33 Best Halloween Movies for Little Kids (2023)

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Get ready for a Halloween movie marathon!

It’s the seasons of ghost, ghouls, costumes and candy!

Make the most of this Halloween season with spooky movies that the whole family will love. After all, having a themed family movie night is a great way to bond and get into the Halloween spirit.

To save you time, we put together this giant list of the best halloween movies to watch this year with the entire family, little kids included.

We know that scary movies can cause a lot of fear and nightmares for very young kids, so the movies on our list are not-so-scary. You won’t find Sleepy Hollow here! 

So pop some popcorn, turn down the lights, and get ready for a halloween movie marathon!


1. Hocus Pocus – 1993 | PG

Hocus Pocus the movie

There’s no better movie to get into the Halloween mood than Hocus Pocus. In this funny film, Max and his little sister Dani move to the spooky small town of Salem, where they struggle to fit in. When they light a black flame candle, they accidentally awaken the Sanderson sisters, a hilarious trio of evil witches, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy. 

There are some references to virginity that older kids may understand or ask about, but that will probably go over younger kids heads.

And, of course, Hocus Pocus 2 is now streaming on Disney+!


2. Addams Family – 2019 | PG

The Addams Family the movie

The Addams Family is one of our favorite Halloween movies. The most recent iteration of the Addams Family came out in 2019, and is rated PG. (Previous versions are rated PG-13.) 

In this film, the eccentric family moves to a boring suburb, but Wednesday Addams finds friendship with the daughter of a local reality show host, causing conflict between the families.


3. Casper – 1995 | PG

Casper the movie

In this nineties Halloween classic, an afterlife therapist and his daughter move into a new home which is actually crumbling haunted mansion. Their task is to get rid of the wicked spirits who live there. But when they wind up meeting a friendly young ghost, they set out on an adventure that neither of them expected..


4. Casper: A Spirited Beginning – 1997 | PG

Casper a spirited beginning the movie

In this prequel to “Casper”, Casper the friendly ghost accidentally finds himself in the world of the living after failing to show up for ghost training. He becomes friends with young boy who teaches him the ways of a ghost, while a ruler from the other world attempts to bring him back. Little kids will love this family-friendly film. It’s a perfect movie for Halloween Night.


5. Hotel Transylvania – 2012 | PG

Hotel Transylvania the movie

Adam Sandler stars in this popular 2012 animated film. In this movie, Count Dracula operates a high-end resort in a monster world that is located far away from the human world. He becomes overprotective when a human boy discovers the resort and falls in love with his daughter.


6. Hotel Transylvania 2 – 2015 | PG

Hotel Transylvania 2 the movie

In the second Hotel Transylvania movie, Count Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster side of his grandson who is half human, half vampire in order to keep him from leaving the hotel.


7. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – 2018 | PG

Hotel Transylvania 3 the movie

In yet a third movie in this series, Count Dracula and company go on a summer adventure cruise for monsters. However, they are unaware that their cruise ship is actually being steered by a monster-hating family.


8. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania – 2022 | PG

This is the fourth and final installment of the Hotel Transylvania movie. County Dracula and friends are back for one more round of fun in this movie which is a sequel to Hotel Transylvania 3.


9. Monster House – 2006 | PG

Monster House the movie

In this PG-rated computer-computer-animated thriller, three teenagers discover that their neighbor’s house is not just a house. It’s a living, breathing, scary monster!


10. The Haunted Mansion – 2003 | PG

The Haunted Mansion the movie

A busy realtor, played by Eddie Murphy, is summoned to a mansion with his wife and children. Shortly after, they discover the mansion is haunted. In the process of trying to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has been neglecting.


11. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest – 2013

Curious George a Halloween Boofest the move

Of all the Halloween flicks, this is a great choice for little kids who do not want to be scared. This is Curious George’s first-ever Halloween movie.


12. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – 1966

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown the movie

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the classic Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the arrival of the great pumpkin.

It’s available on Amazon Prime Video!


13. Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit – 2005 | G

Wallace and Gromit the curse of the Were Rabbit the movie

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the answers behind a mysterious garden sabotage that is plagueing their village and threatening to sabotage the annual giant vegetable growing contest.


14. Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad – 1949

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad the movie

This classic film is an an animated adaptation of “The Wind in the Willows” followed by an adaptation of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.


15. Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School – 1998

Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School the movie

In the first Halloween Scooby Doo Special, Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy-Doo are working as gym teachers at an all-girls finishing school, when they get involved in a spooky, monstrous mystery.


16. Scooby Doo and the Goblin King – 2008

Scooby Doo and the Gobling king halloween movie

Ten years later, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are back for another Halloween adventure. This time, they must go into an underworld ruled by a Goblin King in order to stop the power-hungry mortal, The Amazing Krudsky, who also threatens the safety of their best pals, Fred, Velma, and Daphne.


