7 Halloween Movies for the Whole Family


With Halloween next week, I’ve been amping up the amount of Halloween themed movies that we have been watching! I would love to tell you that these are Alex and Emma’s favourites by choice, but the truth is that I love most of these movies and I am passing (or forcing – it depends on the way that you look at it!) on my love to them. As they are getting older, I absolutely love that we can start sharing our loves with them both. Every stage of having children is my favourite, but this age with them both may be my favourite yet!

Here are my our favourites to keep you going for the next week.



Hocus Pocus – After 3 centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem on Halloween night. It is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to end their reign of terror once and for all. Who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus. I was concerned that the kids would be frightened by it but they absoutely love it and Emma asks to watch it every day. Anything with Bette Middler in it is an absolute must, especially when she starts to sing!



The Addams Family – The Addams Family is another favourite form my childhood and I absolutely love that I can watch it with my babies now. When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. Morticia soon begins to suspect that the man is a fraud as he cannot remember any of their childhood. With the help of a lawyer, Fester soon has the family evicted from their home. Gomez soon realises what is happening and challenges Fester. We must not forget The Addams Family Values which I think is my personal favoruite.


Monster House – three teens discover that the house across the street is alive. It eats anything hat goes on the property. The teens try out convince the ysitter and the police, but no one will believe email.  To unravel the mystery they have to go inside.  We haven’t watched this yet but I am hoping we will watch it together after we have been out on our Halloween adventures this weekend. I wonder if it might be a bit scary for them both, but when I compare it to some of the Halloween things Alex watches on YouTube, I think we will be just fine! (On a side note, he talks about becoming a zombie from the virus that will be injected into his eye!)



Hotel Transylvania 2  – After the meltdown to end meltdowns on Sunday afternoon I quickly stuck this on Netflix in the hope of restoring some calm to the house as quickly as possible. I absolutely loved it, nevermind Alex and Emma! We laughed the whole way through it and they are still quoting lines from it. Drac and his group of crazy friends try to bring out the vampire in his half human, half vampire grandson to stop his daughter Mavis leaving the hotel. There are some really great actors playing even better roles, so if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to add it to your list.



Beetle juice– Beetlejuice is another movie from my childhood (are we sensing a theme here yet? Maybe this should be renamed movies that parents watched as children and are now showing to their own kids?!) A family of hosts realise that living people have moved into their home so they hire Betelgeuse to scare them away. Betelgeuse has other plans!



The Nightmare Before Christmas – the king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, is bored with doing the same thing every year. One day he stumbles upon Christmas town and is so taken with the idea that he tries to get the residents of Halloween town to adopt Christmas. The bats, ghouls and goblins of Halloween town just can’t seem to get it right! I know that The Nightmare Before Christmas is a huge favourite but I have never seen it! I am hoping that we all love it as much as everyone else seems to!



The Witches – This is another one that I debated whether to add or not in case A&E are just a bit too young, but I thought I would anyway as it was a favourite of mine as a child. We are introducing Roald Dahl to Alex at the moment so I had to add this so he could watch the movie once we had finished the book. A young, recently orphaned boy is taken on holiday to England by his grandmother. The hotel they are staying in has a group of witches who are planning to rid England of all the children. He must stop them, even when he has been turned into a mouse.


I would love for you to let me know if you have watched any of these movies with your children and what are your favourites to watch at this time of year?


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