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The Best Halloween Movies for Kids  

Randolph Strauss
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List Rules Halloween-themed or "horror" movies be appropriate for children.

Halloween movies for kids include some holiday classics and some newer films that are quickly becoming classics. The best Halloween movies for kids aren't always overly scary - some are just good, spooky fun! From Beetlejuice to The Haunted Mansion, this list includes kids' Halloween movies that are perfect to show at a Halloween party or after trick-or-treating. Be sure to vote for your favorites and if you know of a great Halloween movie that isn't on the list, add it!

A lot of these kids' Halloween movies are shown each year on TV, particularly on ABC Family, which shows the "13 Nights of Halloween" annually. Not all of these movies are about Halloween. Some are creepy, sure, but a film doesn't actually have to include Halloween to make the cut. Movies like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and Ghostbusters, for example, aren't about Halloween at all - but they are perfect to show at Halloween anyway!

If you're going all-out this year for Halloween, you might want to check out these lists for some great Halloween songs, decoration ideas and some tasty Halloween recipes to serve while you watch your favorite Halloween movies.
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Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more
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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Mark Hamill, Frank Welker, Adrienne Barbeau
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is a 1998 animated direct-to-video horror-comedy film based on the animated television series Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoon franchise. In the film, Scooby-Doo, ...more
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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn
The Witches is a 1990 comedy-fantasy film based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and produced by Jim Henson Productions for Lorimar Film Entertainment ...more
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Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Gh... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Tim Curry, Frank Welker, Jane Wiedlin
Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost is the second in a series of direct-to-video animated films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on October 5, 1999, ...more
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MattGreene1 added Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle
Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by ...more
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sageantone added Eartha Kitt, Jim Varney, Ernie Fosselius
Ernest Scared Stupid is a 1991 American horror comedy fantasy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the fifth film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell. It has ...more
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Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul Schoo... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Ruta Lee
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School is a 1988 television film produced for syndication by Hanna-Barbera as part of the Superstars 10 series.
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MattGreene1 added Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn
The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young ...more
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Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Ben Savage
Little Monsters is a 1989 fantasy comedy film starring Fred Savage as Brian Stevenson, a sixth-grader who has recently moved to a new town, and Howie Mandel as Maurice, the monster under the ...more
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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
MattGreene1 added Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal
Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.
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The Black Cauldron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne
The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated dark fantasy adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 25th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it is loosely based on the first ...more
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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone, Seth Green
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a 2004 comedy horror film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, ...more
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Henry Gibson, Hal Smith, Hans Conried
Halloween Is Grinch Night is a 1977 Halloween musical TV special and prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. It won the 1977 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. It premiered on ABC ...more
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Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
MattGreene1 added Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland
Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1975 film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions, released by Buena Vista Distribution Company and ...more
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Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Mov... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
David Ogden Stiers, Jim Cummings, Kath Soucie
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie is an American animated movie featuring the characters from Winnie the Pooh franchise. This is the first Pooh movie since the death of Paul Winchell and the last ...more
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth
This film is a 1971 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books ...more
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Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
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MattGreene1 added Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive
Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling, which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by ...more
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MattGreene1 added Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura
Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more
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MattGreene1 added Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell
The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' on a quest to restore balance to his alien world ...more
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MattGreene1 added Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty
Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester ...more
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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated package film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film consists of two segments – the first is ...more
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 adventure horror mystery film written by Joe Wiesenfeld and directed by Pierre Gang.
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William Crotty added Ed Lauter, Bill Fagerbakke, Adam Wylie
Under Wraps is a 1997 Disney Channel Original Movie and the second to be called as such.
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William Crotty added Mickey Rooney, Taylor Handley, Caitlin Wachs
Phantom of the Megaplex is a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie, produced by the Disney Channel. With a title and concept very loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera, the film concerns ...more