Nothing makes Halloween more fun than watching movies that are just a bit scary. These scary movies below (that aren't too scary) will set the Halloween mood for the entire family. Check out some kid-friendly movies, all available on DVD.
Less scary, more fun: Our round-up of the best Halloween movies for kids guarantees a great night in when the trick-or-treating is done.
Harry Potter Series
On the tail of the explosively popular book series by J.K. Rowling comes the equally popular movie series that follows Harry Potter, a boy wizard, as he balances school (and all the typical angst that goes along with growing up) with defeating his arch enemy, Lord Voldemort, who is set on destroying the world.
Although Harry Potter is wildly popular among all age groups, some of the movies can be a little scary for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised.
HALLOWEENTOWN is a made-for-TV movie that premiered on the Disney Channel in 1998 and has since spawned several sequels. It centers upon a teenage girl named Marnie, who discovers that she comes from a long line of witches. She visits her ancestral home in HALLOWEENTOWN and stops a rash of mysterious disappearances there, while learning an important lesson about herself in the process.
Munster, Go Home!
The Munsters are just a normal American family, except for one thing: they all resemble archetypal monsters. Herman, the patriarch, looks like Frankenstein's monster, and his wife and child are vampires. In the Munsters' first feature-length movie, Herman learns that he's inherited an estate in England. The family travels abroad for some wacky adventures, but when it's all said and done, they head home to the good old USA.
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion was the second major film to be based on a ride at Walt Disney World (Pirates of the Caribbean was the first). It stars Eddie Murphy as a workaholic father who, by a twist of fate, finds himself trapped with his family in a haunted house. The Haunted Mansion offers more laughs than scares - in fact, the ride itself is scarier than the movie.
Jack Skellington lives a normal life in Halloween Town until the day when he stumbles upon nearby Christmas Town. He tries to share the spirit of Christmas with his fellow ghouls, but they don't quite seem to get it. There's only one solution: kidnap Santa Claus! The Nightmare Before Christmas is a goofy, slightly dark fairy tale that sports stunning stop-motion visuals and some terrific musical numbers.
Victor, who lives in a small European town in the 19th century, has pledged to marry Victoria in a marriage arranged by their parents.
While wandering the woods practicing his vows, he places Victoria's wedding ring on what he thinks is a tree branch. As it turns out, the "branch" is really the skeletal finger of the enchanted Corpse Bride. She whisks him off to a mysterious, and scary, underworld where Victor and the Corpse Bride are married.
Can Victor find his way back to the real world, and to his real-life fiance, who he realizes he has fallen in love with?
Kids will love the animation in this film, and parents can't help but marvel at the wonders only a Tim Burton film can bring to life.
The Witches is based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film stars Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, who plans to get rid of the world's children by transforming them all into mice. The film is notable because it was the last movie produced by Jim Henson, and the last of Roald Dahl's works to be adapted for film before his death.
How can you be afraid of ghosts when the ghost is small, boyish, and named Casper?
Christina Ricci stars in this oldie-but-goodie about a young girl named Kat who befriends a very friendly ghost.
The story begins with an irritable woman, Ms. Carrigan, who inherits an old, rickety house in New England from her deceased father. She is furious when she finds out the house is haunted by the (not-so-scary) Casper, and employs a "professional ghost exterminator" (played by Dan Ackroyd) to get rid of him. When that doesn't work, she hired a "ghost psychiatrist", who arrives at the house with his daughter, Kat.
Kat and Casper become fast friends as they work to save the home that houses not only Casper, but his three ghost uncles, from the mean Ms. Carrigan.
It's a heart-warming story about friendship that will have both kids and parents cheering for the good guys all the way to the end.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy play three sisters who are brought back to life 300 years after being convicted of witchcraft at the Salem witch trials. As is usually the case with these matters, their plans to take revenge on society as a whole are thwarted by a band of plucky teens. Since its release, Hocus Pocus has become something of a Halloween tradition, appearing on television throughout the month of October.
In this childhood classic, a group of misfits search for buried treasure in a cave. What they find, though, is mean Mama Fratelli, a lady-criminal, and her outlaw brood.
The group is headed for certain demise, until they are befriended by Fratelli's horribly deformed, but kind-hearted son, who helps them escape her evil agenda.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown's Halloween special doesn't have the cultural cachet of his Christmas special, but it's no less wonderful. Charlie's best friend Linus spends his Halloween night eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, a Santa-Claus-like figure Linus thinks visits children every Halloween night. The special airs annually on television, and is also available on DVD.
The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch books take place at a school for witchcraft, where students take classes in subjects like charms and potions. (Does this remind you of another children's fantasy series?) This made-for-TV production was based on the first book, and stars Fairuza Balk, Diana Rigg, and Tim Curry.
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
It's Lumpy the Heffalump's first Halloween, and he's scared out of his wits! Pooh and the gang are so frightened of an imaginary monster they call the Gobloon, they determine that they'll need to go out and catch it - scaring themselves silly in the process! Besides its gentle humor and cuddly characters, Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie has some valuable lessons to teach kids about facing their fears.
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Wallace and Gromit, the famous stop-motion duo from England, embarked upon their biggest and best adventure when the Curse of the Were-Rabbit film was released in 2005. Just before the big Giant Vegetable Competition, the town's produce is threatened by a ravenous, nocturnal beast known as the Were-Rabbit. Can Wallace and Gromit stop the Were-Rabbit before it's too late?
What if the scary monsters that lived under your bed were actually afraid of you?
Blue-furred Sulley and his one-eyed assistant Mike are employed at Monsters, Inc., a scream processing factory. It's their job to scare human children because their screams help their monster world thrive.
But what happens when a child isn't afraid— and follows the monsters back to their world? They become exiles of her universe, and find some other mythical creatures that are fellow refuges as well.
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