As the resident scaredy cat I decided to put together a list of Halloween movies that are less terrifying than the typical Halloween lineup and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Though they are in no particular order, here are my 13 Top Family Friendly Halloween Movies.
The Sanderson Sisters are a must watch every Halloween. They are hilarious and entertaining. Hocus Pocus is filled with so much Halloween goodness that it is the perfect start to any Halloween movie list.
Casper the friendly ghost is a thoroughly charming companion for the whole family. This is also the film where we get to see Casper as a human and if you say you didn't have a crush on him as a girl I don’t think you’re being honest with yourself.
Based on the Walt Disney World attraction, Tower of Terror is one of my family’s favourite Halloween movies. It is appropriately spooky between the curse and the ghosts, while still maintain the Disney charm.
Another Disney movie, Halloweentown is fun twist on the traditional depiction of all the things that go bump in the night. I really love the feel of Halloween-town, from silly Benny to some of the creepier creatures.
I've pretty much grown up on Scooby-Doo movies and this was the first one that actually freaked me out. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island was the first time the monsters were real and that was a terrifying idea. My favourite part of this movie though was the song “It’s Terror Time Again”, appropriately creepy and yet totally awesome!
Though I personally preferred the animated series that followed, Beetlejuice is an entertaining movie. Directed by Tim Burton this is visually creative and a great oddball film that is perfectly suited to the Halloween season.
Though it is not a feature length film Disney’s Legend of Sleepy Hallow, based on a short story of the same name, is a perfect Halloween story for the whole family. Short and to the point it is appropriate for your family members that want to watch something scary without being too scared. It is also a great length for the youngest members of the family.
Based on the Roald Dahl book, The Witches is an inventive story with a truly horrifying villain. This is also the final film that Jim Henson personally worked on before his death. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Houston) is as amazing as she is horrifying and this makes The Witches one of my favourite Halloween gems.
The wonderfully macabre Addams family are the best because they are completely happy to be themselves. Amongst the darkness that the Addams family love is a truly funny film that is great fun for the whole family.
Another Tim Burton film, The Nightmare Before Christmas creates a truly unique world filled with terrific and terrifying characters. Though I didn't see this movie until I was a teenager it is both beautiful and entertaining and has seen become one of my classic Halloween-must-sees.
A sweet and yet creepy tale of lost love, Corpse Bride is a fun and beautiful film. Yet another Tim Burton film, I love the visual differentiation between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Though Emily’s eyeball did substantially gross me out, this is another movie well suited to entertain the entire family this Halloween.
This is one movie that actually did terrify me as a child, though I loved every second of it. This is a movie that can touch your heart, despite its extremely scary moments. This is the most serious movie on my list, but I believe it is great movie for everyone to see.
Rounding off my list is Monster Mash. This is a completely sentimental addition but I think it’s still worth a slot on your Halloween movie list. This movie is one my brothers and I watch every year and it never fails to entertain. It is a silly take on some of the traditional Halloween monsters and it will keep you singing for hours after the movie is done!
With my Halloween favourites picked out it’s time for me to glue myself to the TV and watch them all again!
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