Top 10 family-friendly Halloween movies to enjoy

by Jodi Shaw

Tricks and treats, costumes, eerie decorations, spooky sounds.  I absolutely love everything about Halloween, and that includes the movies.  As a mom, I do not allow my kids to watch the gore festive productions I often sink my teeth into every Halloween.  Movies like Friday the 13th, Halloween, Shark Night and many others that would cause my kids nightmares for like ever!

So what do I watch with my kids during the creepy holiday season?

Top 10 great family movies you can enjoy with your kids that won’t scare them to death!

1.) Casper

A fantastic movie about a little ghost who befriends a girl and her father after they move into the haunted mansion to which Casper (the ghost) lives with his uncles (also) ghosts.  Full of comedy, adventure and even a little sweetness. Casper is sure to make you laugh and have a great time!

2.) The Nightmare Before Christmas

Families can follow along as Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween town decides that Halloween has become too same ole same ole for him and ends up landing in Christmas Town and becomes so enthralled with the idea of Christmas he tries to get the residents in his town to help put a spin on how they celebrate.

3.) Wizard of Oz

Some might not think this is a Halloween movie, but I say why not? You have a girl lost in a land she doesn’t really belong searching to find her home, flying monkey’s and a wicked witch, along with a lion and scarecrow and tin man to help this enchantress to the Emerald City.  The Wizard of Oz is a great Halloween treat for all families!

4.) E.T.

Once in a while a movie comes along that is so memorable that it lasts a lifetime. Meet Elliot a little boy who befriends a lost Extra-terrestrial (E.T.) and tries hard to not only teach him about human life and love but help him find his way home.  If your kids haven’t seen this movie, this Halloween would be a great time to introduce them to this wonderful classic!

5.) Halloween Town Series

The Disney Channel presents this fantastic series which includes 4 great movies: Halloweentown, Halloweentown II, Halloweentown High and Return to Halloweentown where Aggie Cromwell (Debbie Reynolds) and her family battle strong forces of evil.

6.) Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie

Enjoy Halloween in Hundred Acre Woods with Pooh and the gang as they trick-or-treat for the first time.  Roo and his new friend Lumpy a (Heffalump) love the Halloween season, that is until Tigger warns everyone about Gobloon who will cast a spell and turn them all into a ragged lantern if he catches them.  This movie is great.

7.) Ghostbusters

What would happen if a bunch of ghosts invaded your city? Who would you call?  You’d call the Ghostbusters!  A bunch of guys in funny suits with scientific degrees who go into the busting business, getting rid of spooks and spectrums that invade and make people’s lives miserable.  Ghostbusters is funny and good fun for everyone!

8.) Enchanted

One of my favorite movies of all time!  This movie starts out when Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) who is a cartoon, by the way, is suddenly transported by the evil queen to a new world. Giselle is lost, confused and scared and winds up meeting Robert (Patrick Dempsy) a single father of an adorable little girl.  Together they teach each other about love.

9.) The Goonies

Okay, not your traditional Hallows-eve flick but anyone from the 80’s knows what I mean when I say there is just something about this group that calls themselves (The Goonies) a bunch of kids who are about to lose their homes until they set off in search of missing treasure.  This movie has it all!  Pirates, robbers & even boobie-traps!

10.) It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

No Halloween holiday is complete without at least watching this Halloween classic.  It’s Halloween and Charlie and the gang is ready to go out and snag some candy, everyone except Linus that is.  Poor Linus with his blanket is going to wait, and wait and yes wait some more.  What’s he waiting for?  Well, the Great Pumpkin of course!

What’s Your Favorite Halloween Movie?

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Trick or Treating Events Your Kids Will Love Without Going Door To Door – Just Jodi October 31, 2017 - 2:59 am

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Tami October 29, 2012 - 10:15 am

Enchanted – Hands Down Best Halloween Movie!!!!

NYC Kids Bookshop - October 25, 2012 - 5:18 am

Awesome selections! This helps make things that much simpler. Thanks for sharing.


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