Break out the caramel corn and popcorn.  Although Halloween is a time for scary movies, there are plenty of family friendly “unscary” Halloween movies.  We did some research and came up with our own top 10 family friendly Halloween movies.

Here are our top 10 movies in no particular order:

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

A classic aired every year and was first broadcasted on October 27, 1966 on CBS.  From Charlie Brown not trusting Lucy’s offer to hold the football while he kicks it to Linus waiting in the pumpkin patch all night for The Great Pumpkin.  This classic is not to be missed year after year.


This 1984 science fiction movie depicts three men who start a ghostbusting service in New York City and stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis.


This Tim Burton directed 1988 comedy horror film is about a recently deceased couple who become ghosts in their home and try to scare away those who move in.  The movie stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Sylvia Sidney, and Michael Keaton.

Hocus Pocus

Released in 1993, the film is a fantasy/comedy about a Halloween hating teenager who unintentionally brings three witches back to life and then must risk his own life to defeat them.  The movie stars Better Midlet, Sara Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.

Monsters, Inc.

This 2001 Pixar movie is about two monsters who work at a power plant that powers the city by scaring children, but are afraid of getting contaminated by children.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Released in 1993, this Tim Burton movie is about Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown, who discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the whole thing.


This 1995 film is about a ghost expert and his daughter who stay in an abandoned home occupied by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly ghost named Casper.  The movie stars Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, and Christina Ricci.

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

This 1949 Disney classic is about a romantic rivalry in a small town that ends up being a scary ride into the night.

The Worst Witch

Released in 1986, this movie is about a young girl that is a misfit that tries to save her school.

The Adventures of Ichobad and Mr. Toad

This Disney classic is two the animated adaption of, The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Holly, narrated by Bing Crosby.

Comments (2)
  1. 1– Mad monster party
    2– Addams family values
    3– Corpse bride
    4– Practical magic
    5– The witches of Eastwick

  2. RainbowRay says:

    A great list of family films for Halloween. Not really a halloween film, but “Pete”s Dragaon” is one movie I fondly remember from childhood which I’ve seen again maybe a year or two agao. I even bought it on DVD because it was and I think in some ways still is my favorite family movie from childhood all because of the animation it had blended in with the live action (I guess new for it’s time; being 77 or something like that) and because of the great music and the messages the music has (I’m sure you can find the moview on YOUTUBE if you check along with many other classics, but not all of them and some you can only clips of them).


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