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Family Friendly Movies for Halloween


Family movie nights have evolved quite a bit from when Team Tula grew up. “Making it a Blockbuster Night” was how most of us remember viewing new movies outside of a movie theater. In-person video rental (and it’s late fees) seem like ancient history in the age of digital streaming.

2020 has brought a lot of chaos, but this year may also be looked on as a time when family movie nights were revived. With many people sheltering at home for months, squishing together on the couch and watching a movie together is the family bonding we need.

If you need a movie marathon for a Trick-Or-Treating alternative, or you want to get in the spooky spirit this weekend, we have a good list for you! Sometimes it is hard to figure out what is streaming where, so we have included that to make it simple. The age guidelines are from Common Sense Media, but it’s a good idea to take a quick look at the movie trailer to see if it’s the right level of scary for your family.

 


Room on the Broom
Age 3+
Streaming on Netflix and Prime
A gentle witch with a ginger braid offers rides to a variety of animals on her increasingly crowded broom, much to her grumpy cat's chagrin.

Image Source: Hulu


Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Age 3+
Streaming on Hulu
George and Allie visit Renkins' farm on the occasion of Halloween and learn of a spooky legend about a scarecrow who attacks people wearing hats. The duo try to get to the bottom of the mystery.



Image Source: Netflix
Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Age 4+
Streaming on Netflix
When a storm terrorizes his patch, a pumpkin cast out for his shape must step up to use his smarts to save the day -- and to prove himself.


Image Source: Everett Collection

Monster's Inc.
Age 5+
Streaming on Disney+
Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it's the monsters who are scared silly, and it's up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home.

Image Source: Everett Collection

Hotel Transylvania
Age 7+
Streaming on Starz and Freeform
Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything! (Sony Pictures Animation)

Image Source: Everett Collection

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Age 7+
Streaming on Disney+
Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere! (https://movies.disney.com/the-nightmare-before-christmas)

 


Mary and the Witch's Flower

Age 8+
Streaming on Netflix
Ordinary girl Mary picks an extraordinary flower and travels to Endor College, a school for magic. But its foremost teachers have a sinister plan.

Coraline
Age 9+
Streaming on Starz
An adventurous 11-year-old girl stumbles upon another world that is a rosier version of her frustrating home - but this alternate dimension harbors sinister secrets.


Photo credit Getty Images

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Age 10+
Streaming with Freeform
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.





Image Source Disney+
Hocus Pocus

Age 10+
Streaming on Disney+
You're in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy return from 17th-century Salem after they're accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters! It's a night full of zany fun and comic chaos once the tricky 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth – but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat! (https://movies.disney.com/hocus-pocus)


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