45 Halloween Movies for Kids

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This is a list of Halloween movies for kids so that you can be set for the holiday with some fun family time. For my house, every year we spend together watching our favorite movies about the holiday before we go trick or treat together.

Despite being a rather spooky celebration, kids absolutely love Halloween! Halloween means much more than trick-or-treating, wearing scary and imaginative costumes, carving pumpkins, or decorating your home.

It is an excellent opportunity to spend quality family time, get to know your neighbours, and have infinite fun. But Halloween wouldn’t be complete without watching Halloween movies.

From mild to terrifying, we have worked on a selection of Halloween movies that is sure to get that adrenaline pumping!  Ready for some family Halloween fun?

Below are 45 Halloween Movies for Kids for family time

1. Casper (2014)

Genre: Kids & Family, Fantasy

Rating: PG

Starring: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Synopsis: James Harvey (Bill Pullman), an afterlife specialist, and his teenage daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) move into a haunted mansion that they are supposed to free from the wicked spirits. This is where they get to bond with Casper (Malachi Pearson), a young and friendly ghost who rapidly falls in love with Kat.   However, Casper’s uncles – Stretch, Fatso, and Stinkie – are far from being friendly. Their attempts to chase humans away make this movie fun and thrilling to watch. 

2. Goosebumps (2015)

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure

Rating: PG

Starring: Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette, Amy Ryan

Synopsis: A mix of humour, spookiness, and charm, Goosebumps tells the story of the young Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) who moves to a small town and meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), a beautiful teenager who happens to be the daughter of R.L. Stine (Jack Black). Hannah’s father is the author of the famous `Goosebumps` fantastic tales series. The adventure starts when Zach accidentally releases the monsters from the tales. Now Stine, Hannah, and Zach must find a way to make the beasts return to the books.  

3. The Addams Family (1991)

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Dan Hedaya, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, 

Synopsis: The life of the aristocratic and macabre Addams family is turned upside down by the arrival of Fester Addams, Gomez’s long-lost brother.  The man who claims to be Fester Addams is the adopted son of a loan shark and he enters the Addams clan with a clear goal in mind: get his hands on their fortune. Will the fake Fester reach his goal?

4. The Witches (1990)

Genre: Kids & Family, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: PG

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Synopsis: Young Luke, who is staying at a hotel with his grandmother, Helga, accidentally witnesses a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch is planning to use a magic formula to turn all the kids into mice. When the witches discover that Luke knows their plan, they decide to use the formula on him. It is up to Luke the Mouse, his grandma, and Mr. Stringer (the hotel manager) to hinder the witches’ plan. 

5. Hocus Pocus (1993)

Genre: Kids & Family, Comedy

Rating: PG

Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz

Synopsis: Three teenagers – Max Dennison, his sister Dani, and their friend, Allison – accidentally free three evil witches who once lived in an abandoned house. Together with a magic cat, the three teenagers must stop the witches from becoming immortal by stealing and using their book of spells. 

6. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Horror

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Gabriel Rush, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams

Synopsis: On Halloween 1968, a group of three teenagers – Stella, Auggie, and Chuck – meet the mysterious Ramón Morales. As the kids decide to spend the night at the Bellows family’s haunted house, Stella finds the sinister book of bloody stories written by the famous Sarah Bellows. Stella decides to take the book home. But she will soon realize that Sarah keeps writing horror stories. Will the kids be able to stop her?  

7. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Kids & Family, Mystery & Thriller 

Synopsis: The famous gang reunites and embarks on an adventure on Moonscar Island, a remote place that is holding a dark secret. This time, instead of bad guys hiding behind masks, the gang faces real monsters! 

8. Monsters Inc. (2001)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Kids & Family 

Rating: G

Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi

Synopsis: The action takes place in Monstropolis, a city populated entirely by monsters and powered by the energy from kid’s screams. Monsters, Inc. is a factory that employs monsters who use kids’ bedroom closets as portals to scare them and harvest their screams. The factory has two stellar employees: Sulley and Mike. What will happen when the young girl Boo enters the monster world?

