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The Top 10 Halloween Movies for Young Children

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Halloween is a fun time for kids, but for younger children, the scary parts can be overwhelming. Help young kids get in on the fun without getting too scared by watching these movies that the whole family can enjoy together.

  1. Sesame Street: Elmo Says Boo (2016)
    Rating: Not Rated
    Join everyone’s favorite monster, Elmo, as he gets just a little scared in the Count’s castle, but has a whole lot of silly fun. Lots of music makes this a great movie for small children. It’s everything your kids love about Sesame Street with a Halloween flair.
  2. Where’s God When I’m S-Scared? (1993)
    Rating: Not Rated
    Halloween can be full of scary monsters that keep kids up at night. In this Veggie Tales movie, children learn with Junior Asparagus that they’re just pretend, and that God is bigger than any boogieman. The music and humor are great, especially for preschoolers.
  3. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2016)
    Rating: G
    All the fun you remember from the old Winnie the Pooh Movies is here in this newer Halloween flick. There are some scary spots that are short-lived, but kids will learn the lesson that friendship is what’s most important. Plus, who can resist seeing what costume each character in the hundred acre wood is wearing out to trick-or-treat?
  4. Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2016)
    Rating: G
    This is a sweet story about a square pumpkin trying to fit in with all of his round counterparts. In the end, he learns that it’s okay to be different, since everyone can help in different ways. The music is catchy and fun, and little kids will soon be singing the tunes and dancing along. This is one movie my kids love to watch way past Halloween.
  5. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2016)
    Rating: G
    This funny claymation duo is at it again in a somewhat spooky adventure. Some of the humor will go over small children’s heads, but older preschool and elementary-aged kids will have a lot of laughs. Some of the best humor is found in the pure facial expressions and body language of the animals in the film; this is one you’ll want to make time to watch with your kids.
  6. Mickey’s House of Villains (2016)
    Rating: Not Rated
    All of the Disney Villains come together to take over Mickey’s House of Mouse and turn it into a House of Villains. Some parts get a little scary, but good wins out in the end, in true Disney fashion. For kids who can’t get enough Disney, this movie definitely fits the bill.
  7. Monsters, Inc. (2016)
    Rating: G
    What’s more appropriate at Halloween than a movie about monsters in your closet? There are a couple of semi-scary parts with Randall the villain, but overall it’s a lot of fun. Billy Crystal’s performance as Mike Wazowski is not to be missed! Parents will have a lot of fun too at the humor and pop culture references aimed at adults.
  8. It’s Grinch Night (1977)
    Rating: Not Rated
    The Grinch is up to his old tricks as he tries to invade Whoville once more and take over Halloween, and it’s up to one little boy to stop him. If your kids love this green monster at Christmas time as much as mine do, then this movie is a great excuse to get some more of the Grinch. A must for any Seuss fan!
  9. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
    Rating: Not Rated
    A holiday’s not complete without a Peanuts movie, and this one is no exception. I grew up watching this as a kid, and it’s just as fun watching it now with my own children. There are really no spooky parts, so it’s a classic that everyone can enjoy together. Pop some popcorn and enjoy a true feel-good vintage classic as a family.
  10. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure (1985)
    Rating: Not Rated
    This was my favorite Halloween show as a kid. I watched it every year without fail, and loved how Garfield was crazy about getting as much candy as he possibly could. Some parts might be a little too scary for preschoolers, but elementary-aged kids will find it spooky and cool without it being too scary for them. Overall, this is a movie that shouldn’t be missed!





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