Get into the spooky spirit with our Halloween movie recommendations for kids (and adults!) of all ages
All tired out from going trick-or-treating this year? Then decorate the house, whipped up a bunch of tasty treats and curl up in front of the telly with the kids with an awesome Halloween movie or two! There are plenty of classics on the list, plus new, must-watch films that every age group will love. 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.
Adam Sandler voices the infamous Count Dracula, who is also a single dad to Mavis. He’s spent his life shielding Mavis from the humans and running a holiday hideaway for monsters around the world, but what will he do when Mavis falls for a human boy who stumbles upon Dracula’s castle by accident?
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 is 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?
Muppets Haunted Mansion
The Great Gonzo, a world-famous daredevil artiste, has seen, done and survived it all. But one Halloween night, he takes on the greatest challenge of his life by spending one night at The Haunted Mansion. Inspired by the iconic Disneyland Haunted Mansion attraction, the movie promises good fun, new original songs, celebrity cameos and lots of spooky fun!
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.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
Kelly Ferguson is a straight-A student by day and a babysitter by night. On Halloween, she’s abruptly recruited by a secret society of monster-hunting babysitters when the little boy she’s watching overx is kidnapped by the Boogeyman and his monster minions. It’s an entertaining watch, and Harry Potter fans will be pleased with Tom Felton’s turn as the Boogeyman, too.
Based on a 19th-century Russian folktale, this cult favourite by Tim Burton tells the story of Victor, a socially awkward young man who runs away from his wedding rehearsal in fear and ends up marrying a corpse called Emily. While Victor fights to find his way back to his bride, Victoria, he also learns about Emily’s past. There’s plenty of witty jokes hidden within the dialogue, the songs are catchy and you’ll find yourself rooting for Victor and his shy self in the end.
Alex Mosher is obsessed with horror stories, but his knack for writing scary stories also means he’s often alienated by his peers. When Alex decides he’s had enough, he heads to the basement to burn his stories but somehow ends up in a wicked witch’s magical apartment where he must tell a spine-tingling tale every night or remain trapped in the apartment forever. In addition to some jump scares and frightening visuals – think creepy dolls, ghosts with white eyes and children being locked in a cave filled with skulls – the movie also has plenty of positives, such as teaching children the importance of friendships, teamwork and cooperation and being true to yourself.
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 the 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.
A boy and his grandmother must stand up to a coven of evil witches – all very glamorous ones, too! – and their child-hating leader and stop their evil plans before the night is out. Anne Hathaway is splendid as the diabolical coven leader, and you can also opt to watch the 1990 version of this adaption from Roald Dahl’s popular dark fantasy book of the same title.
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 is more of a moving emotional movie.
The real Ed and Lorraine Warren are no strangers to paranormal enthusiasts around the world. In The Conjuring, they’re played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, and the movie revisits one of their most controversial cases, the Amityville Horror haunting. The jumpscares are aplenty, the visuals terrifying, but the film evokes the cinematic styles of The Exorcist and promises to be an entertaining watch on Halloween.
What’s worse than regular clowns? Killer ones, of course, which seven tween outcasts discover, to their peril. Together, they must battle Pennywise, an 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, opt for the 2017 release (and its 2019 sequel), or 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 was 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!