It can be difficult to find a Halloween movie that’s appropriate for the entire family. Some movies are too scary for your kids, and some of the most popular horror films are a little too grisly even for your eyes. The thrill of watching a scary movie on All Hallows Eve is one of the most fun Halloween traditions, but how can you enjoy that tradition with your family if the movies are just too scary?
We’ve put together a list of 13 of the best Halloween movies that make for an evening of delights, not frights.
Hocus Pocus is one of those holiday movies that stands the test of time and makes its way through each generation of trick-or-treaters as a must-see Halloween movie. The Sanderson Sisters is a trio of witches that want nothing more than to steal the souls of children, and since the movie was released in 1992, it has gained quite the following — and for good reason!
There are bits of scary, bits of humor and a whole lot of fun for everyone in the family.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
It’s not quite clear whether this movie is a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie, but with a main character who’s a skeleton and a main villain who’s the Boogie Man, there are more than enough spooks in this film that make it perfect for a Halloween movie night.
The Addams Family
The spookiest family ever on TV makes their first appearance in a full-length movie. With characters like an armless hand, a walking hairball and a Frankenstein’s monster, The Addams Family is a movie that creates more delights than frights, making for a fun Halloween-themed movie that won’t give anyone nightmares.
Before Michael Keaton made his big comeback and was nominated for best actor, he was dressed down in a black-and-white suit as a scarer-for-hire. Tim Burton’s use of stop-motion animation and A-list actors results in one of the eeriest Halloween movies you’ll ever see.
Even though Casper is considered the friendly ghost, there is no shortage of spooks, superstitions and scares in this Halloween movie. Halloween-movie veteran Christina Ricci stars in this 1995 film about treasure hunting, ghosts and the paranormal.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts Gang star in this TV special that had Linus awaiting the fabled Great Pumpkin on Halloween night as the rest of his disbelieving friends take to the streets trick-or-treating.
This movie is light on the scares, but heavy on the nostalgia, so everyone in your family, young and old, will have a reason to sit down and watch this Halloween classic.
What usually makes haunted houses so scary are the spooks that live there and make the steps creak and the pipes leak, but the house across the street from DJ Walters is no ordinary haunted house. Instead of bats, skeletons and witches doing the haunting, the house itself is alive and ready to scare anyone who knocks on its front door.
This movie was produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, so you know that this Halloween movie will be well worth your time.
Norman is a school-aged kid who has tons and tons of friends, the only problem is that almost all of them are dead. However, with the help of his friendly group of ghouls, Norman goes on a quest to keep an evil witch’s ghost from waking up and raising the dead.
This movie has countless big-name stars and an extremely engaging style of stop-motion animation that will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.
You would think that bringing all the Halloween spooks together in one movie would be quite the fright, but sometimes, too much scariness in one building turns from something really terrifying to something really comical.
The Haunted Mansion
Eddie Murphy stars as a real estate agent in a movie based on the Haunted Mansion ride of Disneyland fame. What starts off as a mix of a real estate deal and a family vacation, it turns into a desperate attempt to escape the spacious and haunted Gracey Manor.
This is a fun movie for the whole family, and for those who have been on the ride at any of the Disney parks will enjoy seeing elements of the ride included in the film.
Dr. Frankenstein makes an appearance every Halloween, but before he brought his monster to life, there was a time when he used science to bring his dog back to life.
Tim Burton brings his unique filmmaking style to center stage, making this a great movie the whole family will love. Plus, Sparky is so cute!
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Werewolves are some of the scariest of the Halloween creatures, but in true Wallace and Gromit form, the terrifying were-rabbit is introduced to the lineup of things that go bump in the night.
If you’re a fan of the old Wallace and Gromit shows, you’re in for a worthy addition to not only the Wallace and Gromit franchise, but to the Halloween classics as well.
Marnie, a 13-year-old girl who comes from a long line of witches and wizards, secretly follows her grandmother onto a magical bus that leads to Halloweentown and into a world of werewolves, vampires, warlocks and witches. What started out as curiosity turns into a spooktacular journey to return to the mortal world.