It’s time to celebrate all things Halloween. As one of the fastest-growing holiday seasons in the country, Halloween time offers many opportunities for family fun. But with all of the specials and movies out there, it can be hard to know which ones are a little too scary or just spooky enough for your crew. Here is a great list of Halloween Movies for Kids to get you in the Halloween spirit while remaining age appropriate.
Halloween Movies for the Littles:
When George is introduced to the legend of “No Noggin,” he and his friends try to solve the mystery while getting into their usual, light-hearted mischief. This movie is great for a weekend movie night and has a catchy soundtrack to boot.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Not Rated)
Arguably the most iconic Halloween movie for kids, this Charlie Brown classic is funny and cute for all ages. Will Linus see the Great Pumpkin while the gang trick-or-treats? You’ll have to see for yourself.
This book adaptation is well done and charming in its simplicity. A friendly witch gives a ride to a growing number of animals, teaching a great message about including others and giving back.
Halloween Movies for the Bigger Kids:
Hotel Transylvania (PG)
This animated movie has an all star cast of voices and an age-old tale of a father grappling with his daughter falling in love with someone from the wrong side. This time the father is Dracula trying to protect his vampire daughter from a human. The dark humor and jump-scares may be too scary for younger children.
Hocus Pocus (PG)
This cult classic features fun music, an entertaining cast and memorable one-liners. The children of Salem are in danger of being lured by three old witches from their homes on Halloween night. In true Disney fashion, the scary plot line is more light-hearted and funny.
Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? This Tim Burton claymation musical is both spooky and endearing. It appears cartoonish, but there are some bizarre characters that might disturb preschool-age children.
Halloween Movies for Tweens and Up:
The Addams Family (PG-13)
The Addams family is excited when Uncle Fester surfaces after being missing for 25 years. Little do they know that he’s actually a con-artist trying to get into the family vault. This movie has an interesting set and costumes, albeit on the macabre side with lots of dark humor.
When a recently deceased couple hire a crude ghost to haunt their home, they do not expect to befriend the teenage girl who has moved in with her family. This is another Tim Burton movie that uses strange and spooky elements for humor. There are some sexual jokes and death themes.
A family’s home is haunted by ghosts who seem friendly but turn menacing when they make contact with the youngest member of the family. This is a good introduction to horror movies because there aren’t too many scary visuals, but it is still scary. Although it was rated PG in 1982, it would most likely be rated PG-13 nowadays.
What is your family's favorite Halloween movie?
Alyse grew up in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge as a somewhat dual citizen. She met her husband when they were in diapers, and they now have two young sons who are equally rambunctious as they are sweet. Working in marketing and development for a local museum, she loves the history and energy of her French Quarter office…where else can you join a second line by accident? Aside from life as a law student wife and #boymom, she is committed to voluntarism through the Junior League of New Orleans and currently serves as co-chair of the Diaper Bank committee. In her free time (ha!) Alyse enjoys gardening, watching British dramas, baking, and other old lady habits.