The BEST Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

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Kids enjoy Halloween movies. Yet too many times, a horror film may leave the kids and the grownups unnecessarily horrified by violence and gore. The result may be kids too afraid to go to sleep and grownups lacking sleep as they try to calm the frightened children.

For the Halloween harvest time, set the horror films aside. Instead, enjoy the autumn by watching some Halloween movies designed for all age levels. Share the enjoyment of a well-made Halloween film and create memories of a good time spent with family and friends, Halloween snacks and movies.

Redbox.com conducted a Halloween survey of more than 1,200 members of the Redbox Customer Panel on Sept 11-18, 2018. The survey revealed that

A survey conducted by Redbox.com on Sept 11-18, 2018 revealed the

Top 5 RedBox.com Family-Friendly Favorite Movies

#1. Hocus Pocus

#2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

#3. Beetlejuice

#4. The Nightmare Before Christmas

#5. Hotel Transylvania

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and significantly outperforms all other family-friendly Halloween movies. This film works for elementary school kids, tweens, teens, and grownups. The story begins in the past, in Salem, Massachusetts, where the three Sanderson sisters are being hanged for witchcraft. Before they die, they cast a spell to release them sometime in the future. Taking up the story in modern times, a group of tweens and teens are getting ready for Halloween, but unwittingly complete the spell and suddenly have to deal with the revived witches and a zombie-like accomplice.

The film tells an engaging story with spooky settings and everyday kids just trying to manage the witches as the town parents are clueless at a Halloween party. While there are a few scary images, such as the zombie, whose mouth was sewn shut by the Sanderson sisters, comic relief always follows. Some of the amusing grownup dialogue is designed to go over the heads of young viewers, giving a layered aspect to the film. Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker add their singing talents to the catchy musical score.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)

Originally designed for television, this Charles M. Schulz cartoon has developed into a Halloween classic for kids in preschool and early elementary school years. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are getting ready for Halloween trick-or-treating, while Linus waits in a pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin.

The mellow background piano score follows the action. Shultz’s characters remain true to themselves. Charlie is the contemplative child, Lucy is the aggressor, and Linus seeks adventure. Young children will still be able to go to sleep after watching this film. Grownups can share the children’s enjoyment of a classic Halloween cartoon.

Beetlejuice  (1988) Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Wynona Rider play in this show directed by Tim Burton. I am not a huge Tim Burton fan, however, I did find humor in this and will watch it about every other year. My favorite part is the song 6 ft 7 ft tall. I always laugh and laugh at this plus the song is very catchy.

 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Nightmare Before Christmas made #4 best Family Friendly Halloween Movie for Redbox. It is another Tim Burton movie and one I don’t care for but I have one child that loves it so I put it on my movie marathon list but wouldn’t rate it as #4 favorite.

 Hotel Transylvania (2012) I absolutely love Hotel Transylvania. I think I might of even cried the first time I watched it as it has some real-life parent children memorable moments. The humor is typical of Adam Sandler and his usual crew (Kevin James, David Spade, Steven Buscemi) toned down for this age group. It’s great for parents and children alike. Adam Sandler is Count Dracula an overprotective father who has a hotel for monsters when a human boy gets in and he has to protect his daughter from this evil creature.

 

 

Adams Family

A Haunting We Will Go

Casper

Coraline

Edward Scissor Hands

Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstine

Frankenweenie

Ghostbusters

Goonies

Goosebumps

Halloween Town

Halloween Is A Grinch Night

Icabod Crane

Lonesome Ghosts

Maleficent

Monsters University

Monster Vs Aliens

Monster House

Nightmare Before Christmas

Paranorman

Scooby- Doo

Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers

Scooby-Doo and Ghoul School

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Haunted Mansion

The Scream Team

Trick or Treat

Tower of Terror

Watcher in the Woods

Movie List PDF

 

The Redbox also surveyed the favorite Halloween candy or snack while watching a scary movie guess what the winner was?

Popcorn was the clear winner by 72%

So don’t forget the popcorn

Here is a list of some ultra-amazing Halloween Popcorn ideas. I seriously LOVE the following ideas. They are sure to satisfy your sweet or salty cravings and add the perfect touch of magic to your Halloween Movie Marathon.

Grab your popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy a Halloween Marathon with your family and friends.

