It’s officially Spooky season! With social distancing and the Coronavirus still very much apart of our lives, Halloween will look very different this year. This however is no excuse to ignore one of the most glorious times of the year! Start the season off right this year by spending some time with some of the best Halloween movies for your family! Enjoy!
1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
This time-honored classic tells the tale of precocious teens and their adventures in Salem, Massachusetts. Through a series of events, our Heros unwittingly summon the charming yet terrifying trio of witches, spinning this Halloween tale into a whirlwind of fun and excitement for the kids! Great for ages 10 and up!
2. Coraline (2009)
Coraline is a beautiful, sinister, and often times mind-bending film full of strange and unusual imagery and symbolism. Filmed in the style of stop-motion animation, Coraline is a cautionary story about a young girl who finds a portal to another reality where her new family promises her the world… but at what cost? Great for ages 9 and up!
3. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
This spooky adaptation is based on the frightening stories from writer R.L. Stine’s classic children’s horror series. As a sequel to the original Goosebumps movie, the story is based around two brothers who accidentally set the creatures found in an unreleased Goosebumps manuscript free to terrify the world on Halloween night! Great for kids 10 and up!
4. Scoob! (2020)
Have you ever wondered just how the Scooby-Doo Gang met? Well, as it turns out, a Halloween mystery brought Fred, Shaggy, Scooby, Velma, and Daphne together for the first time, and they haven’t looked back since! Scoob! Shares the story of their first adventure! Great for kids 6 and up!
5. Corpse Bride (2005)
This Tim Burton stop motion picture set in the Victorian era, tells a tragic, yet beautiful love story of a young man who accidentally marries a ghost! Following Burton’s typically macabre style, and filled with joyful musical moments, Corpse Bride was nominated for an Oscar and is truly a masterpiece. Great for Kids 10 and up!
6. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
This film is a bit more haunting than the rest of the films on this list and is meant for those older kids looking to be truly terrified. Also based on a series of books, this story follows a group of kids who are tasked with investigating local legends, finding themselves in the grips of horror as they do. Great for Teenagers 13 and up.
7. Paranorman (2012)
Paranorman is another fun and exciting stop motion animation Romp from the makers of the incredibly spooky movie Coraline – this time with a bit less existential dread. Norman is a kid with the gift of communicating with the dead. This family tale of paranormal powers and small-town mysteries is as fun as it is spooky! Great for kids 10 and up!
8. Frankenweenie (2012)
What do you get when you combine Tim Burton’s sense of style and storytelling with the Classic Frankenstein story and make it about a boy and his pet dog? Frankenweenie! This is a fun and silly story great for kids ages 8 and up!
9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Story of Jack and Sally has become required viewing for anyone who loves Disney Musicals, infused with the strange and unusual. Since its release in 1993, this Halloween classic has inspired many a kid (and adult) to indulge in spooky season all year round! Great for kids 7 and up!
10. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Studio Ghibli has is well known for delivering a unique and emotional perspective towards the world of Anime. If this is more your speed, check out this fanciful story of one of the good Witches of the world, and how she starts a delivery service using her powers of flight! Great for kids ages 5 and up!