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20 Halloween Movies for Kids

These spooky movies are packed with tricks and treats.

Spooky season is upon us, so it’s time to dust off your old VCR and pull out your collection of seasonal VHS tapes. It’s also time to realize that your old VCR is broken and you donated your collection of VHS tapes in a pandemic-fuelled bout of cleaning two years ago—and then turn to streaming TV instead.

No matter how you plan on watching, we’ve got a treat for you today: 20 spooky Halloween films and franchises for kids (or kids at heart).

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1. Halloweentown | Disney+, Hulu + Live TV

The crown jewel of Halloween movies, Halloweentown follows a young witch named Marnie who discovers her family’s connection to a secret magical world. If you like talking skeletons, High School Musical cameos, and men who are secretly 400 frogs in a trenchcoat, this series is for you.

And no, we still don’t know why Disney recast Marnie in the fourth movie.

Films in the Halloweentown series:

  • Halloweentown
  • Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
  • Halloweentown High
  • Return to Halloweentown

2. Twitches | Disney+, Hulu + Live TV

Alex Fielding (Tia Mowry) and Cam Barnes (Tamera Mowry) come from two different worlds but run into each other by chance on their 21st birthday. They soon learn that they are not only long-lost sisters but also twins, and on top of that? They’re witches.

Twin witches. Twitches. Get it? You get it.

Films in the Twitches series:

  • Twitches
  • Twitches Too
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3. Mostly Ghostly | Tubi

Lots of R.L. Stine’s works have been adapted for the screen, but Mostly Ghostly hits that sweet spot of late–2000s made-for-TV spookiness. Well, and mid–2010s. These three movies span eight years and several recastings, but you just have to roll with it.

Each movie follows a young, amateur magician who teams up with two ghosts living in his house to beat an evil poltergeist named Phears. (Phears is played by a different actor in every movie. Like we said, just roll with it.)

It’s basically Beetlejuice for preteens.

Films in the Mostly Ghostly series:

  • Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out?
  • Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?
  • Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House

4. The House with a Clock in Its Walls | VOD

The Jack Black renaissance is upon us. At some point between Goosebumps and Goosebumps 2, he found time to film The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a movie for those who like their Halloween frights to be a bit weird.

The story follows Lewis, a curious orphan sent to live with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). But there’s something ticking in the walls of his new house (can you guess what?), and it’s up to Lewis to solve the mystery.

This movie dips more into the creepier side of Halloween but is still mostly aimed at families. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you when this kids movie gives you more nightmares than you bargained for.

5. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown | Apple TV+

In this classic from 1966, Charlie Brown’s friend Linus is eagerly awaiting a visit from the Great Pumpkin, Santa’s lesser-known rival. As is usual for the Peanuts gang, things don’t always go as planned, but Snoopy has a good time.

It may have come out almost 60 years ago, but you can never watch The Great Pumpkin too many times.

6. Monster High: Ghouls Rule | VOD

There are a lot of installments in the Monster High universe, spanning three generations and four streaming services. Don’t worry, ghouls—most of these are standalone stories and can be watched in any order.

Like the name implies, Monster High is a high school for monsters, or rather, the children of monsters. Monster High: Ghouls Rule is the franchise’s Halloween special.

And for the first time in live action, you can catch the fang-tastic crew in Monster High: The Movie on October 6 on Nickelodeon and Paramount+.

Films in the Monster High series:

  • New Ghoul @ School
  • Fright On!
  • Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?
  • Escape from Skull Shores
  • Ghouls Rule
  • Friday Night Frights
  • Scaris: City of Frights
  • From Fear to Eternity
  • 13 Wishes
  • Frights, Camera, Action!
  • Freaky Fusion
  • Haunted
  • Boo York, Boo York
  • Great Scarrier Reef
  • Welcome to Monster High
  • Electrified
  • Adventures of the Ghoul Squad: Holiday Edition
  • Monster High: The Movie

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas | Disney+, Hulu + Live TV

Everyone knows The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can’t swing a witch’s broom in a Hot Topic without hitting a few Jack Skellington ceramic mugs and Oogie Boogie sweatshirts.

But for the uninitiated, this animated classic follows Jack, a skeleton and Pumpkin King of Halloweentown (no relation to the 1998 film) who yearns for a life outside of witches and severed heads.

He finds this new life in Christmastown, which is exactly what it says on the tin: a place where it’s Christmas all the time. But much like the clearance section of a Michaels craft store, things get weird when the holidays start to mix.

8. ParaNorman | The Roku Channel

Laika, the film studio responsible for Coraline, returned in 2012 to make ParaNorman, a gorgeous stop-motion film about a boy who can talk to spirits.

What follows is a gripping tale about ghosts, zombies, and witches, making this movie a perfect choice for fans of Coraline and the spooky season itself.

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