Aside from dressing up, Trick or Treating, and visiting haunted houses, there are many Halloween themed movies that are perfect for before or after the festivities. Halloween is a great time to gather the kids together to watch spooky movies.
Some Halloween movies are not appropriate for younger children, so please use discretion. Film ratings by the M.P.A.A. will help to decide which movies are appropriate for children or teenagers.
(Rated PG) Three resurrected witches (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker) wreak havoc on Salem, Massachusetts, 300 hundred years after they were hung. In order to rejuvenate themselves they suck the life force out of a child. This movie is surprisingly funny, with a good mix of humor, acting, special effects, music, and a fun plotline.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
(Rated PG) Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown. He is bored with the same old build-up of Halloween every year. When he stumbles through a magical door leading to Christmastown, a joyful and happy place, he tries to convince the bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloweentown to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
(Not Rated) It just wouldn’t be Halloween without joining Charlie Brown and the gang for the classic tale of the Great Pumpkin. Determined to prove the legend is real, Linus spends the night in a pumpkin patch waiting for the appearance of the mysterious Great Pumpkin.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
(Rated G) Narrated by Bing Crosby, this 1949 Disney short brings to life a retelling of Washington Irving’s story, The Legend of Sleep Hollow. Ichabod Crane (a lean, lanky and extremely superstitious schoolmaster) battles not only against acceptance in a new township, but a ghoul known as the Headless Horsman.
(Rated PG) The Maitlands’ have died in a car accident and find themselves stuck haunting their country residence. When the unbearable Deetzes’ buy the home, the Maitlands’ attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice, a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands’ and the Deetzes’ innocent daughter, Lydia.
(Rated PG) A young man inadvertently breaks 3 important rules (no water, no food after midnight, and no bright light) concerning his new exotic pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on the quiet town of Kingston Falls.
(Rated PG) A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid the world of all children. This movie is based on the wonderful book by Roald Dahl and stars Anjelica Huston and Rown Atkinson.
(Rated PG) Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city.
(Rated PG-13) An eccentric inventor lovingly assembles a synthetic youth named Edward, who has scissor-like hands. After Edward’s creator dies, he is orphaned until adopted by the Boggs family. He soon finds himself in a new world of love, acceptance, and (ultimately) discrimination and hatred.
(Rated PG) Lonely after moving away from friends, Brian finds himself blamed for several things he apparently has not done. He hears a loud noise, the source of which quickly disappears under his brother’s, Eric, bed. The next night, a determined Brian confronts the intruder: a blue-skinned monster named Maurice. Though scared at first, Brian soon discovers that he and Maurice share the same interests and befriends him. Over the course of several nights, Maurice shows him a fun time in the monster world beneath Eric’s bed.