Sunday, 18 October 2015

Halloween Films for Children

Halloween is almost upon us, my favourite time of year. I adore Halloween, the pumpkins, the games and of course watching a good old horror movie. However I really don't think The Woman in Black is suitable for Michael so I have been hunting down some child-friendly Halloween movies. Perfect for the afternoon of Halloween or indeed during half term.

1. Toy Story of Terror (U) A short story from Pixar's Toy Story, great for young children. Join Woody and the gang in a roadside motel, after Mr Potato Head disappears his friends have to solve the mystery. Michael loves this and it is a perfect viewing time for a younger child who may not sit there for a full feature length film. 

2. Tom and Jerry Tricks & Treats (U)
I have not yet watched this with Michael, I just bought it recently for £3 in Sainsbury. He loves Tom and Jerry and it features 20 Halloween themed classic cartoons. If your child does have a favourite cartoon character they do have a range of other themed DVDs for really reasonable prices such as a Peppa Pig one. 

3. Monsters Inc, (U) 
So this is not strictly a Halloween DVD but it does have monsters in and they tie into the whole Halloween thing, right? Really funny and endearing. This is one of my favourite Pixar films. 

4. Hocus Pocus (PG) 
This film is a classic and had to make the list. It follows three outlandishly witches who return from 17th Century Salam. They try to cast a spell to reclaim their youth but first must outwit 3 kids. Really funny and a great family film. May be more suited for older children as a toddler is unlikely to follow the plot. 

5. Hotel Transylvania(PG)
So I have to admit when I watched this I actually was not that fond of it. However it kept Michael's attention and I know lots of other children enjoy it. Join Dracula's resort where monsters and their families can stay. On a weekend to celebrate his daughter's birthday all the monsters are welcome; Frankenstein, the Mummy, Werewolf etc. The party really gets going when a human stumbles into the Hotel.

6. The Witches (PG)
Based on the work of Roald Dahl, join 9 year old Luke as he must foil the plans of the society of witches to turn children into mice! A really great family film and one I really enjoyed as a child. Could be scary for younger children so more suited to older children. 

8. Ghostbusters (PG)
Who you gonna call? ... Ghostbusters! Join the ghostbusting business as they go about their first job of saving Dana Barrett and Louis Tully who have opened the gates of hell right in their apartment. This is a really funny movie that children and adults can enjoy. 

9. Casper (PG)
A paranormal expert and his daughter move into a abandoned house to find 3 mischievous ghosts and Casper the 1 friendly ghost already there. A really great cast make this a entertaining movie perfect for the family.

10. Wallace and Gromit- The Curse of the Were- Rabbit (U)
The famous pair set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage in the village. Just what is stealing all those vegetables?! There are plenty of jokes in this film and it really is so great to watch. A great film if you have already watched and enjoyed Wallace and Gromit.

So there is it, some great family films perfect for the 31st of October. I also plan on a post on some great Halloween themed activities perfect for Half Term.

What are you all doing for Halloween? Any family films you watch?



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