The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

United Features Syndicate

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Ages: 3 and older
The Peanuts group stars in this short cartoon loaded with Halloween spirit. Charlie Brown is invited to his first costume party, Snoopy pretends to be a flying ace, and Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin to deliver presents! There’s no shortage of laughs in this pumpkin patch!

Disney Toon Studios

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

Ages: 3 and older
Pooh and friends have a fun-filled adventure in this story. Roo and the Heffalump, Lumpy, go on a monster hunt while Pooh is tempted by too much candy! This flick is as sweet as your trick-or-treat haul making it perfect for the little ones.

Universal Pictures

Casper (1995)

Ages: 6 and older
Casper, the friendly ghost, lives up to his name in this film. Ghost psychiatrist, Bill, and his daughter, Kat, move in to Casper and his uncles' home to quell the spirits. Instead, they develop a soulful relationship with the spooks. Watch for the creative inventions throughout the film!

Singer White Entertainment

Halloweentown (1998)

Ages: 6 and older
After grandkids, Marnie, Dylan, and Sophie discover that their grandmother, Aggie, is a good witch, they travel to Halloweentown, where it is Halloween all the time. Aggie enlists her grandchildren to help her defeat the growing spirit that is disturbing the town. It's a spook-tacular time with unique costumes!

Columbia Pictures

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Ages: 6 and older
Even monsters need a vacation too! Dracula runs this ghoulish getaway for those who need a break. However, the peace is disrupted when they get an unexpected visitor during his daughter's birthday weekend! This story has a bubbly tone and is full of famous monsters to entertain your kids.

Touchstone Pictures

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Ages: 8 and older
This well-known classic is a staple for a reason. After the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, discovers cheery Christmas Town, he decides to incorporate the two holidays. But he does so in a spooky way. The animation is hauntingly unique, but perhaps too creepy for younger audiences.

Walt Disney Pictures

Frankenweenie (2012)

Ages: 8 and older
This movie is an updated, kid-friendly twist on a classic. Spoofed off of Frankenstein, Frankenweenie is about young scientist, Victor, bringing his dog, Sparky, back to life. It's an electrifying tale (or tail) of friendship!

Walt Disney Pictures

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Ages: 8 and older
What's better than a haunted house? A haunted mansion, of course! This story follows the Evers family as they visit a large, New Orleans property, but discover it is haunted by 999 ghosts who don't intend to leave. The special effects in this film are supernatural for sure!

Walt Disney Pictures

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Ages: 10 and older
Three witches from Salem are revived by skeptic, Max, who lights the Candle of Black Flame in their old home. Max, his girlfriend, and his sister take their spellbook in an effort to keep them at bay. The witches need an incantation to remain immortal and stop at nothing to get it! If your children like a good Halloween story, then this is their go to movie. But leave this to the older ones for creepy elements.

Warner Brothers

Scooby Doo (2002)

Ages: 10 and older
After separating two years earlier, Scooby and the gang are reunited as they are off to Spooky Island to solve another mystery. They encounter some monsters and rekindle their friendship. But beware! This movie is for the older kids because of some scary action. Zoinks!

Halloween and scary movies go hand-in-hand. But the best Halloween movies are those that get little ones excited for the holiday but won’t leave them climbing into your bed at 2 a.m. for the foreseeable future. In the spirit of a family-friendly Halloween season, we have compiled our top picks for the best Halloween movies for families to enjoy together. So grab some popcorn (or candy corn!), rally the troops, and settle in for one—or all—of these great family flicks!

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