Aside from going trick or treating with either your whole family or your friends, one of the best ways to bring out the halloween spirit is by watching horror or spooky movies, another halloween tradition that most people do.
Kids will have a long weekend this coming All Saints Day. There will be Halloween parties, visits to the cemetery, exchanging scariest story, and joining trick-or-treat events with family members of their best friends.
One of the best ways to spend time with the family this Halloween night is to watch kids’ animated halloween movies through streaming services. Just like adults, kids can enjoy Halloween-themed films as well.
Of course, you wouldn’t want to expose your children to gory and violent horror films at a very young age. A great scary movie for kids has themes but will never scare or traumatize anyone (a film with a goblin king and evil witches will not be suitable).
There are kid-friendly Halloween flicks that both adults and kids will enjoy this Halloween season.
If you are looking for light horror flicks suitable for children, you have come to the right place. So, grab your popcorn because here are some of the best horror films with just the right amount of spooky this Halloween.
Let’s start with the best animated Halloween movies for kids.
Best Halloween Animated Movies
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton is arguably the best in making a kid-appropriate horror movie using stop motion animation. His storytelling and art style are incredibly distinguishable. There are a lot of Tim Burton films that can be included on this list, but this horror film takes the cake because this film is appropriate for both Halloween and Christmas.
Jack Skellington, the main protagonist of this Halloween movie, is considered the Pumpkin King of his town Halloween Town in this film. Jack has been in charge of organizing Halloween celebrations for years. One Day, Jack is tired of the same Halloween ritual and wants something new. The following Day, Jack discovered a place called Christmas Town after wandering in the woods.
Jack then told what he saw to everyone in Halloween Town. Jack then decides to improve Christmas by taking over Christmas Town and kidnapping its ruler, Santa Claus.
Monster House (2006)
This film under Sony Pictures contains some crude humor and scary elements. Parental guidance is advised.
Monster House is an underrated classic in the mid-2000s about a young boy named DJ whose parents are out for the weekend for a dental convention. DJ is under the care of his babysitter Zee.
One of DJ’s hobbies is to spy on his next-door neighbor Mr. Nebbercracker who scares away children trespassing on his property. One Day, DJ and his friend Chowder had to cross the neighbor’s lawn after mislaying Chowder’s basketball.
Suddenly, Mr. Nebbercracker had to be rushed to the hospital after having a heart attack.
DJ and Chowder now have the chance to return to the house to retrieve the basketball and unveil Mr. Nebbercracker’s secret. DJ and Chowder uncovered the heartbreaking secret of the haunted house and why it keeps on haunting children.
This film is not that deep, and there is some cheesy humor. However, its story, plot twist, and animation make Monster House a good light watch for early teens this Halloween season.
The concept of the movie Coco is the Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico. This holiday is similar to All Saints Day or Undas in the Philippines.
The story of Coco revolves around Miguel and his dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, even though music has been banned from his family for generations.
Music was banned from the family because Miguel’s great-great-grandmother Imelda was married to a man that left her and her daughter Coco (Miguel’s great-grandmother) to pursue a music career. Since then, the family has become shoemakers instead.
Miguel then goes to the Land of the Dead as a human boy to go on an adventure, follow his dream of becoming a musician, and learn his family’s history. And just like other Disney films you can now watch via Disney+ in the Philippines, Coco is filled with musicals, tear-jerking moments, and moral lessons that the whole family will love!
The Addams Family (2019)
There are many classic monster movies under The Addams Family franchise. But if we’re talking about kid-friendly Halloween movies, the 2019 animated film is the best option.
The 2019 adaptation of this macabre family revolves around the spooky addams family, Gomez (father), Morticia (mother), Pugsley (baby brother), Wednesday (first born), Uncle Fester (also portrayed by versatile actor Christopher Lloyd), and Grandma, eagerly awaiting a visit from their much spookier relatives.
However, trouble quickly follows when dubious TV personality Margaux Needler finds that her aim of selling every house in the neighborhood is being thwarted by the Addams family’s haunted mansion.
You won’t get it here if you’re expecting the usual Addams Family that involves horror. This film doesn’t even have the same vibe as the original. This is an animated comedy for kids.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Hotel Transylvania is a movie that is about the world of monsters – famous supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster, and mummies – living outside and hidden from humans.
It is about the fear of Count Dracula of the human world that he created a safe space for all monster, called Hotel Transylvania – a hotel where most monsters in the world travel to.
