Halloween is just around the corner! If your family loves spending the holiday together, why not indulge with some classic, family-friendly Halloween flicks? Many horror movies out today will probably scare off children and give them nightmares, but celebrating the Halloween spirit is still possible with these milder, yet still spooky, films. Grab some candy, and happy haunting!
Beetlejuice is the story of a married couple, the Maitlands, who plan to spend their vacation in their country home, but suddenly, an accident leaves them both dead. As their ghosts realize their fate, they also learn that they cannot leave their home! Their house gets sold soon enough, and a new family moves in, much to their dismay. Annoyed by the new inhabitants, the Maitlands decide to hire a bio-exorcist, who will rid the living from their house. This bio-exorcist, known as Beetlejuice, tries to scare off the new tenants in vain, and his antics leave you with a good number of cackles. Beetlejuice is a classic!
Casper the Friendly Ghost needs no introduction. Most of the adults today know the adorable and friendly ghost who appeared in numerous cartoon shows, comics, and spin offs. Casper is the protagonist in the 1995 film named after him! After years of hiding in a mansion, Casper has grown bored for life as a ghost. When he finds an opportunity to make a friend, he does everything in his power to see it happen; he even tries to bring himself back to life. But not everything goes according to plan, and he soon faces trouble of his own.
The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Black Cauldron is a quintessential Disney movie!The portrayal of the fierce and heroic Princess Eilonwy is anything but the typical damsel in distress. Enjoy as Taran, Princess, Gurgi, and Fflewddur Fflam try to foil the Horned King’s attempts to use Taran’s magical pig to secure a magical cauldron that brings back the dead to life. With this ancient cauldron at his disposal, the evil king would rule the entire world. The ragtag team lead by Taran is all that stands in the king’s path.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The dark animated movie features an interesting mix of comedy, holiday feel, magic, and darkness to make it a great Halloween (or Christmas!) movie. The movie follows the adventures of Jack Skellington, who is the King of Halloween in Halloween Town, which is home to all types of ghost, werewolves, witches, zombies, and other-worldly creatures. Jack has grown tired of following the Halloween routine every year and wants something new in life when he accidentally stumbles across Christmas Town. He immediately likes the town, and tries to take part in its celebrations, but his actions lead to disasters, including the abduction of Santa Claus. Only Jack can bring back the situation to normal in this classic Tim Burton movie.
This Steven Spielberg masterpiece continues to entertain millions of people every year on Halloween, nearly 35 years after its release. E.T. is the story of an alien who finds himself stranded on earth, and befriends a young boy named Elliot. Elliot helps the alien, named E.T., learn English, build a device to contact his alien friends, and return home. The movie brings out the best of humanity – the innocence, sheer curiosity, and willingness to go above and beyond to help a friend in need. The cute and adorable alien will touch kids’ hearts in the most pleasant way.
The supernatural comedy movie, Ghostbusters, is an excellent watch during the Halloween season! Three parapsychologists start a ghost-hunting business in New York and create high-tech equipment designed to catch ghosts. They begin to capture ghosts across town and store them in their office. Soon, they are hired by a new client, who is haunted by a spirit that ends up wreaking havoc across the entire New York City. If the battle between Ghostbusters and the supernatural beings is not enough, Bill Murray’s signature humor will bring the laughs.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
If your kids are afraid of the dark, closet monsters, and monsters hiding under the bed, then Monsters, Inc. should be your top pick for the Halloween season. This Disney animated comedy takes place in the city of Monstropolis, which is home to all types of scary, but cute, monsters. The city is powered by electricity, which is generated from screams of human children. To get the human children to scream, professional monsters known as “Scarers,” visit the human children from their cupboards and scare them at night. However, the electricity production in Monstropolis begins to drop, because it’s somehow becoming difficult to scare children. Amidst all this, one human child somehow ends up in the factory at Monstropolis, and things begin to get dangerous for her. It is up to Sully, a hairy monster, and his one-eyed buddy, Mike, to save the girl from the monsters who wish to harm her.