About The Author

Karie Babbitt

Karie Babbitt is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer. Mother of three boys and one girl. She has raised a family of six on a single income for over twenty-five years. She will share how she budgets so she can travel to show her kids all fifty states before they leave her home. Her parenting fails and successes, budgeting tips, food and living life in bliss.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Andrew | 19th Oct 18

    Hocus Pocus is brilliant! The worst has to be (doesn’t exactly qualify as a family movie!) The Exorcist. Yeesh, what a sleeper! Everybody raves about it, but I have never been able to watch it without nodding off! Gripping? Suspenseful?

    No, just a dead bore! 😀

    • Karie Babbitt | 19th Oct 18

      I agree my favorite is Hocus Pocus and according to the Redbox.com survey The Exorcist was the top favorite for horror. I never found it interesting I couldn’t understand why it would be the most watched.lol

  2. Pam | 19th Oct 18

    This is the perfect list! Thank you for compiling it all!!!

    • Karie Babbitt | 19th Oct 18

      Thanks, I hope others enjoy it. I tried to mix some really old ones in it. I like to expose my kids to old movies as well as the new.

  3. Jocelyn | 19th Oct 18

    This is a great movie roundup! I had forgotten about some of those on the list. Some of these are still a little too old for my kids, but I can’t wait until they can watch them. And, you can’t go wrong with Hocus Pocus and Charlie Brown!

    • Karie Babbitt | 19th Oct 18

      Yes, some of these my kids didn’t start watching until they were older but now that they are all teens they are all good clean movies we can all enjoy.

  4. Clarissa Miller | 19th Oct 18

    This is a good list for those not looking for horror but fun kid friendly movies. My teens still love Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus!

    • Karie Babbitt | 19th Oct 18

      Hocus Pocus is just a great one for everyone! That’s my favorite. We try to do a movie night out in our front yard so neighbors can come and enjoy the fun of that one.

  5. Michele | 19th Oct 18

    What a great list! I am not a horror movie fan (like slasher movies), but I love movies like Hocus Pocus! My kids are grown, but I will still watch them myself.

    • Karie Babbitt | 19th Oct 18

      I love Hocus Pocus, Hotel Transylvania and The Haunted Mansion they just seem to make October and where I live in Arizona it for some reason helps me feel like fall is coming. lol

  6. Britnee | 19th Oct 18

    OMG I love this!!! Monster’s Inc is another favorite of ours!! I LOVE Hocus Locus && Hotel Transylvania!!! We love movie marathon nights!

  7. Rosanna | 19th Oct 18

    Thanks for sharing your list. Casper, Ghostbusters, and Monster’s Inc are the ones have watched.

  8. Tiffany | 19th Oct 18

    This is a great list! I’m always looking for new Halloween activity ideas and the movie list is great!

  9. Camille | 20th Oct 18

    This is such a great idea! With two little boys who love Halloween (one actually born on Halloween!) I will have to watch some of these with them the next few weeks! There are some oldies but goodies included here! Now I am excited! 🙂

  10. Nicki | 20th Oct 18

    I love Halloween movies! Great list! Now I have some new ones to watch for.

  11. Nikki | 20th Oct 18

    Ahhhh..Beetlejuice and the Goonies – I could watch them over and over. I love Hocus Pocus too. The snack list made me hungry too…Enjoy your movie night(s)

  12. Tonya Mickelson | 20th Oct 18

    We haven’t watched any Halloween movies yet! Maybe tonight….

  13. Kathryn at QuestFor47 | 20th Oct 18

    Great list! Beetlejuice is my absolute favorite, right up there with Hocus Pocus.

  14. Terri | 21st Oct 18

    Thanks for this list! I forgot all about Beetlejuice and will have to show that to my girls this year!

  15. Arianny | 21st Oct 18

    Love this list! Nothing like watching Halloween movies with some popcorn.

  16. T.M. Brown | 21st Oct 18

    Our October movie list pretty much matches the RedBox list, except Beetlejuice isn’t as family friendly as we would like (we found this out after trying to watch it this year). Great time of year, though, to cozy up on the couch, eat some delicious seasonal snacks and watching a good movie.

  17. Christa | 22nd Oct 18

    This post combines some of my favorite thing: Halloween, movies, and snacks! I can’t wait to have a Halloween movie (and food) marathon.

  18. Monica | 24th Oct 18

    Great list! I love them all though I thought Hocus Pocus was scary when I was younger, but I’m wimpy lol

  19. Jennifer | 24th Oct 18

    I have not watched Edward Scissorhands in so long, but love that movie. I think I watched it about 100 times when I was a teen!

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