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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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Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea, Bill Melendez
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. A Halloween special, it was the third ...more

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Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis
Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has ...more

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Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch
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Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty
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Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
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Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston
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Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg
Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's ...more

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Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane
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Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price
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Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher
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