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Fun and Scary Halloween Movies and Where To Find Them

 

Build up the suspense for Hallowen by watching fun and scary movies with your family! Some are perfect for your younger ones or your kids who don't like to be scared. Some are just right for your kids who like their movies with a few monsters or surprising moments.  All of them will help you have some fun family time your kids will remember when they're all grown up!

 

We've compiled a huge list of fun and/or scary movies to watch with your kids this Halloween AND where to find them! Some you can stream for free on Netflix or Amazon Prime and others you can rent or purchase on Amazon (the listing will say Amazon (r) if it's not free).

All of the movies are rated either G, PG, or PG-13. Use your discretion. If the movie doesn't have a listed rating it's because it either was originally made for tv or went straight to video.

 

A Monster in Paris (PG): Amazon (prime)

A 3D-animated movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful young singer. (IMDb)

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (G): Amazon (r)

The Chipmunks are performing at a theme park called Majestic Movie Studios (a spoof of Universal Studios Hollywood). While taking a break from their concert, the Chipmunks get lost, and eventually get locked inside the park. They find their way to the "Frankenstein's Castle" attraction, where a real Dr. Victor Frankenstein is working on his monster. (Wikipedia)

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet The Wolfman (G): Netflix, Amazon (r)

In this animated adventure, chipmunk Alvin (Ross Bagdasarian Jr.) has werewolves on his mind. After being haunted by a creepy nightmare, he is convinced that his eerie next-door neighbor, Mr. Talbot (Maurice LaMarche), has a monstrous secret. As he and his brother Simon (also Bagdasarian) investigate, shy sibling Theodore (Janice Karman), who has been reluctantly cast in the school's production of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," finds his inner monster after being attacked by a strange dog. (Common Sense Media)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (G): Amazon (r)

An apprentice witch, three kids, and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain. (IMDb)

Bettlejuice (PG-13): Amazon (r)

A couple of recently-deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (IMDb)

Bewitched (PG-13): Amazon (r)

Thinking he can overshadow an unknown actress in the part, an egocentric actor unknowingly gets a witch cast in an upcoming television remake of the classic sitcom Bewitched (1964). (IMDb)

Brothers Grimm (PG-13): Amazon (r)

Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. (IMDb)

Casper (PG): Amazon (r)

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. (IMDb)

Casper’s Scare School (G): Amazon (r)

Casper returns but he can't hang out with his human friend, and the scare school assigns him to scare the humans, even his friend. (IMDb)

Coraline (PG): NetflixAmazon 

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (IMDb)

Corpse Bride (PG): Amazon 

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. A Tim Burton film. (IMDb)

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (G): Amazon 

Get ready for a spook-tacular good time with Curious George - in his first-ever Halloween movie. This fun-filled adventure is a bewitching treat for the whole family! (IMDb)

Dear Dracula (G): Netflix

Dracula has a great opportunity to try his brand new skills at the neighborhood Halloween party, where he realizes that self-confidence is enough to make him as scary as he ever was. (IMDb)

Dreamworks Spooky Stories (G): Netflix, Amazon 

In these spooktacular stories, your favorite DreamWorks characters from the blockbuster hits Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens return in these chilling tales for the whole family. (IMDb)

Dreamworks Spooky Stories 2 (G): Netflix

The Shrek characters parody the music video "Thriller"; B.O.B. and pals battle zombie carrots; and Megamind faces the effects of the Button of Doom.

Edward Scissorhands (PG-13):  Amazon

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (IMDb)

Ernest Scared Stupid (PG): Amazon 

Ernest unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri. (IMDb)

E.T. (PG):  Amazon 

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (IMDb)

Frankenweenie (PG): Amazon 

Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (IMDb)

Ghost Busters (PG): Amazon (prime)

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (IMDb)

Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails (G): Amazon 

An unlikely trio of allies against the supernatural: a little boy who’s scared of everything, a professional ghost hunter, and the slimy spirit Hugo. Together they take on the ghouls that threaten to send their town into an ice age. (Google)

Goosebumps (PG): Amazon 

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

Gremlins (PG): Amazon 

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Halloweentown (G): Amazon

After learning she is a witch, a girl (Kimberly J. Brown) helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures.

Halloween Puppy (G): Amazon Prime

A boy accidentally turns his mom's boyfriend into a dog.  (IMDb)

Harry Potter (series) (PG, PG-13): Amazon

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (IMDb)

Hocus Pocus (PG): Amazon 

After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. It is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all. (IMDb)

Hotel Transylvania (PG): Amazon 

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. (IMDb)

Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG): Amazon (r)

Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half-human, half-vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. (IMDb)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (G): Amazon

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. (IMDb)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow: not available in 2018

Washington Irving's eerie tale of romantic rivalry along the Hudson pits new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane against local hero and bully Brom Bones for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel. The haunting drama climaxes with the appearance of a legendary ghost-the headless horseman. This adaptation reflects the wit of the early American classic. Illustrator: Robert Van Nutt. Ages 6 & up. (Amazon)

Little Ghost (G): Amazon (prime)

While on location in a spooky Italian villa with his Hollywood big-shot mom and her dorky boyfriend, twelve-year-old Kevin befriends a Renaissance-era girl ghost who helps him cause unrest on the set.