17. Happy Halloween, Scooby Doo! – 2020

Happy Halloween Scooby Doo the movie

In the most recent Scooby Doo Halloween special, everyone’s favorite dog Scooby-Doo and trusty team gather together again to solve a perplexing mystery and save their beloved Crystal Cove.


18. The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993 | PG

The Nightmare before Christmas the movie

In any discussion of classic halloween movies, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is bound to come up. In this film, Jack Skellington is the king of Halloween Town. He discovers Christmas Town, and tries to bring Christmas to his home, causing confusion.


19. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone – 2001 | PG

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

While it’s not directly Halloween-themed, the magic and wizardry of Harry Potter makes it a great candidate for a magical movie night. If you haven’t hopped on the Harry Potter train, there’s never been a better time. Harry is an orphaned boy who finds himself enrolled in a school of wizardry. Here, he finally learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that is haunting and threatening the magical world.


20. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie – 2005 | G

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie

There’s no one better to celebrate Halloween with than Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. In this sweet animated movie, Lumpy teams up with tiny Roo for a Halloween adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood. It’s a story about friendship, bravery, and teamwork.


21. Corpse Bride – 2005 | PG

Corpse Bride the movie

In this creepy Tim Burton movie, a shy groom practices his wedding vows not knowing he is in the presence of an already-departed young woman. To his surprise, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her!


22. Edward Scissorhands – 1990 | PG-13

Edward Scissorhand the movie

Better for big kids (rated PG-13), a brooding artificial man played by Johnny Depp, has scissors for hands and leads a lonely, solitary life. A new adventure begins when a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.


23. Halloweentown – 1998 | G

Halloweentown the movie

In Halloweentown, a young girl lives with her secret witch mother. She soon learns that she too is a witch, and she is summoned to help her grandmother save Halloweentown from and evil force.


24. Twitches – 2005 | PG

Twitches the movies

In this Hallo-tween movie, two fun teen witches were separated at birth, but adopted by two different families. They don’t meet until the 21st birthday, when they must use their powers to save the world in which they both were born, where their biological mother still lives. This is a good Halloween movie for tweens.


25. The Dog Who Saved Halloween – 2011 | PG

The Dog Who Saved Halloween the movie

A talking dog (Joey Lawrence) encounters a haunted house, a creepy neighbor (Lance Henriksen) and a scary canine (Mayim Bialik).


26. Ernest Scared Stupid – 1991 | PG

Ernest Scared Stupid the movie

In this very nineties movie, Ernest lives in the small town of Biarville, Missouri, where he accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls.


27. Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Spookily the Square Pumpkin the movie

The unfortunate and adorable protagonist Spookley is a pumpkin who is square instead of round. Because of his unique shape, the other mean round pumpkins in the pumpkin patch tease and taunt him relentlessly. Luckily, he gets help from a kin Scarecrow, his two friendly bat side-kicks, and three very funny spiders.


28. Goosebumps – 2015 | PG

Goosebumps the movie

Based on the best-selling young adult novels, “Goosebumps” is an absolutely perfect movie for Halloween. In this thriller for young kids starring Jack Black, the YA author R.L. Stine’s imaginary demons are set free on the quiet town of Madison, Delaware. A unsuspecting teenager must team up with the writer’s daughter to defeat the evil creatures.


29. Spooky Buddies – 2011 | G

Spooky Buddies the movie

This kids Halloween movie is perfect for the little ones, especially those who love sweet little dogs! A group of puppies must go on a spooky adventure through a haunted mansion.


30. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Treat – 2006

It’s not technically a movie, but this special episode of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” is cute enough to include on our list. In this bonus television special from the Disney channel, Mickey Mouse and all his best friends (known as The Sensational Six) must get to the Trick-or-Treat Tower for the big Party.


31. Mostly Ghostly – 2008 | PG

Mostly Ghostly the movie

A shy 11 year old discovers a pair of young ghosts, and finds his bravery through helping them solve the mystery surrounding their demise.


32. Double Double Toil & Trouble – 1993 | Y7

Double Double Toil and Trouble the movie

In this magical Halloween movie, two smart young girls (played by Mary Kate & Ashley Olson), try to rescue their parents from their greedy, powerful aunt. They meet lots of fun friends along their journey.


33. Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred – 2011 | G

Fred 2 the movie

In this sequel to the movie “Fred”, our protagonist (Fred) has a suspicion that his new music teacher is actually a vampire. He sets out to prove his theory correct and has a series of adventures along the way.


We hope you loved this thoughtfully curated list of our favorite family-friendly halloween movies, and that they help get you into the halloween spirit.

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