Top 13 spooky family movies
The first freeze of the year is sometimes the toughest for wanting to spend time outdoors with the family. We often will cozy up with warm blankets (even though it really isn’t that cold out) and watch a slightly spooky movie. The kids know full well the movie is “fake” and to enjoy the funny parts and even laugh at the more scary moments.
A girl discovers she’s a witch like her mom and grandma and needs to save a town full of other creatures.
2. Scooby Doo (PG)
Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby reunite to solve spooky island mysteries.
3. Hocus Pocus (PG)
Three girls and a cat go on an adventure to stop three evil witches from ruining Halloween.
4. Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
A wild merging between Halloween Town and Christmas is a fun family classic.
5. Goosebumps (PG)
Your kids may have enjoyed reading some of R.L. Stein’s menacing books, and many of his creations are brought to life in this movie version.
6. Addams Family (PG-13)
Comedy meets gothic in this tilt based on the short-lived TV show from the mid-1960s.
7. Spooky Buddies (G)
Disney puppies go on an adventure in a haunted mansion.
8. Casper (PG)
Another 1990’s era movie geared toward kids and their parents who love throwbacks. A girl and her dad visit an abandoned house and encounter one friendly ghost and three less friendly spirits.
9. Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)
Here’s a movie where the sequel outdid the original. Dracula’s family and friends have opened up the fun hotel to humans. Drac’s dad, Vlad, isn’t a fan.
10. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (NR)
For anyone older than 40, this 25-minute made-for-tv animated short is what a Halloween family movie should feel like.
11. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG)
There’s a great Halloween trick-or-treating scene that is a Hollywood classic.
12. Ghostbusters (PG-13)
Although the 2016 remake bumped the rating up to PG-13, our daughters enjoy the laughs and the slime.
13. ParaNorman (PG)
This a much overlooked family Halloween movie with a big heart. A troubled boy takes on an assortment of spooky creatures to save his town.