9. Poltergeist (1982)

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Horror

Rating: PG

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne

Synopsis: The home of the Freelings family is visited by ghosts. In the beginning, the ghosts seem friendly and amuse the family by moving objects around. However, things get scary and menacing when the youngest daughter, Carol Ann, disappears.

10. Beetlejuice (1988)

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Jeffrey Jones

Synopsis: The spirits of Barbara and Adam Maitland, a deceased couple, are stuck in their home. When their house is bought by the Deetzes, the Maitlands unsuccessfully try to scare them out. To reach their goal, they hire Beetlejuice, a malicious spirit who will eventually turn out dangerous not only for the Maitlands but also for Lydia, the teen daughter of the Deetzes. 

11. Ghostbusters (1984)

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating: PG

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis 

Synopsis: After losing their positions at the university, three parapsychology professors decide to earn a living by becoming ‘ghostbusters’.  As the city of New York is invaded by evil spirits, it is up to them to save the town from destruction. 

12. Coco (2017)

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Genre: Animation, Comedy, Musical, Adventure, Kids & Family

Rating: PG

Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Alanna Ubach

Synopsis: Miguel, an aspiring musician whose efforts to become successful have been hindered by the ancestral ban on music of his family, ventures into the Land of the Dead to unlock the story behind his family’s history.

13. Scoob! (2020)

Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Comedy, Family, Fantasy 

Rating: PG

Synopsis: Scooby and the famous gang investigate the mystery behind a terrifying plot to unleash Cerberus – the three-headed ghost dog – upon the world. This new adventure allows the gang to also discover Scooby’s own destiny.  

14. Halloween Town (1998)

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Kids & Family

Rating: TVPG

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman, Kimberly J. Brown

Synopsis: This is the story of a young girl who discovers that, just like her good-witch grandmother, she is also a witch.  They both join forces to fight against evil forces and save Halloweentown.

15. Monster House (2006)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Kids & Family, Fantasy

Rating: PG

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Jon Heder, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Synopsis: Three teenagers discover that one of the houses in their neighbourhood is actually a real, evil creature.  The teenagers need to find a way to destroy before Halloween and thus save innocent trick-or-treaters.

16. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

Genre: Comedy; Sci-Fi, Family, Fantasy 

Rating: PG

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Owen Vaccaro

Synopsis: Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan kid, is sent to live with his uncle (who is a warlock). Together with his uncle, Lewis enters a world of sorcery and magic and discovers the existence of a magical clock that they need to find before it ends the world. 

17. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

Genre: Animation, Horror, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy 

Rating: PG

Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Madison Iseman

Synopsis: While cleaning an abandoned house, two teenagers find a locked magic book that they open, releasing Slappy the Dummy and bringing it to life. 

18. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Comedy, Family 

Rating: PG

Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg

Synopsis: In an attempt to bring out the monster in his grandson (who is half-human, half-vampire), Dracula and his friends set up a monster-in-training camp. Things get even spicier when old Vlad, Dracula’s dad, enters the scene!

19. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family, Fantasy

Rating: PG

Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Andy Samberg 

Synopsis: When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula runs Hotel Transylvania, a spooky resort away from humans where monsters unwind and relax. The day Dracula celebrates Mavis’ (his daughter) 118th birthday, a human joins the party and falls in love with Mavis, complicating it all. 

20. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005)

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Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Kids & Family

Rating: PG

Starring: Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tracey Ullman

Synopsis: Victor, a shy groom, goes to the forest to practice his wedding vows. While he is practising, a tree branch turns into a hand and he gets dragged into the land of the dead. The hand belongs to Emily, a young dead woman, who wants to marry him. Victor must now find his way back to the world of the living before his fiancée marries the evil Barkis Bittern.  

