7 Halloween movies to watch with kids

It doesn’t matter if they’re your offspring, your nieces and nephews, your little siblings or if you’ve made them in an evil lab: you’re surrounded by little creatures who deserve a funny Halloween.

And what’s more fun than a scary movie? We’ve compiled a list of acceptable Halloween movies for kids, but ours is special: we have looked up for movies that have the same amount of years as your children. This way, when you sit to watch the movie, you can say: “This movie was made the year you were born.” They will love that.

Ages 6 to 12 (2009-2003)


12 years old, 2003

The Haunted Mansion. Maybe it’s not the best movie, but it’s got Eddie Murphy and it takes its name after a Disneyland ride. What else can you ask? After watching it, you can go to Disneyland and compare.


11 years old, 2004

Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed. No Halloween list would be complete without including the most famous paranormal investigator team. Though they don’t have a great imdb rating, the Scooby Doo movies are always a pleasure to watch. And here you have two iconic presences from two TV shows that your children will watch soon if they develop their inner geek: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks).


10 years old, 2005

Corpse Bride. This gem is not only a great story, it’s also a very beautiful piece of animation. You can’t get more halloweeny than with this tale of love in the afterlife.


9 years old, 2006

Monster House. If you pick this movie for a nine-year old be careful, because there are certain moments that can be a little too scary. Other than that is a quite enjoyable movie that will introduce them to the haunted house genre.


8 years old, 2007

The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It. It’s never too soon to introduce kids to the world of R.L. Stine. They will enjoy this movie and you’ll probably watch it again next Halloween.


7 years old, 2008. Igor

Igor. This cute movie is a good excuse to introduce the evil scientist trope in your children’s mind. And you know, once evil… I mean, once scientist, always scientist. Besides, you have two great Johns here: Cusack and Cleese.


6 years old, 2009

Monsters vs Aliens. A good movie inspired on the 50’s B-movies about a girl (Reese Witherspoon) who is transformed into a giant and becomes part of a group of monsters with the mission to stop an alien invasion. The cast is impressive: apart from Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Colbert is -finally- the president and Hugh Laurie is a cockroach.

2 thoughts on “7 Halloween movies to watch with kids

  • Glad to see Corpse Bride on there, but what about A Nightmare Before Christmas? A classic. I know its kind of a christmas movie too, but at least it’s Holloween taking over Christmas and not more Christmas taking over all the other holidays.

    • Agreed. Nightmare Before Christmas is a personal favorite too. Unfortunately it didn’t meet the criteria for this list (it was made in 1993). If we publish a more absolute list, it will be there!

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