Halloween is the spookiest time of the year, so it's the perfect time to watch scary movies, sit in the dark, and frighten yourself. However, if you're a parent, it can be difficult to find the right kind of scary movie to watch. Let's face it, most Halloween themed movies are extremely terrifying and in no way appropriate for young children. There are some movies that kids can enjoy and not be too scared in the process.
Halloween movies range from the scariest thing in the world to the not so scary, which are perfect for your little ones. Here are 10 not so scary movies to watch with your kids this Halloween.
10 Monster House (2006)
Released in 2006, Monster House follows the life of 12-year-old D.J Walters as he's left in the care of a babysitter for the weekend. What comes next is a whole host of Halloween fun with lots of monsters and spooky scenarios. However, the movie is far from scary and is instead great fun, especially for little ones.
In fact, Monster House is suitable for those as young as five and it even has the ability to entertain adults. The movie received positive reviews upon its release as well as making a mint at the box office, so much so that it even spawned a sequel.
9 Goosebumps (2015)
Back in the day, the Goosebumps books were on every young child's bookshelf, with the creepy R. L. Stine novels a hit with youngsters all over the world. It was only a matter of time before they were made into a hit movie, with the first one coming out in 2015. The movie, which also stars Jack Black, does its best to include numerous characters from the books.
Plus, it's not nearly as terrifying as the books, thus making it a great choice for teenagers and young children. The movie also did pretty well at the box office and was also applauded by critics all over the world.
8 Corpse Bride (2005)
Corpse Bride, directed by the notoriously spooky Tim Burton, is an animated motion musical set in a fictional creepy Victorian village in the middle of Europe. The plot centers around Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) and Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson) as they go through the procedures of an arranged marriage.
Despite the severe sounding name, the movie is actually rather tame and has become a firm favorite for young children as a result. In fact, children aren't the only ones who love it, with critics also praising the movie for its aesthetically pleasing animation and catchy songs.
7 The Haunted Mansion (2003)
The Haunted Mansion is one of five movies that has been based on a theme park ride. The movie, which came out in 2003, was originally conceived through the eyes of the Disney theme park attraction of the same name, with Tower of Terror (1997), Mission to Mars (2000), The Country Bears (2002), and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) also based on popular Disney attractions.
The movie is perfect for youngsters, mostly due to its lack of scares and spooky moments, something that was shockingly received badly by critics. However, while this might be a negative for some, it is a positive for many more, especially those with young children looking for a not so scary Halloween film.
6 The Witches (1990)
Based on the equally amazing children's book (by the also equally amazing Roald Dahl) of the same name, The Witches tells the story of a young boy who is turned into a mouse by a group of witches pretending to be regular working women. Like the book, the movie can be quite dark at times and is probably worth watching alone before deciding if it is suitable for your children.
However, despite its spooky nature, the movie is a must-watch for any adult or child, especially with regards to Angelica Houston's menacing performance as the Grand High Witch. Yes, this movie really is one of a kind.
5 Hotel Transylvania (2012)
The old-age story of vampires, Dracula and Translvania has been done to death (no pun intended), therefore it is quite difficult to find anything original or at least entertaining to watch. The vampire fable has been adapted numerous times with some movies extremely terrifying and some exceptionally laughable.
However, Hotel Transylvania is one of a select few that focuses on the story from a child's perspective, thus perfect for little kids to enjoy. The movie was so well received that it even spawned two sequels, giving your kids a choice of three Dracula themed movies to watch and love.
4 Casper (1995)
Christina Ricci has starred in her fair share of spooky movies, with Casper probably her most famous. The movie, which was released in 1995, centers around the life of Kathleen Harvey (Ricci) and her therapist father, Dr. James Harvey. As a result of her father's job, the pair move into a haunted house, only to encounter a number of scary happenings as well as a few ghosts for good measure.
At the time of its release, audiences hadn't really seen anything like it with regards to the movie's special effects, with critics equally impressed with the movie's plot, characterization, and comedic value.
3 Room On The Broom (2013)
It's important to remember that Halloween is for everyone, not just those who are old enough to understand it. For instance, young children often like to get involved, especially when they see people dressing up, wearing crazy make-up, and of course, eating copious amounts of candy.
Thankfully, Room on the Broom allows little kids to enjoy everything that Halloween has to offer, without terrifying them to the core as a result. The movie, based on a book, focuses on a different kind of witch. Yes, this witch is smiley and kind to animals, so much so that every animal she meets ends up riding on her broom.
2 Coraline (2009)
Coraline, which was based on the children's book of the same name, centers around a young girl who ends up discovering a spooky secret about a parallel universe and her alternate family. From the outside, the movie looks absolutely terrifying, thanks to the creepy animation and sinister storyline.
Although the movie might be a little scary at times, it's still pretty tame and perfect for children over the age of eight or nine. However, if you're a little worried, why not watch the movie alone before showing it to your kids? Then you can decide if it is suitable for your children.
1 Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus is one of those movies that only gets better with age. The 1993 movie centers around Max who has recently moved to a new town and neighborhood. On Halloween, Max, his little sister, and his crush/classmate end up accidentally freeing a coven of evil witches, played by the amazing, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The movie has pretty much everything that you would want from a Halloween picture, from talking cats and singing witches to a one-eyed book and exotic Halloween parties. Yes, Hocus Pocus really is the best Halloween movie around, and it is perfect for young children.