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6 Halloween Movies to Watch With Your Kids (And Where to Find Them)

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There’s nothing more enjoyable to me than putting on my comfy pants at the end of the day, collapsing on the couch and snuggling up with my kids and a cup of tea to watch a movie.

And I love it even more during this time of year. Halloween movies are fun, often nostalgic and great for getting us into the spirit of the season. Here are 6 Halloween (or spooky-themed) movies to watch with your kids this year.

Hotel Translyvania

While this flick is not technically about Halloween, we love that the story tells the tale of Dracula and his daughter, and it’s certainly fitting for the season. Its hilarious cast, including Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg, makes this a silly, spooky, enjoyable movie everyone can enjoy.

Where to see it: Available on Netflix

Coraline

A bit on the spooky side, Coraline is about a young girl who moves to a new home and finds a portal into a new world. It’s a strange and creepy place filled with doppelgangers where Coraline meets attentive, doting versions of her real parents. But she soon finds out that things are more dangerous than they seem. Common Sense Media recommends the movie for kids age 9 and older. Young kids will find it a bit too scary.

Where to see it: Available on Netflix

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

You just can’t beat a classic and this movie never fails to please and delight everyone in the family. If you’re new to the Charlie Brown film, here’s a quick synopsis: Like every year, Charlie’s friend Linus once again waits patiently for The Great Pumpkin to appear in a pumpkin patch, despite the scepticism of his friends. It’s nostalgic and wonderful and a great flick to watch year after year together.

Where to see it: Airing on ABC on Sunday, October 29 at 8 pm.

Maleficent

This film is Disney’s retelling of animated princess movie Sleeping Beauty, but from the villain’s point of view. Again, a touch on the creepy side, this might be best for kids around age 9 and older, depending on your child and their tolerance for scary things. Also not a Halloween film specifically, this movie is dark and spooky and will definitely get you into the spirit of the season.

Where to see it: Available on Netflix

 

Hocus Pocus

Once the Sanderson Sisters—three witches from the Salem witch trials—are accidentally unleashed on Halloween night, the fun begins. Hocus Pocus is an older film (from 1993) that’s silly and sometimes cheesy, but it’s also a great way to get into Halloween. Watch out for the “I Put a Spell on You” number they perform at a dance—it’s known to be a fan-favourite moment!

Where to see it: You can grab a copy of it on amazon.ca

The Corpse Bride

Like most Tim Burton movies, “Corpse Bride” is a little dark, with skeletons and maggots and eyes that pop out of heads, among other things. But it’s also a sweet love story with just the right amount of “spook” for the season. Parents generally agree that ages 9 and up are the best fit for this movie. But again, if your kid can handle a little Burton whimsy, this is another great film to sit back and enjoy together.

Where to see it: You can grab a copy of it on amazon.ca

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