21. Frankenweenie (2012)

Genre: Comedy, Animation, Kids & Family

Rating: PG

Starring: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Atticus Shaffer

Synopsis: When young Victor Frankenstein’s dog (Sparky) dies, his science teacher gives him advice on how to bring the dog back to life. Given the success of the experiment, Victor’s schoolmates steal his secret and bring more animals to life, wreaking havoc. 

22. Coraline (2009)

Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Fantasy

Rating: PG

Starring: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Robert Bailey Jr., Keith David 

Synopsis:  Coraline, an adventurous 11-year-old girl, discovers a door that leads to a different world that mirrors her own.  When her parallel family tries to keep her there, Caroline needs to find a way to return to her world. 

23. Paranorman (2012)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Kids & Family

Rating: PG

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick

Synopsis: Norman Babcock is a young boy who has a special ability: speak to the dead. When a centuries-old witch’s curse threatens his town, Norman must do everything in his power to save the townspeople. 

24. Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2018)

Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Adventure, Family 

Rating: PG

Starring: Ruby Barnhill, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent

Synopsis: During a walk in the forest, young Mary discovers an old broomstick and a rare flower that have magical powers and take her to a school of magic called Endor College. There, young Mary will experience intense adventures and learn to be brave. 

25. Room on the Broom (2013)

Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Comedy, Family 

Rating: +3

Synopsis: The plot revolves around the adventures of a kind witch and her friends (a cat, a frog, a dog, and a bird) and their fight against a hungry, fire-breathing dragon. 

26. Dear Dracula (2012)

Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Adventure, Short 

Rating: NR (+6 recommended)

Starring: Ray Liotta, Ariel Winter, Emilio Estevez

Synopsis: A huge horror movies and Dracula fan, Sam decides to write a letter to the famous vampire. To Sam’s surprise, Dracula shows up at his house and, together with his new friend, he works on regaining his self-confidence and ‘scaring’ skills. The Halloween party is the best opportunity for Dracula to test his skills. 

27. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Family, Horror

Rating: NR (+3 recommended)

Synopsis: While visiting the Renkins’ Farm in search of the perfect pumpkin, George and Allie are told the Legend of No Noggin, a scarecrow who kicks people’s hats off on Halloween. While attending the Annual Boo Festival, George and Allie are determined to prove that the scarecrow really exists!  

28. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

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Genre: Animation, Musical, Comedy, Fantasy, Kids & Family  

Rating: G

Starring: Jimmy Bennett, Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen

Synopsis: A charming story about teamwork, bravery, and friendship, Pooh and his pals team up to catch the Gobloon and enjoy treat-or-tricking. 

29. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family

Rating: PG

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Marsha Thomason

Synopsis: A realtor, his wife, and their two children are called to a mansion that the owner wants to sell. A mysterious storm forces the Evers family to stay at the mansion and they will soon discover that the mansion is haunted. How will the Evers deal with the situation and what will they discover about their own family? 

30. Toy Story: Terror! (2013)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Kids & Family

Rating: TV-G

Starring: Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen

Synopsis: During a road trip, Woody and his friends get stuck into a roadside motel. As the group’s members start to disappear, it’s up to Woody and the rest of the team to solve the mystery. 

31. Double, Double Toil and Trouble (1993)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family 

Rating: TV-Y7

Starring: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen

Synopsis: On Halloween night, Kelly and Lynn try to save their parents from Aunt Agatha’s greediness. Aunt Agatha has supernatural powers that she uses to do evil. Will the twins be successful?

32. The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)

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Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Starring: Gary Valentine, Elisa Donovan, Dean Cain

Synopsis: On Halloween, Zeus – a talking dog – needs to fight a creepy neighbour and his scary dog to save his family from a haunted house. Will Zeus be able to save Halloween? 

