You know what would be a fun family activity for October? A Halloween family movie night!
Here are some fun Halloween movies to choose from. Some of these are traditional Halloween choices and others are just a little bit of spooky fun. But, all would be perfect for a Halloween family movie night.
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To help you choose a movie, I’m including the age ratings I found on Common Sense Media, which is a great place to check for information about any movie (or book) you want to share with your kids.
Halloween movies for the little ones
These choices are perfect for your toddlers and preschoolers, but are enjoyable for all ages.
Room on the Broom (rated G): If you’re a fan of the book by Julia Donaldson, you’ll also love the movie. This is a fun and gentle movie that sticks true to the book. This is my number one choice if you have kids that scare easily with movies. It’s delightful and a little bit scary, but still stays gentle for young kids. Recommended for ages 3 and up. (Tip: This one is often streaming on Netflix!)
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (Unrated): This movie fills me with nostalgia because it was my favorite Halloween movie when I was a kid. Now, my kids love to watch it every year. This is another gentle choice that it not at all scary. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Halloween movies for all ages
These choices are perfect for elementary aged kids, and be can enjoyed by the whole family.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG): This quirky Tim Burton classic is both fun for Halloween and Christmas, although I’ve always thought it more suited for Halloween. Clocking in at just 76 minutes, it’s a good shorter choice for family movie night. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (rated G): If you’ve never watched a Wallace & Gromit show, you’re definitely missing out. They’re so funny and this Halloween choice will definitely get the family laughing. Suitable for ages 7 and up.
Casper (rated PG): Based on the classic cartoon, this choice has ghosts, a haunted house, and is kid-friendly – definitely a fun choice for a Halloween family movie night. Suitable for ages 8 and up.
Coraline (rated PG): This movie, based off of the book by Neil Gaiman, is not necessarily a Halloween movie, but it’s spookiness makes it perfect for Halloween time. (And if you haven’t already, you should read the book first!) This one could be a little scary for younger kids. Suitable for ages 9 and up.
Halloween movies for tweens and teens
These Halloween movies for tweens aren’t necessarily Halloween-specific, but they’re full of ghosts, monsters, and lots of spooky fun. Plus, they’re heavy on nostalgia that the adults will love!
The Goonies (rated PG): You know what’s fun to do on family movie night? Sharing a favorite movie from your childhood with your kids. The Goonies is a fun option for a Halloween family movie night. The tweens will love it and you get to watch a fun favorite from your youth. Suitable for ages 10 and up. (In case you forgot, there is a lot of swearing in the movie. So, if you’re uncomfortable with that, skip this choice.)
Frankenstein, 1931 version (Nonrated) There’s no better time than Halloween to grab a classic horror flick. Frankenstein is spooky but tame in the way that all the classic horror films are tame. It’s a lot of fun to watch. That being said, make sure you grab the 1931 version starring Boris Karloff and not one of the more recent versions! Suitable for ages 10 and up.
Hocus Pocus (rated PG): When I first started thinking about Halloween family movies, this was the first one that came to mind (even before Charlie Brown). This comedy about three witches will get the whole family laughing. Suitable for ages 11 and up.
Ghostbusters (rated PG): I have not seen the most recent version of this movie, so my recommendation is for the 1984 classic. It’s a fun option that both kids and parents will enjoy. And, if you don’t get to it for Halloween, it’s a fun movie choice to watch with your tweens anytime of the year. Suitable for ages 11 and up.
Did I miss any of your favorites? What are your favorite Halloween movies for kids (or tweens)?