5 Ghoulishly Good Family Halloween Movies

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of the year. The costumes, candy, house decorating, and pumpkin carving makes the Halloween season one which brings families together and allows our children to express their creative sides.

Anyone who knows me, also knows that I love movies. Before my son was born, my wife and I would go to the theater all the time – honestly, sometimes we’d get there and realize we’d already seen everything that was out.

Now that my son is born, although he’s still a bit too young to watch movies, I can’t wait to share my love of Halloween and movies with him. Below, I’ve highlighted five of my favorite family-friendly Halloween movies.

If you’re looking for something to do on a cool autumn evening with the family, try finding one of these movies on Netflix, whip up some pumpkin spiced drinks, pop some popcorn, and sit back and soak up the awesomeness that is the fall.


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

Released: 1995

Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci

Rating: PG

Buy it Now!

Monsters Inc.

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, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. (via IMDB)

Released: 2001

Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs

Rating: G

Buy it Now!

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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

Released: 1966

Stars: Peter Robins, Christopher Shea, Sally Driver

Rating: Not Rated

Buy it Now!

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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. (via IMDB)

Released: 2005

Stars: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes

Rating: G

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Hotel Transylvania

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. (via IMDB)

Released: 2012

Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg

Rating: PG

Buy it Now!

There are obviously a lot of other great Halloween movies out there. Which would you add to your list?

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