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I've put together a list of 31 movies perfect for this time of year! (IMHO.)

Most of the movies I selected for this list would probably be okay for kids to watch; in fact, a lot of them were favorites of mine when I was a kid. (There are a few that have a rating of PG or PG-13, but nothing too gory or creeptastic.)

See what you think and then recommend any fun slightly-spooky movies that I may have forgotten!

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The Corpse Bride (2005)

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

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ParaNorman (2012)

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

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The Worst Witch (1986)

Mildred is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school, Miss Cackle, has an evil twin sister who plans to destroy the school. Can Mildred foil the plan before the Grand Wizard comes to the Academy for the Halloween celebration?

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

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Casper (1995)

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

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Scooby Doo (2002)

After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on.

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Ghostbusters (1984)

Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.

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Halloweentown (1998)

During her annual visit to the her daughter & grandchildren, Aggie reveals that she is a benevolent witch, and that her daughter and the kids all have latent magical powers. Whisking the three little ones off to Halloweentown, Aggie subsequently does battle with evil forces conjured up a warlock with delusions of grandeur and a nasty habit of transforming children into zombies.

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.

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Beetle Juice (1988)

A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

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The Addams Family (1991)

Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester.

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Addams Family Values (1993)

The comical Gothic family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.

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Gremlins (1984)

A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful adolescent girl.

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Ernest Scared Stupid (1994)

After a misunderstanding, Ernest P. Worrell unleashes an evil troll on Halloween.

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The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Workaholic realtor Jim Evers, his wife/business partner Sara and their two children are summoned to a mansion. When they discover that the place is haunted, Jim discovers an important lesson about the family he's neglected as they attempt to escape.

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Frankenweenie (2012)

Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

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The Witches ( 1990)

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

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The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.

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Teen Witch (1989)

Louise is not very popular at her highschool. Then she learns that she's descended from the witches of Salem and has inherited their powers. At first she uses them to get back at the girls and teachers who teased her and to win the heart of the handsome footballer's captain. But soon she has doubts if it's right to 'cheat' her way to popularity.

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenage daughter.

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Teen Wolf (1985)

A high school student discovers that he is a werewolf.

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.

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The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr Toad (1949)

Two animated adaptations of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The Wind in the Willows."

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Coraline (2009)

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

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Bedknobs & Broomsticks(1971)

An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.

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Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?

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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

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The Ghost and Mr Chicken (1966)

A typesetter for a small town newspaper pursues his dream of becoming a big-time reporter by spending the night in an alleged haunted house.

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Monster House (2006)

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

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Oct. 16th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
I don't like gory-horror but I do like scary movies. However, this year, I'm in the mood for Halloween movies I loved as a kid. (I'm toying with a list of "scarier-than-Casper-but-not-at-the-Saw-level" movies but I don't know if I'll get it finished in time for this Halloween.)
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Oct. 16th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Earnest Scared Stupid! I fucking LOVE THAT MOVIE! It doesn't get recognized a lot so I was so happy to see it on this list.

Unfortunately for us we watch a lot of scary movies here for Halloween and all the other ones I watch are on here so works out!

Can't watch Gremlins though, got scared crapless with that when I was younger. Had a bit of a freakout over it.
Oct. 16th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Ernest Scared Stupid is a must-watch for me every Halloween (or even when some channel happens to show it in like the middle of June or something). I love all the Ernest movies, he's so ridiculous.

I didn't watch Gremlins until I was an adult. I always wanted to as a kid (because I had a stuffed Gizmo lol) but my mom would never let me. I guess I should be glad about that!
Oct. 16th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
That's a great list, I've seen most of those movies. Gremlins scared me when I was a kid.

I've gotta say I'm not very fond of horror movies in general. Psychological horror's okay, but I don't like gore and I couldn't even watch American Horror Story. My little sister's even way worse than me, though. We watched a movie called The Rite when we were in Sweden in 2011 and I wasn't even freaked out by it, but she was so scared she wanted to cuddle me when we went to bed (we had to share one). She's been like that since she was a kid, she held my hand through "I Know What You Did Last Summer".

