Need fun halloween movies to watch with kids for Halloween family movie night or a Halloween sleepover party? When looking for Halloween activities for kids, watch some family friendly movies. These not-too-spooky favorites are perfect for your kids after trick or treating or during your Halloween party!
Fun Halloween Movies to Watch with Family and Kids
What are kid friendly Halloween movies?
Halloween is a holiday that can be scary for kids. But you don’t have to break out the horror movies and give them nightmares for months! There are a ton of fun movies that aren’t scary (or aren’t too spooky for kids, like PG scary movies).
What is a good Halloween movie that isn’t too scary?
- The Munsters
- Scooby Doo Halloween
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- This Is Halloween
- Hocus Pocus
- Monster House
- Simpsons Treehouse of Horror
- Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
- Monsters, Inc.
Check below for the full list of family and kids Halloween movies — some classic Halloween movies for kids, some favorite Disney halloween movies, some funny Halloween movies, and probably some new movies you’ve never heard of, too!
We’ve also added movie descriptions to help you decide whether or not to include it in your Halloween-themed movies marathon.
I’ve compiled a list of fun, kid-friendly Halloween movies to watch this year with kids of all ages. If your kids are anything like mine, they prefer funny Halloween movies over spooky or scary Halloween movies.
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Halloween is a time for children to have fun and enjoy the holiday without being scared.
There are many Halloween movies that you can watch with your child or at a kids’ Halloween sleepover without keeping kids up at night because they’ve watching scary movies.
Here are some Halloween movies for kids that will be hits for different ages, that you can watch again and again:
#1. Hocus Pocus (1993) is one of the most beloved films on the list, which was created by Disney’s animation group in 1993. The story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts and revolves around three witches who are cursed to spend Halloween night in their mortal form. The trio’s goal is to gather enough children so they can obtain the ingredients needed for a spell that will transform them back into immortal beings once again. The story has some dark overtones, but this animated movie about Halloween is captivating through its humor, classic Halloween themes and memorable characters. (Head’s up: if you don’t remember or haven’t seen it, the movie focuses a lot on virginity.)
#2. Halloweentown (1998) is another of the best Halloween animated movies that has been produced by Disney’s animation group. The story takes place in a town that is populated by witches and other magical creatures who keep themselves hidden from the world. Cinderella, one of the main characters in this film about Halloween, is a young girl who moves to Halloweentown with her family after having a hard time making friends at school. Her efforts to fit into this new community inspire others to follow their dreams and overcome obstacles along the way. This touching story teaches children that everyone deserves a second chance.
#3. Monster House (2006) is directed by Gil Kenan. The story centers around a neighborhood haunted by an evil presence in the midst of Halloween night. An outcast named DJ and his three friends, who are new in town, set out to find out what’s behind the chaos happening at their new residence. This story is fun and spooky while also offering a moral lesson to keep children on the right track.
#4. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2009) is based on the classic children’s book series by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey. The movie features a charming story about an inquisitive monkey who gets himself into trouble while disguised as a ghost for Halloween. George is trying to help his friend Rhonda win a contest so she can receive tickets to a concert in which her favorite band is performing. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest presents the perfect opportunity for your kids to learn about being kind and helping others. It’s also an excellent film to enjoy with family and friends at this time of year.
#5. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is based on the short story by Steven Spielberg. The Halloween animated movie takes place in the small town of Eliot, Maine. A young boy named Elliot befriends an extraterrestrial who falls to earth while trying to return home. The boy and his siblings set out to help their friend get back to its family before government agents discover it. Elliot and his siblings learn to overcome their fears while also demonstrating unconditional love. There’s definitely some dated, non-PC humor in this one, but it opens a door for discussion, too.
#6. Sesame Street – A Magical Halloween Adventure (1982) is based on the long-running children’s TV series of the same name that has been airing since 1969. Villains are in town to spoil Halloween for everyone, but help comes from a surprising source: The Count! He teams up with Sesame Street residents at Center Stage while singing popular songs to get everything back on track. This Halloween animated movie offers several fun songs that you can enjoy after the film is over. If you’re looking for a fun Halloween movie to watch that includes young kids, this is it!
#7. Eek! The Cat (1997) is based on a popular Canadian cartoon series with the same name. Halloween falls on a Friday and the main character is determined to make it one of his best holidays ever even though he keeps getting distracted by troubles at home. Eek and his friends try to get to Center Stage for the big Halloween costume contest but they encounter a series of obstacles along the way. This movie is guaranteed to amaze your kids with its humor, classic Halloween themes and memorable characters.
