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31 Movies to Watch This Halloween Season

As you may be aware, a certain television station recently released its "31 Nights of Halloween" schedule. I was really excited to see what movies made the list, but that excitement soon turned to disappointment. While I love all of the movies scheduled to air, there are a few that don't seem to fit with the theme and (in my opinion) a few too many duplicate showings. 
Since I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to scheduling a month-long special event for a popular cable network, I'm going to hope that this year is a learning year of sorts and that next year's line-up will be much better. In the meantime, I've created my own!

Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2005)

1. Spookley the Square Pumpkin-  The girls watched this a few years ago and loved it. I think it's cute. Definitely not scary, but a good Halloween season movie for the kids!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

2. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown- To me, this classic is a must watch during the month of October. Again, nothing scary and it's great for the kids. 

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000)

3. The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman- This was one of my favorites to watch when I was younger. It's got some "spooky" elements to it, so some younger kids *might* be startled a bit, but overall I think it's pretty safe for kids of all ages to watch.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)

4. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein- Another favorite from my childhood. Like the one with the Wolfman, this one *might* have parts that startle younger children, but overall is pretty safe for children of all ages to watch. 

5-8. The Halloweentown Movies- HalloweentownHalloweentown II: Kalabar's RevengeHalloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown; we watch all of them every October in our house. They typically play on the Disney Channel, but I believe they are also available on DVD. These movies do creep R (6) out a bit, but D (10) loves them. 

 The Monster Squad (1987)

9. The Monster Squad- We watched this for the first time back in July, for Friday the 13th. We all enjoyed it, but R was a little scared at some parts. This movie was pretty innocent but did contain a few jokes/lines that are not  suitable for younger viewers. D did catch on to a few of them. 

Henry Thomas and Pat Welsh in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

10. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial- This isn't really a scary movie, but there is a trick-or-treating scene, so it makes the list. Plus, Drew Barrymore is in it! This is another movie that has some jokes/lines that are not really suitable for younger viewers, but we've watched this a few times and I don't think either of the girls has caught on to any of them. 

11 & 12- Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed- Scooby-Doo is one of my all time favorite characters and I love watching the live action versions, with Matthew Lillard as Shaggy! These movies are not super scary, but there are parts that may frighten younger viewers. 

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus (1993)

13. Hocus Pocus- Because it just isn't Halloween without the Sanderson sisters, am I right? The girls have only seen this movie once, so we'll have to make sure to reintroduce it again this year. 

Frankenweenie (2012)

14. Frankenweenie- I've not seen this entire movie yet, but it seems just right for a younger audience.

ParaNorman (2012)

15. ParaNorman- I've only been able to catch the last half hour or so of this movie, but it's another one I think would be great for a younger audience. Some really young kids might get scared, so use your discretion with this one. 

Corpse Bride (2005)

16. Corpse Bride- This movie is a little weird for me, but the girls think it's hysterical. Definitely not a scary movie, but spooky in a fun way. 

Coraline (2009)

17. Coraline- We watched this movie ONCE and D was so freaked out by it that we haven't watched it since. R has never seen it and has zero interest. I say that makes it perfect for Halloween, but maybe not for kids 7 and under.

Monster House (2006)

18. Monster House- I love this movie! It's weird to think it was released during the summer because it's such a perfect movie for the Halloween season. 

Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands (1990)

19. Edward Scissorhands- I haven't seen this movie since maybe the early 2000s. It's not scary, but it is kind of eerie. R probably wouldn't enjoy it, but I think D just might.

Beetlejuice (1988)

20. Beetlejuice- This one is a Wigglesworth family favorite. It could be scary for younger children, but it's mostly just zany.

Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)

21. Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire- A great family friendly film with just enough spook to get the kids in the Halloween spirit, but not keep them up with nightmares.

Practical Magic (1998)

22. Practical Magic- I didn't watch this movie until I was an adult, but I love it. It is rated PG13, but D has seen it and liked it. It is definitely a little too much for R to handle though.

Brad Garrett, Joe Alaskey, Joe Nipote, and Malachi Pearson in Casper (1995)

23. Casper- There are some scenes in this movie that could startle younger viewers, but it's not likely  to cause nightmares.  Both girls have watched it and loved it. 

Ghost Busters (1984)

24. Ghostbusters- Some parts might be overwhelming to younger viewers, but this is another great classic that the family can watch. 

Christina Ricci, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken, and Jimmy Workman in The Addams Family (1991)

25. The Addams Family- They may be creepy and kooky, but everyone loves the Addams. 

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

26. The Haunted Mansion- Some situations in the film may be a little mature, but overall this movie is spooky in a fun way. It's another favorite.

Fred Savage and Howie Mandel in Little Monsters (1989)

27. Little Monsters- Another "fun spooky" movie from the 80s. Both girls like this movie, but again it's another one with a few jokes/lines that are not suitable for younger kids. 

Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush in Goosebumps (2015)

28. Goosebumps- This one definitely creeped out the girls the first time we saw it, but they liked it enough to watch it more than once. Now, it's just kind of a fun scare for them. 

29 & 30- Twitches and Twitches Too- D just happened to catch these movies on TV one year and she loves them. There are spooky elements to both films, but I think the second is the "scarier" of the two. 

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

31. Ernest Scared Stupid- This last one was a suggestion from my dear hubby, Matt. I've never seen this movie, but this "Ernest" character was a favorite of many of my friends back in elementary school. I guess we'll be checking it out this year! 

Well, that's my list. I did my best to include movies that were a little scary (for the older kids) and some that were not at all scary (for the younger kids). If there's a  movie that you thought should have made the list (or shouldn't have made this list), let me know in the comment section. 


  1. This is such a great list! I'm definitely going to be watching some of these with my son. He loves spooky and creepy movies!

    1. I'm so glad you plan to watch some of these. I am hoping to get through the list, but I am pretty sure we'll struggle with at least 1 of them.


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