If you’re planning to hold a kid-friendly movie night (or sleepover) this Halloween, we have just the right movie list for you! From classics like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Casper” to new favorites such as “Hotel Transylvania”, here is our top 8 picks for you and your family:
1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Based on the popular comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” features pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and our all-time favorite dog, Snoopy! The heartwarming Halloween classic follows Linus as he patiently waits for The Great Pumpkin to arrive.
2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
This list wouldn’t be complete without Disney’s magical musical film, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”. Inspired by Mary Norton’s fantasy books, the film combines live action and animation – just like “Mary Poppins”.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tells the story of Jack Skellington (also known as the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town) who tries his hand at staging Christmas. Filled with amazing Halloween-themed songs and stunning visual effects, the dark fantasy film is undeniably one of the best films to watch during the spooktacular holiday.
4. Casper (1995)
This movie stars our favorite ghost, Casper. In this film, the friendly ghost meets Kat (played by Christina Ricci), the 13-year-old daughter of an experienced afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey (played by Bill Pullman). While they all work together to help the spirits cross over to the other side, Casper tries to bring himself back to life.
5. Halloweentown (1998)
“Halloweentown” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that follows a Halloween-obsessed teen named Marnie Piper (played by Kimberly J. Brown). When her grandmother Aggie (played by Debbie Reynolds) arrives for her annual Halloween visit, Marnie follows her to a strange but magical place called Halloweentown. If you love this, check out its sequels – “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge”, “Halloweentown High”, and “Return to Halloweentown”.
6. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
It is Lumpy’s first Halloween with Winnie the Pooh, Roo, and their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. But after Pooh eats all of Rabbit’s trick-or-treat candy, Roo and Lumpy set out to capture a dreaded Gobloon to wish for more candy. The adorable film ends with a Halloween party hosted by Kanga.
7. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Although “Hotel Transylvania” may not be about Halloween, but the spooky characters of the animated film is just right for the holiday! Besides that, the film stars an all-star cast including Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, and Kevin James.
8. Curious George: A Halloween Boofest (2013)
If your child is a big fan of Curious George, then this film is perfect for you! “Curious George: A Halloween Boofest” is a fun-filled adventure that will be a bewitching treat for the whole family!