#8. Alvin and the Chipmunks Scare-Riffic Double Feature (2008) is based on the classic 1960s’ “Alvin and the Chipmunks” cartoon series. The movie blends fun Halloween songs with two original animated stories. One story takes place in a haunted castle, while the other follows Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they transform into superheroes to save their town from a group of evil cats trying to ruin Halloween night. All three Chipmunks are back in this new movie, making it great for fans of the original series and for children who want to see characters they can relate to.
#9. Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale (1998) is based on the popular Archie comic book character of the same name. The movie blends humor with spooky Halloween themes. It follows Sabrina as she deals with the threat of losing her powers while saving her friends and family from a skeleton witch on the night of Saturnalia. Better for older kids.
#11. The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad (1949) is an animated film that’s based on two popular stories by Washington Irving: “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip van Winkle.” The Halloween animated movie tells the story of Ichabod Crane, who finds himself caught in a series of misadventures on his way to New York City. In the end, you’ll see how he crosses paths with the infamous Headless Horseman during a frightening Halloween night.
#12. The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (2000) is based on the long-running animated TV series created by Matt Groening that became a worldwide hit in the ’90s. The cartoon follows the everyday life of a dysfunctional family in the town of Springfield. In this Halloween animated movie, Homer and his family move into a creepy old house and they soon discover that it’s haunted by friendly ghosts. Some of these ghosts decide to help Bart find Marge’s missing pie recipe as she prepares Thanksgiving dinner for his schoolmates. The fact that Marge, Homer and Bart are all voiced by the same actors who play them in the series will make this film a fun watch for your kids. They’ll also enjoy watching their favorite characters sing some great songs and get into spooky situations. This movie is rated PG-13 for slight language and scary sequences.
#13. Hotel Transylvania (2012) animated movie follows Dracula as he opens a five-star resort for monsters and their families to spend a relaxing vacation on Halloween night. Hysterical for parents and kids, alike! Definitely put this movie series on your fun Halloween movies to watch!
#14. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure (2004) is an animated movie that follows Garfield, Odie and Arlene as they try to enjoy the Halloween celebration with their friends. However, a crazy monster soon emerges from an old crate in the attic and starts eating everyone’s candy. This movie has a positive message about sharing and it will be fun for young kids who love Garfield and his witty sense of humor.
#15. Double Double Toil and Trouble with Mary Kate and Ashley (1993) is a Halloween animated movie for young kids. It follows two witch sisters who discover that their mother is practicing evil spells in the house. In order to save their family from her, they must use magic to undo everything she’s done and foil her plans before midnight on Halloween.
#14. The Addams Family (1991) is a hilarious and fun movie that follows Wednesday Addams, who discovers similarities between her family and a famous TV sitcom family. After seeing an episode of “Family Freshman,” Wednesday and her cousin Pugsley convince their Uncle Fester to turn their home into a slightly spooky version of the show’s family.
#15. Herbie Rides Again (1974) is an old Disney movie about Herbie, a cute Volkswagen car that has a mind of its own. This film follows Herbie as he encounters a young girl whose father is determined to destroy the innocent vehicle with his tractor. While not exactly a Halloween theme movie, this might just be the family movie you need for kids of all ages.
#16. ParaNorman is about a boy named Norman has the ability to see and speak with ghosts, which makes him feel isolated from others. He must come up with a way to deal with his gift in order to save the town from an invasion of zombies. This movie is great for children who are sensitive because it promotes acceptance of those who are different.
#17. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) is an adaptation of the book by John Bellairs. It’s about Lewis, who goes to live with his uncle in a house full of mysterious contraptions and magical beings after the death of his parents. This movie has plenty of thrills and humor that will appeal to kids looking for a fun Halloween adventure. However, it has some scary scenes, including a few dead bodies and a witch who turns into an evil monster, so take that into consideration if looking for a Halloween movie for young kids.
#18. Scared Shrekless (2010) is an animated Halloween movie that follows the popular “Shrek” character, Shrek, as he tries to come up with scary stories for his friends and other people in the kingdom.
#19. Shrektober (2007) is another Halloween animated movie that features Shrek. This time the popular character goes on a spooky tour of his home in Duloc to distract him from trying to impress Fiona, who unexpectedly comes to visit. Young kids will love this entertaining film and its cast of lovable characters.
#20. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) is a classic Halloween horror film that follows Ichabod Crane as he leaves his life as a schoolteacher to join the military. He then returns to his hometown in New York state only to encounter the ghostly Headless Horseman. Probably better for older kids as it can get creepy.
#21. Trolls Holiday (2017) is an animated film about two trolls who go on a mission to save their holiday from the Bergens, fictional creatures known for gobbling up everything. Young kids will love this movie because it features lovable characters and colorful graphics. Not a Halloween movie theme, but it’s about little trolls. Seems like a good fit for bright and fun movies for Halloween night for little ones.
