October 21, 2016

Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies

I am a sucker for all things seasonal. When summer hits I can't wait to work on my tan, hit up the farmers market and spend every waking second at the pool. Come fall I want to do all the apple/pumpkin picking, hayrides and bonfires.  The same is true of the holidays.

One of our favorite things to do do once it gets cold outside is to snuggle up and watch movies, popcorn and all!  Sometimes we'll make a fort for the kids, which the love. In honor of Halloween I wanted to watch as many "spooky" shows but also that were appropriate for a three and six-year-old.  These are some of our go-tos for Halloween.
  • Toy Story of Terror. Mr. Potato head goes missing while the gang is on a road trip and staying overnight at a motel.  They set out to find their friend who's fate is unknown.  They must find him before they suffer the same fate!  This is my favorite and I'd venture to say the kids' too.  It's so cute and just "scary" enough.  We watch this one numerous times during the season.

  • Spooky Buddies.  The adorable pups find themselves in a spooky mansion and must stop Warwick from "destroying the world".  This is funny more than it is "scary" which I prefer for this age group.  Kendall is obsessed with dogs and she loves all of the Buddies movies so this is a perfect Halloween movie for her.

  • Spookley The Square Pumpkin. Poor Spookley is a pumpkin who's shape is square rather then round. He's teased and taunted by other mean round pumpkins. But he receives help from a Scarecrow and his 2 bat side-kicks and 3 very funny spiders.  This is so cute not only because it's festive but it also teaches a really sweet lesson.  We always look forward to Spookley.
  • Monster House.  A young boy lives across the street from a creepy old house with an even creepier resident.  Any toy that goes into the yard disappears and the boy believes that the house is haunted even though no one believes him.  This one was a tad bit scary for James.  There were a couple of times, in the beginning, that I saw his eyes looked as big as silver dollars.  
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse- Mickey's Treat.  The gang all kids know and love are on their way to Pete's Halloween Party but they must get their before the moon is full or the gates close!  My kids are/were big  MMCH fans and even though they are a tad bit big for it now they still love this Halloween episode.

    Some honorable mentions are It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown {which my kids don't care for but I love}, Monsters Inc/Monsters University {not Halloween themed but still a big hit in our house}, and E.T. {Jimmy's personal favorite}.  

    What are your favorite, kid-friendly, Halloween movies?


    1. I love waiting for the shows to come on regular tv and we sit as a family as watch them. It was a tradition I carried over to my kids. I love Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin so much I think that is going to be Evan's 2nd Birthday Party theme next year (I know he just turned one).

    2. We love the Disney version of Sleepy Hallow. We watch it the first monday of ocotober with caramel apples!