Halloween is a fun holiday that gives kids an excuse to dress up in costumes, carve pumpkins, and spend the night of October 31st collecting candy. Sometimes, however, Halloween can be scary for children. If you want to have a Halloween movie night but don´t want to frighten your kids, here are the top five kid-friendly Halloween movies.
Hocus Pocus (PG) 96 min. DVD released in August 2016.
This 1993 film featuring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker is sure to bring magic to your Halloween movie night with the kids. These three ladies star as the Sanderson sisters, witches who come back to life in Salem, Massachusetts 300 years after they were executed for witchcraft. This hour and a half movie has a lighthearted flair, it has just enough special effects, corny jokes, and music to entertain your children without giving them nightmares.
Corpse Bride (PG) 77 minutes. DVD released in January 2016.
The Corpse Bride may sound like a horrific title for a kid-friendly Halloween movie, but the romantic plotline will leave your kids entranced by the television screen. This film features Johnny Depp as the voice of Victor, a man who runs away from his fiance during the wedding rehearsal. He accidentally brings a different girl back to life in the woods, and poor Victor has to decide which of the two ladies is his bride-to-be.
Bedknobs & Broomsticks (G) 139 min. DVD released in March 2016.
This 1971 classic Halloween movie will make your kids wonder how to make their bed fly in the air. Angela Lansbury stars as an apprentice witch who cares for three children from London during the 1940s. When the children realize that she has magical powers, together they try to create a spell that will aid the Allies during World War II. Bedknobs & Broomsticks has the whimsy of Sound of Music with an added dose of Halloween spirit.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (G) 25 min. 1966. DVD released in August 2016.
Although this film is short, it is perfect for the attention span of younger kids. Yet this family favorite will charm audiences of all ages. When Charlie Brown gets a rock for Halloween instead of candy, you can´t help but feel bad for him. Charlie Brown and the rest of his friends from Peanuts entertain with holey ghost costumes, a mysterious pumpkin hero, and the World War I Flying Ace dog. Charles Schulz has never disappointed families with his genuis storylines, and this Halloween movie is no different.
Whether you´re planning a Halloween party for kids or are just looking for a Halloween-themed movie for family movie night, these top five kid-friendly Halloween movies are sure to capture the hearts of your children without making them hide under the blankets.