#22. Nicktoons Halloween – Tales of Fright (2003) is a special TV series that was inspired by Halloween. It follows the adventures of 12-year-old Billy as he and his friends battle an evil toy company owner who wants to destroy their town’s history by building an amusement park on it.
#23. The Smurfs: A Halloween Boo Fest (2012) is another animated movie for kids that follows the lovable blue creatures as they go on a quest to save their village from Gargamel, an evil wizard who is looking for the Smurfs in order to extract their magical essence. Young kids will enjoy this movie because of its colorful graphics and humorous dialogue.
#24. The Little Witch (2018) is about a witch who tries to sneak into this most important witch dances when she’s not allowed to attend. Her punishment is she must learn all the spells in the great book of magic within one year.
#25. Peppa Pig: Pumpkin Party (2013) is an animated film about a popular British character, Peppa Pig. It’s about the fun Halloween party she and her family are preparing for. The movie is appropriate for young fans of Peppa Pig because it features positive messages such as friendship and being brave when confronted with scary situations. However, some viewers may find its cartoon violence frightening.
#26. Casper (1995) is a Halloween classic about Casper, a friendly ghost who tries to scare away his cousin but ends up becoming her friend.
#27. The Story of the Jack-o’-Lanterns (1990) is a Halloween documentary about the history of the Jack-o’-Lanterns. It explains how they were first made and why they became popular during autumn festivals. While not an animated Halloween cartoon or Halloween story, it might be a fun Halloween movie to watch for homeschooling or classroom learning.
#28. Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2011) is an animated movie about an odd-looking pumpkin called Spookley, who lives in a small town with other vegetables. His friends make fun of him because of his appearance and decide to tell a group called the Scary Godmothers that he’s not scary. However, when they come up with another idea and ask for help to get rid of the Scary Godmothers, Spookley and his friends learn that it’s not easy to stand up for one’s self.
#29. This Is Halloween (2007) is a computer animated movie follows Jack Skellington, a pumpkin-headed ghost in charge of Halloween preparations in the “Sandy Claws” town. The film has some scary scenes that may be disturbing to younger viewers, as well as dark and delicate themes such as death. (You know, like other Burton films.)
#30. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale (2015) is an animated holiday movie based on the comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The movie follows a young witch named Sabrina as she prepares to celebrate the winter holiday with her friends and family. While the film has some action, horror, and scary scenes involving witches, vampires, and monsters, it also features positive messages about friendship and bravery. Best for older kids/teens.
#31. Halloween is Coming (2010) is a holiday movie based on the book Christmas Is…Halloween. It tells about two children, who accidentally travel to Halloween Town. The town’s residents believe that their preparations for Halloween are not complete because they need a Jack-o’-Lantern and ask the kids to find it for them. While this film has some scary scenes, it also has positive messages about friendship, teamwork, and bravery.
#32. Higglytown Heroes: Halloween Hoopla (2014) is a holiday movie based on the popular Higglytown Heroes series of fun educational movies. It follows four friends as they gather at Pioneer Park to watch their annual Halloween parade with lots of ghouls, goblins, and the Higglytown Heroes. (This one might be hard to find. You may have to check the library.)
#33. Halloween is Grinch Night (1977) is an animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas that follows the story about how The Grinch tries to ruin Halloween for the people living in Whoville. While this film has some scary scenes involving monsters, the main character is a kindhearted Grinch who wants to help his neighbors instead of hurting them.
#34. The Haunted Pumpkin of Sleepy Hollow (2005) is an animated movie based on the book The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It tells about a young boy who travels to Sleepy Hollow with his grandfather and learns about a legend that features a headless horseman, the famous American folktale created by Washington Irving. While this film has some scary scenes involving monsters and ghosts, it also has a strong sense of community and respect for others.
#35. Halloween Tree (1993) is a Ray Bradbury story about friends saving one of their own from ghosts of the past.
#36. Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space (2009) is an animated holiday movie based on the famous Monsters Vs. Aliens series of films. It follows the story about a mutant pumpkin that uses Halloween in order to turn all people into mutants. The story portrays many traditional Halloween figures, such as ghosts and monsters, while also showing them acting like normal people who are trying to enjoy Halloween.
#37. DreamWorks 6 Spooky Stories Collection (2013) is a collection of animated short films based on the popular Spooky Stories series. The film features six different stories that range from lighthearted to scary, and are intended for older viewers since they feature cartoon violence, death, and other spooky themes.
#38. Paw Patrol: Halloween Heroes (2015) is an animated holiday movie based on the popular Paw Patrol series. It follows a team of pups as they try to help some children discover their Halloween costumes and use them to save their town from pirate ghosts. While this film has some scary scenes involving pirates, it also promotes friendship and teamwork among friends.