The story mostly revolves around his daughter Mavis, who wants to go to Hawaii on her 18th birthday, a place where Count Dracula and his wife had an amazing romantic time. She yearns to get to share that experience with her mom even if she’s not here anymore.
Count Dracula’s fear of human resonates and creates a bridge between him and Mavis who want to go explore the world of humans. This is where Johnny, a human boy, comes in.
He got lost on his adventure and came across Hotel Transylvania. He and Mavis met and something happens. That’s when Darcula’s life started to change.
This movie is a light, funny, and entertaining. It is one of the best monster movie you can let your kids watch that they would sure enjoy. Popular artists like Adam Sandler lent their voices to give life to the characters.
One of the best animated movies you can watch this Halloween is Coraline. This movie is based on Neil Gaiman’s novel “Coraline” directed by Henry Selick. Like The Nightmare Before Christmas, this movie is also a stop motion animation.
Coraline is about a family who just moved in a new house in Pink Palace Apartments. Coraline’s parents are busy with their work catalog that they tend to neglect Coraline. She met Wibey, the grandson of the owner of the Pink Palace, which gave her a doll that exactly looks like her.
She then went on an adventure to roam around their new house. While roaming, Coraline discovers a little door in their living room, but upon opening it, it was bricked up.
Later that night, Coraline was searching for her miniature doll. She then saw the doll on the small door in the living room.
She opened the little door and came acroos a colorful tunnel that led her to the same house as theirs. She then met her mother, but it’s not quite her mother, because she has buttons for eyes.
Coraline is a movie about a child seeking attention and love from her family. This search led her to her dream life at a cost. It is a wonderful and meaningful movie that your kids would surely love and learn from.
Corpse Bride (2005)
Another one of the favorite animated Halloween movies directed by Tim Burton is Corpse Bride. Similar to Coraline, it is also a stop motion animation.
Corpse Bride is about young Victor Van Dort, voiced by Johnny Depp, who is supposed to wed to Victoria Everglot. He was so nervous every time they practice their wedding vows so he went to the woods to practice alone.
However, when he finished his vows, he put the ring on what seems to be a branch but apparently, it was a the hand of a dead woman who is a corpse bride named Emily.
This movie explores the afterlife, a world where our loved ones go to after they die.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Winds in the Willows
A 1949 American animated anthology film that was produced by Walt Disney Productions as its 11th animated feature film in the Disney Animation canon. It consists of two segments with the first one based on the 1908 children’s novel, The Wind in the Willows. This is the only animated film that starred Bing Crosby and Basil Rathbone.
Legend of the Sleepy Hollow
The second segment, entitled the Legend of the Sleepy Hollow, begins with with the film showing the arrival of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, New York, a village famous for its ghostly hauntings.
It tells how the odd Ichabod wins the hearts of the villagers, except for the bully Brom Bones and how he fell in love with a young Dutch woman named Katrina who is also the apple of Brom’s eyes. As Ichabod and Brom attend a Halloween party, Brom noticed how superstitious Ichabod Crane is. He then teases him by singing the tale of the legendary Headless Horseman to scare him.
Heading home, Ichabod’s fears were confirmed as the Headless Horseman appeared before him and chased him through a bridge where he throws a jack-o-lantern at him. Believing that Ichabod was taken by the Headless Horseman, Katrina proceeds and marry Brom.
This is a story about the young Norman Babcock who lives in a small fictional town of Blithe Hollow in Massachusetts.Young Norman is an 11-year old boy who has the uncanny ability to speak with the dead, the dead from zombie island, the ghosts in their town and even his grandmother who passed away.
He was given the task of ending a 300-year old witch’s curse on his town.
The 2012 American stop-motion animated comedy horror film was directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler. Notable artists lent their voices to the characters including Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, and the late John Goodman
These are just some of the kids halloween movies you can choose from for a spooky movie night. If ever your hesitant yet to let your children watch scary movies, some animated films you can let them watch are: the Toy Story series with Mr. Potato Head, Peanuts Gang and Charlie Brown Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie, Captain Hook, Disney films with lovable Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck, Pumpkin Patch, or Scooby Doo movies.
For older kids or teens who want a scarier movie, a classic horror film you can watch is Sleepy hollow, which is based on a novel called “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Vampire Hunter, and Young Victor Frankenstein.
Among these animated films, which one is your favorite?
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