17 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies, From ‘Hocus Pocus’ to ‘Hotel Transylvania’ (Photos)

Linda Ge and Alexandra Del Rosario
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Hocus Pocus

Despite being rated PG, “Hocus Pocus” is a classic, iconic Halloween movie, and its cult status has only gained in the 20 years since its release.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it a Halloween movie? A Christmas movie? Don’t know, but the good thing about this Tim Burton classic is that it can be relied upon all throughout the holiday season.

Ghostbusters (2016)

This remake of the 1980s classic has a phenomenal comedic cast of funny ladies, and luckily, this is one modern reboot that didn’t go the “dark and grounded” route, making it a fun adventure, even for kids born with a smart phone in their hands.

Casper

A family-friendly coming of age tale and a fun, spooky adventure all in one, Christina Ricci

Harry Potter

Does Halloween even exist in the world of Hogwarts? No matter, because this fantasy epic has spawned millions of costumed fans. And since there’s 8 movies, it’s the perfect marathon binge for weekend.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Carnivals are pretty much never not-scary, but this adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s novel is just the appropriate amount of scary for a family movie night.

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

Garfield tricking Odie into giving him all his candy is about as scary as this pirate-themed ghost story gets, but it did win the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.

The Halloween Tree

Ray Bradbury narrates this adaptation of his own book of the same name, and it’s an Emmy-winning, fun Halloween romp that’s also a history lesson about the origins of the holiday.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Carnivals are pretty much never not-scary, but this adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s novel is just the appropriate amount of scary for a family movie night.

Goonies

A swashbuckling treasure hunt featuring a rag tag team of kids and a “monster” who helps them is a classic, and Halloween just might be the perfect time to introduce the next generation of fans.

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