Need a little help getting in the Halloween Spirit with the kids? We love to do this by incorporating some Halloween themed TV time into our normal routine. Usually the kids get a show in the am when we’re getting ready for work and then again in the evening when it’s dinner prep time. If you’re at a loss for what family Halloween movies to watch…Northern BC Moms are here to the rescue with our favourite family Halloween flicks!
This is one of our childhood favourites. Decide for yourselves on age appropriateness but the rating is PG.
After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas tops the list because it covers October through to the new year! Kate rocks her NBC merch all season long!
The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.
The Addams Family
Specifically the 1991 edition of the Addams Family. Cause Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci!
When a man (Christopher Lloyd) claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams (Raul Julia), arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia (Anjelica Huston) begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester’s life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester.
Another childhood favourite! Christina Ricci really had it going on in the 90s. Kate remembers getting to watch this, with much anticipation, at one of her very first sleepovers in grade three! She loved this movie so much she demanded everyone at school now call her Kat. Also, Malachi Pearson is/was so dreamy to her 10 year old self.
Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.
Beetle juice is a cult classic from 1988 but it never gets old. He’s the ghost with the most. So let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!
After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.
The entire Hotel Transylvania franchise is big in our house. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve watched / heard this movie.
When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis.
“I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”
Whether you liked the original (1984), the comic books, the animated series or the remakes (Ghostbusters 2020 coming in…2020) it’s all the same to us! As long as you’re a fan! Kate’s life motto is from Ghostbusters: We came, we saw, we kicked it’s ass!
After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.
This film is older than we are, being that it came out in 1982. But it’s timeless. This was the first DVD ever at Kate’s house…you know when those things came out way back in 1997.
After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.
Seriously anything Disney Pixar puts out is a win! But this one stands out, cause John Goodman and Billy Crystal?! #nuffsaid
Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before.
Another Halloween to Christmas cult classic from the 80s and one of Kate’s personal faves…Gremlins! It’s got 84% on rotten tomatoes, but don’t let Gizmo fool you! This PG movie is for the older kids. At least watch the trailer before sitting down with the family.
A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the `mogwai’ but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.
Ok ok so you might see a Tim Burton theme here. #sorrynotsorry cause he’s a genius and Frankenwienie is a masterpiece.
Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend: his dog, Sparky. But then, tragedy strikes, and Sparky shuffles off this mortal coil. Victor is heartbroken, but his science teacher (Martin Landau) gives him an idea of how to jolt old Sparky back to life. The experiment is successful, and all goes well, until Victor’s fellow students steal his secret and use it to resurrect other dead animals — with monstrous consequences.
Can’t stop won’t stop. More from Tom Burton: Corpse Bride! Who doesn’t love a monster love story? I mean: Twilight, Santa Clarita Diet, Teen Wolf, Warm Bodies? Anybody??
Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria’s (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous about the ceremony. While he’s in a forest practicing his lines for the wedding, a tree branch becomes a hand that drags him to the land of the dead. It belongs toEmily, who was murdered after eloping with her love and wants to marry Victor. Victor must get back aboveground before Victoria marries the villainous Barkis Bittern (Richard E. Grant).
97% on rotten tomatoes so you know it’s good! We loved this one for a little history and cultural perspective on Halloween and the day of the dead. Plus it made Kate cry.
Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Coraline has the dark goth feel of a Tim Burton flick but is actually written and directed by Henry Selick and is based on the 2002 novel by Neil Gaiman. And we love it this, the grass is always greener, story of Coraline.
While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.
Do you like music and the muppets? Then you’ll love Labyrinth! This came out the year Kate was born (look it up for guess my age…old lol). She has fond memories watching this for the first time at her grade school best friend’s house. We stayed up all night and ran around dancing in the dark backyard pretending to be goblins!
Teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) journeys through a maze to recover her baby brother (Toby Froud) from a goblin king (David Bowie). I mean Bowie…DAVID BOWIE!
Me to the kids: “Your mother is a fraggin aardvark!” Lol
The kids of famous monsters come together at a special preschool. As a group, they must train the skills they inherited from their parents and have them good-to-go for kindergarten.
Two kids and their pet dog (aka the Ghost Patrol) get a call about an old manor and soon find they are investigating their first real haunted house. Starring:Scott McNeil, Vincent Tong, Travis Turner.
Ok so the last few were not movies, but these Halloween type shows have been playing in our house this month as well. More so when I’m not able to sit down with the kids, cause I don’t want to miss sharing my favourite Halloween flicks with the kids!
There’s lots of kids shows that have shorter Halloween themed episodes too, like: Paw Patrol, Captain Underpants, Masha and PJ Masks, but if you have a favourite to share! Please do in the comments below! Have a super special spooky Halloween! Be safe out there!
-Bailey, Kate and V