Halloween is the perfect time of year for thrills and chills. However, if you have little ones who want to join in the festivities, you’ll want to make sure things don’t get too frightening. For spooky films the entire family can enjoy, consider these kid-friendly options this Halloween.
“Hotel Transylvania” (PG)
Movie monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster have cemented themselves in popular culture due to how eerie and iconic their classic films were. For a more humorous twist on these monsters, be sure to check out “Hotel Transylvania.” The animated movie stars comedian Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, and instead of terrorizing villagers, Dracula now runs his own five-star hotel. However, the humans and monsters don’t get along too well, so when Dracula’s daughter falls for a human, hilarious antics follow.
“Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island” (G)
When it comes to crime solving, you won’t find a better canine for the job than Scooby-Doo. Scooby has appeared in a number of movies throughout the years, but “Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island” is perfect for the Halloween season. The film begins with the Mystery, Inc. gang splitting up and going their separate ways, but when mysterious occurrences near New Orleans bring the gang back together, Scooby and his pals soon realize this mystery is not like others they have solved in the past.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (PG)
To some, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Halloween movie; to others, it’s a Christmas film. Producer Tim Burton took the most memorable aspects of both holidays and brought them together for this animated feature. The movie stars Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King” and scariest resident of Halloween Town, as he searches for something different in life. When Jack discovers the holiday of Christmas, he decides to give Santa Claus a break and take over the winter festivities for a year. After his plans go awry, it’s up to Jack and his friends to fix the mess.
A whole generation of kids grew up reading the “Goosebumps” series from R.L. Stine. In 2015, his books were adapted to cinema. Jack Black stars as a fictional version of Stine, but unlike in the real world, the monsters in Stine’s book have escaped their pages to terrorize a local town. It’s up to a couple of teenagers to send the creatures back where they belong. What makes this a fun choice this season is that a sequel, starring Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell, is set to premiere this year.
“Hocus Pocus” (PG)
When “Hocus Pocus” was first released in 1993, it wasn’t exactly a box office hit. However, over the years it has developed a cult following and is now considered a Halloween staple. The film is about doubtful teenager Max Dennison as he learns about three witches who previously lived in his new home of Salem, Massachusetts. Three hundred years ago, the Sanderson sisters vowed to return after being caught and punished for witchcraft. Max accidently resurrects the Sanderson sisters from the grave during Halloween and with the sisters now threatening the children of Salem, it’s up to Max, his sister Dani and his new friend Allison to stop the Sanderson sisters once and for all.
Watching these Halloween movies with your kids will certainly be a Halloween treat, absent of any frightening tricks.