30 Best Family and Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies In 2021


Horror movie fan’s favorite time of the year has arrived. It’s time to start the fall fun activities with some of your favorite Halloween movies. However, it’s hard to find a good clean family-friendly Halloween movie to watch. To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of the best Halloween movies to watch with kids of all ages and families in 2021.

You can stream these movies instantly using your Amazon Prime Video account. Some of these kid and family-friendly Halloween movies are also available on Netflix. So grab your popcorn, get ready to be spooked with some of the best Halloween movies for kids and family.

Best Family and Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Curious George is a classic Halloween movie for little kids. The movie revolves around the character George as he is excited to celebrate his 1st Halloween. He is silly and cute, as George tends to be.

The movie is way funnier than you’d think and not anywhere near spooky. This fun-filled adventure will be a great addition to your Halloween movie watch list that you can enjoy with your whole family.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 2+

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  • Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Carlos Alazraqui (Actors)
  • Scott Heming (Director) - Joe Fallon (Writer) - Share Stallings (Producer) - Rino Romano (Narrator)

Hotel Transylvania

Without vampires, witches, and cute little monsters, Halloween does seem incomplete. Hotel Transylvania has all the elements for an awesome Halloween family movie night.

The story of Hotel Transylvania focuses on an over-protective Dracula dad and her daughter, Mavy. Mavy’s dad created the Hotel Transylvania to protect her from humans as humans have killed Mavy’s mother. But one night, a teenage boy discovers Hotel Transylvania, and they fall in love with each other. That is when Drac’s worst nightmare became true!

This feel-good Halloween family movie teaches kids and others about love, relationships, and life struggles. The good thing is you can stream the movie instantly on both Amazon Prime and Netflix. When you are done, don’t forget to check out Hotel Transylvania 2.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 4+

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  • Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg (Actors)
  • Genndy Tartakovsky (Director)

Hocus Pocus

If you are looking for a family-friendly movie to watch around Halloween, Hocus Pocus is a great choice.

The plot of Hocus Pocus focuses on three hysterical witches Winifred, Sarah, and Mary; the characters are played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, respectively. The three sister witches wake up 300 years later and they need to drink souls to live. But first, they must face three brave kids and a talking cat, who are determined to oppose them.

The movie has some adult references and scenes; nonetheless, a perfect family comedy movie for Halloween.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 8+

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  • Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy (Actors)
  • Kenny Ortega (Director) - Mick Garris (Writer)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Walt Disney and Tim Burton teamed up to produce one of the great Halloween movies for kids and families.

Don’t get confused with the title. The movie tells the story of a Halloween town King named Pumpkin King. Bored with the typical Halloween traditions, the Pumpkin King gathers all his troops to put on Christmas instead of Halloween. But it doesn’t go according to their plan.

Be prepared to celebrate this Halloween with some spooky Halloween monsters, skeletons, and stuffed dolls.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 7+

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  • Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey (Actors)
  • Henry Selick (Director) - Caroline Thompson (Writer) - Tim Burton (Producer)

Coraline

If you and your kids have seen The Nightmare Before Christmas and think it’s not scary at all. It’s time to watch Coraline.

The story of Coraline is based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling book with the same name – Coraline. Coraline is an adventurous young girl who winds up in an alternate reality that is full of her other parents with button eyes and sinister intentions. Then the young girl shows her strength, intelligence, cunning, and determination to find not only her parents but also to get back home. Coraline provides the thrilling ride of Halloween, along with lessons and entertainment for kids.

This is a thrilling adventure for people of all ages. Just be careful if you have little kids who get scared easily.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 9+

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  • Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher (Actors)
  • Henry Selick (Director)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

If you are a fan of Claymation movies, then you will love Wallace and Gromit! Don’t remember ever seeing a Claymation movie? Here are some: Chicken run, Corpse bride, Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Mary and Max.

In this movie, Wallace and Gromit work together as bunny catchers. Kids will love the wonderful and hilarious chemistry between the two comrades Wallace and Gromit. What’s more, it’s available both on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. So what are you waiting for?

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 6+

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  • Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter (Actors)
  • Nick Park (Director) - Steve Box (Writer) - Claire Jennings (Producer)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)

Halloweentown

If you are bored watching all the animated Halloween movies on this list, Halloweentown will give you some relief. In this made-for-TV movie, Marnie Piper, the protagonist of the movie, embarks on a mission to save a town full of other supernatural creatures after learning that she herself is a witch. It’s a fun movie to watch with your young kids who don’t like scary movies.

