When it comes to family-friendly options to stream this autumn, it may appear like Disney has the largest assortment of DCOM originals, including the Halloweentown series, the popular Hocus Pocus and its upcoming sequel, and The Haunted Mansion. However, there are other worlds of entertaining Halloween movies to choose from when it comes to exploring something outside the mouse's selection.
As you risk something being geared toward a younger audience like toddlers or inappropriate like slashers and R-rated films, these Halloween movies are the ideal choice for a haunted night this autumn (or whenever you begin your celebration).
'Monster House' (2006)
Monster House from Columbia Pictures has been a classic among its generation of viewers since it became an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film in 2007. With voices from Mitchel Musso (and Marc Musso), Spencer Locke, and Steve Buscemi, the animated story was Gil Kenan's directorial debut.
Monster House is rated PG, with a certified fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics and a glowing review from viewers. The film is a solid choice for all members of the family as the authors do a good job of placing adult-themed jokes under the noses of kids.
Goosebumps is a cinematic adaptation of the famous novels by R.L. Stine. After they are released and running rampant through Madison, Delaware, Zach (Dylan Minnette) must join Stine's (Jack Black) daughter, Hannah (Odeya Rush) to capture the monsters from the horror stories.
Goosebumps is rated PG and can be streamed for free on AppleTV, Vudu, and YouTube.
'A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting' (2020)
A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting is a useful substitute when considering repurposing for the usual Disney Halloween watchlist. After abducting the little boy she's caring for, a youngster encounters the boogeyman and his monsters in the movie, which includes recognizable faces like Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise) as Grand Guignol, the boogeyman.
A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting is rated PG and has a runtime of 98 minutes, allowing this Netflix original to fly under the radar with no real appeal among Rotten Tomatoes reviewers. This fall when you're selecting from Netflix's catalog for family movie night, this movie will fulfill the demand for a Disney story.
'Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Hotel Transylvania is a family-friendly adaptation of horror's famous monsters, starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez. When a human boy discovers the hidden sanctuary for monsters, he begins to fall for Dracula's daughter.
Hotel Transylvania immediately became a franchise, with the third film coming to Amazon Prime this year. Sandler played Dracula in the first three films, but he would leave for the fourth with Brian Hull taking over. The haunted original is rated PG and available on Hulu.
Coraline follows the title character as she discovers a hidden world within a wall of their new house, which seems much more appealing than her regular existence. The film is adapted from Neil Gaiman's novella and includes voices from Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Saunders, and Ian McShane.
Coraline is available for free streaming on Tubi and for rental on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Vudu, along with another Halloween classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Casper is a live-action recreation of the popular animated character Wednesday Addams. Kat (Ricci) and her afterlife therapist father, Dr. Harvey (Bill Pullman), move into a crumbling mansion to clear the house of the ghosts that haunt it. There she meets and befriends Casper, who is voiced by Malachi Pearson.
Casper is still a decent Halloween movie for families, as it is a perfect fusion of supernatural and a teen story with decent special effects to make it worth the Halloween stream. It's available for rental on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Apple TV.
'Corpse Bride' (2005)
Corpse Bride is a Tim Burton classic that includes many of Burton's usual suspects when it comes to his films, including supporting actors like Christopher Lee, Deep Roy, and Danny Elfman. Poorly navigating his vows prior to his arranged marriage to Victoria (Emily Watson), Victor (Johnny Depp) unknowingly recites them to a deceased young lady (Helena Bonham Carter) who accidentally bonds them to a marriage she believes to be true.
Corpse Bride, a nominated animated feature film Oscar, is an excellent addition to Burton's catalog this Halloween, and a viable alternative to The Nightmare Before Christmas as a streaming option. Available for hire on Amazon Prime, the spooky love story is available with an HBO Max subscription, free with ads on YouTube.
Nightbooks, a Netflix original that is slipping under the radar for Halloween favorites, combines frightening stories with a witch's intrigues inside his New York apartment, requesting that he tell her a new story every night in order to survive.
Nightbooks combines the whimsical charm of Disney films like Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker with dark storytelling used in horror films. With a TV-PG rating, the film's runtime is manageable at 103 minutes. This is the perfect film to despise Hocus Pocus and enjoy a different magical tale.
ParaNorman, an Oscar-nominated animated feature, isn't a Tim Burton film. After a centuries-old witch's curse causes zombies to rise from the grave, Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) must use his abilities to save his town.
ParaNorman, which has been rated PG by Rotten Tomatoes critics and loved by audience members, is a refreshing change from the standard Disney story of an introvert who misunderstands. It is also available for rent on several platforms, including Amazon Prime and YouTube.
'The Addams Family' (2019)
The Addams Family is a PG adaptation of the famous spooky family. In this installment of the family's cinematic catalog, a TV personality faces difficulties as she realizes that the family's eerie mansion is ruining her desire to sell every house in the neighborhood. With voices like Oscar Issac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia, and Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday, the animated version creates its own legacy for a new
The Addams Family is available for viewing with a subscription to Paramount+ or for renting on various platforms like Amazon Prime and Apple TV.