Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies You Might Not Have Seen Yet
It's time to retire those Halloween movie re-runs and replace them with our line-up of spooky (but not too scary) flicks the whole family will love.
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It's the spookiest time of year, which means it's also time to draw the curtains, turn off the lights, and get the popcorn ready to watch a Halloween movie everyone will love! Figuring out the right level of spookiness the little ones can handle can be something of a challenge. Often this means playing it safe by resorting to the same line-up of movies everyone has watched for the umpteenth time. But fear not — our round-up of kid-friendly movies will help you switch up your Halloween movie line-up!
Okay, Cruella isn't spooky in the traditional Halloween sense, but can we all agree that this devilish Disney villain and her major goth vibes are downright terrifying? The movie, starring Emma Stone, was released earlier this year in August, so unless you're really on top of your movie game, you and the fam can finally enjoy a new movie this Halloween together. Rated PG-13, this Disney remake is perfect for older kids, now available to stream on Disney+.
Mary and the Witch's Flower
Move over, Harry Potter. Another movie based around a magic school for new witches is about to make your Halloween favorites list. Mary and the Witch's Flower is an anime centered around a girl who picks a special flower to leads her to the enchanting Endor College. But nothing is what it seems. Find out what sinister plan the head teachers have up their sleeve in this PG-rated film available on Netflix.
The House With a Clock in Its Walls
When 10-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle, he doesn't expect to find a secret world of witches and warlocks after inadvertently awakening the dead. See how the entire town springs into action in The House With a Clock in Its Walls, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, and available on Amazon.
The Mystery Machine gang is back — this time to face their biggest and most challenging mystery yet: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As the gang races against time to stop the impending dogpocalypse, they discover Scooby is destined for something greater than anyone had ever imagined. Follow the beloved crime busters in Scoob! on Amazon.
The Addams Family
Get ready to snap those fingers because everyone's favorite spooky family is back on the big screen! They're creepy, and they're kooky, mysterious, and spooky, they're altogether ooky: The Addams Family! This time, however, they're freaking out suburban moms in the franchise's first-ever animated comedy, starring the voices of Queen Charlize Theron, suddenly-everywhere Oscar Isaac, and Chloe Grace Moretz as a surprisingly relatable Wednesday Addams. Released in 2019, The Addams Family is available now on Amazon, with a sequel on the way slated to release on October 1, 2021, just in time for a Halloween binge-watch.
Super Monsters Save Halloween
For the littlest Halloween goblins, Super Monsters Save Halloween is a great way to get preschoolers in on the Halloween fun while reminding them that the holiday's scares are all make-believe. Characters reveal the tricks behind haunted houses and scary decorations, so they don't seem quite as scary anymore. Watch the half-hour special on Netflix.
Room on the Broom
Room of the Broom is a half-hour TV movie adaption of the children's book by Julia Donaldson, is about a witch who is anything but scary. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, you'll want to add this heartwarming movie to your Halloween movie line-up, available to rent from YouTube Movies.
We've covered ghosts and witches, but you can't leave out the zombies — it's Halloween! In ParaNorman, an army of zombies invade a small town, and it's up to a small boy who has a knack for seeing and speaking to the dead to save the day and end the town's centuries-old curse. Created by the makers of Caroline, everyone (ages six and above) will want to watch this magically thrilling adventure, available to stream on Netflix.
While typical Halloween movies will tell you the story about an abandoned house haunted by ghosts or some supernatural phenomenon, in Monster House, let's just say the animation doesn't exactly stick to the script. It tells the story of three friends who, to their horror, discover a house in their neighborhood that has a personality of its own and seems to enjoy eating people...but there's more to the story! Don't miss this spooky flick just right for tweens available to stream on Netflix.