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Oct. 16th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way: I'll watch psychological horror all day long but NO GORE. Even the previews for American Horror Story ick me out (and after being an idiot & Wikipedia-ing the historical character Kathy Bates is playing this season...nope, no way, couldn't pay me to watch it etc etc). If I'm thinking of the same movie called The Rite (young priest, old priest, exorcisms?), I was okay with that one. And I can usually handle movies with only one or two gory scenes (i.e. The Raven; Scream)...it's the ones that JUST WON'T QUIT that I can't handle.
Oct. 16th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
OMG I totally forgot about the Ernest movies lol. I haven't seen any of those since I was a teen!
Oct. 16th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Those were our favorites as kids. The Halloween one is my favorite & I make sure to watch it every year. It's so ridiculous lol.
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Oct. 16th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
Abbott & Costello have a couple "sequels" to that film: Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy and Abbott & Costello Meet Jekyll & Hyde. I haven't seen those, but if they're anything like the Frankenstein one, they'll be a lot of fun ;)
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I loved Escape To Witch Mountain growing up! And the Peanuts movie. <3 Otherwise there's so many of these I haven't seen. Time to catch up.

My favorite scary movie is The Woman In Black. :D

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Oct. 16th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
I love The Woman in Black, too. This list ended up being pretty much Halloween movies I loved as a kid. I started *another* list of scary movies that are "scarier-than-these-kid-movies-but-definitely-not-in-the-same-league-as-Saw-or-The-Hills-Have-Eyes" & that one has The Woman in Black on it. Hopefully I can finish it that list & post it before Halloween!

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Oct. 16th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
I abhor horror movies, so I like this list! I have to agree though, I watched gremlins when I was like 3, and literally had nightmares about it until I went to college. I guess it's not meant to be that scary, but it really freaked me out for some reason (as did ET, which I guess isn't meant to be frightening at all?)

I also like What Lies Beneath. No gore (that I can recall, it's been a while but it's not that kind of movie) but a few really good jump scares. Plus Harrison Ford. :D
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
These movies are definitely more in my "wheelhouse" as far as Halloween movies go ;) I never watched Gremlins until I was an adult so I missed the childhood trauma so many of you faced over it. I've never seen ET but he's really creepy looking, so that makes sense.

I'm working on putting together another post of movies that are a bit scarier than these but not at the level of Saw or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre & I have What Lies Beneath on that list (also The Woman in Black, I Know What Youd Did Last Summer and so forth)! I *hope* I'll be able to finish that post before Halloween.

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Oct. 16th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
All A+ movies! I just saw Hotel Translvanya for the first time this weekend. I'm totally buying it in the next couple of days! :D Its my new favorite! :D

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Oct. 17th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
That movie is so awesome. I was so bummed because I didn't get to see it in theaters (it was out the same time as Frankenweenie</u> & I wanted to see them back-to-back) but ever since EPIX and STARZ has started showing it, I watch it pretty much every weekend.
Oct. 17th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
You listed most of my favorites, but also:

I grew up watching this because my parents taped it onto VHS for us. The music is really creepy, the actual plot is pretty creepy, and the special effects are pretty cheesy (especially if you watch the alternate ending, which...there's a REASON they chose the ending they did, haha. It's MUCH better than the alternate one) but it's one of my favorite movies to watch. It still scares me, too, mainly because of the music.

Also the Poltergeist trilogy and IT. IT...is definitely not a super kid friendly movie, considering it's about a clown that kills kids, but I probably watched it for the first time in middle school and somehow it did not manage to scar me for life. I have it in my Netflix queue, I just need to return the movie I have right now so I can watch the Halloween/scary movies I have in the queue. I have Poltergeist, The Blair Witch Project (haven't seen that in AGES so I'm mainly going to watch it for nostalgia purposes), Arachnophobia, Ghost Ship, The Ring (I usually try to stay away from Ghost Ship and The Ring but I haven't seen them in years, either, so again, nostalgia reasons), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (because for some reason the first movie isn't available yet on DVD from Netflix), IT, The Exorcist (I've never seen it >.>), and House at the End of the Street.

I've never seen Gremlins (which I need to change, especially since one of my cats is named Gizmo, specifically for the Gremlin because when he was a kitten he would growl like a Gremlin). There are some other movies on your list I haven't seen, too, like ParaNorman and Frankenweenie and some others. Beetlejuice is definitely one of my favorite movies.

