17 frightfully fun kids' Halloween movies!

Grab some treats and check out some of these popular family-friendly Halloween movies.

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What’s Halloween without spooky fun spent with monsters, pumpkins and one particularly famous friendly ghost? Here are a few flicks the whole family can enjoy together!

1. Goosebumps (2015)
Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush
Summary: When the famous Goosebumps monsters are accidentally unleashed from their fictitious tales, it’s up to two teens and bestselling author, R.L. Stine (Black) to save the town and return the beasts back to the books where they belong.
Rating: PG (for some scary images)


2. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Featuring the voices of: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez and Kevin James
Summary: Dracula (Sandler) runs a high-end resort for monsters only – Frankenstein, werewolves, mummies – no humans allowed. However, much to the count’s dismay, a young human, Jonathan (Samberg) stumbles upon the hotel and catches the eye of Dracula’s “teenage” (118-years-old) daughter Mavis (Gomez). Don’t forget to check out the sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2 (spoiler alert!) where Dracula and his ghoulish gang try to bring out the monster side in his half-human grandson.
Rating: PG (for mild scary images)

3. Monster House (2006)
Featuring the voices of: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Nick Cannon
Summary: Forget about boring old haunted houses; the house in this animated flick is a living, breathing, scary monster with windows for eyes and a flying carpet tongue. It’s up to three tweens to save the day before the house starts feasting on the neighborhood kids.
Rating: PG (for some scary images)

4. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Featuring the voices of: John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Mary Gibbs
Summary: When a little human girl wanders into the largest scare factory in the monster world, two monsters, Sulley and Mike, must keep her hidden until then can get her back home.
Rating: G (appropriate for all ages)

5. Coraline (2009)
Featuring the voices of: Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher
Summary: A curious little girl (Fanning) steps into another world that seems better than her own with dazzling gardens, circus acts and a loving Other Mother (Hatcher). But Coraline quickly discovers that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side when her new home turns into a dangerous and frightening place she must escape from.
Rating: PG (for some scary images and mature themes)

6. The Addams Family (1991)
Starring: Angelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci
Summary: A couple of con artists attempt to scam the famously ghoulish family of all their monetary assets by using estranged relative Uncle Fester (Lloyd) as bait. If your kids loved the first one, they’ll enjoy the equally kooky 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values.
Rating: PG (for mild language, some sensuality, smoking and some comic violence)

7. Casper (1995)
Starring: 
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle and Devon Sawa
Summary: Paranormal expert Dr. James Harvey (Pullman) moves into an abandoned house populated by ghosts with his daughter, Kat (Ricci). When word of a hidden treasure buried in the house gets out, the friendly ghosts must ward off some unwelcome guests with the help of Dr. Harvey and his daughter.
Rating: PG (for some scary images and mild language)

8. Igor (2008)
Featuring the voices of: John Cusack, Molly Shannon and Steve Buscemi
Summary: In this animated feature, Igor (Cusack), a hunchbacked lab assistant, aspires to be a Mad Scientist and win the annual Evil Science Fair. However, he meets a lot of resistance from the town’s community of scientists.
Rating: PG (for some scary images, action sequences and mild language)

9. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Thora Birch
Summary: Three hundred years ago, the Sanderson Sisters (Midler, Parker and Najimy) were sentenced to death in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. When two teenagers and a little girl accidentally resurrect them in the present day, an immortal black cat must help them get rid of the witches for good!
Rating: PG (for some frightening scenes, mature themes, sexual references, and some language)

10. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (1966)
Featuring the voices of: Peter Robbins and Sally Dryer
Summary: The Peanuts gang reunites in this classic ode to Halloween traditions. While Charlie Brown decides to host a Halloween party, Linus spends the night in a pumpkin patch hoping the mysterious Great Pumpkin will visit him.
Rating: G (appropriate for all ages)

11. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005)
Featuring the voices of: Johnny Depp, Helen Bonham Carter and Emily Watson
Summary: Set in the 19th century, this stop-motion animated feature chronicles the adventures of shy and awkward Victor (Depp) and his fiancee, Victoria (Watson). When Victor heads out to the woods to practice his wedding vows in private he finds himself accidentally married to a corpse bride named Emily (Bonham Carter).
Rating: PG (for some frightening images, action sequences and brief mild language)

12. Halloweentown (1998)
Starring: Debbie Reynolds and Judith Hoag
Summary: Join the Piper siblings as their grandmother decides to start their witch training, lest their unused powers disappear! Little do the younger Pipers realize, but their grandmother has another secret reason for wanting them to learn how to use their untapped powers—there is something evil lurking in Halloweentown and their grandmother needs help defeating it!
Rating: PG (for some frightening images and brief violence)

13. Mickey’s House of Villains (2001)
Featuring the voices of: Wayne Allwine and Jeff Bennett
Summary: A variety of villains from Disney classics—from Ursula the Octopus to Jaffar the Sorcerer—combine forces in an attempt to take over Mickey’s house. It’s up to Mickey and his pals to overthrow the evil villains and reclaim their territory!
Rating: G (appropriate for all ages)

14. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Featuring the voices of: Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes
Summary: Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover who has been sabotaging all the gardens in their little village. Rumour has it a were-rabbit is on the loose and if the two pals can’t solve the mystery, the annual giant vegetable growing contest will be cancelled!
Rating: PG (for some frightening images and innuendo)

15. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Starring: Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Tilly
Summary: Jim Evers (Murphy) spends the majority of his time busy at work. So, when he takes his wife and kids to Gracey Manor, he’s expecting a little R&R with his family. However, the house’s eerie owner is interested in Jim’s wife, claiming she resembles his deceased girlfriend.
Rating: PG (for frightening images and mild language)

16. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
Featuring the voices of: Jimmy Bennett and Peter Cullen
Summary: All of your kids’ favourite little buddies from The Hundred Acre Wood return in an epic Halloween adventure. Roo’s new little friend, Lumpy, is excited about his first experience with trick-or-treating—that is, until Tigger warns them about the mysterious Gobloon who can turn people—and little furry animals—into jack o’ lanterns!
Rating: G (for some trees with spooky faces)

17. Double, Double Toil and Trouble (1993)
Starring: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and Cloris Leachman
Summary: The little Farmer twins (the Olsens) accidentally learn about their family debt and worry that their parents will lose the house. When they discover that their great-aunt, Agatha (Leachman), is responsible for the family’s money trouble, the twins decide to investigate—only to discover that Agatha is a witch!
Rating: PG (for some frightening scenes)

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