Top Halloween Movies for Kids

Halloween can be scary for smaller children; fortunately the film industry has made a ton of movies for children of all ages to be able to enjoy the holiday season. Although some of these movies will bring back "scary" childhood memories, the great classics listed below never get outdated or too frightening for your small children. 

However, many of these movies still have scenes that may be frightening for very young children. For shows with even less fright potential, check out the list of Halloween DVDs from Preschoolers' Shows. For older kids, see the list of Halloween movies for older kids, which are slightly scarier.

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"Hotel Transylvania" (2012)

Hotel Transylvania
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With a lot more comedy than fright, this hit movie is still great for Halloween, because it contains all the right party guests — Dracula, Frankenstein, Monsters, and Mummies — not to mention a few zombies.

Kids will love this movie for the comedy, the friendly monster mash-up, and the music. Plus, Selena Gomez voices the lead character. I recommend this movie for kids about ages 5 and up, though I don't recall anything too terribly frightening for even the youngest of viewers. 

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"Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie" (2005)

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
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Roo's new pal, Lumpy, joins Pooh and his friends for Halloween in the 100 Acre Woods in this Halloween spooktacular. Halloween is scarier than ever after Tigger warns his friends about the mysterious Gobloon, who'll turn you into a Jaggedy Lantern if he catches you. But, if they catch him first they get to make a wish. Roo and Lumpy set out to catch the dreaded Gobloon, and end up learning what it means to be a real friend.

This film is definitely rated for all audiences and even the mild terror is mitigated by the comedy of Piglet's overwhelming, stuttering fear. Your child might even learn the valuable lesson of facing fear when friends need help!

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

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
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Another all-ages feature comes in the form of another classic "Peanuts" hit. It just wouldn't be Halloween without joining Charlie Brown and the gang for the classic tale of the Great Pumpkin.

Determined to prove the legend is real, Linus spends the night in a pumpkin patch waiting for the appearance of the mysterious Great Pumpkin. Charles Schultz's subtle satire plays out as Linus and Sally sit in the pumpkin patch waiting while the rest of the gang celebrates Halloween in the usual traditions.

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"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (2005)

Wallace & Grommit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
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In this new film in the classic "Wallace & Gromit" series, English inventor Wallace and his trusted canine companion Gromit have a thriving varmint-elimination service. Wallace has a potential paramour in wealthy client Lady Tottington.

Unfortunately, the slick-talking hunter Victor Quartermaine also has designs on the lady, and he’s not giving up easily. When a giant rabbit terrorizes the townsfolk, another dimension is added to the existing competition between Wallace and Victor, and the outcome will be the talk of the town! 

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"Mickey's House of Villains" (2002)

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Mickey Mouse must do battle with Disney's entire pantheon of villains in this feature-length adventure. The nefarious Jafar has teamed up with Cruella, Hades, Ursula, Captain Hook and Maleficent to take over the House of Mouse and turn it into the House of Villains.

With help from Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy, Mickey must stop these malevolent malcontents. Within the context of the overall plot, Mickey plays some of the fun classic Halloween shorts from Disney. Appropriate for all ages, this fun romp through some of Disney's greatest characters is sure to delight.

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"Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971)

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In this musical number from 1971, Eglantine Price's important training to become a witch is interrupted when she is asked to care for three orphans. Set during World War II, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" follows Eglantine — played by Angela Lansbury — and the children as they set out on a magical adventure to find a missing page from the old book her teacher had used to create his lessons.

The Enchanted Musical Edition is the latest release, which presents the movie digitally restored and remastered. The new edition also contains some new bonus features including a deleted song and a look at the special effects used to make the movie!

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"Casper" (1995)

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Steven Spielberg produced this feature starring the friendly ghost created in 1940 by Joe Orolio. A greedy heiress inherits the haunted Whipstaff Manor and discovers that the house contains a treasure, which is guarded by three nasty ghosts.

That's when ghost therapist Dr. James Harvey and his daughter Kat move into the mansion to get rid of the supernatural creatures. Kat makes friends with a ghost named Casper, the nephew of the 3 nasty ghosts. This reimagining of the classic comic book character really is for the whole family, though there is a bit of mild language and brief scares.

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"The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" (1949)

The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
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This Disney DVD contains two cartoon shorts based on the classic tales "The Wind in the Willows" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The latter telling is great for Halloween, but the ending will definitely spook young children. The DVD also contains the Halloween short, "Lonesome Ghosts," featuring Mickey, Donald and Goofy.

While treasures like these are often forgotten, Disney has a whole line of classic tales retold in their traditional animation style. If your family is a fan of Disney, we definitely recommend exploring more titles like it. 

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"Hocus Pocus" (1993)

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Perhaps one of the all-time best Halloween movies for kids ever made, "Hocus Pocus" is perfect for kids of all ages. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three 17th Century witches called the Sanderson Sisters who were conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters in present-day Salem.

Unfortunately for the town, the key to their immortality requires the sacrifice of children's youth on All Hallows Eve. Luckily, three children and a talking cat band together to try to stop the witches once and for all. 

With a beautiful soundtrack and stellar cast, this fun Halloween story is sure to surprise and delight audiences young and old.  

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"Halloweentown" and "Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge" (2001)

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Available as a double feature, these two Disney Channel Original Movies were a staple in late 1990s and early 2000s childhoods across the United States. 

In "Halloweentown," 13-year-old Marnie learns she must begin training as a witch or lose her powers for good. Her mother, Gwen — played by Judith Hoag — wants nothing more than her and her two brothers to grow up "normal." However, a terror in the form of the warlock Kalabar shows up in the magic town of Halloweentown and Grandmother Aggie — played by Debbie Reynolds — must work with Marnie to defeat the evil spellcaster and save the town.

Two years later, "Halloweentown II" begins with Kalabar's son plotting revenge. Marnie, now a more developed witch, must stand against him and push her powers to the limit to save both Halloweentown and the mortal worlds. 

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"The Black Cauldron" (1985)

The Black Cauldron
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Perhaps one of the more obscure Disney classic tales, "The Black Cauldron" may be a little dark and frightening for very young children. Still, it's quite the story so I recommend previewing it first and giving it a chance.

In the movie, Taran, a young boy who dreams of a future as an invincible warrior, finds himself leading a real-life quest. In a race against the evil Horned King, Taran must be the first to find the mysterious Black Cauldron or the Horned King will unleash its power and take over the world.