I love scary movies! Well, kinda… there needs to be a light on in the background, and i definitely CAN NOT be alone! NO WAY!! Okay…So, i ‘spose you could say i love the idea of scary movies…? Well, anyway… 🙂 With Halloween just around the corner, and Kayla and her friends already planning the big party for all the kids, i can’t help thinking about all the great movie options available for this wonderfully scary time of year…
Here are some of my favorite family-friendly Halloween movies – they’re still a little scary, definitely creepy and all kinds of spooky… perfect for Halloween!
1. Caroline – Does your kid always throw out the “But so and so’s Mom always let’s them do that!”, “It’s not fair! It’s so much better at so and so’s house!” ? Then this is the movie for you! Halloween entertainment and a life lesson all rolled into one! Hehehe 😉 Coraline, a young girl that heads into another ‘world’ looking for ‘greener pastures’ so to speak, quickly learns to be careful what you wish for. This movie is quite scary, and does have relatively strong language (‘idiot’ and ‘jerkwad’) so it is probably not suitable for younger children.
2. Scared Shrekless – Every parent knows Shrek, and really, what’s not to love? The silliness has the kiddies giggling all the way through, and the genius writers always throw in a ‘sneaky’ or two for us parents 😉 . Expect some potty humor and a mildly violent song, but but generally good clean fun. This short film should have the whole family happily entertained for about 20 minutes – just long enough to send Dad back out to the store for more candy.
3. Beetlejuice – This was one of my favorites! A super sweet married couple moves into a house and then discover they can’t leave. Everything gets a little crazy when they meet Beetlejuice and find out they’re ghosts, and then a new family moves in… then the real fun starts! Whaahaahaahaa….
4. Book of the dead – What a brilliant movie! Manolo has to venture into the underworld and face his greatest fears so that he can rescue his one true love and defend his village… What a heroic young man! The animation is extremely cool, with some of the most beautiful artwork i’ve seen in a longtime. This is a must-see!
5. Gremlins – This 80’s classic is the perfect blend of Halloween horror and family fun, but let me warn you, parents, this one is not intended for younger kids. There are a couple of ‘gory’ scenes, including one where a Gremlin gets chopped up and another one involving a microwave (i don’t want to spoil the surprise 😉 ) and it is important to mention that there is a scene in this movie where Phoebe Cate’s character gives a pretty memorable speech about the time she found out that the ‘Jolly Old Guy in the Red Suit was just Dad’ (wink wink)… if you’re trying to keep certain information secret a little while longer, i’d save this one for next year…
6. Ghostbusters – Another 80’s piece of Halloween perfection! Three parapsychology professors decide to open a ghost hunting/ catching/ riding/ busting service, and of course, a whole bunch of trouble, and fun, ensue! Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray will have the kids laughing out loud (even though’ll they probably have no idea who they are) and i’m sure they’re going to be begging to see the 2016 version by the same name too. (Ghostbusters 2016)
7. Corpse Bride – Tim Burton’s oddly romantic tale has it all, a love triangle, danger, mystery and adventure. A shy young man, Victor, practicing his wedding vows, accidentally marries the spirit of a young, murdered woman, Emily, and is taken to the Land of the Dead. He needs to figure out how to return to the land of the living so that he can right the whole situation and be united with his true love, Victoria. It may be a little creepy, but there isn’t really any bad language (one line “Frankly my dear, i don’t give a d**n), so i’d say if your kids are keen to watch this one, it’s okay to let the.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas – One of the greatest family Halloween/Christmas movies ever! This Tim Burton (who else!?) classic features a bony skeleton named Jack Skellington. Our friend Jack is one of the most prominent citizens of a creepy town called Halloween Town, and town dedicated to the creation of the marvelous holiday Halloween! One day, Jack happens find himself in a new town, one he’s new visited before (Christmas town) and realizes that there is a whole other side to life. Jack decides he’s tired of scaring children and tries to convince his fellow townsfolk to change their ways.What ensues is a whole lot of fun! Be advised, there are some pretty scary monsters in this movie, so younger kids might need a strong arm around them, or an extra warm snuggle to keep them safe. And you might want to make sure the night light is not going to run out of batteries…..
9. Hocus Pocus – Set in modern-day Salem, this almost cult-classic (if you ask me, it should be) follows 3 sister witches who were once burned at the stake, that have risen from the dead, on Halloween night as try try to locate a magic spell-book (and eat a few kids), failing which they’ll die, again. Problem is, there are a few meddlesome kids that are standing in their way! Lots of fun, and a cauldron full of laughs.
10. Hotel Transylvanian – Another super cute, scary Halloween love-story all rolled into one! I love it! Dracula’s daughter Mavis is turning 118, and to celebrate, the family head off to Hotel Transylvania, a beautifully dank, ‘Shrink-Head’ infested get-away for human-weary monsters. Unfortunately, their peaceful getaway is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a human traveler, Jonathan, a 21 year old young man. Dracula, of course, cannot allow love to blossom, and will do anything to stop this from happening…
Do you have a favorite Halloween movie that you thing should be on this list? Add your suggestions below! Also, if you still need some ideas for Halloween costumes, check out these 25 Halloween costumes to make at home while you still have time 😉 .
Suggestions so far:
Casper (great for all ages) and Ernest Scared Stupid (maybe for the older kids only, 9 and up?) Both suggested by Kyleen T. Thanks!
E.T (a true classic with enough kid-friendly ‘fear factor’ to get it onto this list) Thanks Cheryl! Great suggestion!
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