By Common Sense Media

If your kids like a little spookiness along with their tricks and treats, this list of scary (but not too scary!) Halloween movies is sure to hit just the right note. Scroll down to find your next movie night flick.

The Spiderwick Chronicles
Book-based family fantasy is magical fun but also scary.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

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Quality: 4 out of 5

(Paramount Pictures, 2008)

Barney Halloween Party

Kids’ favorite purple dinosaur teaches about fall fun.

Recommended for ages 2 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Lyons Group, 2009)

Coraline
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.

Recommended for ages 9 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Focus Features, 2009)  

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

George finds mischief in mildly spooky Halloween tale.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2013

The Bride of Frankenstein

A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.

Recommended for ages 9 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

(Universal Pictures, 1935)

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Monster Musical

Gently spooky tales focus on music and problem solving.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Disney Junior, 2015)

Goosebumps

Action, monsters, humor in R.L. Stine adaptation.

Recommended for ages 9 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Columbia Pictures, 2015)

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie

Sweet-as-honey Halloween story with Pooh and pals.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Walt Disney Pictures, 2005)

Trick or Treaters

Charming German folktale has English subtitles, some scares.

Recommended for ages 9 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Animation X, 2007)

Eloise’s Rawther Unusual Halloween

Halloween mystery has some mild frights.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2008)

The Canterville Ghost

TV movie version of Oscar Wilde classic has mild scares.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Vivendi, 1996)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Halloween isn’t complete without this classic.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

(American Broadcasting Company, 1966)

Daddy, I’m a Zombie

Zombies learn about friendship; lots of cartoonish violence.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Peace Arch Trinity, 2013)

A Very Brave Witch and More Great Halloween Stories for Kids

Animated Scholastic tales offer mildly spooky fun.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Scholastic, 2009)

Hocus Pocus

Rollicking Halloween fun for tweens and up.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, 1993)

Dear Dracula

Sweet, funny story of friendship is a treat for the family.

Recommended for ages 5 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Arc Entertainment, 2012)

Monster House

Frightful fun for tweens and up.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Sony Pictures, 2006)

Mickey’s House of Villains

Celebrate Halloween with Disney’s creepiest.

Recommended for ages 5 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Walt Disney Pictures, 2002)

ParaNorman

Cool-but-creepy monster flick is too scary for little kids.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Focus Features, 2012)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Two classic stories told in the best Disney st‌yle.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

(Walt Disney Pictures, 1949)

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Magical, with scares most 10-year-olds can handle.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Warner Independent, 2005)

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

Spooky adventure mixes silly songs with scares.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Universal Studios, 1999)

Ghostbusters

Paranormal ’80s classic has some scares, innuendo.

Recommended for ages 11 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Sony Pictures, 1984)

Young Frankenstein

Brooks’ corniness still yields plenty of belly laughs.

Recommended for ages 12 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Twentieth Century Fox, 1974)

Casper Meets Wendy

Hilary Duff’s silly spook-fest is good tween fun.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Twentieth Century Fox, 1998)

Scared Shrekless

Halloween “scary tale” is a real treat for families.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(DreamWorks Animation, 2011)

Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King

Silly Scooby fun, but watch for spooky characters.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Warner Bros, 2008)

Toy Story of TERROR!

Horror film-themed TV special is sweet treat for families.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

(Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, 2014)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Classic comedy-horror will delight older kids and teens.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Universal Pictures, 1948)

Casper & Friends

Kindly spirit’s charming tales have some iffy retro content.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(The Harvey Entertainment Company, 1990)

Girl vs. Monster

Fun family Halloween flick has some frightful moments.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Disney Channel, 2012)

Halloweentown

Tween brew: Witchy fun, a pinch of fright.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Walt Disney Pictures, 1998)

Hotel Transylvania

Father-daughter comedy works as intro to monster movies.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Sony Pictures Animation, 2012)

Monster High: Ghouls Rule

Toy line characters teach tolerance — and iffy body images.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2012)

Monsterous Holiday

Clever Halloween tale has fun with science, stereotypes.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Arc Entertainment, 2013)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

(Touchstone Pictures, 1993)

 

Check out the entire list of Scary (But Not TOO Scary!) Movies at Common Sense Media.