Thursday, October 27, 2011

Top 10 Children's Halloween Movies

 Not everything about Halloween has to be scary. There are plenty of family friendly and far less spooky Halloween inspired films. In the spirit of the season I've compiled a list of 10 child friendly spooky films.
10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). This may have been the first ever magical flying bed. The bed, along with a witch for hire and three young children manage to make a family friendly adventure including witches and warlocks.
9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). The only way this wouldn't be included on the list is if it were considered a Christmas movie. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king is bored of his life preparing for Halloween, so he decides to have the ghosts and ghouls help him put on Christmas instead. This one might be for slightly older kids as some of the characters might be a bit scary for the real young ones among the family.
8. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2006). This one has bits for the whole family, references to older movies for the adults, action for the teens and lots of colorful characters for the youngest members of the family.
7. Casper (1995). A star studded cast, nothing scary at all for the young ones, yet still very Halloween oriented having not only the friendly ghost, but his three mischievous “uncles” as well.
6. Halloweentown (2001). A Disney made for TV film, that spawned two sequels about a young witch and warlock first discovering their powers and a secret dimension where it is always Halloween.
5. Hocus Pocus (1993). The Sanderson sisters return from 300 years of being trapped in another dimension to run amok in Salem, Mass. Where they break out in song occasionally as well as attempt to kidnap the parents of all the children in town.
4. Ghostbusters (1984). OK so it's not technically set at Halloween, but it is all about ghosts and ghouls. Outside of the opening scene with the ghost in the New York public library there shouldn't be anything too scary for the young ones in this one, and it's a can't miss for the comedy fans with Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd leading the way.
3. Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005). All the fun and family friendliness of any other Winnie the Pooh film, but set at Halloween time.
2. The Corpse Bride (2006). A man is goofing around with his wedding ring before the ceremony and accidentally brings a woman back from the dead that claims to be his rightful wife. Fun for the whole family with very little to no scary moments in this one.
1. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966). The Peanuts gang has always had a special spot in my heart, and this is one of the best specials that were made in the series of specials made in the 60's for just about every holiday.


  1. Very much in agreement with entries 2, 8 and 9. "Die, die, we all pass away..."