I've seen bits and pieces of The Adams Family movies (or maybe just one of them...I don't know) and I definitely didn't like it. >.> I've never seen The Worst Witch, either...I feel like I had this VHS movie of some other movie that was supposed to be a double feature and have that movie on it, but it actually didn't? I don't know, it was weird. But I know who the main actress is because of Return to Oz (which can sort of count as a Halloween kind of movie? Sorta? Only not really...).
Oct. 17th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
That movie in the trailer seems vaguely familiar to me. I don't recall it by name but it feels like I've seen it or part of it, at least.

Some of those movies you mentioned will be showing up on another Halloween movie list I'm working on :) (I hope to have it finished for this Halloween anyway!) I've been putting together a post featuring movies that fall in a category somewhere between the ones in this post (basically kid movies) and horror movies I absolutely refuse to watch (the Saw franchise) ;)

The Addams Family movies are my absolute favorite Halloween movies and probably would be in my all-time top 25 favorite films (if I were forced to make such a list lol). I watch them every time they're on TV.
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Oct. 17th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Now these are the sort of Halloween movies I like! :)

I love The Corpse Bride. I know everyone raves over A Nightmare before Christmas but I'd take TCB over it anyday.

I remember loving The Worst Witch as a kid but I watched it a few years ago and it's aged really badly. Still love Tim Curry though.

I also love Ghostbusters, Edward Scissorhands and the Addams Family films.
Also adore Beetlejuice and it's one of those movies that I watched constantly growing up. Even now everytime my mum or me have to sit in any sort of waiting room we reference the last scene in Beetlejuice where he is stuck with that massive thirteen numbered ticket. *lol*
Love Gremlins too but for some reason I always consider it a Christmas movie.

Teen Wolf! ♥
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I've seen this movie way too many times than is probably healthy. *lol* Funnily enough this is the first MJF movie I ever saw and it pretty much cemented by love for him which is weird seeing that for most of the film he is dressed as a weremonkey..er..werewolf.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is perfection. The whole underwater Beautiful Briny song/scene is wonderful.

Hocus Pocus is pretty much a must-watch for me at Halloween. I'll be gutted if it isn't on TV over the next two weeks.
I'm also a massive fan of The Witches. I actually taped that the other day because me and my sister have to watch it at least once a year.

I really want to watch Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania.
Oct. 17th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
And cos LJ wouldn't let me post it all in one go some of my fave not-too-scary films...

(Notable mentions Shaun of the Dead, The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Sweeney Todd, The Lost Boys, The Village, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns & The Harry Potter films.)


Mad Monster Party
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The Frighteners
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Van Helsing
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Monster Squad
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Sleepy Hollow
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High Spirits
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Blackbeard's Ghost
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Oct. 17th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Hope you find some you enjoy :)
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Oct. 17th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I went into Frankenweenie knowing I'd have a strong reaction to it & I wasn't wrong. I still loved it, though...it's just not a film I can watch over & over!
Oct. 18th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
This is definitely my kind of list. I don't deal with scary and gory at all.
I'm going to have to find The Worst Witch. It's one of those "so bad it's good" movies.
Oct. 18th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, I *much* prefer this type of movie (though I am working on a list of movies that fall somewhere betweens the one on this list and the icky likes of Saw/The Hills Have Eyes/etc).

The Worst Witch is awesome, but I haven't seen it in years. I'm surprised it doesn't pop up on ABC Family's 31 Days of Halloween or on the HUB.
Oct. 18th, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh, Hocus Pocus! BEST BELOVED.
Oct. 18th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
I love It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,Scooby Doo,The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I'm a big chicken but my favourite Halloween movie is Nightmare Before Christmas.
Oct. 20th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
I *much* prefer these kinds of Halloween movies than slasher flicks. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is such a classic...2 Halloween's ago, my boss casually mentioned in a meeting that she refuses to watch any Peanuts cartoon because they are "boring" and "have horrible animation". I don't think I've had the same respect for her since (she feels the same way about How the Grinch Stole Christmas; I think anyone who doesn't like that or A Charlie Brown Christmas must be pretty hard-hearted).

I just got the anniversary edition of A Nightmare Before Christmas a couple months ago...can you believe that's the first time I've ever seen it???
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