Thursday, October 11, 2018

20 Kid-Friendly "Horror" Movies for Halloween

Looking for some Halloween movies you can enjoy with the family around?  Look no further!  Here's a list of twenty family-friendly films to watch with the little ones.  Make sure to note the rating and look closer into the movie if you want to feel more comfortable with the choice.  All ratings listed are United States ratings.

20 - Monsters, Inc. (2001)

In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, two monsters realize things may not be what they think.

Directed by Pete Docter, David Silverman and Lee Unkrich
Written by Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson, Pete Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon, Ralph Eggleston, Bob Peterson, David Silverman, Joe Ranft, Robert Baird, Rhett Reese and Jonathon Roberts
Voice Talent featuring Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Mary Gibbs

Rated G

19 - The Witches (1990)

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Written by Allan Scott (from the book by Roald Dahl)
Starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling and Jasen Fisher

Rated PG

18 - Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky
Written by Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel, Todd Durham, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman
Voice Talent featuring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez

Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images

17 - Son of Godzilla (1967)

Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when Godzilla shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.

Directed by Jun Fukuda
Written by Shin'ichi Sekizawa and Kazue Shiba
Starring Tadao Takashima, Akira Kubo and Beverly Maeda

Rated PG for some sci-fi monster violence

16 - Monster House (2006)

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Directed by Gil Kenan 
Written by Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab and Pamela Pettler
Voice Talent featuring Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner and Spencer Locke

Rated PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language 

15 - Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Charles S. Haas and Chris Columbus
Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and John Glover

Rated PG-13

14 - ParaNorman (2012)

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Written by Chris Butler
Voice Talent including Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language

13 - Coco (2017)

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
Written by Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich, Lee Unkrich and Jason Katz
Voice Talent featuring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt

Rated PG for thematic elements

12 - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Directed by Charles T. Barton
Written by Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo and John Grant (from characters created by Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker)
Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi

Rated TV-G

11 - Coraline (2009)

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Directed by Henry Selick
Written by Henry Selick (from the novel by Neil Gaiman)
Voice Talent featuring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman

Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor

10 - Addams Family Values (1993)

The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by Paul Rudnick and Charles Addams
Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci

Rated PG-13 for macabre humor

9 - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Directed by Henry Selick
Written by Tim Burton, Michael McDowell and Caroline Thompson
Voice Talent featuring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon and Catherine O'Hara

Rated PG for some scary images

8 - Goosebumps (2015)

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

Directed by Rob Letterman
Written by Darren Lemke, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (based on the books by R.L. Stine)
Starring Dylan Minnette, Jack Black and Odeya Rush

Rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor

7 - Ghostbusters (1984)

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Directed by Ivan Reitman
Written by Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis
Starring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Sigourney Weaver

Rated PG

6 - Frankenweenie (2012)

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Directed by Tim Burton
Written by John August, Leonard Ripps (from an idea by Tim Burton)
Voice Talent featuring Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short

Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action

5 - Beetlejuice (1988)

A recently-deceased husband and wife commission a bizarre demon to drive an obnoxious family out of their home.

Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren and Larry Wilson
Starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder

Rated PG

4 - Gremlins (1984)

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Chris Columbus
Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton

Rated PG

3 - The Monster Squad (1987)

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Directed by Fred Dekker
Written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker
Starring Andre Gower, Robby Kiger and Stephen Macht

Rated PG-13

2 - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Directed by Bill Melendez
Written by Charles M. Schulz
Voice Talent featuring Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea and Sally Dryer

Not Rated 

1 - Hocus Pocus (1993)

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Directed by Kenny Ortega
Written by Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert and David Kirschner
Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy

Rated PG for some scary sequences, and for language

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