Little Monsters (PG): Amazon, Netflix

A boy discovers an incredible and gruesome world of monsters under his bed. (IMDb)

Mad Monster Party: Amazon 

Mad Monster Party is a 1967 American stop motion animated musical comedy film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions for Embassy Pictures. The film stars Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett, and Phyllis Diller. (Wikipedia)

Magic Puppy (AKA Halloween Puppy):  Amazon

A boy accidentally turns his mom's boyfriend into a dog. (IMDb)

MirrorMask (PG): Amazon 

In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home. (IMDb)

Monster House (PG): Amazon 

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. (IMDb)

Monster In the Closet (PG): Amazon (prime)

An obituary writer, a professor, and a brainy boy track a big-mouthed monster near San Francisco. (Amazon)

Monsters, Inc (G): Amazon 

In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, two monsters realize things may not be what they think. (IMDb)

Mummy I’m a Zombie (PG): Netflix, Amazon (prime)

The fate of the planet is in Dixie's hands as she fights to end a battle between the living and the dead, while also balancing her popularity and campaigning for student council. (IMDb)

Nanny McPhee (PG): Amazon 

A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge. (IMDb)

Paranorman (PG): Amazon 

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (IMDb)

Poltergeist (1982) (PG): Amazon 

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (IMDb)

RL Stein’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (PG): Amazon (r)

Teenage friends must resist the spell of an evil showman staging a house of horrors show in their small town. (IMDb)

RL Stein’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (PG): NetflixAmazon 

Max Doyle takes some objects from a haunted house to help his ghost friends Nicky and Tara, upsetting a whole bunch of spirits in the process. (IMDb)

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated (PG): Amazon 

Scooby-Doo and the gang attempt to solve creepy mysteries in the town of Crystal Cove, a place with a history of eerie supernatural events.. (IMDb)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (PG): Netflix, Amazon 

Mystery Inc. must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to "unmask" the gang. (IMDb)

Scooby-Doo: The Movie (PG): Netflix, Amazon 

Scooby-Doo and his clever crime-solving cohorts are individuallysummoned to Spooky Island to investigate a series of paranormalincidents at the ultra-hip Spring Break hot spot.

Spookly the Square Pumpkin (G): Amazon 

Poor Spookley is a pumpkin who's shape is square rather then round. He's teased and taunted by other mean round pumpkins. But he receives help from a Scarecrow and his 2 bat side-kicks and 3 very funny spiders. (IMDb)

Spooky Buddies (G): Netflix, Amazon 

The puppies go on a spooky adventure through a haunted mansion. (IMDb)

The Addams Family (PG-13): Amazon 

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle. (IMDb)

The Adventure of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: Amazon 

An animated adaption of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaption of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". (IMDb)

The Amazing Wizard of Paws (G): Amazon 

A young boy finds out the family dog is actually a six-hundred-year-old and was once owned by a great and powerful wizard. (IMDb)

The Black Cauldron (PG): Amazon 

A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can. (IMDb)

The ‘Burbs (PG): Amazon (prime)

An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult. (IMDb)

The Dark Crystal (PG): Amazon 

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. (IMDb)

The Dog Who Saved Halloween: Amazon 

Zeus and the Bannister family have moved into a new home just in time for Halloween! When Zeus and George decide to investigate a creepy neighbor, they discover a scary dog and a haunted house, and they form a surprising partnership with a familiar pair of bumbling burglars. Can Zeus bust some ghosts, find a missing cat and face his biggest fear, all in time to go trick or treating? (Amazon)

The Good Witch (PG): Amazon 

A darkly beautiful and mysterious woman comes into town and inhabits the local haunted mansion, making everyone wonder if she's a witch or "The Grey Lady." (IMDb)

The Halloween Tree: Amazon 

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend. (IMDb)

The Haunted Mansion (PG): Amazon 

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected. (IMDb)

The Little Ghost (PG): Amazon 

The Little Ghost lives in the castle overlooking a small town and awakens for precisely one hour after the clock strikes midnight. Follow him on this adventure to see his first sunrise ever! (IMDb)

The Little Vampire (PG): Amazon 

A lonely boy becomes best friends with a vampire. (IMDb)

The Mummy (series) (PG-13): Amazon 

An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a mummy. (IMDb)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG): Amazon 

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but he doesn't quite understand the concept. A Tim Burton film. (IMDb)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG): Amazon 

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin's descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée. (IMDb)

The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG): Amazon

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. (IMDb)

The Witches (PG): Amazon

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse. (IMDb)

Thunder and the House of Magic: Netflix, Amazon 

Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. (IMDb)

Vampire Dog (G): Amazon (prime)

A boy unwittingly adopts a 600-year-old talking vampire dog and soon discovers that when they face their fears they can do anything. (IMDb)

Wallace and Grommit: Curse of the Were Rabbit (G): Amazon 

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. (IMDb)

 


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