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10 Movies and TV Shows to Watch With Your Family in October

From spooky to epic to silly, here are the family movies and shows worth breaking out the popcorn for this month.

Graham Steinberg · 21 days ago

Addams Family 2

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Camp’s what-to-watch guide is the perfect place to find some options for your family’s next movie night or TV binge. Our picks are perfect for kids of all ages but can be enjoyed by parents too! There's more kid-friendly Halloween fun to watch this month than you can shake a skeletal hand at — but our watch list includes plenty of non-Halloween stuff for your viewing pleasure too (okay there’s still some spooky stuff). From one of this year’s biggest releases to reboots and reimaginings, here's what to watch for your next family movie night

Dune (HBO Max)

Dune might just be one of the most anticipated movies of this year, and with good reason. Denis Villeneuve, the director of Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, helms this star-studded film that promises to be a true space opera. While this sort of anti-Star Wars saga may not be the most family-friendly, older kids and parents will appreciate its depth of storytelling and epic scale. (PG-13)

The Addams Family 2 (In theaters)

October 2021 is officially Oscar Isaac Fan Month — he returns as freaky family patriarch Gomez Addams in this sequel to 2019’s animated reboot of The Addams Family. This franchise has been a family favorite since the 1960s, and the spooky family is even funnier in CGI form. (PG)

Happy Feet (Hulu)

Speaking of CGI, Happy Feet was one of the earlier entries in this style of animation and it was a personal favorite of mine growing up. Featuring beautifully designed worlds, a riveting message on climate change and preservation, and one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard in a movie (because who doesn’t get down to Earth, Wind, and Fire?), this 2006 family flick is definitely worth a rewatch. I’ve seen this one more than a dozen times and I’m planning on getting in a dozen more before the ice melts. (PG)

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

The first season of this series revolving around five middle schoolers starting a baby-sitting business received critical acclaim for its grounded storytelling and willingness to expose kids to critical social topics not often discussed in their media. Now we’re returning to Stonybrook for a second season that should continue to teach the kids (and maybe the parents too) of the importance of being accepting and open to everyone. (Recommended for age 9+)

Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. (Disney+)

Everyone fell in love with Neil Patrick Harris as the child wunderkind Doogie Howser in the late 80s. Now, the popular series is taking a vacation to Hawaii with Andi Mack’s Peyton Elizabeth Lee starring in this reboot. With only four episodes airing so far, it’s a perfect time to catch your kids up and help show them that you can dream big even when you’re still little. (Recommended for age 10+)

On My Block (Netflix)

Since premiering in 2018, On My Block has become a hit with teens and families alike who have praised its bold direction. The series focuses on the experiences of four teens growing up in inner city Los Angeles as they navigate timely issues that teach us all a thing or two about what it’s like to be a kid in the 21st century. Netflix has announced that this will be the series’ final season so you might have to catch up quick (but we’re all experienced bingers now!). (Recommended for teens)

Muppets Haunted Mansion (Disney+)

Disney+ has promised a ton of new Muppets content (yessss!) and the latest Muppets release is based on the Disney parks' classic thrill ride The Haunted Mansion. Gonzo will be spending the night in the spook house where Will Arnett will serve as the Ghost Host. With those two involved, you already know this is gonna be hilarious. (Ages 6+)

Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (Netflix)

I will never pass up an opportunity to share a new Pokemon movie in one of these lists and I’m especially excited by Secrets of the Jungle and its return to traditional cel animation (something I really feel we have been sorely lacking in recent years). As always, Ash and Pikachu are back and this time they are searching for the mythical Zarude. Fans should be hyped for new adventures and Pokemon! (Recommended for age 6+)

The Hunger Games (Hulu)

Based on the renowned book series, The Hunger Games was hugely popular when it released in 2012 and spawned a massive franchise and career for superstar Jennifer Lawrence. If you haven’t had a chance to check this one out yet, you’ve been living under a rock, but it’s worth revisiting, and introducing to older kids interested in themes of individuality, climate change, rebellion...and fashion (all bow to our Style King, Lenny Cinna Kravitz). (PG-13)

and finally... SEINFELD! (Netflix)

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Yes, the other biggest release of October is a sitcom that ended in 1998. The cult classic series is a big get for Netflix. The kids may love it (I certainly did) or walk out of the room after five seconds. Larry David would be fine with either outcome and there was no way I wouldn’t be able to mention this. (Recommended for teens)