Monday, October 3, 2016

20 Halloween Movies You Can Watch as a Family

We're a movie loving family. And we also love Halloween. So, it's only natural that
watching Halloween movies as a family is one of our favorite things to do during the
month of October. I've compiled a list of more than 20 of our must-watch Halloween
movies. If you start now, you can watch one every day leading up to the big day. And
you'll even have time to watch your favorites more than once.
I'm starting with the tamer ones and moving into the ones that might be better suited
for your older kids. Enjoy!

1. Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
"And they give us candy, and cider, and cookies. What? Just like that?"
This on has a special place in my heart because it was one of the first Halloween
movies I watched with my oldest when he was little. He would quote it all the time.
And he called Halloween - Punkoween. So many memories!

2. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
"You owe me restitution!" 
Who doesn't love Linus and Sally and the poor Charlie
Brown and all his rocks? We definitely do, so much so that we made it the theme of
our Halloween costumes two years ago. Just watch it, my Sweet Baboo!
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks Scare-riffic Double Feature
"That little glass of yours is always half full, isn't it?"
The songs in this double feature are so catchy that once I watch it, I'm
singing them the rest of the month. You'll enjoy watching the Chipmunks meet these
two infamous monsters of Halloween.

4. The Adventures of  Ichabod and Mr. Toad
"Ichabod, what a name! Kind of odd, but nice just the same!"
Whatever does become of Ichabod after his fateful meeting with The Headless Horseman?
It's the great debate at our house and I love discussing it each time we watch the
movie together. What's your theory?

5. Ernest Scared Stupid
"How about a bumper sandwich, Boogerlips!"
Ahhh, Ernest. The lovable idiot of my childhood. His antics are always popular with
8-11 year old set - so perfect for our family! Beware of slobbery trolls!

6. Hotel Transylvania
"I do not say BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!"
This movie is quirky and silly - just like all the Adam Sandler movies before it.
However, this one is family friendly and the kids like all the bodily function jokes,
even though they make me cringe. But I do like the message that you can't hold on
to your kids forever or protect them from everything.

7. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
"Just a bit of harmless brain alteration, that's all."
In attempt to brainwash the rabbits of Trottington Hall and remove their appetite
for vegetables, Wallace unwittingly creates a Were-rabbit. Beware!

8. Casper
"Can I keep you?"
The friendly ghost of Whipstaff Manor befriends the teenage daughter of a the
paranormal therapist sent to send he and his uncles into the light. Adorable and your
heart aches when Casper asks Kat, "Can I keep you?"

9. The Book of Life
"Kids these days, with their long hair and not killing stuff."
This is a favorite of Isabella's and I love the beautiful animation and  heartwarming
story of following your dreams and facing your greatest fears.

10. Corpse Bride
"I've spent so long in the darkness, I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is."
Like the poster says - there's been a grave misunderstanding and poor Victor
finds himself married to the Corpse Bride. However will he get back to his
real betrothed?

11. Frankenweenie
"I don't want him in my heart. I want him here with me."
When Victor's dog Sparky is hit by a car, he uses the power of science to bring
him back to life. Chaos ensues when others find out about Victor's creation that want
Victor's power of creation to work for them.

12. Coraline
"She wants something to love, I think. Something that isn't her."
This was Isabella's favorite movie when she was three-years-old and we watched
it over and over for a whole month. It's creepy and weird and leaves you
wondering if your other mother is looking for you!

13. ParaNorman
"There's nothing wrong with be scared, Norman, 
so  long as you don't let it change who you are."
Norman is just a normal boy, a normal boy that can speak to the dead. When
he tries to save his town from the curse of a witch cast centuries ago, he has to
do it his own way.

14. Ghostbusters
"Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought."
Well, who are you going to call? This is a favorite from my childhood and I love
sharing it with my kids. Why is Bill Murray so funny?

15. The Nightmare Before Christmas
"Just because I cannot see it, doesn't mean I can't believe it."
The thing I love about this movie is that it is kosher to watch it October-December,
and with the great music it's another that could watch every day.
It's quirky and dark, but my kids love it and so do I!

16. The Watcher in the Woods
"Sometimes there seems to be something out there."
Never move into an old house owned by a strange old woman. Just don't do it.
This might be better suited for 10+, just for the creepiness factor.

17. Gremlins
"Bright light! Bright light!"
This is another one that is great at Halloween and at Christmas. I love little
Gizmo so much and wish he would come home to live with me. I promise I
would follow all the rules!

18. The Witches
"So if no one's seen the Grand High Witch, how are you sure she exists?"
The book is creepy and the movie with Angelica Houston as the Grand High
Witch is just as weird and terrifying. Be sure to check for wigs!
 19. Hocus Pocus
 "It's just a bunch of hocus pocus."
I love me some Bette Midler and she is just divine as the lead Sanderson sister.
If you've never seen this one before, what are you waiting for?

20. Goosebumps
 "The Abominable Snowman just crawled out of a book, that doesn't just happen."
This has become one of our family favorites and the kids ask to watch it
multiple times each month. The first time we watched it we went all out with
the spooky themed treats. If you loved the books as a kids, then you'll enjoy
this new take on an old favorite.

There's my list of my favorite spooky Halloween movies to enjoy as a family.
Did I leave one of your favorites off? 
What is it? Add to my list.

If you like this list, then check out my lists for 
25 Favorite Christmas Movies
 30 Romantic Movies for Valentine's Day



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