Parenting The Best Halloween Movies for Kids  

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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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Hocus Pocus Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more

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The Nightmare Before Christmas 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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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 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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The Addams Family Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston The Addams Family is a 1991 American fantasy comedy film based on the characters from the cartoon of the same name created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The movie was originally developed at ...more

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Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young ...more

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Ghostbusters 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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Monsters, Inc. 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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Casper Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Christina Ricci Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Halloweentown Debbie Reynolds, Rino Romano, Kimberly J. Brown Halloweentown is a 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie released in October 1998.

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Corpse Bride Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. The plot is set in a fictional ...more

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Hotel Transylvania 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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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film shows the story of an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished ...more

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analise.dubner added Monster House Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi Monster House is a 2006 computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Gil Kenan, produced by ImageMovers and Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film stars ...more

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The Haunted Mansion Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp The Haunted Mansion is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film based on the attraction of the same name at Disney theme parks. The film was directed by Rob Minkoff, written by David Berenbaum and ...more

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Coraline Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more

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The Goonies 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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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Return to Halloweentown Debbie Reynolds, Sara Paxton, Summer Bishil Return to Halloweentown is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered on October 20, 2006. It is the fourth and final installment in the Halloweentown series. In this sequel, Marnie Piper ...more

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Halloweentown High Debbie Reynolds, Frank Welker, Finn Wittrock Halloweentown High is a 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered on Disney Channel on October 8, 2004 for the holiday of Halloween. This is the third installment in the Halloweentown ...more

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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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ozzy added The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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carlybobarly added Frankenweenie Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. It is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the ...more

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Debbie Reynolds, Jessica Lucas, Peter Wingfield Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge is a 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie released for the holiday of Halloween. This is the second installment in the Halloweentown series.

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carlybobarly added ParaNorman Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features and was released on August 17, 2012. It stars the voices of Kodi ...more

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ozzy added Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Scooby-Doo Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 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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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars ...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
Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost 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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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island 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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Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School 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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sageantone added Ernest Scared Stupid 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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Dustin Moore added The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley 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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Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie 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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Casper Meets Wendy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Casper Meets Wendy Hilary Duff, Pauly Shore, Teri Garr Casper Meets Wendy is a direct-to-video film released on September 22, 1998. The film is a sequel to Casper: A Spirited Beginning; both films are prequel/spin-offs to the 1995 film Casper and ...more

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The Witches 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 Reluctant Werewolf Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf is a 1988 animated comedy horror movie for television produced by Hanna-Barbera. It was the final to air as part of the Superstars 10 series and is also ...more

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The Monster Squad Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht, Jon Gries The Monster Squad is a 1987 horror comedy film written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Fred Dekker. It was released by Tri-Star Pictures on August 14, 1987. The film features the ...more

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Little Monsters 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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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 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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Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers Casey Kasem, Rob Paulsen, Arte Johnson Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is an animated television movie produced by Hanna-Barbera for the Superstars 10 series.

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The Black Cauldron is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
The Black Cauldron 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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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth Bedknobs and Broomsticks 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 ...more

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William Crotty added Phantom of the Megaplex 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

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William Crotty added Under Wraps 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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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the team behind the National ...more

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animated comedy film. The film was produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, and ...more

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Guest_8c122593-6c15-4565-8fa2-ba62462ede3f added The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Rachelle Lefevre, Vlasta Vrána, Brent Carver 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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Toy Story of Terror! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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The Spiderwick Chronicles Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of the same name. Set in the Spiderwick ...more