There is no holiday quite like Halloween, from carved pumpkins and assorted candies to haunted houses and costume parties. There's no better way to get into the spirit than by watching a good scary film.
While classic go-to films like Halloween and Scream are available for families, they may not be the finest family viewing choices. However, there are a great selection of creepy child-friendly films that will keep everyone entertained throughout the autumn.
Coraline is a unique, imaginative, and spooky fairy tale that follows an unhappy girl (Dakota Fanning) who discovers a portal to a hidden world in her new home. It's a better, more exciting version of her life, but not everything is as it seems.
This creepy adventure is equally delightful and terrifying thanks to superb stop-motion animation and craft, funny characters, and a thrilling narrative. After all, Coralines new parents have eyes, so young children will be fascinated by the wonder and wonder of it all.
The Witches (1990)
The Witches, based on Roald Dahl's classic book, is an incrediblely fun and delightfully wicked Halloween treat. When a youngster (Jasen Fisher) goes on vacation with his grandmother (Mai Zetterling), he encounters a group of evil witches who intend to transform all of the children in the world into mice.
Angelica Houston is both frightening and fantastic as the Grand High Witch, and the witches themselves are morbidly terrifying thanks to impressive makeup and prosthetics. Despite this, the film has a solid amount of comedy to help balance the scares, making for a devilishly enjoyable read.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
After seeing the 1993 Disney classic, do you think Halloween is just a slew of Hocus Pocus? You'll think differently. Max (Omri Katz) goes to Salem and lights the Candle of Black Flame, accidentally bringing the witchy Sanderson sisters back from the dead.
The sisters are out for revenge on Halloween night, and cause all kinds of ghostly chaos after being hanged by the town residents during the seventeenth century. Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are hilariously horrified as the witches, making for a hilarious trio.
Nightbooks are a great family horror story, especially for those who enjoy a good scary story. As he discovers himself in a witch's apartment, he must write a new scary story every night.
The film has an extremely frightening and mysterious feel, and there are some genuine fears that may work better with younger children. However, it's full of potential, and Krysten Ritter has a lot of fun in her evil role.
The film follows Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a misfit boy who can see and speak to the dead, and prefers to do so.
Norman must use his paranormal abilities to rescue his town, which is under a deadly curse. The film is a wild ride, with a varied cast of characters that range from a vengeful witch to a dopey high school jock.
Monster House (2006)
Monster House isnt a haunted house as such, as the title implies. More so, the house itself is a living, breathing monster that hates children and threatens to harm them. If anything, it's far worse than a haunted house!
Three kids discover the hidden chamber, and as Halloween night approaches, they must destroy it before unsuspecting trick-or-treaters stumble right into its trap. A solid mix of goofiness and spookiness.
The Were-Rabbit Curse (Walmar & Gromit) (2005)
Wallace (Peter Sallis) and Gromit are universally popular characters, and their monster movie adaptation of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a hilarious and appropriate silver screen debut for the pair.
Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) enlists the help of the duo to track down a vegetable-eating beast that threatens the village Giant Vegetable Competition. The film is accompanied by lots of rabbits and plenty of surprise, making this a worthwhile Halloween classic and cinema debut for this cheese-loving guy and his wise dog.
The Addams Family (1991)
The Addams Family, a 1991 big screen adaptation of the classic TV program, is at its finest and kookiest. While its sequel Addams Family Values is equally as good, it is always worthwhile revisiting the original around Halloween.
From Raul Julias Gomez to Christina Riccis Wednesday, an evil doctor hires an imposter to impersonate the titular family's long-lost Uncle Fester in order to steal their fortune. This is a perfect family picture that should please both children and adults.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
The Hotel Transylvanias version of the Count is probably the most kid-friendly. Although the series has produced many sequels, the original remains the series' strongest and most enjoyable work. Adam Sandler plays Dracula, who owns a hotel for monsters.
When human Johnny (Andy Samberg) discovers the establishment and falls for his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), Drac goes into total overprotective father mode. Filled with sharp gags and classic monstrous characters, this animated comedy is great for young children, especially the younger ones.
Beetlejuice is a spooky season classic, but it has become a cultural staple. This is one of Tim Burton's most popular films.
Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis), a married couple who happen to be dead but still occupy their home. They try to keep them occupied, but are unsuccessful, and use Beetlejuice to assist them.