This year is whizzing along like a rocket and I’m already making plans for Halloween. As the nights are getting dark earlier and the weather has taken a turn for the worst, I am looking forward to cosy nights in. I can’t wait to cook stew in the slow cooker and watch some family friendly Halloween movies. I can already feel my waistline growing with the amount of movie snacks I’ll be consuming!
Over the last few years more and more people in the UK are getting into the Halloween spirit. They spend time decorating their houses and throwing Halloween parties. We have added to our decorations as the years have passed, so our house looks suitably spooky for Halloween. We bought a huge Halloween wreath from Costco the other day and I can’t wait to hang it on our front door. I have also bought some really cool Halloween plates and treat bowls from the Disney Store and I can’t wait to fill them with all sorts of goodies for all the children in our neighbourhood that knock on our door to do a little bit of trick or treating.
Evie loves Halloween so I take her out trick or treating with some friends for a little while. Once she has knocked on the doors of all the houses that have put out decorations and filled her Halloween pumpkin bucket full of various Halloween treats, we go home. We get changed out of our cold (and often wet) costumes and watch a Halloween movie together.
With Halloween a few weeks away this is the perfect time to start choosing Halloween movies that the whole family can enjoy. Here I have come up with a list of 8 family friendly Halloween movies. Some we have seen and some are movies I have heard about and would like to watch.
Disney Channel Original HalloweenTown
This movie is a Disney Channel Original that was released in 1998. It is about a 13 year old girl called Marnie who discovers that she is a witch. Her grandmother visits them all on Halloween and starts training Marnie so that she doesn’t lose her powers. They end up being transported through a portal to a place called Halloweentown. There they find themselves in a battle with an evil warlock to save the supernatural world. Disney Channel released sequels to this movie, but I’d like to watch the first one to see what it’s like. I just hope I can get it on DVD before October 31st!
The Monster Squad
James watched this movie when he was a child and introduced it to us just last year. It’s a brilliant family movie about a group of kids who uncover a plot by Dracula to rule the world. His evil plan involves recruiting other monsters like Frankenstein and Werewolf to help him. However, the kids prepare a counter attack to fight against Dracula and his monsters. It is funny, entertaining and just the right amount of scary for children to be able to enjoy it just as much as adults.
Tower of Terror
This movie was based on the massively popular attraction and one of my favourite rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It’s about a journalist who decides to investigate five people who decades ago mysteriously disappeared on Halloween night, in the elevator of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Kirsten Dunst plays Steve Guttenberg’s niece in the movie. She helps him solve the mystery that has remained unexplained for many years. This movie is fun, creepy and full of action. Evie loved this movie when she watched it and wants us all to watch it again soon, so I’ve put it on our list.
This is possibly my favourite Halloween movie ever. I watched this with my sisters many times growing up and still enjoy it to this day. Max is a typical teenage boy who is unhappy after his family have moved to Salem, away from all his friends. On Halloween night he takes his little sister trick or treating. They soon end up on a mission to save Salem from the infamous Sanderson Sisters. The three witches are hell bent on wreaking havoc on the town and using their magic to reclaim their youth and live forever. Max, his sister Dani and their new friend Allison have to do everything they can think of to outsmart the witches and get rid of them once and for all.
The Haunted Mansion
Eddie Murphy plays a real estate agent who ends up stranded in an old, creepy mansion with his family. The movie is full of secrets and strange happenings and the family have to break the curse that has haunted the mansion for years. It’s a funny and spooky movie with a shocking twist at the end. We love it!
Double, Double, Toil & Trouble
I have never seen this movie, even though we actually own it on DVD. Evie has watched it many times and she thinks its awesome. It’s about twin sisters who find out their Aunt is an evil witch, who has cursed the family. They plot against her to end the curse. It definitely sounds like the sort of lighthearted, fun movie that I would enjoy on a family movie night.
This is another movie that I watched with my sisters when we were children. It is a strange movie. Johnny Depp plays Edward who has scissors for hands after his creator died before being able to give him hands. A kind lady from the local neighbourhood discovers him and takes him to her home, where he soon becomes the talk of the town. This is a classic and definitely one that I would love to sit down and watch again.
Who doesn’t love Casper the friendly ghost? A father and daughter move into a property that is haunted by ghosts. There are villains trying to discover the treasure from the manor, so that they can steal it for themselves, some not so friendly ghosts who just want to scare everybody who dares to enter the manor and Casper who just wants some friends. It’s a funny, heartwarming, easy to watch movie that is perfect for younger children.
(and one we wont)
This movie is based on the very popular books written by R.L Stine. I used to pick these books up in the library when I was a child and loved getting engrossed in a new story every week.
The movie is about a young boy, Zach, who moves to a new home and soon becomes friends with Hannah, the girl next door. Hannah happens to be the daughter of the famous author R.L. Stine. They soon discover his books, but accidentally release the evil characters from the books, who begin to terrorize the town that they live in. Zach, Hannah and R.L Stine have to come up with ways to capture the characters and put them back in the books. We watched this movie a few years ago and it really got to Evie. She didn’t like one of the characters in it and she was too scared to sleep alone for a few nights. We don’t even mention the movie in our house now just in case!
That’s all of my recommendations for family friendly Halloween movies. Have you seen them all? Will you be watching any this Halloween?
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