Best Halloween Movies for Kids

While some of the spooky, scary elements of Halloween might be a bit much for children, these movies are perfect for younger ones during the holidays.

  • Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005) From IMDB: “It’s a hilariously haunted Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Roo’s best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time. That is, until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who’ll turn you into a jaggedy lantern if he catches you.” Run time: 67 minutes Rated G Director: Saul Blinkoff, Elliot M. Bour Writers: Brian Hehlfeld, Evan Spiiliotopoulos and A. A. Milne Stars: Jimmy Bennett, Peter Cullen and Jim Cummings

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) From IMDB: “The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.” Run time: 25 minutes Unrated Director: Bill Melendez Writer: Charles M. Schulz Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea and Sally Dryer Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

  • Casper (1995) From IMDB: “A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.” Run time: 100 minutes Rated PG Director: Brad Silberling Writers: Joseph Oriolo, Sherri Stoner and Deanna Oliver Stars: Bill Pullman, Christia Ricci and Devon Sawa Distributed by: Universal Pictures

  • Hocus Pocus (1993) From IMDB: “After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it’s up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end on the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.” Run time: 96 minutes Rated PG Director: Kenny Ortega Writers: David Kirschner, Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures

  • Halloweentown (1998) From IMDB: “On Halloween, while Marnie is arguing with her mother Gwen, the kids' grandmother Aggie comes to visit. Aggie wants to start Marnie's witch training before her 13th birthday or Marnie will lose her powers forever. But there is another reason for Aggie's visit.” Run time: 84 minutes Unrated Director: Duwayne Dunham Writers: Paul Bernbaum, Jon Cooksey and Ali Marie Matheson Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Judith Hoag and Kimberly J. Brown

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) From IMDB: “An apprentice witch, 3 kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.” Run time: 117 minutes Rated G Director: Robert Stevenson Writers: Ralph Wright, Ted Berman, Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi, Mary Norton Stars: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson and Roddy McDowall Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures

  • Abbott and Costellow Meet the Mummy (1955) From IMDB: “Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.” Run time: 79 minutes Unrated Director: Charles Lamont Writers: Lee Loeb and John Grant Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Marie Windsor

  • From IMDB: “Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School or Witchcraft and Wizardry.” Run time: 152 minutes Rated PG Director: Chris Columbus Writers: J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves Stars: Daniel Racliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

  • From IMDB: “Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester.” Run time: 99 minutes Rated PG-13 Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Writers: Charles Addams, Caroline Thompson and Larry Wilson Stars: Anjelica Houston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

  • Gremlins (1984) From IMDB: “A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.” Run time: 106 minutes Rated PG Director: Joe Dante Writers: Chris Columbus Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

  • The Goonies (1985) From IMDB: “A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.” Run time: 114 minutes Rated PG Director: Richard Donner Writers: Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Jeff Cohen Distributed by: Amblin Entertainment