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Halloween is a magical time for children! Costumes, crafts, candy, and best of all – scary movies! As a child of the 80’s, I grew up in the golden age of Halloween. It was an innocent time of pumpkin rides, homemade costumes, trick or treating, and some of the best halloween movies ever produced.

Fast forward 30 years and now I’m enjoying reliving all of my favorite scary and family friendly halloween movies with my kids. Take if from one of the most gothic mothers who blog, these are without a doubt the Best Halloween Movies for Kids!

best halloween movies for toddlers
The perfect halloween movie for all ages

Age Range 0-4

  1. Nightmare before Christmas
  2. Casper
  3. Coraline
  4. Monsters, Inc.
  5. Scooby Doo
  6. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  7. James and the Giant Peach
  8. Frankenweenie
  9. Hotel Transylvania
  10. Monster Family

best halloween movies for kids
Possibly the best halloween movie for kids!

Age Range 5-10

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. Addams Family
  3. Ghostbusters
  4. E.T.
  5. The Haunted Mansion
  6. Beetlejuice
  7. The Gremlins
  8. The Witches
  9. The Goonies
  10. Corpse Bride

pre-teen scary movies
Possibly the scariest PG movie ever made!

Age Range 11-14

  1. Death Becomes Her
  2. The Burbs
  3. The Craft
  4. Transylvania 5600
  5. Clue
  6. The Crow
  7. Edward Scissorhands
  8. Poltergeist
  9. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  10. Pan’s Labyrinth

the best horror movies for kids
Now we’re starting to get gory!

Age Range 15-18

  1. It
  2. The Witches of Eastwick
  3. Pet Sematary
  4. Interview with a Vampire
  5. The Exorcist
  6. Psycho
  7. Scream
  8. The Shining
  9. The Evil Dead
  10. The Lost Boys

family friendly halloween
Hard to limit to just 10, but require watching these before moving out on their own! Sweet dreams in your dorm 🙂

Must Sees 18+

  1. Halloween
  2. Carrie
  3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  4. Friday the 13th
  5. Nightmare on Elm Street
  6. Children of the Corn
  7. Child’s Play
  8. The Silence of the Lambs
  9. Amityville Horror
  10. Hellraiser