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20 family-friendly spooky movies you should re-watch this fall

Sierra Juarez

It’s almost Halloween (also known as everyone’s favorite holiday), which means it’s time to bust out the candy bars, the pumpkin-scented candles and, of course, the spooky films. If you’re needing some movies with a little less gore and a lot more of family-friendly feel, you’re in the right place. Check out our list of 20 Halloween flicks that you and your kids will love. 

  • Hocus Pocus: This 90s drama is centered on a group of kids who try to steal three witches’ spell book. It’s also a Halloween classic. (Fun fact: Disney is in the process of remaking the movie.)
  • The Nightmare before Christmas: With a nearly 100 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes, ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’ is a spooky must-see flick. 
  • Casper: Everyone loves Casper, the friendly ghost, especially kids. Don’t forget to catch the movie this fall. 
  • Casper Meets Windy: Just in case you didn’t get enough of Casper after the original movie, don’t forget about ‘Casper Meets Windy’ -- it’s less popular, yet equally entertaining counterpart. 
  • Coraline: The creepiest movie of all time. No competition.   
  • Monster House: This cartoon follows a group of kids as they try to defeat a malevolent creature in their neighborhood’s haunted house. They’re trying to get the job done before Halloween, when the creature would have the chance to nab trick-or-treating children.  
  • Halloweentown: This is a classic Disney movie that deserves to be watched again year after year. 
  • The Addams Family: Who doesn’t love ‘The Addams Family?’ Both the original and the second revision are a little too good to skip during the Halloween season.  
  • Hotel Transylvania: ‘Hotel Transylvania’ is a cute family-friendly story that follows a group of monsters who are tired of hiding their true identities. Everything is going well until a human lands in the resort. This is a lighter movie your kids are sure to love. 
  • The Haunted Mansion: Is it even the fall season if you don’t watch ‘The Haunted Mansion?’ Although it has (and honestly deserves) infamously low reviews, the flick still warrants a watch from time to time. 
  • Scooby-Doo: Another crowd favorite, ‘Scooby Doo’ is the perfect mixture of spooky and silly that the whole family is sure to love. 
  • Tower of Terror: This classic spooky movie inspired its own ride at Disneyland parks. 
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Although Charlie Brown could never be classified as “spooky” under anyone’s definition of the word, the series is necessary for every holiday, including Halloween. 
  • Scared Shrekless: We mostly included this movie because we didn’t realize it existed. How did no one mention this? 
  • Ghostbusters: We recommend catching the original 80s version. But if your kids are wanting something a little less cheesy, a new ‘Ghostbusters’ was released in 2016. 
  • Monster Squad: A monster fan club meets some of the most famous scary figures (think Dracula) in this 
  • Beetlejuice: Although your kids may complain about the graphics, any movie that’s creepy and features Wionna Ryder deserves some playing time. 
  • James and the Giant Peach: Based on the popular children’s novel, “James and the Giant Peach” is never not a great way to spend an Autumn evening.  
  • Frankenweenie: This flick is yet another spooky favorite for Halloween.