#39. The Little Vampire (2000) is a holiday film based on the book The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. This story follows a young vampire who lives in Transylvania and falls in love with the human girl next door. While this movie has some scary scenes, it’s very lighthearted and provides positive messages about friendship, respect for others, and the need to be true to yourself.
#40. The Haunted Mansion (2003) is an animated holiday movie based on the famous Haunted Mansion theme park attraction. It follows two teenagers who must save their pets from a group of ghosts that kidnapped them.
#41. Sesame Street: A Magical Halloween Adventure (2009) is a holiday film based on the popular Sesame Street franchise. It follows Big Bird as he tries to find someone to take him trick-or-treating so that he can win a costume contest at his school.
#42. Max & Ruby Perfect Pumpkin (2004) is a holiday film based on the popular Max & Ruby franchise. It follows two rabbits named Max and Ruby as they set out to make the perfect pumpkin pie for a Halloween contest at their preschool. While this movie promotes teamwork, there are also some scary moments involving monsters that try to scare bunnies on Halloween.
#43. The Munsters Halloween is an old-school show that is fun to introduce to your kids. This Halloween special is based upon the popular series The Munsters (1964-1966) about a family of monsters who want nothing more than to fit in with humans, but their plans never quite work out and there’s always something funny happening to them.
#44. Spooky Buddies (2011) is a holiday film based on the Air Buddies franchise. It follows a group of talking puppies who must stop Halloween from being canceled by an evil spirit. This movie promotes teamwork, problem solving, and loyalty to your friends. It also has some scary moments involving cartoon ghosts and other creatures.
#45. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a great Halloween movie because … chocolate! And what better topic than candy after some trick-or-treating activities? We prefer the original over the (creepy) Johnny Depp one.
#46. Adventures in Babysitting follows a babysitter who has to get some children home after they have various adventures on Halloween night. It’s a great movie, but you need to be aware that they say the “F” word during one scene. I was at an outdoor family movie festival watching this a few years ago and there was an audible gasp and some parents left with their kids. So, be aware. The remake with Sabrina Carpenter is cute, too, if you want it without the language and innuendos.
#47. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) is a dark comedy and musical about a flower store owner who creates his own version of Audrey II from outer space in hopes of becoming rich and famous. Not a Halloween theme necessarily, but has some weird creepiness that’s fun for Halloween movie night. Might be better for older kids movie night.
#48. Frankenweenie (2012) is about a boy who attempts to bring his pet back to life after some bullies think they have killed it. It’s fun for all ages, especially for Burton movie fans.
#49. The Witches is a movie based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same name about an orphan who lives with an evil grandmother and two mean aunts after the parents die. They use magic to get what they want, and it’s up to the child be safe.
#50. Coraline is a movie based on a book, about a young girl who discovers an alternate reality by stepping through a door in her mirror that leads directly into her house. Her “other mother” has good baked goods but will stop at nothing to keep Coraline there forever.
#51. Matilda is another movie based on the Roald Dahl novel. The movie is about a girl with magical powers who must learn how to use them wisely and control her temper. Super funny family movie.
#52. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! is movie about a group of young friends who get stuck in a mansion on Halloween night while trying to solve a mystery. It’s filled with humor and some good scares, making it perfect for kids!
#53: The Goonies (1985) is a kids’ adventure film follows a group of young children who find themselves on an incredible treasure hunt after finding a pirate map. Although not specifically a Halloween movie, it is a little creepy (I won’t ruin it in case you haven’t seen the movie) and may be better for older kids.
#54. Monsters, Inc. (2001) is about Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) is a top scarer at the scare factory where he works along with his good friend Sulley (John Goodman) is a great, funny monster theme movie for Halloween. All ages will enjoy it!
#55. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) is a classic Halloween cartoon with all your favorite Peanut’s characters as they wait in anticipation for the appearance of The Great Pumpkin.
#56. Beetlejuice (1988) I mean, really what Halloween movie list would be complete without Beetlejuice, right? Beetlejuice is an animated movie about a young girl named Lydia who wants to live in a house that’s haunted by ghosts, ghouls and creatures from the underworld. She gets her wish when she accidentally ends up there on Halloween night. It’s funny, but some little ones might find it a bit spooky.
#57. Goosebumps (2015) is a movie based on the book series of the same name. The movie is about a boy who reads scary books and his town transforms into the creatures he read about in his books. If you’re looking for a spooky Halloween movie (but not too scary), this is it! However, might be a little too scary for younger kids.
Have fun putting together your Halloween movies list!
We hope you enjoy these fun halloween movies to watch with your family or for a fun Halloween sleepover!
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