There are four movies in total: Halloweentown, Halloweentown 2, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown. It’s been over 20 years since the first installment of this Halloween classic series came out. If you are a Halloweentown fan, here are some interesting facts you didn’t know about this cult-favorite movie.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 7+

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  • Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag (Actors)
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Labyrinth

The Labyrinth is one of the best Halloween fantasy films ever made with David Bowie, Jim Henson, and Jennifer Connelly. 

The movie is full of fantastic Halloween characters such as the dwarf, Ludo, the Worm, the Junk Lady, the Wiseman, and, of course, the Goblin King. As the Goblin King, David Bowie gives a memorable performance to entertain both children and adults of all ages.

The movie has some wonderful lessons for kids. The journey through the Labyrinth is a journey into maturity, self-discovery, and learning what is truly important.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 7+

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  • David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly (Actors)
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The Addams Family

The Addams Family is based on a classic kids’ show with the same name. And there are five versions of The Adam Family, including the original TV show, two different cartoons, and two movies.

It’s a great movie for a Halloween family night with no loud jump scares every minute. However, the violence between the family members and the outsiders can be quite scary for younger viewers.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 10+

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  • Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd (Actors)
  • Barry Sonnenfeld (Director)
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Book of Life

It is a great story about Day of the Dead made in a way that is understandable for the younger audience. It’s the earlier version of Coco. Same as Coco, it has some positive messages in it. Check it out below.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 7+

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  • Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum (Actors)
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Not So Scary Halloween Movies for Older Kids, Teenagers, and Family

Coco

With the combination of great storytelling, powerful artwork, and animation, Disney Pixar has produced one of the greatest animated films in recent times. Coco has a great plotline that will captivate the imaginations of children and adults alike.

The lead character of Coco, Miguel, is born in a music-hating family. But Miguel is a natural-born musician. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead following a chain of events.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 8+

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  • Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt (Actors)
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  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)

Ghostbusters

Even though this movie was made in the 1980s, it’s still a popular Halloween movie for kids and families. The storyline, characters, and dialogues would give you some good laughs not just during Halloween but also throughout the year.

In this classic Halloween comedy, three former scientists and ambitious paranormal researchers team up to defeat a bunch of monsters after finding themselves out of work.

This movie contains some age-inappropriate sexual content and swearing. Nonetheless, a great Halloween movie to watch with older tweens and teens.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 15+

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  • Bill Murray, Casey Kasem, Dan Aykroyd (Actors)
  • Ivan Reitman (Director) - Ivan Reitman (Producer)

Monsters, Inc.

It’s an animated kid classic. It is a story of a monster world where monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children. Things were running smoothly until when a child accidentally got into the monster world. In this move, Pixar has done an amazing job shaping each character along with the storyline.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 8+

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  • John Goodman, Billy Crystal, James Coburn (Actors)
  • Pete Docter (Director) - Andrew Stanton (Writer) - Darla K. Anderson (Producer)

Monster House

Monster House is one of the best Halloween movies for older kids. The movie centers around a kid and his friends who come across a haunted house of their neighbors. Then, they try to destroy the creepy house together.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 10+

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

We all love Harry Potter films and JK Rowling. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to JK Rowling’s world of magic, along with quirky humor and darkness.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 11+

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  • Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol (Actors)
  • David Yates (Director) - J.K. Rowling (Writer) - Tim Lewis (Producer)

Corpse Bride

The combination of Tim Burton and Johnny Deep always creates magic; Corpse Bride is no different. It’s a story of an awkward young man who is pushed into an arranged marriage with a dead woman. Later he finds himself in the world of the dead, and from there, he has to figure out how to get home.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 9+

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  • Danny Elfman Interprets the Two Worlds.
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ParaNorman

ParaNorman is a wonderful Halloween movie that teaches kids about tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness. The movie comes from the same makers who made Coraline. It centers around a boy who can use his power to save his town from a centuries-old curse from a misunderstood witch.

Yes, the storyline might be a little scary for younger kids, which is why the movie is rated PG-13 in the USA.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 13+

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  • Italian, English, German, Greek, Icelandic (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: G (General Audience)

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice is yet another Halloween classic that exhibits director Tim Burton’s bag of tricks. In this movie, Michael Keaton, as Betelgeuze, portrayed the character of a manic bio-exorcist with sinister agendas.

