We love a good themed family movie night, Halloween movies included–but let’s just say none of us are big fans of scary movies…especially if those movies mean nightmares and kids standing at the foot of our beds at 3am, amiright?!
So, after watching WAAAAY too many trailers and stopping way too many movies 20 minutes in, I thought I’d compile a list for my own reference and share it with you, as well!
Next time we sit down to a Halloween-themed movie night, I plan to reference this list and cut down on about an hour of “what should we watch?” decision time! 😉
Hope you find it helpful!
Please note- I have not viewed every single one of these movies in their entirety so please make sure you preview/do some research before pressing play on any of these!
Family Halloween Movies
I’ve rated these movies “ONE GHOST”, meaning I find them to be light-hearted, not scary, and have fun, appropriate content for the whole family. Best for our youngest family members!
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- Room on the Broom
- Masha’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (spinoff of Masha & Bear cartoon)
- Curious George’s Boo Fest
- Toy Story of Terror (44 min short film)
- Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween
- Mickey’s House of Villains
- Charlie Brown: The Great Pumpkin
- Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
- Sesame Street: A Magical Halloween Adventure
- The Gruffalo
- For short tv episodes trying typing “Disney Channel Happy Halloween” into your search bar!
Next up are my “TWO GHOST” picks. Most of these films are rated PG and, generally speaking, have a bit more of an advanced story line, with maybe a spookier undertone, but still approved by both of my girls! If you’re children scare very easily you may want to preview these first.
- Hotel Transylvannia (1, 2, & 3!)
- Thunder and the House of Magic
- Book of Life
- Disney Halloweentown
- WITS Academy (tv series)
- The Worst Witch (tv series)
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Mary and the Witches Flower
- Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
- Double Double, Toil and Trouble (an old Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen flick)
- Monsters & Aliens (Dreamworks cartoon, PG)
- Disney Descendants
- Disney Zombies (similar vibe to Descendants and High School Musical, clean fun & great music!)
- A Witches Ball
- The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad (1940s Disney cartoon depicting the Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
- Sabrina the animated series
- Igor (animated, PG)
- The Dog Who Saved Halloween
- Disney’s Spooky Buddies
- Hocus Pocus ( Almost put this in the “three ghost” category but I know it’s such a big crowd favorite. Heads up if you have curious children: we laid off this one for a while bc my girls were very concerned about what a “virgin” is and why the boy is being picked throughout the movie on for being one.)
And lastly, my “THREE GHOST” picks. While most of these films are made for children/families and are rated PG, some of them may contain advanced content (language, sexual innuendos, morbid storylines, violence, etc.) that you may find inappropriate for your children, or that they may find scary/uncomfortable to watch. I’m erring on the cautious side! 😉
- The Witches PG (I loved this movie as a kid, but Ardyn finds some parts too scary)
- Maleficent PG (We actually all love this movie, but it can be dark)
- The Secret of Moonacre PG (a new find! My girls really liked it)
- The Labyrinth (PG)
- The Neverending Story (PG)
- The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson, PG)
- Series of Unfortunate Events (PG)
- The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
- Goosebumps (PG)
- Monster House PG (scary/advanced concepts, behavior, and language)
- Corpse Bride PG (dark tones similar to Nightmare Before Christmas)
- Frankenweenie PG (like Coraline below, this could easily be in the “two ghost” category as well, but some of the music/concepts etc. just creeped my girls out.)
- Coraline (PG but my girls found it a bit disturbing)
- The House with the Clock in the Walls PG (I loved this one but Ardyn thought it was really scary & Q had nightmares- great for older kids)
- The Haunted Mansion (PG)
- Harry Potter PG (A personal fav! Movies 1-3 are good for Q this year. After that they get a bit dark, in my opinion. But again, every child is different- Harry Potter definitely has very scary parts)
- Beetlejuice PG ( advanced content)
- Aadams Family (PG-13 some spooky/dark parts and some inappropriate language, mention of sex, etc.)
Ok! That’s all I’ve got! Please let me know if you watch any of these and think they are in the wrong category! Remember this is just a list based on trailers I’ve watched, reviews I’ve read, movies that we’ve started and turned off, and several that we’ve watched all the way through! Every child and every family is different so feel free to preview these on your own before sitting down to your next family movie night!