Top 20 Scary Halloween Movies

Turn off your lights and hold on tight. We've compiled a list of R-rated and family-friendly films to give you the shivers this Halloween.

Compiled by Chandni Jhunjhunwala | Source: IMDB

Casper
Take a look at what happens when a ghost buster and his daughter move into a haunted mansion only to meet one very friendly ghost and his hostile “fleshies” hating uncles! Get the special edition DVD for fun extras like games, safety tips and scenes, all suitable for kids 3 and above.

Clifford’s Big Halloween
Chock-full of thrills and chills. Your kids will love the mishaps of the Big Red Dog as he gets accidentally trapped in a bed sheet and scares his neighbors in one fun-packed Halloween night.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The books and movies have already cast a spell on your family. So what better time than Halloween to revisit the magical world of little wizard Potter? Don’t miss Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, praised by critics as the best in the series, although your kids below 8 might find it disturbing.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Dubbed by a critic as one of “the most sincere of all Halloween specials,” this classic should not be missed. How can you let Halloween pass without a sneak peek at the Peanuts gang searching for the best trick-or-treating costumes and other Charlie Brown-style antics?

Monsters, Inc.
BOO! There’s a monster in your closet. It’s huge, with blue fur and purple spots….and it’s adorable. This heart-tugging movie follows the hilarious adventures of a two-year-old girl, aptly named Boo, who stumbles into monster world and frightens the daylights out of these supposedly scary ogres.

Rugrats Halloween
Here’s a spooktacular helping of an animated favorite! In this special, Angelica, one of the four Rugrats’ cousins, blackmails them into believing that they’ll turn into whatever they’re dressed up as if they don’t give her all their Halloween candy.

SpongeBob Squarepants: Halloween
Dive into the underwater town of Bikini Bottom with the adorable sea sponge and his friends as they embark on one eerie adventure after another. Five action-packed episodes include “Scaredy Pants,” “Imitation Krabs,” “Frankendoodle,” “I Was a Teenage Gary,” and “Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost.”

12 and Above

Beetlejuice
For a side-splitting evening with the family, rent Beetlejuice. It’s hard not to get ticklish and creeped out by the freakish Beetlejuice, hired by a couple of ghosts to chase away the new owners of their house.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
A ghoulish tale with elements of horror, fantasy, musical, and comedy all rolled into one stunning animated film. You’ll watch with morbid fascination as the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown stumbles into Christmastown and tries to take over Christmas by kidnapping Santa!

The Witches
This macabre on-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel is a gripping treat for both kids and adults. An orphaned boy moves with his grandmother to an English hotel, where a horrifying group of child-hating witches is holding a convention. What follows is definitely not a fairy tale but a sinister black comedy where good does eventually win over evil.

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