When Walt Disney was making movies, he knew that kids liked to get a little scared. It’s fun to have your adrenaline pumping. Wondering how your hero is going to out of an intense situation. A little bit of suspense can be fun! Most of the movies on the following list are Disney films because they know how to make PG scares.
But movies come with ratings for a reason. I will never understand when I hear young children tell me they have seen gory, bloody, nightmare-inducing movies. I met a local kid in the video store in the horror section telling her mom which movie she hadn’t seen yet so they could rent it! Let’s let our kids grow up just a little bit slower maybe?
The movie options below are not only Halloween themed, but appropriate for children to watch. A couple of them are kind of… well, stupid. But most of them are really fun!
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) – Really, the Ichabod half is the scary part.
- Casper (1995) – It’s okay, he’s a friendly ghost!
- Corpse Bride (2005) – Tim Burton’s creepy animated fun.
- Double Double Toil and Trouble (1993) – Very young Olsen twins at Halloween.
- Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) – The name says it all.
- Frankenweenie (2012) – Just a kid making zombies. No biggie.
- Girl vs. Monster (2012) – The Disney Channel music-filled scare fest.
- Halloweentown (1998) – Disney Channel fun.
Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001) – Sequel to the Disney Channel fun.
Halloweentown High (2004) – Sequel to the sequel to the Disney Channel fun.
Return to Halloweentown (2006) – Sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the Disney Channel fun.
- The Haunted Mansion (2003) – The Disneyland ride goes to the big-screen!
- Hocus Pocus (1993) – Disney Halloween comedy.
- Hotel Transylvania (2012) – Classic monsters need a place to stay too!
- Monster House (2006) – It’s a monster. It’s a house. It’s a monster house.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Works for two holidays!
- Paranorman (2012) – He sees dead people.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) – Legitimately eerie!
- Tower of Terror (1997) – Another ride-based Disney movie.
- The Watcher in the Woods (1980) – Another spooky 80s Disney movie.
Perhaps you don’t have that kind of time on Halloween week?
Blogs From Geekdom recommends It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown or Toy Story of Terror!
For more intense scary movies, check out this list of movie series perfect for grown-up Halloween scares.
What movies are missing from the list? What do YOU like to watch around Halloween?