Having a Halloween party every year is great fun. I always have a movie or two playing for those who prefer not to play games. If the weather is bad, a Halloween movie fest with treats is a nice way to spend the evening. Unfortunately, not all movies are suitable for all ages.
Here are ten family friendly Halloween movies that won’t give children nightmares. Kids of all ages can enjoy them and laugh.
Saturday the 14th
This gem is a scream. Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss and Jeffrey Tambor star in one of the best family friendly Halloween movies of 1981. Everyone knows about having bad luck on Friday the 13th, but have you ever been afraid of Saturday the 14th? Monsters and comedy abound in this funny horror spoof film.
Kids are afraid of monsters; little do they know that monsters are terrified of kids. Released in 2001, this magnificent CGI film became an instant classic. Kids will find out that even monsters have to go to school and practice.
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This 1966 classic is one of the most beloved animated Halloween movies of all time. Trick-or-treating, faith in something no one else believes in and more are featured in this film. Kids of all ages are sure to love it, especially when Lucy dunks for apples and comes up with Snoopy on the other side of her prize.
Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver and more have become legends with this movie. When it was released in 1984, people flocked to the theater to see something entirely different and they were not disappointed. Everyone will love this film. It sparked a sequel as well as a Saturday morning cartoon series.
Released in 2007 and based on a popular comic book, this film took off like a storm. Parents should view it first to determine if it might be too graphic for younger children. Older children, teens and adults will love the story line, special effects and Peter Fonda as the Devil.
Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
Although the legendary comedy team made a series of “spooky” Halloween movies, this is arguably their best. Released in 1948, it contains no foul language, no nudity and is hilariously funny. Bud and Lou not only run into Frankenstein, but the Mummy, Dracula and his bride in this film. Everyone in the family will howl with laughter.
Made as a spoof movie to the Frankenstein franchise, this film stood on its own as a cult classic. Gene Wilder, the legendary Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Terri Garr and more are flawless in their craft. I still remember kids at my high school repeating the phrase, “No tongues!” at every opportunity.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Moviemaker Tim Burton is a genius. He created a world where holiday characters are real and asked the question, “What would happen if one holiday character were not happy with his or her job?” In 1993, the King of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington, was not happy with his, so he decided to take on someone else’s holiday. Even small children learn that everyone has a special talent and using it properly is the only way to succeed.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
This is another film that should be screened by parents before showing to very young children. Released in 1983 and based on the book by Ray Bradbury of the same name, it sends a message that corresponds to two old sayings:
- · “Be careful what you wish for.”
- · “Never make a deal with the Devil.”
A strange carnival has come to town, and the mysterious Mr. Dark is making deals. Dreams come true, but always with unexpected and uncomfortable side effects.
Howie Mandel creates a world that you won’t believe in this funny film. A lot of kids are afraid of “something-under-the-bed,” but what happens when parents find out that there is something there? This 1989 film is precious and will not give the little ones bad dreams.
Your film festival would not be complete without appropriate refreshments such as cold drinks with eyeball ice cubes, lady’s fingers cookies, creepy cupcakes, gummy worms and other delights.
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