25 Greatest Family Halloween Movies Of All Time

Herner Klenthur

Time for another edition of You Voted which is easily one of my favorite editorials we do on site.  This go around we asked our community on Facebook what your favorite Halloween Movies are that are safe for the whole family. We will of course do a followup piece later on the Best Halloween Horror Movies in general but for now we are focusing on stuff we can watch with kids present.

Our community is very diverse which means that this Top  25 has films from a variety of genres and dates making it a sure bet that you will definitely find some movies worth watching with your kids, your nieces and nephews or that bratty kid next door.


Directed by Tim Burton and starring Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton and Geena Davis Beetlejuice is a movie that brings back fond memories from my childhood as I used to watch it almost every Halloween with my family. Hollywood is currently in talks to do a sequel and or a remake and I for one am very excited to see where that goes.

In the film a couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Beetlejuice is a must watch!

Beetlejuice Photo

Trick R Treat

This is not the horror movie your thinking from 2007 this is a 1986 classic teen-horror flick. It stars Ozzy Osborne and Gene Simmons and is your classic ‘Rock N Roll will unleash the devil’. Its severely dated but its also hilarious and fun to look back on. Obviously this one is not for the younger kids but its safe for the older kids.

Eddie Weinbauer is a typical All-American teenager, at least he was until he fell under the evil spell of Rock Music. Now he’s obsessed with his heavy-metal superstar idol, Sammi Curr, who is killed in a hotel fire. Eddie becomes the recipient of the only copy of Curr’s unreleased album, which when played backwards sends a message of destruction and as Halloween approaches, Eddie begins to realize this isn’t only rock ‘n roll… it’s life and death and he must draw the line to thwart this mission.

trick or treat 1986

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is the three stooges of witch movies, its fun, charming and entertaining and definitely safe for the family. It stars Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.

After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.

Hocus Pocus

Its The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

This 1966 TV show is still a classic and one that I continue to enjoy watching each Halloween regardless of whether there are any small children around. The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.



Creepshow is not for the young kids this one you will want to reserve for the tweens. If you know any Twilight fans try and convert them over to true horror with Creepshow.

Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A.Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.


Monster Squad

Monster Squad is one of many great ‘teen buddy’ flicks where youngsters team up to take on the bad guys when the adults are oblivious. The Gate, Monster Squad, Goonies, The People Under the Stairs all fall into this category and are great films. Monster Squad fits into Halloween perfectly and was the one you all chose for this list.

12-year-old Sean Crenshaw and his best friend Patrick are die hard monster fanatics. Along with their friend Horace (nicknamed Fat Kid),junior high tough guy Rudy, Sean’s kid sister Phoebe, and little Eugene they come together and talk monsters. But when Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man, and The Mummy come to their small town to get an amulet to control the world, Sean leads his friends into action to protect their town from the forces of evil.


Ernest Scared Stupid

I absolutely love all of the Ernest movies and one of these days I need to go out and buy them. Ernest Scared Stupid is without a doubt the darkest and scariest of the Ernest franchise so I would not watch it with your 4 year old but 8 to 10 year olds should find lots to love!

After a misunderstanding, Ernest P. Worrell unleashes an evil troll on Halloween.


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      1. Wbubu65 October 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

        what about The lady in white?

        • Carmizzle October 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

          I LOVE the Lady in White! Had seen it many years ago…found it recently on You Tube when I was looking for THE WOMAN IN WHITE starring Andrew Lincoln. Another really good one!!!

      2. MistressLola October 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm

        Ha!  I was just going to suggest the same movie… The Lady in White! 

        It’s a bit dated now… but still a fantastic film nonetheless :)

        • MistressLola October 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

          Oh, and “Watcher in the Woods” as well… I was actually really surprised that it didn’t make the list

      3. Tiago October 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        Great list for kids.
        I like all those Tim Burton movies, but I think The Nightmare Before Christmas is his best animation. That movie is great.

      4. Nicholas James Reardon October 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

        Mr. Boogedy!!!

      5. Jennifer Hajdics October 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        Mr. Boogedy! Haven’t seen this in years!

      6. Brittany Wilson October 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        Mr. Boogedy yes!

      7. Igor Earl Hickey Kapslok October 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        Horror movies should not be for kids, I think that’s why their horror movies to begin with.

      8. Lee Stacy October 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        They so need to make a modern day Mr. Boogedy. My son loves this movie as I did when I was a kid.

      9. Brentley James October 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        I love Monster Squad

      10. Karen Evans October 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        My absolute favourite is “Beetle Juice!!.”

      11. Shell Lynn VanMetre October 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        Omfg it’s Mr. Boogedy!!!

      12. Corey Michael Lambdin October 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

        I thought I was the only one who’s seen these movies lol

      13. Jeremy Arruda October 13, 2013 at 1:55 am

        Mr. Boogedy! loved this movie as a child!

      14. Jojo Ople October 13, 2013 at 1:59 am


      15. david gardner October 13, 2013 at 3:13 am

        No Gremlins

      16. Jordan Allen October 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        how come serbian film didn’t make the list?

      17. Gavin Lawley October 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        Monster squad

      18. Sean Lane October 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

        The Midnight Hour

      19. Dave Zeidler October 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        Mr. Boogedy!

      20. Sean McEachin October 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        I had them recorded back to back on a vhs when I was a kid, and now I have them on dvd… I always watch “great pumpkin charlie brown” along with “garfields halloween” every year.. On that note, on that video when I was a kid, there was another one. Probably a made for TV Halloween movie. All I remember about it is it had Blanch from golden girls as a witch. Would be funny to find that and watch it.

      21. Lucas Fjelsted October 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        Lost boys

      22. Bjorn Tieman October 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        Mr boogedy! Holy crap, is the Bride Of Boogedy in there too?

      23. Matt Zickefoose October 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        Mr boogedy!!

      24. Jeremy Arruda October 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Boogedy Boogedy Boogedy Boo!

      25. Aaron Palik October 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm

        No Garfields Halloween, Scared Shrekless, Monsters vs Aliens Attack of the Mutant Pumpkins, Simpson’s tree house of horror, or killer klowns from Outer space? What kind of list is this!?

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca October 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

          one our readers voted on. Good choices of yours as well!

      26. Toni Viera Calvo October 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        Keaton impresionante !!!!

      27. Neil Hawkins October 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm

        Looks very good

      28. Adam Lane Taylor October 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm

        ….. save that one for later…..

      29. Tiago October 6, 2014 at 1:08 am

        House of 1,000,000 corpses