Horror movies aren't just for adults! Here are the best family-friendly Halloween movies available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and more.
Horror movies aren't just for adults, and there are plenty of spooky family-friendly tales available to stream this Halloween onnetflix,Hulu,Amazon Prime, is much more. Some may be concerned about letting young people into the genre, but not all horror movies need gore or other extreme content to convey their scares.
Kids can be introduced to horror from an early age, but there's an obvious priority to stick with what's appropriate for their age group. We've rounded up a variety of options for kids at different stages of maturity, all of which can be found in the massive libraries of content now available to stream directly to your TV, computer, or mobile device.
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Some of the suggestions on this list are set during the Halloween season, while others feature the spooky elements that often accompany the holiday celebration. Ghosts, monsters, vampires, witches, and zombies - this list has it all. The titles span decades, but many of them have become fan favorites. Here's a list of the best Halloween movies for family friends and where they can be found streaming.
Cristina RicciShe is considered one of the queens of terror, and one of her first leading roles was in 1995.Casper. The movie focuses on the paranormal, but the tone is appropriate for viewers of all ages. It follows a young ghost named Casper who haunts a Maine mansion alongside his poltergeist uncles, the Ghostly Trio. Paranormal therapist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) moves into the mansion to investigate the hauntings, bringing his teenage daughter Kat (Ricci) with him. Casper and Kat become closer after she throws a Halloween party, but her current condition complicates their relationship.Casperit can be streamed via a Starz subscription or rented on Amazon, YouTube, or iTunes.
Due to the annual exhibitions ofHocus PocusTo celebrate the Halloween season, the movie has become a cult classic. The 1993 fantasy-horror comedy, directed by Kenny Ortega, centers on a trio of ancient witches who are resurrected by a teenager named Max on Halloween. The Sanderson sisters, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, wreak havoc in the town of Salem as Max and his allies try to stop them. TOHocus Pocus sequelit's supposedly in the works at Disney+. The title can currently be viewed via Freeform's subscription service or atDisney+ on launch day.
coralis a terrifying favorite among young viewers and the title comes highly recommended for those who missed the 2009 release. Henry Selick's stop-motion animated horror (the nightmare before christmas) and is based on the 2002 novel by Neil Gaiman. The film follows a new girl in town, Coraline (Dakota Fanning), who finds a parallel world after exploring her new home. Everything in the alternate world mirrors hers, but it's a little better. Coraline contemplates staying there forever before discovering that she is trapped in the "Other World". The critically acclaimed film can be found streaming on Netflix.
the nightmare before christmas
the nightmare before christmasIt's a Disney classic. The 1992 stop-motion animated film was created by Tim Burton,but the movie was directed by Henry Selick. Follow the misadventures of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, after he falls through a portal into Christmas Town. Bored with his life as the Pumpkin King, Jack discovers the spirit of Christmas and decides to take control of the holidays by kidnapping Santa Claus and posing as a jolly figure. Due to the film's focus on both Christmas and Halloween, it could be the perfect family viewing during November and December. The title can be rented on platforms such as Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and others. It will also be available when Disney+ launches in November.
Despite not being set on Halloween,paranormanshares the qualities of the holiday, focusing on the supernatural. The 2012 stop-motion animated film also packs a lot of heart in telling the story of a young outsider, Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee). The 11-year-old boy has the ability to speak to the dead, and according to the spirit of his uncle, Norman is the only person who saves the town from an old witch's curse. The situation becomes more dangerous when the zombies rise from their graves. Currently, the fantasy-horror comedy can be purchased on iTunes.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
The most recently released title on this list isGoosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, the 2015 sequeltremble. Both films are based on the works of children's author R.L. stine.goosebumps 2it serves as a standalone film, so it is not necessary to have seen the first film. The horror comedy revolves around two boys, Sonny and Sam (Jeremy Ray Taylor and Caleel Harris, respectively), who accidentally release monsters from thetremblebooks after finding one of Stine's unpublished manuscripts. The disastrous event takes place on Halloween night and features memorable Goosebumps characters like Slappy, Banshee, The Abominable Snowman, and Prince Khor-Ru.Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloweenis available on Netflix.
The 2006 computer-animated filmmonster houseit can focus on a group of kids, but there are a lot of big scares. It takes the notion of the typical creepy house across the street and kicks it up a notch. It follows three children who realize that a neighboring house is a living thing. After witnessing the attack on the house and eating some victims, the trio attempts to destroy the house before Halloween approaches, as a way to protect the innocent trick-or-treaters.monster houseThe motion capture animation was developed in the same way as the one in 2004.The polar Express. The film can be rented on Amazon, YouTube or Google Play.
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For parents of kids who feel too old for animation or want something a little scarier, look no further.The witches. The 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston is based on Roald Dahl's 1983 children's book of the same name. It centers on a group of wicked witches who pretend to live like ordinary women while attacking and killing children, until young Luke and his Grandma try to stop them.The witchesIt is rated PG but features some disturbing sequences. The movie is currently not available on subscription streaming services, but it can be rented on Amazon, YouTube, or Google Play.
the monster squad
Equal toThe witches,the monster squadit would be more appropriate for older children and tweens. This is the only title on the list to be rated PG-13, but it follows a youth group, making it a suitable title for families with mature children. The 1987 horror comedy, directed by Fred Dekker, was not a theatrical success, but has since become a cult classic. The film centers on a group of classic horror tweens called the Monster Squad who get their hands on the diary of legendary monster hunter Van Helsing. After a rift in the universe, Count Dracula arrives to take over the world with the help of some allies including Mummy, Gill-Man, Wolf Man, and Frankenstein's monster.the monster squadcan be found streaming to Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Epix subscribers.
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