By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Editor
October 14, 2020
Get into the Halloween spirit with a family movie night! We’ve got family Halloween movie ideas for preschoolers all the way to teens!
October is also National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, so make a big batch to celebrate and snuggle up on the couch with the family to watch one of these Halloween movies tonight!
🎃Halloween movies for preschool and early elementary school kids🎃
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
(NR) These classic animated adaptations of The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow shouldn’t scare even the youngest viewers.
Book of life
(PG) The journey of Manolo, a young man torn between meeting his family’s expectations and following his heart. Before choosing the path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
(PG) The iconic cartoon character of your youth returns. Dr. Harvey, an afterlife therapist hired to exercise ghosts living in a house, and his daughter, Kat, move in and soon Kat meets Casper, the friendliest ghost. But Casper’s uncles are still determined to hunt all the “meaty”.
(PG) This breathtaking animated film follows Miguel, a budding young musician, to the land of the dead to find his great-grandfather, a legendary singer, and unravel the mysteries of his family’s history.
Escape to Witch Mountain
(G) Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are pursued by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?
Hotel Transylvania (series)
(PG) Hotel Transylvania, ruled by Dracula, is a unique upscale resort that caters only to the finest monsters and their families. The whole family will fall in love with the goofy cast of characters ranging from Drac and his daughter Mavis to Murray the mummy and the werewolf puppies!
Monsters University and Monsters Inc.
(G) Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sully” Sullivan are a pair of mismatched monsters who became best friends. These two films tell the story of their friendship, from when they met in college to when they made their biggest mistake at the scream production factory in Monstropolis.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
(PG) Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, tries to bring Christmas magic to Halloween Town and kidnaps Santa Claus.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
(G) It’s Lumpy’s first Halloween and he’s thrilled! But when Pooh eats all the Halloween candy before Trick-or-Treat time, it’s up to Lumpy and Roo to grab the Gabloon and wish for more candy before Halloween is over.
🎃Halloween Movies for Older Elementary Kids🎃
(PG) Based on the children’s novel Here are the monsters by Alan Snow, it is the story of a young orphan boy raised by underground garbage collectors.
(PG) Young Victor conducts a science experiment that will bring his dog Sparky back to life, only to face unforeseen, sometimes monstrous consequences.
(PG) Paranormal skydivers face their greatest challenge when a woman discovers her refrigerator leads directly to the gates of hell! As the world watches, it’s up to the Ghostbusters to save Manhattan from becoming a madhouse! In case you don’t remember, there’s some foul language in this one.
(PG) After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper meets Hannah, his neighbor and daughter of RL Stine, author of the Goose bumps stories. Although Stine keeps all of the show’s monsters locked away in his books, they are unwittingly set free. The trio team up to put the monsters back where they came from.
(PG) When Sarah wants the goblins to come and take her little brother, the Goblin King (the late great David Bowie) complies. Sarah has 13 hours to solve the Labyrinth riddle in order to get her little brother back.
The monster house
(PG) A group of children discover that a neighborhood house is actually a monster. To solve the mystery of the house, they must get inside, before she takes everyone who crosses her path.
(PG) Norman must use his special powers to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer will soon find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
🎃Halloween Movies for Tweens and Young Teens🎃
(PG) After Barbara and Adam Maitland are killed in a car accident, they find themselves trapped like ghosts in their house. Their peaceful “existence” is disrupted when a yuppie family buys the house, but things go from bad to worse when the Maitlands call on Beetlejuice, a ghost who exorcises people, for help. We tried this when our sons were 7 and 9, and it was too scary for them.
(PG) Coraline Jones is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door that leads her to a world just like her, only better! But when this fantastical adventure turns dangerous, Coraline must rely on her resourcefulness and bravery to get home.
(PG) After messing up his wedding vows in rehearsal, Victor recites them for practice as he travels through the woods. He eventually pulls them off and ceremonially puts the wedding ring on a finger-shaped stick, which turns out to be a rotten finger belonging to a murdered girl who appears as a zombie and insists that she is now the wife of Viktor.
(PG) An inventor gives his son a strange little creature with three very specific instructions on how to take care of it. The rules are inadvertently broken and the young man unleashes a horde of miniature monsters on his town.
Harry Potter series
(PG & PG-13) The story of the boy wizard and his fight against Lord Voldemort contains potions, spells, magic and scary characters, as well as wonderful lessons about friendship, loyalty and love.
(PG) Three witch sisters are resurrected on Halloween night, and it’s up to two teenage girls, a young girl and an immortal cat to end their reign of terror once and for all.
(PG) The classic story of a family whose suburban home is haunted by the forces of evil. When the terrifying apparitions step up their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to save her before she is gone forever. The original is rated PG, but in the days before PG-13 existed, parental discretion was therefore advised. The remake (which I’ve never seen) is rated PG-13.
The sixth sense
(PG-13) Eight-year-old Cole sees dead bodies and is terrified. It’s up to his psychologist to help him. In the process, they both discover new things about themselves and each other.
(PG-13) A Halloween take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers, this film is about a zombie named R who falls in love with Juliet, one of mankind’s last surviving humans. It’s campy and funny as heck.
🎃Older Teens and Adults🎃
(R) After ruthless taunts from her classmates and abuse from her mother, Carrie’s anger – and her powers of telekinesis – are unleashed. And when a prom prank goes horribly wrong, events spiral out of control until the terrifying conclusion of this powerful, pulse-pounding horror story. (The one in my library is the 2013 remake.)
(R) Based on the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world-renowned paranormal investigators, who have been called in to help a family terrorized by a dark presence on their isolated farmhouse.
(R) Based on the novel about the last known Catholic exorcism in the United States, performed on a young girl named Regan. The priest and the girl suffer many horrors in the process.
(PG-13) A woman with two photosensitive children lives in a dark and eerie mansion on the Channel Islands in Jersey, and after three mysterious minions arrive, she becomes convinced the house is haunted.
(R) Based on the Stephen King novel, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, it’s the story of a writer who goes crazy with his wife and son in a snowy Colorado hotel. “All work and no play makes Jack a boring boy.”
(R) A locked-in coward teams up with a seasoned zombie slayer in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. On their way to find the last Twinkie on Earth, they encounter two others and the foursome become partners in the battle against the undead. It’s both scary and hilarious.
Kyrie Collins is the editor of Macaroni Kid Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree, Colo.