Halloween Favoritesby piper-pan | created - 13 Jul 2014 | updated - 13 Jul 2014 | Public
All of my favorite Halloween movies sorted by kid-friendly, mixed audience and R-Rated. Definitely influenced by my status as a 90s kid and by my general dislike of scary movies.
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1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
Votes: 82,725 | Gross: $39.51M
PG. An absolute classic and go-to for anyone (especially if you were a kid in the early 90s). Can be a wee bit scary to very young children. Who wouldn't want to see a movie that makes it believable for Bette Midler to be related to Sarah Jessica Parker. Side note: If you want your mind blown just remember that Thackery Binks grew up to be Tim McGee on NCIS and Dani grew into an American Beauty.
2. Double, Double Toil and Trouble (1993 TV Movie)
TV-Y7 | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
On Halloween night, two precocious little girls try to save their parents from the greedy clutches of their nasty old Capitalist aunt. Magic abounds and they meet new albeit strange friends along the way.
G? I will take all the eye-rolling you can dish out over this one. As someone who owned a few too many Olsen Twins VHS's I think this one is still a classic, especially to watch with kids.
3. The Addams Family (1991)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.
Votes: 117,862 | Gross: $113.50M
PG13. Though I didn't specifically include Addams Family Values, that is also a great pick. This movie is hilarious, morbid and just what the witch doctor ordered for Halloween viewers to enjoy. Still my favorite Anjelica Huston role and an adorable Christina Ricci (who you will see again on this list).
4. Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)
TV-G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
After learning she is a witch, a girl helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures.
G. I can't speak much to the sequels (I barely remember the first sequel and didn't bother to see the others). However, the original is awesome and should be viewed by anyone who loves Halloween!
5. Casper (1995)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits.
Votes: 109,923 | Gross: $100.33M
PG. If you were a pre-teen in the 90s, chances are that you will swoon at the reminder of Casper dancing with Kat. If you're human, then chances are your heart broke a little when.... Well I won't give it away. No matter how old you are this is a great movie and you should definitely watch it! Even if just to see a vintage Cristina Ricci!
6. Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997 Video)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Casper accidentally finds himself in the world of the living after failing to show up for ghost training and befriended a young boy who teaches him the ways of a ghost, while a ruler from the other world attempts to bring him back.
PG. Don't worry, I didn't include all of the titles for every franchise on this list (and not all of the Caspers) but this one does have its own charm. To start with, it features Steve Guttenburg and Lori Laughlin, making it a 90s classic anyway. Also the plot is cute and interesting and bound to keep you interested (even if you pretend it doesn't).
7. Casper Meets Wendy (1998 Video)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Casper, a ghost, teams up with Wendy, a witch, against an evil warlock.
PG. Last Casper, I swear! Look past Hillary Duff, I swear it's worth watching. The cast is actually pretty awesome and includes Cathy Moriarty in her second Casper film. (You probably don't know who that is by name but look her up she has definitely been in something you loved). A very cute story about friendship and standing up for yourself.
8. Labyrinth (1986)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud) when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie).
Votes: 115,662 | Gross: $12.73M
PG. May lose the interest of younger viewers but definitely a memorable one for adults and teens. If you can look past or be amused by the awesome 80s styles then you can be entranced by this classic Bowie film and sucked in to a fantastical world that made pretty good use of the currently available special effect technology. A Classic... With puppets.
9. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.
Votes: 756,179 | Gross: $289.92M
G. Definitely more a kid flick but cute none-the-less.
10. The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
Votes: 82,812 | Gross: $71.20M
11. Jumanji (1995)
PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Votes: 276,625 | Gross: $100.48M
PG. Robin Williams.... That is pretty much all that need be said. Throw in a young Kirsten Dunst and a classic storyline and I am sold!
12. The Pagemaster (1994)
G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A cowardly boy, who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life.
Votes: 19,518 | Gross: $13.67M
13. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV Movie)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts, Sabrina Sawyer discovers on her 16th birthday that she's a witch.
14. Matilda (1996)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.
Votes: 114,671 | Gross: $33.08M
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.
Votes: 186,777 | Gross: $118.63M
17. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
G | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?
Votes: 8,404 | Gross: $20.00M
The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2019)
Tower of Terror
Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.
20. Corpse Bride (2005)
PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.
Votes: 226,936 | Gross: $53.36M
21. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Votes: 272,490 | Gross: $75.08M
22. Coraline (2009)
PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
Votes: 181,503 | Gross: $75.29M
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
Votes: 975,042 | Gross: $305.41M
24. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
Votes: 581,695 | Gross: $317.58M
25. Penelope (2006)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will accept her as one of their own."
Votes: 57,922 | Gross: $10.01M
27. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.
Votes: 188,213 | Gross: $131.14M
28. Practical Magic (1998)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.
Votes: 67,267 | Gross: $46.68M
30. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.
Votes: 409,508 | Gross: $63.54M
31. Beetlejuice (1988)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.
Votes: 237,033 | Gross: $73.71M
32. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 706,808 | Gross: $1.48M
33. The Craft (1996)
R | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.
Votes: 69,861 | Gross: $24.88M
37. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 581,582 | Gross: $37.63M
38. Bless the Child (2000)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an F.B.I. agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities, and the abductees are a Satanic cult willing to do anything to gain them.
Votes: 13,412 | Gross: $29.37M
39. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
Votes: 310,427 | Gross: $101.07M
40. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.
Votes: 318,263 | Gross: $96.52M
41. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
Votes: 268,175 | Gross: $25.75M
42. Hide and Seek (2005)
R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace, at first, in her imaginary friend.
Votes: 78,733 | Gross: $51.10M
43. The Skeleton Key (2005)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Votes: 101,119 | Gross: $47.81M