Thursday, October 29, 2015

Top 20 Family Friendly Halloween Movies

It's that time of year again! So snuggle up with some popcorn, halloween candy, and a loved one. I've made up a list of my favourite Halloween movies just in time for a long movie marathon on Halloween night. I intended this list to just be a top ten but had a hard time narrowing it down to just 10 movies so I expanded it to 20! More movies, more fun right? Most of these movies are family friendly, but if you want something a little more scary to watch for Halloween night head on over to my Horror blog and check out my other Halloween list. Not all of these movies are just meant to be watched on Halloween exclusively. But that's ok because for some of us Halloween is everyday!

20. The Little Vampire 

Even vampires can be cute and cuddly. Little Tony moves to Scotland and starts having repeated nightmares about Vampires. He is mistaken for a real vampire one night by a small vampyre and they become good friends.  Tony and his new friend end up saving everyone from the vampire slayer that's been hunting his new friends. 

19. The Witches 

We know Angelica Houston best as Morticia from the Addams Family but she also plays a very convincing evil witch in The Witches. And she has a pretty fabulous black and purple outfit in this movie. The special effects are done by Jim Henson and his Creature Shop so if you are fan of his be sure to check it out. 

18. Paranorman 

Norman is ghost whisperer. Every where he goes he sees spirits. In fact most of his friends are ghosts. This movie has it all. Ghosts, witches, and zombies. It is really well written with an interesting storyline as well. It's a perfect family movie for both kids and adults. 

17. Coraline 

Coralline is surprisingly scary for a children's movie. It is written by one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman, who is better known for his Sandman graphic novels and The Graveyard Book. Coraline is basically a haunted house story and yet it is much more than that. It's a must watch for sure. 

16. Rocky Horror Picture Show

This movie is a true cult classic and is best viewed in a packed theatre at midnight with a shadow cast. I was lucky enough to attend a screening with a shadow cast a few years ago that was introduced by none other than magenta herself, Patricia Quinn. She is such a character and I was able to talk to her briefly about Rocky Horror and The Lords of Salem. She is very funny and charming in person. 

15. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

We all know and love the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer but have you watched the original movie? This is where Joss Whedon got his start. It's hilarious and filled with plenty of 80s cheese. 

14. Something Wicked This Way Comes

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes" Disney used to make some very dark films a long time ago and this is a perfect example. Something Wicked This Way Comes was written by Ray Bradbury and definitely leans more towards the horror genre than a family film. The scenery is beautiful with all the fall leaves and is one of my favourite autumn films. I watch it every year. Another dark Disney movie to check out is The Watcher in the Woods. 

13. Edward Scissorhands

A list like this would not be complete without a few Tim Burton movies. In fact I could make a top ten just using his movies alone! I absolutely love the scenes with Vincent Price in this movie. Tim Burton was a huge fan of both Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. He made sure to include them in his movies when he could. 

12. Casper 

I watched the cartoons when I was a kid so of course I loved the movie as well. Christina Ricci is a natural choice to star along side Casper.

11. Mad Monster Party

We all know and love the Christmas classics, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, but did you know there is also a Halloween special by the same people? Mad Monster Party stars Boris Karloff and has the same stop motion that the Christmas specials feature. All the classic monsters come to the party! 

10. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown 

I never missed this special as a kid. It would come on every year a few days before Halloween. And if I was really lucky it would be paired with Mad Monster Party! It just isn't Halloween without it! 

"Just wait 'til next year, Charlie Brown. You'll see! Next year at this same time, I'll find a pumpkin patch that is real sincere! And I'll sit in that pumpkin patch until the Great Pumpkin appears. He'll rise out of that pumpkin patch and he'll fly through the air with his bag of toys. The Great Pumpkin will appear! And I'll be waiting for him!"

9. The Halloween Tree

Ray Bradbury makes the list again with this Halloween special. The best part of this cartoon is that it talks about the history of Halloween and Samhain. The children travel back in time to learn the ancient origins of Halloween and how much of it still survives today. 

8. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 

As much as I love Tim Burton's version of Sleepy Hollow it definitely belongs over on the horror movie list. The Disney version is just as good though! Ichabod Crane finds himself being chased by the terrifying headless horseman in this classic version of Washington Irving's creepy tale. 

7. Young Frankenstein 

Young Frankenstein is actually a spoof on the original 30s version of Frankenstein by Universal Studios. It's a delight to watch from beginning to end and some of the funniest scenes ever filmed. Not to mention that it is also a musical like Rocky Horror Picture Show. The movie is written and directed by Mel Brooks and his quirky sense of humour really shines in this film. 

6. Hotel Transylvania 

I didn't watch this movie until just this year. I thought it was going to be too juvenile. Wow, was I really wrong about that. I absolutely loved it and it reminded me of Mad Monster Party! The vampire father and daughter are so sweet. 

5. The Harry Potter Series
Of course Harry Potter is not exclusively a Halloween movie but I can't help but think of that infamous dinner scene and wish that I could attend Hogwarts for Halloween every year. I was and still am Harry Potter crazy. I took my son to see each and every movie as they came out so he quite literally grew up with Harry Potter. He even had a Harry Potter themed birthday party when he was in senior kindergarten. I made wizard hats for all the kids and took them all to see The Chamber of Secrets. 

4. The Addams Family

I watched The Addams Family TV series religiously as a kid. It used to come on after school as reruns with The Munsters. As much as I loved Morticia, Lily was always my favourite. I just wanted to be Lily when I grew up! Anyway enough with the nostalgia. The Addams Family was remade into wonderful movies in the 90s. Morticia and Gomez really are the perfect couple.  

3. Beetlejuice 

He's the ghost with the most babe! I actually saw this one in the theatre when it came out. Yep I'm that old. Lol. This one was a true classic from the get go. We all knew it. 

2. Halloweentown 

Halloweentown is another movie I watch yearly. If I could just go live in Halloween Town for the rest of my life I would be so very happy! 

1. Hocus Pocus

And finally my favourite (non-horror) Halloween movie! I watch it every year.  Halloween just wouldn't be complete without the Sanderson sisters running amuck! This movie has everything going for it, a fantastic cast, interesting storyline, and great costumes. I really need to work on making Bette Midler's costume for Halloween next year. 


  1. SWTWC is one of my favourite movies! I only saw Halloweentown recently and was not expecting it to be so great! Loved Hotel Transylvania and cannot wait for #2!

  2. I've never seen Something Wicked ... oh, I guess that's what Laura was abbreviating up there, wasn't it? So much faster! LOL I'll have to give it a go if I can find it somewhere, along with Watcher in the Woods which I've also never seen. Hocus Pocus is PVR'ing tonight at midnight for tomorrow night's viewing. :)

    1. You won't be disappointed in it. It is by Ray Bradbury after all. I'm trying to find my copy of The Halloween Tree to watch tonight. :)

  3. Thank you for the list. Now I just have to wait for my children to become a little more fluent in English so that I can watch the films with them.

  4. Fabulous list!!! Hocus Pocus is my favourite Halloween movie ever! I've seen most of these ones and enjoyed them all. I love Halloween flicks so much, I routinely watch my favourites all throughout the year. :)

    ♥ Jessica