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I really love Halloween! However, I’m not really into anything too scary. I don’t watch scary movies and I don’t go to Haunted Houses anymore. They have made those way to realistic and scary these days!
When I was a teenager, Haunted Houses were more like spook alleys, not like being in horror film. They are too scary for me anyomore.
Anyway, when it comes to spooky movies, I veer towards the kid and family friendly shows. These are some of our favorites, including some old throw backs. “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” has been a family favorite for years-it combines humor with some fun spookiness and kooky music. And “The Worst Witch” is a classic in my book, even if it is dated!
There are some fun Halloween cartoon specials and some highly rated films. As always, watch anything with caution with the kiddos. Some, like my son, are extra sensitive so be sure the gauge their ability to handle scary situations before watching anything.
Here are our top 25 Best Family Friendly Halloween movies (in no particular order):
Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a two-part Walt Disney cartoon feature based on a pair of well known stories. The first half of the film is an adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, all about gawky 17th century schoolteacher Ichabod Crane and his love for the beautiful Katrina. The girl’s vengeful ex-beau Brom Bones decides to scare Ichabod out of Sleepy Hollow by filling the impressionable teacher’s brain with stories about the ghostly Headless Horseman–who of course makes an appearance that very night! The second half of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is based on the “Toad of Toad Hall” stories from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind and the Willows. The aristocratic but childish Mr. Toad loves motorcars, but his affection leads him to a jail term when he is accused of stealing an automobile. It’s up to Toad’s faithful friends to break Toad out of jail and expose the real crooks. One of Disney’s better “omnibus” cartoon features, Ichabod and Mr. Toad is enhanced by the narrative skills of Bing Crosby in the Ichabod segment and Basil Rathbone in the Mr. Toad sequence.
3. Hocus Pocus
Super-scooberific sleuthing has led you to treasure: the very first season of What’s New Scooby-Doo? Enjoy all 13 episodes of spoofy silliness and monstrous mystery with the crime-busting Mystery Inc. gang. From scary snowboarding in “There’s No Creature Like Snow Creature” to the season finale “The Unnatural,” Season One features the guest voices of real-life baseball greats Mike Piazza and Luis Santiago. As Scooby-Doo fans know, popular stars often lend their vocal talents in such takeoffs as Riva Ras Regas (co-starring teen pop singer Lindsay Pagano) and American pop idol JC Chasez from super group *NSYNC. But everyone knows who the biggest heartthrob of the show is really…who else? Scooby-Doo!
Hang on to your hats and get ready for a spook-tacular good time, with Curious George — in his first-ever, full-length Halloween movie. Autumn is here, bringing colorful leaves, hay rides, pumpkin patches, and the annual Boo Festival. After hearing about a legendary scarecrow who steals hats, the inquisitive monkey and his friends set out to find him. By the time he gets to the festival, George realizes that it’s not always easy to pick the perfect pumpkin, and that winning the prize for Best Costume may be as difficult as catching the mysterious scarecrow. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest— it’s a bewitching treat for the whole family!
12. Monster House
19. The Worst Witch
20. The Witches
27. Little Monsters
32. The Book of Life
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
I will contine to add movies as we find them and as they come out and as I find them. I am surprised by how many movies are good for families at Halloween! What is your family’s favorite movie?