Halloween is best shared with the family. There is nothing better than watching some family Halloween movies. I have put together a list of family films that will get you in the mood for Halloween.
This film has a soft spot in my heart. This was the film that Mr T and I based our wedding on. This film has everything, love, magic, mystery and pirates as well. Based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name and with a star-studded cast as well as the legendary Peter O’ Toole.
This is one of my son’s favourite films, although he says it is scary. Coraline is the perfect example of the phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’. Also, you will never look at buttons in the same way ever again.
The Corpse Bride
Starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, this tale of love that goes beyond the grave is visually stunning. The combination of Tim Burton and Danny Elfman never disappoints.
Is there something strange in the neighbourhood? Who ya gonna call? The ultimate in Halloween films and a huge favourite of mine. Join Egon, Ray, Venkman and Winston as they fight ghosts, ghouls and the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man.
I have to confess; I only saw this film for the first time last year. This classic story of evil witches hell-bent on ‘putting a spell on you’ is great Halloween viewing. I especially love Sarah Jessica Parker’s performance of Sarah Sanderson.
This is the ultimate children’s adventure film. This might not be a typical Halloween film but it has plenty of tense moments and scares. Do the truffle shuffle and join the Goonies as they go on an amazing adventure to find One-Eyed Willy’s treasure. The evil criminal mother was enough to scare me as a child.
This is one of my top three favourite films. Jim Henson brings a world full of magic, mayhem and goblins. The main selling point for me is David Bowie’s Jareth; the soundtrack will have you dancing and singing along. I also love the comedy in this film which is partly due to Terry Jones having written some of the script.
Imagine the scene; beloved pet of child passes away only for the child to bring him back to life and cause mayhem. This homage to Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is another great film by Tim Burton. This was his fourth stop-motion animation, shot in black and white and missing the musical element, this film still captures the Tim Burton magic.
The Spiderwick Chronicles
A family inherit an old house and find more than they had bargained for. This tale of Brownies, Fairies and Trolls is a perfect family film. The hidden gem in this film is Seth Rogan’s performance as Hobgoblin, Hogsqueal.
The Addams Family
The Addams family is such a fun movie franchise. They are definitely creepy and kooky; from uncle Fester to Cousin It. The film is so well cast and brilliantly scripted. Keep an eye out for the special lighting they use on Angelica Houston to emphasise her eyes throughout the movie.
This might be an animated film but do not let that fool you. This film about a house possessed is scary stuff. My five year old said this is one of the scariest films he has seen.
Being an avid Roald Dahl fan as a child, I remember reading the book and watching the movie. The witches’ lives up to its name and shows terrifying witches that will turn children into mice.
The Black Cauldron
One of Disney’s lesser-known films; perhaps because it was so dark at the time. This was the first Disney film to have a PG rating and would scare the living daylights out of me when I was younger. One of the worst scenes is when the pig is being chased, it broke my heart.
If you like your films with a big dose of comedy then Shrek is a great choice. Join Shrek and the gang as they battle dragons and all manner of fairy tale creatures. This film also shows that even an ogre can find love.
This is one for the younger Halloween fans. This story of monsters under the bed will have you laughing and possibly shedding the odd tear as Scully and Mike Wasowski help Boo get back to her bedroom.
Who does not love the wacky adventures of Scooby and the gang? We have all grown up with Scooby Do and this movie is a great reminder of how timeless Hanna Barbara’s creation is. This film has mystery, mayhem and the occasional Scooby snack.
This is one I have not seen, but I am assured it is creepy. If you have a fear of spiders you might want to give this a miss. However, if you can cope with hundreds of spiders taking over, then this is a great film for you.
I am aware this is a science fiction film and does not fit into the typical category of Halloween movie. However, the tale of ET and Elliot is a perfect film to snuggle up to on those cold autumn evenings. Every child should see this film at least once before they get too old to appreciate it.
Tom Hanks stars in this quirky movie about suspicious neighbours. Ray (Hanks) starts to believe that the new neighbours are part of a murderous satanic cult. This film will have you laughing but checking on your own neighbours at the same time.
The Return to Oz
This is definitely a much darker film than its predecessor. Dorothy returns to the land of Oz to find it in ruins. I remember watching this as a child at the cinema and being captivated and terrified all at the same time.
This dark fairy tale stars Tom Cruise and Tim Curry. The Lord of Darkness is determined to bring eternal night to the kingdom by slaughtering the unicorn guards. This movie might be too scary for younger children with the Darkness, witches and swamps.
Another film for the younger Halloween fans. With the voices of Adam Sandler, Adam Goldberg and Steve Buscemi, this film is a great comedy animation with a Halloween twist. Hotel Transylvania is where all the ghouls and ghosts take a break from the humans and celebrate Vampire Mavis’ 118th birthday. The party is gatecrashed by human Adam Goldberg and all sorts of chaos occur.
Little Shop of Horrors
This is my favourite musical. This film tells the tale of meek flower shop assistant Seymour who discovered a strange and unusual plant. However, he soon discovers that the plant speaks and has a huge desire to eat people. This horror musical is a great film for teenage musical fans at Halloween.
Young Sherlock Holmes
This used to scare the hell out of me when I was younger. A young Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson meet at boarding school. When a series of mysterious murders occur; they soon stumble on a murderous cult and hallucinogenic poison. The cupcake nightmare reminds me of my own struggle with food and was extremely creepy at the time.
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I am referring to the Brendan Fraser version of this story. I have not seen the new one. This is a tense and scary adventure through Egyptian pyramids as a team of archaeologists try to discover the secrets of the mummy.
Another film from the mind of Tim Burton. Burton brought about the dark edge that Batman needed after all DC comics are known to be dark. Jack Nicholson’s Joker steals the show with his menacing presence and the Danny Elfman soundtrack captures the essence of the dark knight.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my look at family Halloween films. Have I missed any from the list? Let me know what your favourite family Halloween films are in the comments below.
Ciao for now beauties xx