Halloween traditions this year will be very different from those in previous years. Each costume will need to come with a mask. Trick-or-treat is allowed, but only inside your home and with candy that you have handled. Craving apples? Only if you have your own individual bobbing tank. You can’t even TP at someone else’s because you’ve worked so hard to get that stash of toilet paper and it would be foolish to waste it on a prank. The only real Halloween tradition you can practice is to celebrate Halloween by staying indoors and watching Halloween movies with the kids.
If you’re looking for a great movie for the kids or the whole family to watch this Halloween, we’ve rounded up a list of eight classics and future classics to sink your plastic fangs into. Animated goodies like The nightmare before Christmas and It’s the big pumpkin, Charlie Brown, to nostalgic films like Halloween town and Hocus pocus, here’s where to stream the best Halloween movies for the whole family.
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The nightmare before Christmas
Watch it on: Disney +
Tim burton’s The nightmare before Christmas Not only saved Hot Topic from bankruptcy, but became such a great and perfect classic that it is mandatory to watch it for TWO vacations. The stop-motion animated film follows the well-meaning Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King and Halloween master, as he oversteps his limits and attempts to take Christmas away by kidnapping Santa and scaring the boys and girls. It’s not going very well, but everyone is learning a lesson. Danny Elfman’s score remains one of the humblest soundtracks in history.
Watch it on: Disney +
This Disney Channel original movie is pretty terrible (like everything in the late ’90s), but the nostalgia is one hell of a thing, and’ 90s kids around the world will be using October as an excuse to sit their own kids in front of the house. television to watch the Halloweentown franchise, which consists of four films: Halloween town (1998), Halloweentown II: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2001), Halloween High Town (2004), and Return to Halloweentown (2006) – all of which are on Disney +. The first film follows a 13-year-old girl who learns that her mother and grandmother are witches and that there is a secret town where it’s Halloween every day.
Watch it on: Disney +
The 1993 Walt Disney Pictures movie has become a Halloween staple since its release because, well, there aren’t a ton of Halloween movies for families that don’t involve talking dogs or something. “Hey Vern!” Ernest’s guy. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy play a trio of witches who are accidentally summoned by children rummaging through an old abandoned house, and it’s up to the kids and a magical cat to keep the witches from becoming immortal.
It’s the big pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Watch it on: Apple TV + (will be free for everyone from October 30 to November 1)
Latest news for 2020: It’s the big pumpkin, Charlie Brown is NOT on ABC this year. This is the first time in over half a century that the network hasn’t worn it, which is another sign that we are officially in the age of streaming and that Apple has deep pockets. The good news for anyone who still uses an antenna to get TV is that Apple isn’t totally mean and, according to Vulture, the streamer will do It’s the big pumpkin, Charlie Brown available to stream for free from All Hollows’s Eve Eve until the day after Halloween.
Watch it on: HBO Max
Roald Dahl’s children’s classic is updated by Robert Zemeckis in this new original HBO Max movie. The 1983 book changes locations (from 1980s England to 1960s Georgia), but the story is similar: a young boy stumbles upon a witches conference while on vacation with his mother, and he turns into a mouse! Anne Hathaway stars as the main witch and the screenplay was written by Zemeckis, blackish‘s Kenya Barris, and fantasy guru Guillermo Del Toro. The 1990 version with Anjelica Huston is on Netflix.
Watch it on: Starz
Monsters don’t always have to be scary, and they shouldn’t be, especially when you want your little ones to get into hay without crawling into your bed at 2 a.m. due to night terrors. For a goofy look at all the stars of “Monster Mash”, this animated film about Dracula (Adam Sandler) running a creature hotel does the trick with the whole gamut of comedy – potty humor, pratfalls, and more. . – that a pre-Tween will appreciate. The voice cast also includes Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and many more famous people, and it was directed by living animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky.
Watch it on: Free form
If your family can handle a bit of dark humor about low to medium quality death and scares, the 1988s beetle juice is the perfect scary movie to get into the fun Halloween spirit. Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis play a couple who die in an accident and become ghosts haunting their home, which is quickly bought by a new family including a young girl (Winona Ryder) who can see them. Their solution to getting the family out of the house is to summon a Mad Ghost (Michael Keaton) who is more than anyone can handle. Directed by Tim Burton, this is a campy gothic masterpiece.
The Addams Family
I saw someone on Twitter recently arguing that The Addams Family was the best-distributed movie of all time, and I’m not here to disagree. Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and more round out the cast of this very enjoyable adaptation of the classic TV sitcom About A Monster Family. If your fingers can take even more snapping, the sequel, the 1993s Addams Family Values, is broadcast on Freeform, Amazon Prime and CBS All Access. And if you’re looking for the 2019 animated version, it’s on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Epix.