25 of the Best Kids’ Halloween Movies
Less scary, more fun: Our round-up of the best kids’ Halloween movies guarantees a great night in when the trick-or-treating is done.
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The Neverending Story (PG)
Who said all kids’ Halloween movies have to have ghosts and witches? Kids who could do without vampires and other played out Halloween monsters will find a lot to like in this mystical adventure film based on the popular novel.
Best for: Kids age 8 and up. Some of the fantastical creatures might creep out the little ones, and there are some intense sequences.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (PG)
The caped crusader grapples with what appears to be a murderous apparition in this critically acclaimed (and moody) animated feature.
Best for: Kids age 9 and up. Some violence and dark subject matter make this a spooky superhero flick for older kids. Try these 17 easy Halloween makeup ideas to look like Batman, Harley Quinn, and more of your favorite fictional characters!
Scooby-Doo and the gang reunite on Spooky Island for this live version of the original animated television series. Kids will enjoy the silly and spooky adventures of the Mystery Inc. gang.
Best for: Kids age 9 and up. Skimpy costumes and freaky imagery might be too much for young children. Don’t miss these other spooky ghost movies that will literally give you chills.
Monster House (PG)
Old-fashioned haunted house fun with all the requisite ghouls, ghosts, and peril.
Best for: Kids age 9 and up. The supernatural thrills are actually a bit intense. Paranormal experts reveal what they think are the most haunted places in America.
A young girl discovers another world where the grass seems greener—but is soon tormented by the twisted beings within.
Best for: Kids age 9 and up. This fairytale presents some mature themes, and the villains are menacing. You can lighten up any mood with one of these 15 easy Halloween crafts that are fun for all ages!
For an entertaining evening with the family, rent Beetlejuice. A ghost couple tries desperately to chase away a new family that has moved into the home they inhabit. When all else fails, they hire Beetlejuice to get rid of the new owners of the home. But things don’t go as planned…
Best for: Kids age 9 and up. The plot has dark overtones, and there’s some bizarre imagery. Read up on these 10 true ghost stories from the most haunted places in the world.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)
What better time than Halloween to revisit the students of Hogwarts, the enchanting school of witchcraft and wizardry? Show other films in the series to make it a complete marathon of these great kids’ Halloween movies.
Best for: Kids age 10 and up. There’s serious peril, and even some of the good guys look frightening.
Spirited Away (PG)
The sheer volume of odd creatures on display in this film makes it a perfect fit for Halloween night—and the exciting adventure elements certainly don’t hurt.
Best for: Kids age 11 and up. Spirited Away has its share of troubling curses and threatening spirits.
Hocus Pocus (PG)
Our kids’ Halloween movies list wouldn’t be complete without these three scheming witch sisters who are back to achieve immortality after their hanging 300 years ago—and they’re casting spells through song and dance along the way. Hocus Pocus is the right potion for Halloween fun.