Watching spine-tingling thrillers is undoubtedly a rite of passage for kids on Halloween. But mileage certainly varies on how scary is too scary, and while some gentle fun is great, you don’t want it to be a terrifying affair! Here are some movies that on the surface may seem scary, but won’t keep them up all night”
Hocus Pocus (1993): Get ready to cackle along with three zany witches as they return to modern-day Salem. It’s a classic for a reason!
Coco (2017): Explore the colorful world of Dia de los Muertos in this heartwarming animated tale that celebrates family and tradition.
Monster House (2006): What happens when a house comes to life? Find out in this spooky animated adventure that’s perfect for all ages.
Corpse Bride (2005): Another enchanting Tim Burton creation, this stop-motion gem takes you on a captivating journey to the afterlife.
ParaNorman (2012): Join Norman, a boy who can speak to ghosts, on an epic supernatural journey full of humor and heart.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): Tim Burton’s masterpiece is the perfect blend of Halloween and Christmas magic – a must-watch for the holiday season.
Casper (1995): Meet Casper the Friendly Ghost as he tries to make friends with a young girl in this heartwarming family film.
Hotel Transylvania (2012): Dracula runs a hotel for classic monsters, and chaos ensues in this hilarious animated comedy.
The Addams Family (1991): The kooky and creepy Addams family invites you into their delightfully bizarre world.
The Addams Family Values (1993): The sequel serves up even more dark humor and family antics – it’s “ghoulishly” good!
The Addams Family (2019): An animated reboot that brings a fresh take on the quirky and lovable Addams Family.
The Witches (1990): Based on Roald Dahl’s book, follow the adventures of a brave boy who encounters some truly wicked witches.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982): It might not be Halloween-themed, but E.T.’s heartwarming tale of friendship is perfect for family movie night, anytime!
The Goonies (1985): Join a group of adventurous kids on a hunt for pirate treasure in this fun and exciting classic.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019): A spine-tingling adaptation of the classic spooky book series.
Monsters, Inc. (2001): Peek behind the closet door and discover the hilarious lives of monsters in this animated favorite.
Beetlejuice (1988): Join a zany couple as they seek the help of the mischievous ghost Beetlejuice in this darkly funny classic.
The Haunted Mansion (2003): When a family visits a haunted mansion, they get more thrills and chills than they bargained for.
Frankenweenie (2012): Tim Burton strikes again with a tale of a boy who brings his pet dog back to life in this spooky stop-motion adventure.
Toy Story of Terror (2013): Join Woody and Buzz for a Halloween-themed TV special with all your favorite Toy Story characters.
Coraline (2009): Neil Gaiman’s enchanting story comes to life in this darkly captivating stop-motion film.
Goosebumps (2015): Get ready for some spooks as R.L. Stine’s famous book series comes to life with all sorts of spooky creatures.
Scoob! (2020): Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang embark on a Halloween adventure full of mystery and laughs.
The Little Vampire (2000): Join a young boy on a fang-tastic adventure as he befriends a vampire family in this family-friendly flick.
Super Monsters Save Halloween (2018): Young monsters learn the ropes of Halloween in this adorable animated special.
The Witches (2020): Anne Hathaway takes on the role of the Grand High Witch in this remake of Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
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