Spooky season is almost here! Pumpkins will be paving the front porches and windowsills, sweets will be bought in bulk for trick or treaters and everyone will start planning their Halloween costumes! But that’s not all, how about having a family movie night and watching some of the best family Halloween movies?
Maybe you’re stuck on which ones to pick? No worries we’ve got you!
Halloween Animated Films
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Starring: Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Sarandon and Paul Reubens
Probably the most famous family-friendly film based around Halloween! Join Jack Skellington from Halloween Town, as he stumbles upon the magical Christmas Town… He’s instantly enchanted by the magical presence and an obsession soon follows, but what happens if he kidnaps Santa Claus?
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Michael Musso, Spencer Locke, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sam Lerner
Three curious teenagers discover that their neighbour’s house is more sinister than they’ve ever realised… It’s actually a monster that hates children. They then set on a mission to discover its heart and kill it.
A family-friendly spooky movie, with creepy characters that is sure to get everyone into the Halloween spirit!
The Black Cauldron
Starring: Grant Bardsley, John Byner, Nigel Hawthorne and Susan Sheridan
This is a Disney Original movie that isn’t as common, but still a fabulous family Halloween movie that is worth checking out this spooky season!
Follow Taran and his friends on an adventurous journey to find a black cauldron that has remarkable powers. But with an evil Horned King in their way…will they be able to stop him from unleashing a huge army of unstoppable soldiers?
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French and Keith David
It may not be your typical Halloween choice…but it is on the list of scary movies! A horror, dark fantasy movie that follows Coraline in her new house. She finds a suspicious small door in a room that leads to a world where everything is perfect. Or so it seems…with her ‘Other Mother’ at the hands of all this trickery, will Coraline be safe?
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, and Richard E. Grant
Set in the bleak Victorian era, a shy young man called Victor finds himself engaged to a deceased woman and becomes trapped in the underworld in which she lives. But there’s just one issue, he’s not dead! While Emily (the corpse bride) falls deeply in love, Victor is trying to do everything he can to get back to his fiance in the living world. This vibrant and quirky story explores dead pets, accidental marriages and peculiar characters like the maggot that lives behind Emily’s eye. But essentially, this film is all about “if you love someone, let them go” and this will eventually set you free.
This film is 13+ as it explores death, decay, and murder.
Haunted Mansion 2023
Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Jared Leto, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson.
A woman and her son enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters…
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christoper Mintz-Plasse, John Goodman and Leslie Mann
Journey to an ill-fated town suffering a deadly curse. Will their fates change when Norman, who can speak to ghosts, teams up with a few friends to save the town? A spooky tale for a spooky season.
Starring: Winona Ryder, Charlie Tahan, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara
Victor devastated when his dog companion Sparky dies from being hit by a car, decides to bring him back to life. But things don’t go to plan when his dog now looks like a monster and terrifies everyone. Another classic Tim Burton original that is definitely on my list of family Halloween movies!
Halloween Live Action Films
Starring: Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Devon Sawa and Cathy Moriarty
Have you met Casper the friendly ghost? He’s not like your average ghost… But his future may be in jeopardy as the new owner of the mansion orders an exorcist to get rid of all the ghosts. Strangely though, the owner’s daughter befriends the ghost, can she save Casper?
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Eva Green, Samuel Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett.
Teenager Jake is on a quest to uncover the supernatural mysteries of his grandfather’s past life after he finds his grandfather dead under suspicious circumstances. To his surprise, he uncovers Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Here, he meets a group of children with superpowers who are living the same day over and over again. With terrifying enemies and real life to contend with, life becomes complicated for Jake. Can he save his new friends and uncover what really happened to his grandfather?
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sean Murray
One of THE most popular family Halloween movies ever!
Follow three young women who accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters (child-hungry wicked witches), back to the modern day. Will they be able to stop the greedy witches?
Hocus Pocus 2
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sean Murray
After the successful original film, it’s about time they released a sequel!
Some legends never die… 29 years after the events of the first film, the three Sanderson Sisters have again returned to modern-day Salem. Can three high-school students stop them in their tracks? And to what lengths will the witch sisters go to…
Starring: Jack Black, Odeya Rush, R.L Stine and Dylan Minnette
The modern film adaptation of the much-loved spooky children’s books. When the author of the book R L Stine discovers that the scariest monsters he writes about in his books come to life, he and his daughter must put things right. But will they be able to race against time to put them back into the book?
The puppet dolls were enough for me to switch the film over…but hey, you guys might like it!
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Terence Stamp and Wallace Shawn
A family-friendly horror classic – that is scattered with gentle jump scares but plenty of laughter.
Follow a couple as they visit a mansion they wish to purchase. However, they soon realise there’s more to the mansion than the eye can see… It’s actually haunted by evil spirits, who don’t want them there.