33. Scared Shrekless (2010)

Genre: Comedy, Animation, Adventure

Rating: TV-PG

Starring: Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz

Synopsis: In an attempt to get in the Halloween mood, Shrek and his friends set up a ‘scary stories’ contest. But when the gang needs to spend the night in the haunted castle of Lord Farquaad, chaos breaks loose!

34. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Rating: TV-G

Starring: Kimberly J. Brown, Daniel Kountz, Judith Hoag 

Synopsis: A young witch (Marnie) and her grandmother join forces to save Halloweentown from the evil plans of Kalabar’s son. 

35. Halloweentown High (2004)

Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Rating: TV-PG

Starring: Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Debbie Reynolds 

Synopsis: The witch Marnie and her Halloweentown friends want to attend high school in the world of the mortals. However, should anything bad happen, Marnie and her friends will lose their powers. 

36. Return to Halloweentown (2004)

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Genre: Comedy, Family, Action, Sci-Fi

Rating: TV-PG

Starring: Sara Paxton, Judith Hoag, Lucas Grabeel

Synopsis: After graduating high school, Marnie and Dylan continue their studies at the Witch University in Halloweentown. 

37. Casper’s Scare School (2006)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

Rating: TV-G

Starring: John DiMaggio, Billy West, Dan Castellaneta

Synopsis: Friendly Casper is assigned a new task: scary humans! While attending the Scare School, Casper finds out that Dash and Alder are planning to take over the world. Will Casper and his friends be able to rescue the world from the evil plot?

38. Monster Family (2017)

Genre: Animation, Horror, Comedy, Family 

Rating: PG

Starring: Dirk Stollberg, Jason Isaacs, Emily Watson 

Synopsis: The Wishbone family plans a fun night out together. Instead of reconnecting as a family, the Wishbones become the victim of an evil witch who curses them to turn into monsters. 

39. Monster Squad (1987)

Genre: Horror

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Duncan Regehr, Stephen Macht

Synopsis: Dracula, alongside other legendary monsters, is planning to take over the world. A group of kids uncover the monsters’ plan and decide to fight them and save the world. 

40. The Little Vampire (2000)

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Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Rating: PG

Starring: Jonathan Lipnicki, Richard E. Grant, Rollo Weeks

Synopsis: Tony, a young and lonely American boy who moves to Scotland, befriends Rudolph, a young vampire. Tony helps Rudolph and his family to fight against a famous vampire hunter. 

41. Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Rating: TV-PG

Starring: Matt O’Leary, Laura Vandervoort, Myles Jeffrey

Synopsis: Since they are grounded and are not allowed to go out, the Hansen kids come up with the perfect plan: set up a date for their mother. The only problem is that their mother’s date is a vampire!

42. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Rating: G

Starring: Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay, Helena Bonham Carter

Synopsis: As the annual giant vegetable growing competition is under threat by a mysterious plague, Wallace and Gromit, his loyal dog, set out to reveal the truth. 

43. The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

Genre: Kids & Family, Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, 

Rating: PG

Starring: Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, Danny Elfman, Glenn Shadix

Synopsis: The notorious king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, discovers Christmas Town. The idea sounds so thrilling that he decides to convince his fellow townsmen to replace Halloween with Christmas. 

44. ‘Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2005)

Genre: Animation, Kids & Family

Rating: G

Starring: Sonja Ball, Rick Jones, Craig Francis

Synopsis:  Spookley is an atypical, square pumpkin, who is taunted by other round pumpkins. With the help of a scarecrow and other funny friends, Spookley will discover that there is nothing wrong with being different.  

45. Spooky Buddies (2011)

Genre: Family, Fantasy

Rating: G

Starring: Tucker Albrizzi, Ameko Eks Mass Carroll, Diedrich Bader 

Synopsis: On Halloween night, the talking puppies embark on a new adventure and travel to Spooky Manor, a mysterious old mansion, where they will need to fight Warwick the Warlock and the Howlloween Hound to save the world.