13 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

Last week, I shared 31 Affordable Halloween Family Activities to countdown the days until Halloween and celebrate the season. As part of that list, my kids and I added “Watch a Halloween Movie”. A somewhat simple, easy way to celebrate Halloween for our Friday family movie night ritual that prompted a lengthy family discussion as to which movie would be the one to watch.

“It has to be The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” suggested my middle child, Emmalynn.

“No, I say Hocus Pocus,” chimed in my oldest daughter, Allana.

“Oh that’s a good one!” I replied with enthusiasm over their suggestions. “Of course, Ghostbusters is a good one too.”

“Human sacrifice! Dog and cats living together! Mass hysteria!” We all chanted. I love that my kids love the classics too. I wouldn’t be doing my job as a parent or the gatekeeper if my children didn’t know a proton pack, Slimer or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

“Yeah, Ghostbusters is awesome, but nothing too scary or freaky like ParaNormran or Frankenweenie,” requested my timid young-at-heart middle child, Emmalynn. “Those movie are creepy and sad!”

“We should search for the best family friendly Halloween movies,” suggested by Internet savvy oldest child.

“Search?!” I replied with an insulted tone. “Why should we ask Google?! I could totally name the best ones. Heck, we just named three! We so got this.”

With that, my daughters and I compiled a list of our 13 favorite, non-freaky, not-so-scary or creepy family-friendly Halloween movies (in no particular order and links to amazon instant video).

Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

 Great Pumpkin

2. Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

3. Ghostbusters


4. The Addams Family

The Addams Family

5. Monster House

Monster House

6. The Witches

The Witches

7. Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

8. Beetlejuice


9. Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Translyvania

10. Halloweentown

Disney Halloweentown

11. The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

12.The Adventures of Ichabod Crane and Mister Toad (Disney’s Legend of Sleepy Hallow)

Ichabod Crane

13. Scooby Doo: The Movie

Scooby Doo The Movie


Allana really wanted Edward Scissorhands to make the list; therefore, we’re giving it an “Honorable Mention.”  And, if your lurking for something to nosh on during your Halloween movie, check out my Pintersest Halloween Food and Fun Board for some spellbinding snacks like a Jack o’-lantern quesadilla, a mummy wrapped hot dog or a mini-mummy pizzas.

What are some of you favorite family-friendly Halloween movies?


  1. Jennette says:

    Great list! This will save us from the horrible movie experience we had tonight. Can’t wait to check these out. Some of them will be new for me.

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