Top Halloween Movies for Kids

Halloween is right around the corner and you may start getting in the mood with some spooky movies. We know there are tons of frightening horror flicks for adults but what are some great Halloween movies for kids? Spooky but not too spooky! One of my favorites is “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” It’s a classic. I love the music and the traditional costumes. I even love that they go to a Halloween party and bob for apples. Classic Halloween fun! Here are a list of my top Halloween movies for kids (in no particular order).

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1.) Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington—the “King of Halloween”—who, tired with staging Halloween festivities year after year, finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to try his hand at that holiday, instead.


2.) Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
It’s Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and everyone is excited to trick or treat. This movie is cute not scary. Perfect for the pre-school kids.

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3.) Coraline (2009)
Based on Neil Gaiman’s popular “children’s horror” novel, Coraline is in many ways similar to Alice in Wonderland—only creepier.


4.) It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
My favorite a Halloween classic.

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5.) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
This short classic (the Headless Horseman) tells the story of a stuffy schoolteacher who tries to win the love of the prettiest girl in town with his act of bravery. Great for Kindergarten age children and up.


6.) Halloween is Grinch Night (1977)
The Hallowen-themed prequel to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Emmy Award-winning cartoon is filled with the same Grinch antics we loved in the original, with just enough holiday-appropriate spook to keep young children entertained. Recommended for preschool age kids and up.

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7.) Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Another one of my favorites! Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!

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8.) Corpse Bride (2005)
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

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9.) ParaNorman (2012)
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.


10.) The Halloween Tree (1993)
Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

What’s your favorite Halloween movie for kids?

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