to Watch With Your Kids

Next to Christmas and Easter, Halloween is one of my families favorite times of the year.  Odd, I know, due to the fact that it’s on the complete opposite end of the spectrum.  We love to decorate, eat spiced donuts and caramel apples, as well as, cuddle up on the couch together and watch some of our favorite, kid friendly Halloween movies. (This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you make a purchase).


Halloweentown (1998)
A young girl named Marnie has been shielded from her heritage and finds out she is a witch. Following her grandmother, she goes through a secret portal to Halloweentown, where the world is quite different than that of humans.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)
This is a childhood classic! The peanuts character Linus believes that the Great Pumpkin will visit the pumpkin patch.

Casper (1995)
Cartoons come to life when incorporated
with real actors. Carrigan, a teen girl who was left a manor when her father father passed away,  finds out that its haunted by a friendly ghost named Casper. He befriends the teen
girl, while the uncles try to scare her away.

Beetlejuice (1988)
Barbara and Adam died in a car accident. They find it hard to leave their home that they loved so much. When new people move in, they do their best to scare them away, without success. Beetlejuice then steps in to lend them a hand.

The Adams Family (1991)
Fester has been missing over 25 years, but when someone shows up to the Adams family home claiming to be him, Morticia becomes suspicious.

Hocus Pocus  (1993)
After 300 years, three witches are brought back when Max lights the black candle. The witch’s goal is to suck the soul out of Salem’s children, but Max and his friends work together to put an end to the witch’s plans.

The Corpse Bride (2005)
A young man is pushed into an arranged marriage but finds that he really does love her. Unfortunately, while practicing his vows in the forest, he accidentally marries a dead woman and is taken into the land of the dead.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Jack Skellington and the residents of the Halloween town do their best to make their celebration more horrible than previous years. When they find something missing, Jack wanders into Christmas town and comes up with a plot to take kidnap Santa and deliver ghoulish gifts to the children.

Monster House (2006)
Three teens discover that a neighbors house is actually a living, scary creature that tries to bring harm to those who come near it. The teens work together to come up with a plan of destroying the home, in order to save local trick-or-treaters from a timely demise.

Hotel Transylvania (2012)
The owner of Hotel Transylvania, Count Dracula has a birthday party for his daughter Mavis. The hotel is free of the human race until a traveler named Johnathon stops in. Count Dracula has to stop Mavis from falling in love with the human and get rid of him before the other monsters find out he is there.  It’s sure to jeopardize his business.

Gremlins (1984)
Definitely one of my favorites as a kid. When a boy receives a new pet, he was to follow three simple rules. Unfortunately, when the rules were broken, it caused his pet to multiply and spawn into other creatures, which became destructive monsters.

Monster Squad (1987)
Count Dracula and his friends invade a small town looking for an Amulet, but a group of pre-teens form the “Monster Squad” in order to save the day.

Ghostbusters  (2016)
After an invasion of ghosts in Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts ban together for an epic battle. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the group takes on thousands of ghosts down in Time Square.

Double Double Toil and Trouble (1993)
A family is in financial trouble and wishes their aunt Sophia were there to help them out. The twin girls overhear their parents talking about Aunt Sophia and learn that she is alive and must break a curse on their great aunt before it’s too late. They must save their family from the evil, magic moonstone.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
A sanitation worker helps his young middle school friends construct a tree house; later to find out that the tree contained a dormant creature that transformed children into wooden dolls.

Coraline (2009)
Coraline finds another world through a portal, which resembles the world she already lives in. In that world, all the doppelgangers also resemble that of the real people in her life. The “other” mother from the portal world wants Coraline to stay with them, but she would have to have a pair of buttons sewn over her eyes. Coraline refuses and finds that all of the portal doors to go back to the real world have been blocked off by the “other” mother.

Spooky Buddies (2011)
Irresistible talking puppies go on a spooky adventure through a haunted mansion. They face the dangers of the spooky legends of the Halloween Hound.

Tower of Terror (1997)
This is something out of the Twilight Zone. When going up to a party at the Tip Top Club on the 12th floor, five hotel guests mysteriously disappeared from the hotel elevator. The saying is that the nanny was a witch and put a curse on the people and it happened to backfire. Those five people are now trapped as ghosts that haunt the hotel.

Haunted Mansion  (2003)
A busy real estate agent doesn’t have much time for the family, but when he gets a call about a possible lucrative listing, he offers to make a mends and take the family on a vacation. Little did they know, he had to make a pit stop by a mansion that could possibly add a listing to his real estate business. With the weather bad, they ended up having to stay at the old, neglected mansion, with heart pounding twists and turns.

The Goonies  (1985)
Another favorite!
In order to save their home from foreclosure, two brothers and a group of friends go on a hunt for an ancient pirate treasure. During their adventure, they run into a group of bad guys who are on that same treasure hunt. The criminals try to stop the group of kids from getting to the treasure before they do.

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