Halloween is like no other holiday, right? There are pumpkins, buckets of candy, haunted houses, epic costume parties, haunted parades, trick-or-treat in the neighborhood, ghost stories at sleepovers, and the list goes on. The air just rings with this spooky, magical energy. And you know what really amps up the Halloween spirit? A solid scary movie marathon.
Picking out a scary movie, which is fit for families to watch together can be rather tricky. But no worries, there’s a bunch of creepy yet kid-friendly flicks that are spot-on for an October family night. They have the right mix of weirdness, monsters, and thrills to get everyone in the Halloween mood, without causing any late-night fear or constant peeking over shoulders.
There are plenty of movies available to watch but in this guide, for your convenience, we have picked the best ones for you that you can on a family night. So before you start watching, make sure to have a stable internet connection for heavy streaming. If you are facing internet issues with your current provider, then it is the perfect time for you to switch to HughesNet for its reliability and super-fast speed. Contact Hughesnet servicio al cliente en español (For Spanish Speakers only) to get support about plans.
Once that is sorted, now you can have a look at the best Halloween movies for a family night.
- Caroline (2009)
This is a horror flick that’s not just for kids, but adults too. This movie has this wicked cool feel.
Imagine this: a little unhappy girl stumbles upon a secret door in her new house that leads to another world. Doesn’t that sound sweet? It turns out that not everything in this “improved” life is as it seems. The stop-motion animation is on point, the characters are quirky, and the story is a rollercoaster of thrilling twists.
Sure, Caroline might be a bit too intense for the super little ones, but older kids are going to be all in for the weirdness and wonder of it.
- Hocus Pocus (1993)
Think Halloween is all just a load of hocus Pocus? Well, that opinion is going to flip after you catch the 1993 Disney gem.
In the movie, Max (played by Omri Katz) moves into Salem and oopsie-daisy, he lights up the Candle of Black Flame, which brings back the witchy Sanderson sisters. During the 17th century, the town’s crew hung these sisters, but guess what? This Halloween, they’re back to stir up all sorts of mayhem with a vengeance.
The witches, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy make one hilariously horrifying trio. There’s no doubt that it’s going to be a wild ride!
- Monster House (2006)
Don’t be fooled by the title – Monster House isn’t your typical haunted joint. This place is completely on a different level. It’s like the house itself is alive and seriously not a fan of kids. It’s way scarier than your run-of-the-mill haunted house. So, you’ve got these three teens who misstep into the house’s dark secret. With Halloween creeping up fast, they have got to take this thing down before innocent trick-or-treaters walk right into danger.
Well, Monster House will give legit chills and thrills to the kids, rocking this creepy animation style.
- The Addams Family (1991)
How can we miss out on everyone’s favorite yet creepy and spooky Addams Family, right?
The most famous and talked about flick of 1991, which is the big screen version of the classic TV show. Now, don’t get me wrong, the sequel, Addams Family Values, is just as awesome, but there’s something special about going back to the classic original around Halloween.
Here is the deal in the movie: this shady doctor cooks up a plan to sneak in a fake Uncle Fester and grab the Addams’ fortunes. The casting is spot-on, like Raul Julia totally nailing Gomez and Christina Ricci slaying as Wednesday.
The Addams Family one is a gold-star family movie night pick, guaranteed to keep both kids and grown-ups entertained. Trust me on this!
- Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Dracula has been portrayed in loads of movies. However, the version in Hotel Transylvania is hands-down the most kid-friendly. Adam Sandler is the voice behind Dracula, who’s running this hotel for monsters. Then there’s this dude Johnny, played by Andy Samberg, who comes into the scene and falls head over heels for Count’s daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez).
Dracula goes all “overprotective dad” mode, and that’s when the fun really kicks in. Packed with killer jokes and all those classic monster peeps, this animated comedy is like a bull’s eye for kids, especially the little ones.
- Casper (1992)
The film is about this young girl meeting none other than Casper, the friendly ghost. This ain’t your usual ghost story. Though, it is more like a mashup of something like My Big Fat Greek Wedding from 2002. You’ve got a superb cast with Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Eric Idle, Devon Sawa, and more. And let me tell you, this turns into one wild ride of a family gathering, with Casper’s three uncles – Stinky, Fatso, and Stretch – causing all kinds of mayhem.
There are laughs galore and some seriously cute one-liners in the mix. After this, your own uncles might not seem quite the same!
Kids these days don’t know how fun and authentic the classic spooky movies were. Some of these that we mentioned have been our favorites for decades to this day. It is always a delight to watch these, especially around the spooky Halloween season. Turn the month of October a spooky movie month and enjoy these titles on your weekends with the family.