Halloween movies for kids of all ages to get into the spooky(ish) spirit of Halloween
You’ve decorated the house and whipped up a bunch of tasty treats for the upcoming Halloween festivities. But if you’re unsure about what to do without the usual Trick-or-Treat events then why not throw your own small yet fabulous Halloween house party, get your Halloween costumes on and enjoy these classic Halloween movies instead. There’s something for every age group, too, and no matter what film you pick, you’re bound to have an awesome Halloween with the fam!
Halloween Movies for kids aged 2-4 years old
Barney’s Halloween Party
Starring the world’s favourite purple dinosaur, this movie in true Barney style, teaches about autumn, seasonal crafts, and the Halloween holiday. We like that there are some safety rules on how to trick-or-treat safely (for next year!).
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Join George on his spooky adventure that has some ghosts and spiders. Nothing too scary though, and the film’s humour keeps things light-hearted and enjoyable.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
What is Halloween without a visit from the Great Pumpkin? And that’s exactly what Charlie’s best friend Linus feels, as he waits for this Santa-esque figure, who supposedly visits children on Halloween night.
Mickey’s Monster Musical
A story that was part of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV series, this Halloween special has Count Mickula and Goofymonster living in a spooky looking castle. There is some thunder and lightning, a few hidden doors, but on the whole this movie is a whole of fun for little kids.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Party
This animated Halloween movie sees Pooh and his squad of furry friends prepare for their first trick-or-treating adventure. That is, until Tigger warns about the scary Gobloon he’s spotted in the Hundred Acre Wood. The rest of the movie shows them overcome their fears in order to have a fun-filled Halloween instead.
Super Monsters Save Halloween
Halloween comes with a side of social-emotional learning, as the Super Monsters spread a little holiday spirit in their neighbourhood. This Halloween movie makes it a point to soothe the fears of little ones who fear the holiday by helping them identify what’s real and what isn’t – perfect for kids who don’t fully understand the spirit of Halloween just yet.
Halloween Movies for kids aged 5-7 years old
The film Coco is about Dia de Muertos, which is a very different celebration to Halloween. However it’s a beautiful watch for this (or any) time of year. Miguel dreams of becoming a musician, but an old heartbreak means having to respect the family’s generations-old ban on music. In a bid to become like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, Miguel ends up in the Land of the Dead, where he bonds with his ancestors and uncovers his family’s true musical heritage and history.
Eloise’s Unusual Halloween
Though it starts with a character dying in a horse carriage wreck, the rest of this movie has all the Halloween staples of ghosts, scary sound effects, surprising twists and harmless general creepiness.
Who would have imagined that monsters can be so adorable? Join Mike, Sully, and Boo as they go an adventure with a few shrieks and a lot of laughter.
Toy Story of Terror!
Set after the events of Toy Story 4, this just a 20-minute film (short and sweet – perfect for tagging onto a home Halloween party). The story follows the toys as they search for Mr. Potato Head, who has gone missing while on a road trip with Bonnie and her mother. But as the toys search for the cantankerous plastic potato, they find themselves getting sucked into a bigger series of events that leads to another suspicious conspiracy.
Halloween Movies for kids aged 8-9 years old
Who doesn’t love Casper the friendly ghost who can squeeze fresh OJ through his ghostly little hand? This all-time favourite film has a haunted mansion and slightly scary adult ghosts, but remains a delightful watch nevertheless.
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Not really Halloween -esque but featuring an alien nonetheless. Young Elliott stumbles upon the gentle alien, E.T., and attempts to hide it in his home with help from his friends and little sister. Unfortunately, they are forced to save E.T. when the government discovers their otherworldly secret.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Who can forget the magic of the first Harry Potter film? It’s also perhaps the most child friendly movie of the franchise. Joining the wizards is a troll, he-who-must-not-be-named, scary Snape, and lots of spells and magic potions. But remember, it’s pronounced Levi-O-sa, not Levio-Sar!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A classic by Tim Burton, this stop motion film is offbeat but fun. Jack Skellington, bored of Halloweentown, wanders off to Christmastown and falls in love with Christmas. But will transporting Santa with skeleton reindeers be anything but easy?
Halloween Movies for kids aged 10-12 years old
The Addams Family
The hands that appear out of boxes and a most unusual looking family, the Addams are just the right combination of creepy and cute, and their antics are more entertaining than truly spooky. Invite this queer quartet home this Halloween and we guarantee they will be very popular. There are three movies to choose from: The two live action films (The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values) and the 2019 animation.
This stop-motion animated masterpiece is all about a boy’s love for man’s best friend. But when Victor Frankenstein’s dog Sparky crosses the Rainbow Bridge, Victor decides to reanimate his best friend by using electricity. Trouble ensues when his bullying peers find out and demand that Victor do the same for their pets. This macabre film is entirely in black-and-white and has numerous references relating to the Frankenweenie novel by Elizabeth Rudnick, older film versions of the book and other films that director Tim Burton has helmed.
Goosebumps is a live-action movie based on the best-selling middle-grade horror novels by R.L. Stine. Though there are some scares, the main focus is on action, with lots of chases, fighting and chaos. It would be a good idea to perhaps introduce the kids to the books first before watching the movie.
It’s not really Halloween without this classic, and while this movie may need some parental guidance along the way, it’s mostly a fun ride with a bewitched candle, an immortal cat and three witches who are up to no good. Just the right amount of spook for your brave tweens.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Ten-year-old Lewis is thrown into the dangerous world of witches, warlocks and a terrible curse when he goes to live with his weird uncle after the death of his parents. Along the way, he learns to embrace his own oddities and becomes fast friends with Mrs. Zimmerman and the strange house he dwells in that has a colourful life of its own.
Twelve-year-old D.J. is convinced that his old neighbour’s house is haunted, but when the old man collapses from a heart attack, D.J. and his friends realise that there is much more to the story than a simple haunting. The film, while entertaining, does have several scary scenes, so it might be best to watch this one with your child.
Halloween Movies for older teens and adults
This 1988 live action film – directed by Tim Burton, the undeniable king of macabre himself – tells the tale of a newly deceased couple who haunt their old home. When their obnoxious neighbours buy their home, they attempt to scare off the neighbours with the help of Beetlejuice, a quirky spirit that is trouble with a capital T.
This movie might give you a tear or two, and while Edward’s strange appearance can be a little scary early on in the film, this more of a moving emotional movie.
What’s worse than regular clowns? Killer ones, of course, which seven tween outcasts discover, to their peril. Together, they must battle Pennywise, ancient, shape-shifting nightmare in the form of a bloodthirsty clown that resurfaces once every 27 years to devour the town’s children. Watch the original 1990 TV mini-series or opt for the 2017 release (and its 2019 sequel), or opt to read the Stephen King classic instead.
If something really scary is more your kind of pumpkin then why not opt for Omen? Omen tells the story of an American diplomat whose adopted son is actually the antichrist. Safe to say, Damien was not a popular name with parents after this movie released.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but there is nothing dull at all about this Stanley Kubrick movie that scares even the bravest souls, and change your thoughts about hotel stays. Scaresational!