10 Halloween Family Movies That Rock

  1. Anonymous

    October 17th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I reread Something Wicked almost every October – Bradbury so very perfectly describes a small town in October, the setting and the feelings of the boys, the yearnings of the adults and makes us believe the carnival could really exist. I’ll have to check out the movie!

  2. Anonymous

    October 17th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Have you read Dandelion Wine? Bradbury wrote it about his boyhood and I LOVED it!  Love Something Wicked, too. 🙂

  3. TheBookMamma

    October 17th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Great post! We’ve been wanting to watch some spooky stuff but wasn’t sure what was appropriate for the 5&6yo. 
    Be warned – Beetlejuice does have one F-bomb towards the beginning (graveyard scene when BJ is resurrected), and a few hells and damns. It didn’t prevent us from watching but it might some.

  4. Anonymous

    October 17th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the note! I totally didn’t catch that when I saw it (Hubs watched it with the kids- I was in and out of the room) and it’s good to note. Anyway, added it to the post. 🙂

  5. Beth H

    October 17th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    A friend sent us a copy of Spooky Buddies and my kids have watched it 5 times in the last week.

    I love Something Wicked!

  6. Anonymous

    October 17th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    My kids loved Spooky Buddies, too. It’s not something I’d reserve for a “Family Night,” though!  LOL Halloweentown and the Goosebumps movies fall in the same category. My kids LOVE them… Me? NOT SO MUCH. ;D

  7. KelleyWinslett

    October 17th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my- Witches brings back memories…. We loved the Garfield Halloween special that aired w the Charlie Brown one– and not Halloween, but we LOVE Monsters, Inc and it’s on Disney this month!

  8. Anonymous

    October 17th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Monsters Inc is a great one!!

  9. NancyB

    October 17th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Hocus Pocus and BeetleJuice are two of my favorite movies!  SJP and Kathy Nijimy and Bette Midler are hysterical and (young) Alec Baldwin is (still) hot!
    I know practically nothing of Ray Bradbury’s works.  I will definitely look for that book!

  10. Boricua_keya

    October 17th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    AHHH! I’m so happy that my son is getting older so he can participate in all the crazy traditions I want to celebrate. I’m actually laughing because I said we’re gonna watch Hocus Pocus (MY FAVE!!) and Nightmare before Christmas, but we’re watching that one again for Christmas too. It serves as a double holiday movie. I’m going to download the other movies to add to my new collection. Thanx!!

  11. cheesehead4ever

    October 17th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I absolutely love It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  My girls love Hocus Pocus (which they first watched at my in-laws house).  My only problem with it is that after watching it a few times, my oldest started asking me what a virgin was! At one point in the movie, I believe they are looking for a male virgin to sacrifice.  When asked, I originally said that it was someone who wasn’t married yet.  It’s been a few years and I have now clarified the definition for her!

  12. Jenna@CallHerHappy

    October 17th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I see all of my favorite on here too! Hocus Pocus is a no brainer. What a good movie. Also, Beetlejuice was a staple at my house. I loved Witches too. Nightmare Before Christmas reminds me of my brother. When we were little my parents let us put a tv in my room on Halloween and Christmas Eve. My brother and I would lay in bed and watch that movie both of those nights up until we were in college! I think I’m going to have to rent Something Wicked this year because I haven’t seen that one yet!

    Jenna
    callherhappy.com

  13. Amy

    October 17th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Where is Walt Disney’s classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Oh my, I finally replaced my VHS copy this past summer with the DVD and bonus! I also got The Adventures of Todd on it as well. Great movies to watch! Love all of them but I don’t think I have watched Something Wicked This Way Comes in a long time.

  14. Anonymous

    October 23rd, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Ooh, good one- I haven’t seen that one since they showed it on the reel in elementary school!

  15. Sandra Taylor

    October 18th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I love Something Wicked!  I bought it last year and my 10 year old was appropriately spooked!  There’s nothing like that last scene where the carousel goes around backwards!  I remember watching it as a kid and being scared too!  It truly is a classic.  We also love Halloween…used to decorate the yard…haven’t been able to for a year or two.  Just a smal cemetary out there now.  🙂

  16. Anonymous

    October 19th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    The Great Pumpkin is a classic. The Halloweentown series is a favorite of my daughter. While they’re not as good as some of what you listed, she likes them a lot. Spookybuddies, which is new this year, is good, other than B-Dog who is the Jar Jar Binks of the -buddies series of movies.

  17. Anonymous

    October 19th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Oh, yeah, our who family LOVES Corpse Bride.

  18. Anonymous

    October 23rd, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Corpse Bride is one of my favorites. It was number 11 on this list. 

  19. ColleenerBeaner

    November 4th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh.  I’ve never met anyone who has ever heard of The Watcher in the Woods besides me and a few friends!  I was actually terrified by it when I was younger (it still gets me a bit now.  I’m 26.) The Worst Witch is also a good one.  A young Fairuza Balk plays Mildred, the witch who just couldn’t quite grasp her spells.  Tim Curry also makes an appearances.  The songs are fun to sing along to and it’s not scary in the least.  I’d recommend it to anyone.  Mr. Boogedy was a good one too.  Not too scary, but just enough for a little Halloween fright. 

    I wish my new job afforded me as much blog-reading time as my last, then you would have heard of these fabulous Halloween movies BEFORE Halloween!

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