Spooky movies always seem like a good idea this time of year. First, you gather the family, then you pop the popcorn, turn out the lights and cue up the flick. Then you fast forward two or three hours when “someone” is too scared to sleep alone so you spend the night smashed up against the wall while your kid lies star-fish and snoring beside you.
Since everyone has a different tolerance for scary it can be difficult to know what’s appropriate for your kid until it’s too late. Some kids think Gremlins is awesome, and some (mine) make you turn it off after 20 minutes then don’t sleep for a week.
To avoid the latter, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite spooky movies that won’t scare the pants off your kids. They’re not all Halloween-specific but they do have an element of spooky magic that’s perfect for family movie night. Just don’t forget the ghoulish snacks, including our favourite sweet and salty Halloween popcorn.
Recommended for All Ages
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1:57) – Rent or Buy on iTunes
Book of Life (1:35) – Watch on Netflix or rent or buy on iTunes
Casper (1:40) – Watch it on Netflix or rent or buy on iTunes
Coco (1:45) – Watch it on Netflix or rent or buy on iTunes
Hotel Transylvania (1:31) – Watch it on Netflix
Room on a Broom (0:26) – Watch on Amazon Prime
Super Monsters Save Halloween (0:24) – Watch it on Netflix
Recommended for Ages 8-12
Beetlejuice (1:32) – Rent or buy on iTunes
Coraline (1:40) – Watch it on Netflix or rent or buy on iTunes
Corpse Bride (1:17) – Rent or buy it on iTunes
E.T. (1:55) – Rent or buy on iTunes
Frankenweenie (2012 version, 1:27) – Rent or buy on iTunes
Ghost Patrol (0:47) – Watch it on Netflix
Ghost Squad (1:26) – Watch it on Amazon Prime
The Goonies (1:49) – Rent or buy on iTunes
Matilda (1:38) – Watch it on Netflix or rent or buy on iTunes
Monster House (1:30) – Watch it on Netflix or rent or buy on iTunes
The Haunted Mansion (1:28) – Rent or buy on iTunes
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1:16) – Rent or buy on iTunes
ParaNorman (1:32) – Watch it on Netflix or rent or buy on iTunes
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