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Y’all know that I’m a movie person. But I can’t stand horror films (they creep me out waaay too bad for waaay too long, and make me feel waaay too gross), and often it seems like that’s all that’s offered for Halloween. The scariest thing I watch is Wait Until Dark– and even then, I only watch it every so often. So here, I offer to you, Halloween movies for the family! There are oldies, cartoons and everything in between. Of course some kiddos are more sensitive than others, so just be careful. 🙂
Don Knotts is at his finest as a newspaper reporter who is supposed to spend a night in a haunted house. Slap stick humor and a millionaire’s evil plot take center stage. This is our favorite Halloween movie.
Cary Grant. And that’s all I have to say.
Actually, no. Arsenic and Old Lace also has two sweet old ladies who kill people out of the kindness of their hearts, a half brother who looks like Frankenstein, and a fiance who doesn’t know what on earth is going on. This does have scary parts in it, but a ton of
A cowardly man dies a shameful death and is doomed to be the unhappy Canterville Ghost until a little girl and the U.S. Army step in and help.
Did you watch this when you were little? It’s a classic!Poor, loyal Linus…
This mini feature classic is part of the Disney’s Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad movie pack. They made the Headless Horseman pretty scary- I remember being scared when I was little, and now my kids watch it.
Vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein…Hotel Transylvania fits the bill without being scary. Daddy Vampire is worried about his teenage daughter learning about the real world- and falling for a human boy.
7. Scooby Doo
This is the old classic standard for spooky mysteries for kids. Generation after generation love these! They are scary, but not too scary.
I ADORE this movie, it’s so funny! Captain Blackbeard is doomed to be a ghost until he does a good deed. An innocent track coach and his team get caught up in Blackbeard’s shenanigans until Blackbeard straightens up his act and helps a group of old ladies
Witches, wizards, dark lords, owls, toads…Harry Potter will always be connected with Halloween to me. (This series does get progressively darker as it goes on.)
For full disclosure, I have to admit that I haven’t seen Garfield’s Halloween Adventures. But my friend Andrea from Better Screen Time (who I completely trust) has a tradition of watching this yearly with her kids, since she grew up watching it with her parents. I think my little ones will really enjoy this one!
What are YOUR favorite Halloween movies?
Share them in the comments!
P.S. If you enjoyed this movie round up, you might enjoy the Ultimate Book to Family Movie list–with over 300 movies that have been made from books!