From Frightful to Delightful: 13 Movies to Watch With Your Kids This Halloween

With the leaves turning and a new chill in the air, curling up on the sofa with your kids on a Saturday evening has never looked more appealing. While you're getting cozy, take the opportunity to get into the spirit of Halloween by making your way through this list of our top 13 favorite Halloween movies for the family. (We've even included age guidance suggestions from

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Ages 7 and up)

Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? Thankfully, it's both, and we think it's one of the best! From the catchy singalong songs, written by Danny Elfman, to the frightening yet lovable characters that inhabit this film, it's a perfect family treat. Make this the one movie tradition you watch together year after year!

Watch on Amazon.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (Any age)

Who among us hasn't suffered huge disappointment alongside Linus, daring to hope against hope that maybe this will be the year the Great Pumpkin makes its appearance.

Watch it on YouTube.

Coraline (Ages 11 and up)

A beautifully crafted movie that is definitely for older kids. After moving to a new house in a new community, an unhappy Coraline stumbles upon an alternate universe very similar to her own. Except this one is MUCH spookier. It's "Alice in Wonderland" meets "Stranger Things."

Watch on Amazon.

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Ages 6 and up)

A stop-motion, claymation masterpiece for Halloween. Two lovable characters, a dim-witted inventor and his faithful dog, create a contraption to protect their friends' gardens from hungry rabbits. But after their invention goes awry, scares and hilarity ensue.

Watch on Amazon.

Hocus Pocus (Ages 11 and up)

Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. What more do we need to say?!  This stellar coven enchant, entertain and only slightly scare the younger kids. Be sure to keep an eye out for the sisters' rendition of "I Put a Spell on You."

Watch it on Amazon.

A Disney Halloween (Ages 5 and up)

What child over the age of six months doesn't already love Mickey Mouse and all things Disney? Your young kids will, of course, love this special film from the 1980s featuring many of the original Disney villains. It's a wonderful compilation of the Disney baddies you'd love to hate, but just can't due to their humanizing flaws.

Watch the entire 90 minutes special here.

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (Ages 3 and up)

Halloween in the hundred acre wood with Pooh, Tiger, Roo, Piglet and friends! This movie is great for the preschoolers at your house: trick-or-treat fun without the scares.

Watch on Amazon.

Beetlejuice (Ages 11 and up)

Betelgeuse. Betelgeuse. Betelgeuse. This Tim Burton classic about ghosts trying to scare away the new human inhabitants of their home is a perfect set-up for Halloween.

Watch on Amazon.

The Addams Family (Ages 10 and up)

This dysfunctional family is so macabre, they're laughable. And that's just what you and your family will do when you watch The Addams Family: laugh! Dads will enjoy the clever one-liners, and the kids will love Cousin It. And dads of a certain age who are old enough to remember the original TV series from the '60s will especially enjoy this remake.

Watch on Netflix and Amazon.

Goosebumps (Ages 11 and up)

Fans of R.L. Stine's bestselling Goosebumps series will love watching their favorite characters come to life in this film adaptation, which successfully captures all the chills, thrills, and giggles. For the unacquainted, the movie's protagonist teenager moves from New York City to a small creepy town where he soon unleashes an array of monsters.

Watch on Netflix and Amazon.

Frankenweenie (Ages 9 and up)

A riff on the classic tale Frankenstein, "Frankenweenie" is the story about a boy trying to bring his beloved pet back to life, only to face unintended, and sometimes monstrous, consequences.

Watch on Amazon.

Monster, Inc. (Ages 4 and up)

The movie centers on two monsters employed at the titular Monsters, Inc. The company's employees generate their city's power by targeting and scaring human children, but they are themselves afraid that the children could contaminate them. The adventure begins when a small girl makes her way into the monster's world.

Watch on Amazon.

The Wizard of Oz (Ages 4 and up)

We're ending our list with this family classic as it has one of the original gay divas, a young Judy Garland; plenty of camp; and great show tunes that'll have your whole family singing along. This tale of pure imagination enforces the belief for our kids that there really is no place like home.

Watch on Amazon.

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