I used to love watching horror movies in my early to late teens. I would even go so far as to say it was my favorite genre to watch! But in recent years, I’ve cut out Horror movies completely, and now even if I see a trailer to one coming out, I cringe and need to turn it off. My fiance doesn’t like them either, so it makes things much easier when it comes to choosing movies to watch together! We are all about keeping our movie choices family-friendly.
So if you are looking for movies to watch with your kiddos or if you and your SO are like us and are looking for some clean, fun movies to watch this Fall season, then keep reading!
1. Halloweentown 1 & 2
This may be one of the most popular Halloween movies of all time. 90’s kids couldn’t wait for the Fall season to hit so that they’d start playing movies like this again on TV! I remember in elementary school, checking the TV guide all month and writing down in our calendar which days Halloweentown was playing so that I could stay up to watch it!
Such a fun one with a great story, engaging characters, and a deep message about fighting against segregation and intolerance. It’s slightly creepy with a ton of comedy and adventure. If you haven’t seen this one yet, I can pretty much guarantee this will be a new tradition for you every year!
2. The Scream Team
This was another one of my all time favorites around Halloween time. This one doesn’t seem to be as talked about, but it was definitely a classic Halloween DCOM! With plenty of comedy and adventure, this movie is perfect for family movie night.
2 siblings team up with friendly ghosts after they find out that their grandfather never crossed over to the other side because his spirit was stolen by a vengeful, evil ghost (Zachariah). Now they must defeat Zachariah and help their grandfather finally cross over after 200 years!
3. Phantom of the Megaplex
This is another one that is mainly for nostalgia value or to watch with your kiddies! I’m pretty sure if I watched it now as an adult, it wouldn’t be as enjoyable as it was back in the day. But your kids will love it!
The main character Pete Riley and his other coworkers are getting their megaplex theater prepared for a premiere gala that night. However, some creepy and mysterious things start happening. They start to wonder whether it is due to a haunting of the ghost of the person who was trapped in the theater when it was demolished, or if it could be someone much more familiar to them causing the chaos?
This one will keep your kiddos glued to the screen trying to figure out what will happen next!
4. Corpse Bride
Our main character, Victor Van Dort, is set to be married to Victoria Everglot. But when things don’t go too well at their wedding rehearsal, Victor goes out into the woods to practice his vows again, to ensure everything goes smoothly. However, as he gets everything down perfectly, he soon finds himself married to a corpse bride named Emily. He then needs to find a way to get out of this situation and back to Victoria.
This is honestly a movie I’ve watched pretty much every year, because it’s just that good! As with all Tim Burton movies, there is this somewhat dark tone to the movie, but still completely appropriate for any age! If I had to choose one Tim Burton movie to watch around Halloween, call me crazy, but I would pick Corpse Bride over The Nightmare Before Christmas any day.
5. The Haunted Mansion
I know Eddie Murphy is one of those actors you either love or hate. I absolutely loved him in this movie. Hilarious and engaging. Eddie stars as a real estate agent who takes his family to the creepy (like basically every old mansion) Gracey Manor, with the intent to help the owners sell their home. Little did they know what is really going on in the Manor.
With the help of a supernatural psychic, they must work to break the mansion’s curse before it is too late!
This is another one that has comedy and a story for both children and adults, making it enjoyable for everyone!
6. Ernest Scared Stupid
If you don’t know who Ernest is, you are missing out! I would say he was like another Jim Carey. With the many faces, voices, quirks, and outlandish behaviors, it’s no wonder they’re both great at bringing originality to any comedy. This movie is set during the Halloween season, and has some eerie scenes, but also a ton of comedic relief!
I used to watch this movie every single year without fail, and even without Halloween being nearby! It’s always good for nostalgia, especially since it stars Ernest and actually this movie is the reason that I fell in love with the Ernest series!
7. Don’t Look Under The Bed
This one is a must-see. Back when this movie first came out, there were parents that thought it was too frightening for their kids to watch. And for a DCOM, they didn’t feel it was appropriate. So, they stopped airing it on TV. I have to admit, there are some pretty scary scenes, I remember being totally freaked out as a kid when I watched this.
But, at the same time, the whole movie was done so well, and kids could relate to the “Boogeyman under the bed” idea, as well as having imaginary friends.
In “Don’t Look Under the Bed”, a teen gets help from an imaginary friend to deal with a boogeyman who has been pranking the whole town and trying to frame her for it. Back when it first came out in the 90’s, it was such a different concept for what would be considered a children’s movie.
If you’ve watched it before, you totally need to again as Halloween is drawing near! If you’re worried that your kids may be scarred after watching it, I’d say watch it yourself first and then decide!
8. Hocus Pocus
I put this movie last in my list because, well everyone knows why it’s great and is a Halloween time must-see. But I had to add it because it’s definitely always been in my top favorites. Halloween just isn’t the same without it!
I hope you enjoyed going through the list of my favorites and must-sees for this Halloween season! If there are some of these that you haven’t seen yet, I’d love to hear which ones! And if you have seen them, let me know which are your favorites!
Now go set a date, get your family and friends together, get your popcorn ready and enjoy a Halloween movie night!!