Starring: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Patrick Fabian
Another Disney Channel classic is about two twin teenage witches who were separated at birth. Who happen to meet each other on their 21st birthday and discover they have magical powers. But with an evil spirit looming, they must team up to save their mom and kingdom from succumbing to the dark forces.
Starring: Anjelica Huston, Jasen Fishers and Mai Zetterling
A Roald Dahl book adaptation that follows the story of a young boy on vacation who bumps into a very curious group of people … Witches. And not just any old witches, EVIL WITCHES with a plot to turn all children into mice, will he be able to escape their clutches?
Starring: Kimberley J. Brown, Joey Zimmerman, Debbie Reynolds and Phillip Van Dyke
During a visit from Grandma, a curious child notices her granny using magic. They decide to follow her back to Halloweentown but are soon attacked by dark forces. Will they be able to get out and return home safely? A Disney Channel classic and the perfect not-so-spooky film to watch this Halloween with the entire family!
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Geller, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard and Neil Fanning
Follow the Mystery Inc. gang who are invited to the grand opening of the Coolsville Museum of Criminology, which displays costumes of monsters past. But when these monsters are brought to life by an evil mastermind, the gang must save the day!
Grab some scooby snacks to munch on too!
With this hugeee list of family Halloween movies to watch, your spooky season will be fang-tastic as you dive into a movie night like no other. Don’t forget the popcorn and sweet treats!
What other family-friendly Halloween movies can you think of?
Psst… We haven’t forgotten about you parents. Here are some truly scary movies, that will have you hiding behind a pillow.
Halloween Movies for Adults
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran and Donald Pleasence
Of course, you need to start off the Halloween season with a franchise named after it. With 12 movies to watch, you’ll need a whole day (maybe more!).
Follow Michael Myers, a serial killer who recently escaped from a sanitarium. With a murderous past and an unhinged mental state, he aims to kill teenage babysitters on Halloween night… He picks his target Laurie Strode and brutally murders all her friends, but will he successfully murder Laurie or will she escape in the nick of time?
How many Halloween movies are there?
There are actually 12:
- Halloween II
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
- Halloween 5: The Revenger of Michael Myers
- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
- Halloween: Resurrection
- Halloween (readaptation)
- Halloween II (readaptation)
- Halloween (readaptation)
- Halloween Kills
- Halloween Ends
Phew… can you manage all these slashers?
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Starring: Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhom and Austin Abrams
Travel to 1968 where a group of friends discover a suspicious notebook that foretells terrifying events that wreak havoc on a small town. Think creepy characters like a reanimated corpse, a haunting phantom, a nightmarish monster from a childhood story and dark creatures.
IT (classic or modern adaptation)
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff
Well, this fits Halloween to a T. A nightmarish clown who is sinister in every way possible? No thank you.
Get engrossed in a film about an ancient creepy clown that dives into your deepest fears, and haunts your every move before devouring you. Even writing this gives me the heebie-jeebies…
Orphan First Kill
Starring: Isabelle Fuhrman, Julie Stiles, Rossif Sutherland and Hiro Kanagawa
A prequel to Orphan, welcome to a psychological horror that you’ll love. And it was released this year, so it’s the perfect film to watch this Halloween.
Follow the beginning of Leena Klammer’s murderous rage as she escapes the institute she was held up in 2007, killing those who block her way. After being taken in by a family who thinks she may be their long-lost daughter, things start to take a sinister turn…
Mind-bending, shocking and full of twists.
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons and Demian Bichir
A gothic supernatural film set in Romania. After investigating the death of a young nun, they soon realise there are much bigger things at play when things take a dark and sinister turn.
A jump scare like no other, creepy filmmaking that will leave you feeling on edge and unable to get out of your mind. Are you brave enough?
Starring: Daniel Kuluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun
The latest blockbuster from the brilliant director Jordan Peele. An unidentified object is discovered in the air, but its murderous nature is alarming and nothing like you’ve ever seen before. How does it attack? Why does it attack? The killings are gruesome and mysterious, are you ready to get stuck in?
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson and Michael Gambon
We’ll end on a classic note.
A slasher film that features mysterious and scary characters. A Headless Horseman who has a murderous rage in the town of Sleepy Hollow. Will the police chief be able to solve the mystery of a hoard of decapitated bodies littering the small town?
With terrifying imagery, unnerving music and a unique storyline, if you’ve somehow missed watching this scary film – then make sure it’s on your Halloween movie list!
Whether you’re looking for family Halloween movies to make your movie night extra spooky for the kids, psychological thrillers or movies in the horror genre, we’ve got the best here! With so many choices for Halloween movies out there, you’ll never fall short on what to watch. Make this scary night one to remember. Just don’t forget the snacks and maybe a blanket to cover your eyes…
In the Halloween spirit? How about creating some Halloween paper decorations? Planning what Halloween foods to whip up, picking your favourite pumpkin carving design, and last but not least, deciding on your Halloween costumes! We’ve got babies, kids, teens, family and even groups. With so much choice, you’re bound to find a fang-tastic costume!