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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Musical, Adventure, Kids & Family
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Kids & Family
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Genre: Animation, Musical, Comedy, Fantasy, Kids & Family
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Action, Sci-Fi
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
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
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)
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)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
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
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
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,
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
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
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.