October is full of family friendly activities like pumpkin picking, trick-or-treating and watching spooky films. It can be tricky to find family friendly movies that won’t scare your kids too much. As always, you know how your kids react to a frightening situation, so use your discretion when choosing a flick for your family.
Directed by Brad Silberling, ‘Casper’ is the first feature film to have a fully CGI character as a leading role. This film is about Casper the friendly ghost’s journey to being brought back to life. More likely to make your kids laugh than scream, this is a perfect lighthearted “spooky” film.
‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
This stop-motion animated dark fantasy musical film is a classic Halloween movie. It tells the tale of Jack Skellington from Halloween Town, who accidentally lands in Christmas Town and celebrates with hilarious consequences. While rated PG, this movie may be too scary for young viewers.
This cult film has aired on Disney Channel and ABC Family annually since its release in 1993. It follows a trio of witches who unintentionally resurrect a teenager in Salem, Massachusetts. With minimal scare, ‘Hocus Pocus’ is a must see for tweens.
‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’
It’s not a movie, but it’s a staple Halloween themed episode we all know and love. Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, the story follows Charlie Brown and company as they prepare for Halloween and their belief in the Great Pumpkin. With a 25 minute run time, this is the perfect introduction to Halloween for youngsters.
This Disney Channel Original Movie is the first of many to follow. ‘Halloweentown’ is about Marnie Piper and her siblings as they try to solve the mystery of why people are disappearing in her aunt Aggie’s hometown. They follow Aggie onto a strange bus and find themselves in Halloweentown. This movie has become so popular that fans can actually visit the place Halloweentown was inspired in St. Helen’s, Oregon.