The best Halloween films for kids and families: Kid-friendly spooky movies on Netflix, Amazon, NOW TV and BT TV Store

We pick the best family and kid-friendly movies for Halloween to stream, rent and buy. Perfect for people who like their spooky season not to be too scary.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 23 October 2020 - 5.46pm
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Choosing the right Halloween movie is a tricky challenge if you’re watching with kids. You probably want something with a few shocks and surprises, but nothing that’s going to give your children nightmares for a month.

To help you out, we've picked a selection of the very best scary films that are suitable for children of all ages across Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV and in the BT TV Store.

Here are the best films for families and kids to enjoy at Halloween – or whenever you fancy something a little bit scary.

Best kids' Halloween films on Netflix

Monster House

A visually stunning modern classic which perfectly captures the blend of magical children’s movie and supernatural, fright-filled fun.

Featuring the voices of Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kevin James, lots of nods to classic horror and witty dialogue, this classic story of a haunted house terrorising a neighbourhood is a Halloween classic.

Suggested age rating:

10 and over

Labyrinth

Jim Henson’s puppets and David Bowie form an unlikely combination to produce an unforgettable 80s cult classic.

Teenager Sarah ends up in trouble when she wishes her stepbrother is taken away, only to have Goblin King Jareth granted her wish and put her sibling in the middle of a labyrinth.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 8 and over

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting

Teen angst, Halloween frights and some girl power come together in Netflix’s new family horror, which stars Harry Potter’s Tom Felton, Indya Moore, Tamara Smart and Oona Laurence.

The story follows a babysitter on a mission to find a child who has been kidnapped by the Boogeyman.

Suggested age rating:

10 and over

Hotel Transylvania

This fang-tastic treat  proved such a hit with young viewers and parents that it got two sequels and a spin-off TV series.

The film features the voices of Selena Gomez and Adam Sandler and is packed full of frightfully funny gags as hotel owner Dracula attempts to prevent his daughter Mavis from falling in love with a human.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids 7 and over

Goosebumps

The much-loved R.L Stine scary book franchise was finally given the Hollywood treatment in 2015 with the help of Jack Black.

The story follows a young boy who teams with Stine, played by Black, to save his town from the monsters and creatures that are escaping from books.

Full of imagination, colour and the perfect amount of kid-friendly bumps and spooks, parents and kids alike will get a kick out of this adventure.

Suggested age rating:

Perfect for 9 and upwards

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Best kids' Halloween films on Prime Video

Corpse Bride

It’s a Tim Burton classic with the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley and Albert Finney among the impressive cast.

Both funny and full of creepy horror, this movie tells the chilling tale of Victor who accidentally marries a corpse bride instead of fiancé Victoria.

Liking the land of the dead, he begins to fall for his bride, but Victoria's life is in danger. As time runs out for all, can they get what they deserve?

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 9 and over

Ghostbusters  2

Older kids and parents will enjoy a nostalgia trip with this 80s classic starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

Big on laughs and spooky scares that pose a threat to New York City, if you’ve never watched these movies, it’s the perfect time to find out why they’re so beloved.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 12 and over

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Casper

A 90s kids classic that starred Christina Ricci as Kathleen Harvey, the disillusioned daughter of a ghost therapist.

Kathleen is recruited by friendly ghost Casper to help resolve some unfinished business, but it’s the Ghostly Trio of Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso who will get all the laughs from young viewers.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 8 and over

The Witches

Angelica Houston is unforgettable in this 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s terrifying and gruesome children’s novel.

Houston’s Grand High Witch with full-on prosthetic effects made a lasting impact on a whole generation of children who grew up with this film.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 10 and over

Beetlejuice

Another Tim Burton entry on our list, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and a young Winona Ryder.

Beetlejuice is the story of a pair of ghosts who want to scare away a family from moving into their house. It has earned cult classic status and Michael Keaton’s title character remains one of the most imitated Halloween costumes of all time.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 12 and over

Coraline

Wandering around her rambling old house in her boring new town, Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a hidden door to a fantasy version of her life. In order to stay in the fantasy, she must make a frighteningly real sacrifice.

Adapted from a children’s book, this eerie movie looks incredible and has all the creepy magic of the Neil Gaiman story.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 9 and over

Hocus Pocus

The Disney classic has become the go-to Halloween film for most families, developing cult classic status over the last 27 years.

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are the trio of witches who come back to life on Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 10 and over

The Addams Family

Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci brought The Addams Family to life in a pair of movies, which captured the fun and dark magic of the iconic American family.

Full of black humour, imagination and supernatural silliness, kids and parents will still get a kick out of this 90s classic.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 10 and over

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Set with the backdrop of Halloween, what better time to revisit the Spielberg classic than on October 31.

Filled with magic, wonder and beauty, the story of friendship guiding a young boy through the problems of a broken family is a timeless classic.

Suggested age rating:

8 and over

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Scoob!

A 2020 update on the much-loved Mystery Machine gang is filled with cute Easter eggs for parents who remember the original and a rollicking fun adventure that kids will enjoy,

Revealing the origin story of Shaggy Rogers, talking stray dog Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc gang, the impressive voice cast includes Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried and Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 6 and over

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett go to town in this adaptation of John Bellairs' novel about a young orphan who moves in with an eccentric uncle.

Filled with witches, warlocks, a creaky house and magic arts, the films blends fantasy, kid-friendly horror and fun.

Suggested age rating:

Perfect for kids aged 11 and over

Frankenweenie

Disney and Tim Burton come together in this hilarious, offbeat and heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life - with just a few minor adjustments.

An enchanting family film made with beautiful black-and-white stop-motion animation, it’s a clever twist on the classic Frankenstein story.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 9 and over

Gremlins

Don’t be fooled by the cuddly and cute Gremlins, these critters are up to no good.

This 80s classic packs plenty of laughs and scares in a terrifying adventure that has endured and will still be loved by older kids.

Suggested age rating:

Definitely one for older kids, aged 12 and over

Toy Story of Terror!

The Halloween spin-off of the Pixar classic is set after Toy Story 3 and features all your favourite characters - Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr Potato Head, Jessie – in a joyous adventure.

Filled with the joy and laughter of the movies, this 30-minute special follows the toys on a road trip with Bonnie, where Mr Potato Head goes missing. Cowgirl Jessie is the star of the show, facing up to her fears, with the help of her trusty gang of friends.

Suggested age rating:

6 and over

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it a Christmas film or a Halloween film? You can spend all day arguing about it or just enjoy watching it from October through to December.

The groundbreaking stop-motion classic from Tim Burton is an annual must-watch.

Suggested age rating:

Best for kids aged 8 and over

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