I think Halloween is fun – the costumes, the scary music, the macabre.
Creepy creepers, sure, count me in. But I one hundred percent don’t love the frightening parts – Jason, The Shining, The Ring … ah, yeah, no thank you … remember my relationship with Freddy? If not, here is the story of my biggest trauma in life. (There you have that. Yep, good times.)
It was a tough ride for me. But even with the horror I had tormenting my brain, I do (and did) love the spooky, squishy eyeballs fun.
I’m a sucker for the Halloween-y tricks and treats.
As for the Halloween themed-movies, I like being mildly uncomfortable. As long as I’m happily scared and not freaking ready to lose my shit, I’m in.
It’s borderline, isn’t it?
I was reminded of that when house doorbell rang a couple Friday night’s ago.
We were in the middle of watching Captain Underpants (this was pre-Halloween, clearly). I thought it was going to be terrible, but once I let my 40-year-old guard down, I cracked up and enjoyed it through the girls’ eyes.
I was so in that happy mode that I didn’t expect a scare to happen.
Mid-movie, the door bell rang.
“I got it,” I said.
I jumped up and went to the the front door. I was unsuspecting. I peeked out and no one was there.
I walked back to our movie room and shrugging my shoulders, I reported to my crew that no one was there.
We continued the movie.
Ha-ha. Tee-hee. This is a funny movie.
I was still suspicious about the here-not-there moment, but I kept my cool. The alarm is on, all good Chicago girl, I told myself.
Then, the door bell rang again.
This time I freaked to my husband: You go. You get the door. You gotta get it. I’m not looking. I can’t look.
The alarm was on, but I wasn’t about to take one for the team. I asked Stephen to check to see who was at the front door. (I’m such a fraidy cat that I made my hubs do it. It’s sad. I’m working on it.)
There was a red balloon on the front porch.
OH yeah, and with the words IT written in Sharpie on said red balloon.
As it turns out, the neighborhood middle school boys had left red balloons à la It on our front porch and several others in the neighborhood.
Teenage boys, oh me oh my.
What that, here’s my list of …
Halloween Movies for Kids and Families
I kept this list at mostly G and PG since that’s where my family is at right now – but I hope to continue watching as a family through the PG-13’s so I gave a couple of those as well.
Be warned: Some of the ’80s films are not rated for the current day. This means that although Poltergeist has a PG rating, it may not be what you’re looking for this week’s movie night. Truth be told, I’m still afraid of some scenes from that movie. My opinion is that if a movie says PG from the ’80s, I would double check that. I’ve found that a lot of 1980’s movies that are PG then, are more than likely PG-13 now.
I like to check the site Common Sense Media for ratings and opinions. I read the reviews from both the parents and the kids. They are helpful, but bottomline, you just gotta know your own kid(s) and what might trigger something for him or her. Like those x x out eyes on Coraline freak Ronny out.
Quite a few of these flicks can be found either on Netflix or Amazon Prime if you’re a member of either or both.
If I can’t get it on Netflix or Amazon Prime, I lean toward the click and it’s rented as opposed to renting at a Red Box. Maybe I’m lazy, but I’m always a day (or 5) late on the Red Box. Every time I stop at the rental box, I think, I’ll get it back in time this time, but it rarely happens the next day and then the $1 movie rental becomes $8. This is why I don’t bother with the Red Box and do Amazon instead (movies are usually between $2.99 and $5.99).
Thank you to to my friends who helped me to create this list! – you’re the best!!
30 Halloween Movie for Kids and Families
- Addams Family (PG-13)
- The Adventures of Ichabod And Mr. Toad (G)
- Abbott and Costello Meet The Monsters (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mummy) – Common Sense Media says 7 +
- Beetlejuice (PG)
- The Book of Life (PG)
- Casper (PG)
- Coraline (PG)
- Edward Scissorhands (PG-13)
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)
- Frankenweenie (PG)
- Ghostbusters (PG-13)
- Goosebumps (PG)
- Gremlins (PG)
- Halloweentown (G)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG) – Although I would highly recommend waiting to read the book first.
- Hocus Pocus (PG)
- Hotel Transylvania (PG)
- It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (NR)
- Just Add Magic – on Amazon Prime – television series with two seasons. Common Sense Media says 6 +.
- Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG) – on Netflix – there are 8 episodes.
- Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire (G)
- Monster House (PG)
- Monster’s, Inc. (G)
- Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
- ParaNorman (PG)
- Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (G)
- Room on the Broom (G) – Netflix
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch – on Amazon Prime – television series with seven seasons. Common Sense Media says 8 +.
- Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (PG)
- The Witches (PG)
Any more? Please add the titles in the comments.
P.S. If you’re looking for a yummy popcorn treat while watching the movies, this is our favorite.
(The above pumpkin is Ronny’s from this year. It looks rather creepy.)