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15 Halloween Movies That Won't Give Your Kids Nightmares

The last thing you need after a late night of trick-or-treating and a sugar overdose is an extra body in your bed. Try these 15 family-friendly movies that will give you a night of fun without the fright.  

Monsters, Inc.

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Loveable monsters Mike and Sulley get the scare of their life when a human girl, Boo, stumbles into their world of quirky characters and silly screams.  

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Scare Rating: Good for all ages

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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Join Charlie and the gang for another Peanuts classic holiday special where Linus spends a night in the pumpkin patch waiting for the marvelous and magical Great Pumpkin.

Rating: Not rated

Scare Rating: Good for all ages

Hocus Pocus

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After three centuries, the Sanderson sisters are back with a vengeance and out to steal the life of all of the children in Salem. And it’s up to three kids, a talking cat, and a zombie to stop them.

Rating: PG

Scare Rating: Witchcraft, zombies, and black magic make this movie better suited for viewers nine and up. 

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

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Aspiring reporter and town screw-up Luther Heggs thinks he has caught his break when he is asked to write about the anniversary of the mysterious Simmons’ murders. But when he’s forced to spend a night in the decrepit Simmons mansion, Luther soon realizes this story might be beyond his abilities and beyond this world!

Rating: G

Scare Rating: Though lightened with humor, this movie has a few spooky and suspenseful scenes better suited for viewers nine and up.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Jack Skellington discovers a new way of living as the undead when he tumbles from his world of Halloweentown into the startling yet refreshing world of Christmastown. 

Rating: PG

Scare Rating: Directed by Tim Burton, this movie has a few dark and ghoulish characters better suited for ages eight and up.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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After being relocated to a small village during WWII, three children discover that their new hostess has a bewitching secret. Whisked away on a magical bed, these children travel to the enchanting world of Naboombu where they discover an adventure they never anticipated.

Rating: G

Scare Rating: Good for all ages

Casper 

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Kat is not happy about her move to the cobwebby Whipstaff Manor, especially when she learns the house is infested with ghosts. But Kat soon realizes that there are certain perks to having these ghoulish pests as friends.

Rating: PG

Scare Rating: Though low on the scare rating scale, Casper includes some jokes and content better suited for viewers seven and up.

Harry Potter

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Whether in Azkaban, the Chamber of Secrets, or Hogwarts, the Harry Potter series offers the perfect setting for celebrating Halloween with a little magic and wonder.

Rating: PG to PG-13

Scare Rating: While each Harry Potter flick has its virtues, the movies do intensify in suspense and adult content as the series goes on, so be mindful of your kids' ages as you select which Harry Potter movie works best for your family.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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After discovering an otherworldly guest in his tool shed, Elliot lures his newfound friend home only to discover that this extra-terrestrial is trying to get back to a home of his own. You can never go wrong with this classic full of family, unexpected friendship, and flights across a full moon.

Rating: PG 

Scare Rating: Though low on frights, this film has some intense scenes and language that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. 

Halloweentown

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On Halloween night, Marnie gets the surprise of her life when her grandmother, Aggie, tells her she’s a witch. When Aggie takes Marnie back to her home in Halloweentown to start witch training, Marnie discovers much more than her hidden powers in this town full of haunting creatures and family secrets.

Rating: G

Scare Rating: While clean, this movie has a dark villain that might be upsetting for young children.  This movie is recommended for viewers seven and up. 

Pooh’s Heffalump Movie

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After hearing strange trumpeting noises and discovering Heffalump footprints in the Hundred Acre Woods, Winnie the Pooh recruits the help of his friends Tigger, Rabbit, and Piglet to catch the beast.

Rating: G

Scare Rating: Good for all ages

Hotel Transylvania

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It’s not every day a human ends up at Count Dracula’s luxurious resort.  On the eve of his daughter’s 118th birthday, Dracula finds himself faced with an unexpected birthday surprise—a young man he hopes he can keep his daughter from falling hopelessly in love with.  

Rating: PG

Scare Rating: This movie has both jokes and spooky scenes that make it best suited for audiences six and up.

The Haunted Mansion

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After a freak storm, the Evers family finds themselves trapped in a spooky, old mansion for the night. Along with secret passages, crystal balls, and creepy crypts, the family soon stumbles upon a secret that could change the life of their family forever. 

Rating: PG

Scare Rating: Between the undead, ghosts, and Eddie Murphy’s comedy, this movie is better suited for viewers nine and up. 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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This humorous twist on Washington Irving’s infamous story follows the journey of schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, as he tries to outrun the haunting myth of the headless horseman.

Rating: Not rated

Scare Rating: The dark themes and spooky setting for this film make it better suited for viewers eight and up. 

Tower of Terror

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How can five people trapped in an elevator vanish into thin air? It’s a mystery disgraced reporter Buzzy Crocker is determined to crack in order to get back in the good graces of the newspaper world.

Rating: Not rated

Scare Rating: Witchcraft and ghoulish ghosts make for content that might be upsetting to young children. This movie is recommended for viewers nine and up.

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