The Best Halloween Movies

by katymartino | created - 02 Jul 2015 | updated - 05 Oct 2016 | Public

Festive Halloween themes, without too much scare. Perfect for children!

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1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 277,980 | Gross: $75.08M

2. 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.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz

Votes: 88,751 | Gross: $39.51M

3. When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Family

When 12 year old Danny Walker moves to his father's hometown in Minnesota, he finds that the town doesn't celebrate Halloween and things aren't quite what they appear to be.

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Tom Amandes, Roy Billing, Brittany Byrnes

Votes: 1,049

4. The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 122,768 | Gross: $113.50M

5. Addams Family Values (1993)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy

62 Metascore

The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved Uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 74,040 | Gross: $48.92M

6. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Cathy Steinberg

Votes: 15,189

7. 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.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 11,600

8. Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 81 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Cromwell clan split their time between the real world and "Halloweentown", but the son of an old rival threatens to make the latter "real" and the real world a place of monsters.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Daniel Kountz, Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 6,388

9. Halloweentown High (2004 TV Movie)

TV-G | 82 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A girl in a magical world bets her family's magic that nothing bad will happen when kids from Halloweentown attend high school in the mortal realm.

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé | Stars: Kimberly J. Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 5,375

10. Return to Halloweentown (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Marnie and Dylan are going to follow their dreams to go to college, at Halloweentown University, which is also known as Witch University.

Director: David Jackson | Stars: Sara Paxton, Judith Hoag, Lucas Grabeel, Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 5,269

11. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 33,784 | Gross: $10.36M

12. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 242,950 | Gross: $73.71M

13. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999 Video)

G | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Alvin, Simon and Theodore revel in their new gig at a movie theme park by wandering the grounds after hours. Among the attractions is the spooky Frankenstein's Castle.

Director: Kathi Castillo | Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Michael Bell, Jim Meskimen

Votes: 1,110

14. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000 Video)

G | 77 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

In this animated adventure, Alvin has werewolves on his mind. After being haunted by a creepy nightmare, he is convinced that his next-door neighbor has a monstrous secret.

Director: Kathi Castillo | Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Maurice LaMarche, Miriam Flynn

Votes: 1,201

15. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

34 Metascore

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp

Votes: 39,717 | Gross: $75.85M

16. The Halloween Tree (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Animation, Drama, Family

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

Director: Mario Piluso | Stars: Ray Bradbury, Leonard Nimoy, Annie Barker, Alex Greenwald

Votes: 1,701

17. Corpse Bride (2005)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

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.

Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 230,133 | Gross: $53.36M

18. The Little Vampire (2000)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

45 Metascore

A lonely American boy living in Scotland makes a new best friend, a fellow nine year-old who happens to be a vampire.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Jonathan Lipnicki, Rollo Weeks, Richard E. Grant, Jim Carter

Votes: 9,111 | Gross: $13.56M

19. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

38 Metascore

Ernest accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Eartha Kitt, Austin Nagler, Shay Astar

Votes: 10,213 | Gross: $14.14M

20. Casper (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

49 Metascore

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.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Votes: 112,258 | Gross: $100.33M

21. 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.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Michael McKean

Votes: 3,390

22. Casper Meets Wendy (1998 Video)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Casper, a ghost, teams up with Wendy, a witch, against an evil warlock.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Cathy Moriarty, Shelley Duvall, Teri Garr, George Hamilton

Votes: 6,192

23. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Family

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 183,883 | Gross: $75.29M

24. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

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).

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 117,306 | Gross: $12.73M

25. Mickey's House of Villains (2001 Video)

TV-G | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When villains come to Mickey's House of Mouse, he and his friends attempt to keep the show running.

Directors: Jamie Mitchell, Rick Calabash, Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway, Burt Gillett, Jack Hannah, Jack King, Mike Moon | Stars: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett, Susanne Blakeslee

Votes: 2,829

26. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 336,488 | Gross: $238.63M

27. Ghostbusters II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

56 Metascore

The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 173,902 | Gross: $112.49M

28. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Votes: 136,590 | Gross: $86.30M

29. Little Monsters (1989)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A boy discovers an incredible and gruesome world of monsters under his bed.

Director: Richard Greenberg | Stars: Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Daniel Stern, Margaret Whitton

Votes: 10,601 | Gross: $0.79M

30. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 89,751 | Gross: $56.00M

31. Monster House (2006)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Ryan Whitney Newman

Votes: 93,511 | Gross: $73.66M

32. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

Votes: 211,316 | Gross: $148.31M

33. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

44 Metascore

Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James

Votes: 98,049 | Gross: $169.70M

34. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Tower of Terror (1997)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.

Director: D.J. MacHale | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Kirsten Dunst, Nia Peeples, Michael McShane

Votes: 3,173

35. Phantom of the Megaplex (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Family

A young man working at a cinema on a special premiere night, finds that the films being shown are full of strange and eerie occurrences.

Director: Blair Treu | Stars: Taylor Handley, Corinne Bohrer, Caitlin Wachs, Jacob Smith

Votes: 2,583

36. Frankenweenie (2012)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau

Votes: 92,416 | Gross: $35.29M

37. Twitches (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 6,562

38. Twitches Too (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

After using their powers to battle the forces of darkness, the sisters settle down to lead normal lives. However, the discovery that their biological father may not be dead, but residing in New York, causes confusion for the pair.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 3,939

39. 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 their nasty old capitalist aunt's greedy clutches. Magic abounds and they meet mysterious new friends along the way.

Director: Stuart Margolin | Stars: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Cloris Leachman, Phil Fondacaro

Votes: 2,990

40. The Black Cauldron (1985)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

59 Metascore

A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich | Stars: Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 28,710 | Gross: $21.29M

41. Monster Mash (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 64 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

As the story unfolds, we meet the three main monsters: Frank, the monster from Frankenstein; Drac, the vampire, and Wolf, the werewolf. They were once the scariest of monsters, but now they... See full summary »

Director: Guido Manuli | Stars: Ian James Corlett, Robert O. Smith, Janyse Jaud, Jim Byrnes

Votes: 108

42. Witches in Stitches (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation

Hop aboard a broomstick for this tale of two dim-witted witches who accidentally turn their sister into a jack-o-lantern on Halloween...and that's just the beginning of the story. Join the ... See full summary »

Directors: Russ Harris, G. Brian Reynolds | Stars: Miki Mathioudakis, Will Gould, Vonda Fuhrman, Jacque Workman

Votes: 36

43. Goosebumps (1995–1998)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

A series of scary anthology stories based on the children's books by R.L. Stine. Series one was hosted by R.L. Stine.

Stars: R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones, Scott Wickware

Votes: 11,105

44. Archie's Weird Mysteries (1999–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Based on the comic book series of the same name, Archie Andrews and the gang tackle "weird mysteries" and write about them in the school newspaper

Stars: Ben Beck, Jill Anderson, Terry Berner, Jerry Longe

Votes: 534

45. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998 Video)

TV-G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Mystery Gang reunite and visit Moonscar Island, a remote island with a dark secret. Daphne wants more than just a villain in a costume, and they get more than they ever expected.

Directors: Hiroshi Aoyama, Kazumi Fukushima, Jim Stenstrum | Stars: Scott Innes, Billy West, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker

Votes: 10,399

46. Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.9