Every year, it seems the talk of Christmas comes earlier and earlier, with stores stocking shelves with red and green decorations well before Halloween has even arrived. Commercials start airing with the hottest toys of the season and Christmas movies start before we’ve even taken the turkey out of the oven on Thanksgiving.
To take full advantage of the short amount of time we have to celebrate Halloween, we’ve learned to cram as many scary movies as we can into our weekends with spooky movie marathons in October. Other than that one fall-themed cartoon episode that seems to air over and over, there’s not many choices when it comes to today’s kid-friendly Halloween movies.
This is the perfect opportunity for parents to both share and re-watch their favorite spooky movie classics with their children, giving them the chance to experience the best of Tim Burton, and find out what the Grinch was up to before Christmas Eve. Plus, these family-friendly movies are the perfect choice if you’re looking for a break from the constant flood of Christmas-themed TV shows and movies that will soon be on their way.
Top 10 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies
About: A 1993 American comedy fantasy film that stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are inadvertently resurrected by a cynical teenager, his younger sister and his girlfriend in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts.
About: Casper is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat. Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.
About: No adults believe three youths’ assertion that a neighboring residence is a living creature that means them harm. With Halloween approaching, the trio must find a way to destroy the structure before innocent trick-or-treaters meet ghastly ends.
The Addams Family
About: When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester’s life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford, Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester.
Halloween Is Grinch Night
About: A 1977 Halloween musical TV special and prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Ernest Scared Stupid
About: Ernest Scared Stupid is a 1991 American horror comedy fantasy film that has Ernest P. Worrell accidentally unleashing an army of trolls upon a small town on Halloween and the plot involves him joining a few children in fighting back.
About: Young Norman Babcock has the ability to speak with the dead — and he often prefers their company to that of the living. Norman receives word from his strange Uncle Prenderghast that a centuries-old witch’s curse on their town is real and about to come true — and that only Norman can stop it. When zombies rise from their graves, Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
About: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 American stop motion dark fantasy musical film produced and conceived by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a character from “Halloween Town” who opens a portal to “Christmas Town” and decides to celebrate the holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences.
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
About: Co-directed by Tim Burton, Corpse Bride is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated musical fantasy film. Victor and Victoria’s families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous about the ceremony. While he’s in a forest practicing his lines for the wedding, a tree branch becomes a hand that drags him to the land of the dead. It belongs to Emily, who was murdered after eloping with her love and wants to marry Victor. Victor must get back aboveground before Victoria marries the villainous Barkis Bittern
About: Produced by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie, a stop-motion film in black and white follows a boy named Victor who loses his dog, named Sparky, and uses the power of electricity to resurrect him – but is then blackmailed by his peers into revealing how they too can reanimate their deceased past pets and other creatures, resulting in mayhem.
These kid-friendly movies are the perfect way to celebrate the trick-or-treating season and give parents the perfect excuse to watch their favorite classics any time of the year.