Since Halloween is so close, I thought we needed a nice Top 10 Kids Halloween Movies List. I created this list by asking my own sons for help on this. We came up with Halloween Town, Casper, Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion, Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, Coralina, Monsters Inc., Monster House, The Monster Squad and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. These must see scary movies for kids will make a great Halloween night.
Last Updated 7/7/2013
On Halloween, Grandma Aggie comes to visit her grandchildren and wants to start grand daughter Marnia’s witch training before her 13th birthday or Marnia will lose her powers forever. Besides fear of losing her powers, an evil force is rising in Halloweentown and Aggie needs help to defeat it. Marnia follows her grandmother onto the bus back to Halloweentown and gets to see all the amazing creatures living there together. Together they do battle against the evil.
Our friendly ghost Casper finds new friends, Christina Ricci no less, and they must team up to fight an evil force. Caspers’ three brothers love to make trouble and there are some good comedy scenes. Casper sets a tone that most kids love and can’t stop watching.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus is one of my favorites as a child. Mostly funny than scary, this film is very entertaining. Three witches return to our world on Halloween and begin to get in to all types of trouble. It is up to two sisters with the help of a new friend to send the witches back to the dead.
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
The Haunted Mansion stars Eddie Murphy as a father who moves in to a mansion. Unknowingly, the mansion is haunted by ghosts. Packed with loads of laughs that all children will love.
Corpse Bride (2005)
Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride stars Disney favorite Johnny Depp from The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. While a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the presence of a dead young woman, she thinks the proposal was to her. She now believes herself to be married to him and everything gets funny from there.
Coraline is about a little girl who finds the door to an alternate world. Coraline soon discovers that these alternate world has sinister plans for her. Kids love this movie because every kid thinks they can travel somewhere else and only need to find the door to another world.
Monsters, Inc (2001)
Monsters Inc tries to show us the lives of monsters. We also find out why they need us to scream. At the same time, monsters are terrified of humans. One little girl gets past security and travels to the monster world. By the end of Monsters Inc, we find out that monsters and humans can live together.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Wallace and Gromit are in the exterminating business and must get rid of pests terrorizing local gardens. Later on in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit we discover that the culprit is a were-rabbit. A terrible beast that goes crazy destroying all in its path. Can they save the town? Who is the monster?
The Monster Squad (1987)
One of my childhood favorite scary movies from when I was a child. The Monster Squad features all the classic monsters. Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, the Mummy and even the Creature From the Black Lagoon all make appearances. This was like the kid version of The Lost Boys where kids are hunting these great classic monsters from our horror genre.
Monster House (2006)
Monster House has to be the best of the bunch. DJ his left home with the babysitter to watch him. The neighbor across the street has always been a spooky old man living in a spooky old house. With the help of Chowder and Jenny, they set up a watch on the monster house. They soon discover that the house itself is haunted and learn the true origin of the house. This is one those scary kids movies that you can watch over and over and still enjoy.
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009)
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space is only 30 minute special but well worth it. I liked this film as it makes the pumpkins be the villains. The aliens transform into pumpkins and attempt to take over the earth. It is up to our favorite monsters to save us all.
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Ernest Scared Stupid is a favorite from back when I was younger. Loads of laughs as Ernest gets himself into all kinds of hilarious situations. Not so scary but watch as Ernest battles an evil Troll that he unleashes on Halloween.
The Witches (1990)
Another oldie kids horror film that is worth mentioning. A young boy finds himself in a witch convention. He has to stop their evil plans even though he has been turned into a mouse.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
I remember watching this horror movie as a child and thinking that it may be too scary for other kids. The diabolical circus rolls into a small American town and the demonic proprietor begins a master plan to prey on the sleepy town.
We tried our best to only include scary movies with the Halloween theme and that take place around that time. Please feel free to add any other favorites that you know and tell us what you think.