Halloween is the season for scary movies! But if your child isn’t old enough to watch them, or maybe you personally don’t care for them, there are plenty of other films to get your family in the spirit. I’ve put together a list of some of the best Halloween movies for kids, so you’ll know exactly what to pick for your next family movie night.
Hocus Pocus has been a must-watch in my family since the film first came out. When it was originally released by Disney in the 90’s, it wasn’t all that popular. Now, Hocus Pocus is synonymous with Halloween. The film follows three witches who were executed in the 1600’s, but have been resurrected in modern times thanks to a curse. It’s then up to the main characters, Max, Dani, and Allison, to send them back to the grave for good. Not only does this film have an interesting storyline, but it has characters and jokes that people of all ages can enjoy.
Halloweentown is a Disney Channel Original Movie that has stood the test of time. In fact, it spawned a series of three more movies. The first film revolves around a girl, Marnie, who has recently discovered she is a witch, and must save Halloweentown from an evil force. What’s special about it is how it’s centered around family – for example, Marnie’s grandmother was the one who asks her and her siblings to come to Halloweentown and help her.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The last Disney movie on this list, Halloween simply isn’t complete without The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a charming film because the main character, Jack Skellington, is disenchanted with Halloween Town and decides to bring Christmas to its citizens instead. The entire film was painstakingly done with claymation, and over twenty years later, it still holds up. Kids will love the fun characters and animated expressions.
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Who could ever get sick of the Peanuts? The holidays are the perfect time to introduce Charlie Brown to your kids, if you haven’t already. Unlike the other Halloween movies for kids on this list, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown isn’t spooky at all. While all the other kids are getting ready for Halloween, Linus sends his yearly letter to the Great Pumpkin. No one else believes that it exists, but Linus is determined to see it on Halloween night. It’s a short, cute film for all ages.
Like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins could work as either a Halloween or a Christmas movie. When the main character receives a mysterious pet for Christmas, he accidentally breaks the rules when caring for it. Chaos ensues. Personally, Gremlins always been one of my favorite Halloween movies for kids. Just make sure that your child is old enough to watch it, as there are a few mildly scary scenes.