10 Halloween Movies For Younger Readers and Families (and Nostalgic Older Readers)

October 15, 2014     erinbook     Uncategorized

I love Halloween and Halloween inspired movies are especially dear to me. I’ve talked to a bunch of people about their favorite Halloween films and a lot of these came up in the conversations on Twitter and here on The Book Nut. It doesn’t matter how old you are, these movies are perfect for everyone. Here are the 10 movies I picked:

1. The Corpse BrideIt’s Tim Burton! Do I really need to explain how perfect him movies are for Halloween? This movie is sweet and unique, I adore stop-motion animation. 
2. Coraline- From the director of Nightmare Before Christmas (no Tim Burton did not direct Nightmare, guys! It’s Henry Selick). This one is also stop-motion but mixed with a lot of CGI to make it slicker. It’s also based on the book by Neil Gaiman. 
3. Scooby Doo and the Goblin King- Honestly it was pretty hard to pick just one Scooby Doo movie but it came down between this one and The Witch’s Ghost. Both have voice work by Tim Curry but this one takes you to the land of Halloween so there you are.
4. Hocus Pocus- A Halloween classic. It still freaks me out that the kid who plays Thackery Binks grew up to play McGee on NCIS. Weird.
5. Casper- Speaking of Halloween classics, it’s Casper! Need I say more?
6. Halloweentown/Halloweentown 2- I’m counting these together because I love them both and they come in a combo pack. I actually also thought Halloweentown High was pretty decent, but the 4th one was so awful I can hardly watch it. These are Disney Channel classics and I’m sure everyone around my age remembers them.
7. Paranorman- Pretty sure this one is also stop-motion. Zombies, guys. Zombies.
8. Hotel Transylvania- I thought I was going to hate this movie, but it’s actually really cute! Don’t give me that pouty bat face!
9. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas- NOT DIRECTED BY TIM BURTON! It was his brain child and he had a lot of input but he did not direct it. But, again, classic.
10. The Halloween Tree- I actually just reviewed this movie because it’s based on a story by Ray Bradbury, go check it out if you’re interested. But this is one of my top 3 favorite  Halloween movies.
What are your favorite kid appropriate Halloween films? Don’t worry, I’ll post one for young adults/adults and another for horror movies soon. 
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7 responses to “10 Halloween Movies For Younger Readers and Families (and Nostalgic Older Readers)

  1. Coraline shouldn't be a kids movie. It freaked me out so badly when they asked her to sew buttons in her eyes. I was scared for the next three years of my life!! LOL

    Awesome post btw.

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

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