Alongside Keaton, Wynonna Ryder produced one of her very best performances as the young Goth girl who can see the dead couple. For anyone who enjoys comedy along with some darkness, this is a perfect Halloween movie.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 12+

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Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie is a great movie to watch together with kids and families around Halloween. It’s a typical Tim Burton movie and not so scary. The movie depicts a sweet story about a little boy and his best friend, who happens to be a dog. After a car hits beloved dog Sparky, he attempts to save him using lightning. Things take a new turn when an eccentric and deformed kid discovers his secrets.

It has some great lessons about friendship and fun moments for both kids and adults.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 9+

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  • Winona Ryder (Actor)
  • Tim Burton (Director)
  • English, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovene (Subtitles)

Poltergeist

Poltergeist is a classic Halloween-themed movie by the iconic writer and director Steven Spielberg. The story focuses on the story of the Freeling family and their creepy house that just happened to be built on an ancient burial ground. Despite some good family-friendly scenes, this movie might not be ideal for kids under 12.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 12+

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Scary Halloween Movies for Older Kids, Teenagers, and Family

Trick ‘r Treat

Halloween is almost upon us, and it’s high time to be prepared to be scared and have fun. So get into the Halloween spirit with one of the great Halloween movies for kids and families: Trick ‘r Treat. It’s a horror-turned fun story produced by Bryan Singer and written and directed by Michael Dougherty.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 15+

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  • Quinn Lord, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin (Actors)
  • Michael Dougherty (Director) - Michael Dougherty (Writer) - Thomas Tull (Producer)

World War Z

The movie is based on New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks’s World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. This movie is not age-appropriate for young teens or tweens as there are many violent and scary scenes. Brad Pitt starred in this zombie movie.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 14+

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The Others

The Others is a psychological horror film directed by Alejandro Amenabar and starring Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. This move has all the ingredients of a spooky Halloween suspense movie – a big old house, creaking doors, gravestones, fog, creepy characters, and scared children. Overall, a great Halloween movie for older kids and teenagers.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 12+

The Others
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  • Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan (Actors)
  • Alejandro Amenábar (Director) - Alejandro Amenábar (Writer) - Bob Weinstein (Producer)

A Quiet Place

The celebrity couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt work together to pull off one of the best thriller suspense movies. Their onscreen romance can wait, as they must stop the human-consuming alien creatures before they take over the world. Get ready for a thrilling wild ride to Halloween.

Released this year, A Quiet Place 2 has also lived up to the hype created by the first one. 

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 12+

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The Conjuring

Looking to get spooked this Halloween? Try The Conjuring. Based on the real stories, Director James Wan produced one of the best classic horror movies of all time.

There are two more parts to this classic horror film.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 16+

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Sleepy Hollow

It seems Johnny Depp and Tim Burton own every horror Halloween movie. The classic spooky tale of the “Headless Horseman” is a hoax story no more, but a real scary ghost rampaging the small town called Sleepy Hollow near Tarrytown, New York.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 14+

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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IT

IT is one of the creepiest clown-themed horror movies you can watch this Halloween. The story centers around a group of young kids who must stand up for each other to fight the scary Clown “Pennywise.”

If you liked the first IT movie, you might also like its sequel, IT: Chapter Two.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 15+

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  • Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Wyatt Oleff (Actors)
  • Andy Muschietti (Director) - Chase Palmer (Writer) - Dave Neustadter (Producer) - Stephen King...
  • Spanish, French, English (Subtitles)

Halloween

The Halloween movie list does seem incomplete without a Halloween-titled movie. John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the best Halloween movies for older kids and teens. This timeless classic is worth watching over and over again.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 15+

Halloween
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  • Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran (Actors)
  • John Carpenter (Director) - Debra Hill (Writer) - Debra Hill (Producer)

Scary Movie

If you’re looking for a Halloween-themed movie with some good laughs and fun, look no further than Scary Movie! The movie has some age-inappropriate sexual content, dialogues, and violence. Despite all of this, it is a great movie for older teens and adults of all ages.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 17+

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The Shining

The Shining is one of the best thriller movies of all time. Based on Stephen King’s Novel, Director Stanley Kubrick and Actor Jack Nicholson produced a timeless classic.

Appropriate For: Kids Aged 16+

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It’s hard to manage all the great Halloween movies in a single list. We would love to hear about your favorite Halloween movies for kids and families.

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