Get the popcorn ready! Here we have a list of some of the child-friendly Halloween themed movies you can watch this year with your children.
1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
This fun little adventure takes place in a small American town where a teenager accidentally releases three witches on the community who are dedicated to stealing children. The teenager is helped by the girl he wants to impress, his sister, and a talking cat to recapture the witches.
This film has plenty of humour, the iconic image of a witch flying on a hoover because there are no broomsticks comes to mind.
The trouble is that younger children might not enjoy the film, but a suitable age depends on your opinion. Personally, I would say 11 and older, but other sites recommend this for children as young as 9.
2. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
An animated adventure that has mixed reviews is about an over-protected vampire father and his only daughter. He builds a hotel for monsters to live in, without being persecuted by humans who misunderstand them. However, one backpacking human finds his way into the hotel and his daughter falls in love with him.
There are a lot of monster jokes in here, but the father reminds me a lot of Gru from Despicable Me film series. Still, an entertaining film with a sequel (and another on the way) that some say is suitable from 7 years.
3. Casper (1995)
Casper is a children’s classic that has a lot of laughs and some good messages. Poor Casper is a ghost who is practically enslaved by his ‘uncles.’ Then, in moves a ghost researcher and his daughter. Together they learn the secrets about the afterlife while a sinister plot hatched by Carrigan to steal valuables unravels.
It is a film adaption of the cartoon series, but if you are looking for a film that emulates that series, then you are going to be disappointed. There is content that’s for older children, and personally, this is best for children 8 or over.
4. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
Well, which pre-schooler doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? And with the live-action remake being released in 2018, this film is more relevant than ever. In this adventure, it’s Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood. Everyone is looking forward to some trick or treating. However, Pooh leads with his tummy and eats all of the candy.
So Roo and Lumpy go looking for a Gobloon to capture so he can grant them their wish for more. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this movie myself, and I remember it not as fondly as other Pooh movies, but it’s still a good tale – perfect for those aged three or older.
5. Scooby-Doo (2002)
Two years after the Scooby gang split up, they are reunited for a mystery on an island resort. While a live-action film, the general plot is pretty much the same as any episode of the classic show.
Okay, I love the television series, and it is always fun to try and work out who the real prankster is in those animations – so when this film came out, it seemed like a good idea to watch. However, while kids might enjoy it, I have to say I was disappointed. But it is a fun flick if you are 10 or older.
What film do you recommend for Halloween? Let us know in the comments (or email us via our contact us page), and we might add it to our list!