It's that time of year again, Halloween is almost upon us, so whether you're going to be throwing a Halloween party or just want to give the kids a spooky treat, take a look at the best kids' Halloween films to watch this year
It’s that time of year again, so whether you’re throwing a Halloween party or just want to give the kids a spooky treat, take a look at the best kids’ Halloween films to watch this year.
Who would’ve thought ghosts could be funny? Here’s a heart-warming tale about Casper, ‘the friendliest ghost you know’, and his three not-so-friendly, evil brothers who haunt a ruined mansion. Dr. James Harvey is hired to get rid of them but the three brothers don’t plan on going anywhere. As Kat, Harvey’s daughter, makes friends with Casper, the pair fight to help him and rid the house of the evil brothers – but there’s trouble ahead.
Goodtoknow verdict: Great for all the family! Rating PG.
Sarah Jessica Parker stars in Hocus Pocus as one of three sister witches resurrected on Halloween night in Massachusetts. It’s up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to stop the witches once and for all.
Goodtoknow verdict: A great one for little girls with a big imagination! Rating PG.
It’s been a firm family favourite for over 20 years! This 1984 action flick follows the adventures of three nutty scientists who get sacked from their university jobs studying ghosts. They become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky spirits for money. But when they stumble upon the gateway to another dimension, only they can save the world from destruction.
Goodtoknow verdict: On a Halloween night, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! Rating PG.
The perfect spooky boxset for many a young witch or wizard, Harry Potter fills the imagination of pretty much any kid (and some adults!) who watch it. So what better way to celebrate Halloween as a family than to settle in and watch Harry Potter perform magical spells, run from giant snakes and battle his way through creepy forests!
Goodtoknow verdict: The kids will love this and you might even find yourself slightly addicted too! Why not throw a Harry Potter party. Ratings from PG to 12A.
If you’ve ever wondered what spooky families look like, this will give you the answer. The Addams Family are as weird as they get; they even have an amputated hand for a servant! With the birth of a new sibling, children Wednesday and Pugsley are shipped off to summer camp to stop any arguments; Pubert the new-born gets a nanny. But the new nanny is strange and the question is: is she a gold-digger or a grave-digger?
Goodtoknow verdict: A weird comedy but an absolute barrel of laughs. Rating PG.
Scooby and the gang visit Zombie Island where they have to battle the evil ghost of Moonscar the pirate and his fellow islanders; zombies! Funny Halloween take on this 1969 cartoon classic.
Goodtoknow verdict: Great for giving the kids a cheeky spook on Halloween night. Rating PG.
This one’s not just for the kids! In this creepy drama, a scientist invents his greatest ever creation – Edward (Johnny Depp), a near complete human. But the professor dies before he can finish the job and Edward is left with scissor-hands. He lives alone until a family take him into their home and look after him.
Goodtoknow verdict: Emotional drama with spooky scenes – not suitable for small children. Rating 12.
The Peanuts gang celebrate Halloween whilst Linus hopes the great pumpkin will visit him. Charlie Brown goes to an exciting Halloween party with Snoopy (the cool dog).
Goodtoknow verdict: Short, easy-going cartoon perfect for small kids at Halloween. No rating.
It’s another Tim Burton classic – great for Halloween and for Christmas! Jack Skellington, pumpkin king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Bored of doing the same thing every year for Halloween, Jack is so mesmorised by Chirstmas Town’s festivities he persuades his resident ghouls, bats and goblins to throw a Christmas of their own. But, surprise, surprise, it doesn’t quite go to plan!
Goodtoknow verdict: A winner with the kids who’ll get excited about Halloween and Christmas all in one film! Rated PG.
In this spooky tale, Victor goes out to practice his wedding vows in the woods. But a deceased woman lies beneath him and, just as he gets them right, she rises assuming he’s marrying her – and Victor finds himself with a corpse bride! With Victor’s real wife-to-be in desperate need for money, a rich newcomer threatens to take his place. What will Victor do!
Goodtknow verdict: Dark, cartoon comedy by Tim Burton – a heart-warming tale for the whole family. Rated PG.