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The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

Updated March 24, 2020 41.1k votes 1.8k voters 44.0k views105 items

List RulesHalloween-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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    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charli is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

    Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea

    Released1966

    Directed byBill Melendez

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television... more on Wikipedia
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    Casper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman

    Released1995

    Directed byBrad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

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    Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

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    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits... more on Wikipedia

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Halloweentown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Halloweentown

    Debbie Reynolds, Rino Romano

    Released1998

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

    Halloweentown is a 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie released in October 1998.
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Addams Family (1991) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    The Addams Family (1991)

    Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1991

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Hotel Transylvania

    Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler

    Released2012

    Directed byGenndy Tartakovsky

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    Coraline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Released2009

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's... more on Wikipedia

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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Return to Halloweentown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Return to Halloweentown

    Debbie Reynolds, Sara Paxton

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Jackson

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    Halloweentown High is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Halloweentown High

    Debbie Reynolds, Frank Welker

    Released2004

    Directed byMark A.Z. Dippé

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    Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Re is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge

    Debbie Reynolds, Jessica Lucas

    Released2001

    Directed byMary Lambert

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    Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Scooby-Doo

    Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released2002

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera... more on Wikipedia

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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

    Released1990

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Frankenweenie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Frankenweenie

    Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning

    Released2012

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Corpse Bride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Corpse Bride

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Burton, Mike Johnson

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    The Haunted Mansion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    The Haunted Mansion

    Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Minkoff

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    Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    Ernest Scared Stupid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Ernest Scared Stupid

    Eartha Kitt, Jim Varney

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn R. Cherry III

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    Little Monsters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Little Monsters

    Fred Savage, Howie Mandel

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Greenberg

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    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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