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31 Spooktacular Halloween Movies for Kids G to PG-13 2023

So, your kids are planning on binge-watching a bunch of Halloween movies but you don’t want them to be haunted by scary movies at night. Well, don’t worry because we’ve gathered a list of the best Halloween movies for kids, tweens, and teens that embody the spirit of Halloween night without being over-the-top scary.

So, grab some popcorn and a blanket, and pick one of these 31 family-friendly Halloween movies (G, PG, and PG-13) that are frightfully fun!

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Frightfully fun family-friendly Halloween movies for kids!

For more family fun, check out my Halloween Scavenger Hunt for Kids, the Best Pumpkin Patches in the USA, and the Best Haunted Corn Mazes in the US!

Note, that I’m also including the run time, rating, and the Common Sense Media age recommendation to help you decide on the right Halloween movie for your family. From my experience as a child of the 80s, I can say that the ratings of some of the older movies can be lower than what I suspect the movies would get rated today.

G-Rated Halloween Movies for Kids

Toy Story of Terror!

Andy and the other toys go on a mysterious and scary search and rescue mission to look for Mr. Potato Head, who has gone missing after a visit to a roadside motel. It’s the type of clever Halloween movie that will keep the whole family on the edge of their seat. (Amazon and Disney+)

Run Time: 21 mins (TV-G, Ages 6+)

Under Wraps (2021)

Three kids, accidentally bring a three-thousand-year-old undiscovered mummy back to life. They have to help him return to his resting place by midnight on Halloween or he’ll never be reunited with the love of his life. (Amazon and Disney+)

Run time: 1 hr 31 mins (TV-G, Ages 8+)

Under Wraps 2

In this story, the gang from the original movie discovers that their mummy friend Harold and his beloved Rose may be in danger! (Amazon and Disney+)

Run time: 1 hr 23 mins (TV-G, Ages 8+)

Monsters, Inc.

Everything goes wrong when Sulley the monster allows a human girl into Monstropolis by accident. Besides humanizing the monsters hiding in your little kids’ closets, the characters are funny, delightful, and empathetic. (Amazon)

Run Time: 1 hr 32 mins (G, Ages 5+)

Halloweentown

The Piper children catch their grandmother Aggie using magic and follow her back to Halloweentown. But then Aggie and the children’s mother get attacked by evil forces. The kids need to figure out how to defeat a creature with their newfound magic. (Amazon and Disney+)

Run time: 1 hr 24 mins (Not Rated, Ages 7+)

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

This one is more of a special than a movie, but it’s a Halloween animated classic that involves Linus, who believes the Great Pumpkin will rise, but no one, not even Charlie Brown believes him. So Linus goes on a quest to find it and prove everyone wrong. (Amazon and Apple TV)

Run time: 25 mins (Not Rated, Ages 4+)

Spookley: The Square Pumpkin

Spookley the Square Pumpkin a social pariah among his kind until he’s able to save the day. The film teaches children how to deal with bullying and how to accept and love themselves. (Amazon)

Run time: 47 mins (G, Ages 4+)

Dear Dracula

Dracula doesn’t feel like the scary monster he once was. But when Sam writes a letter to him asking for a Dracula figurine, Dracula makes a guest appearance at a Halloween party that puts the Count on top again. (Amazon)

Run time: 43 mins (Not Rated, Ages 5+)

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!

The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on a Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever. (Amazon)

Run Time: 58 mins (G, Ages 3+)

Happy Halloween Scooby Doo

In this movie, Scooby-Doo and the usual gang team up with Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve a mystery and save Crystal Cove! (Amazon and Amazon DVD)

Run time: 1 hr 18 mins (Not Rated: Ages 7+)

PG-Rated Halloween Movies for Older Kids & Tweens

Hocus Pocus

The Sanderson sisters, three adorable resurrected witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) are on a quest to find eternal youth and the main ingredient required is the life of an innocent. It’s up to a group of kids to foil their plan before one of them becomes the witches’ next victim on Halloween night. (Amazon and Disney+)

Run time: 1 hr 36 mins (PG: Ages 10+)

Hocus Pocus 2

It’s been 29 years since the Sanderson sisters were resurrected from the 17th century and they’re out for revenge! Three high school students are charged with stopping the witches from destroying Salem before All Hallow’s Eve. (Disney+)

Run time: 1 hr 47 mins (PG: Ages 10+)

Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire

The Hansen kids are grounded but they try to gain their freedom back by fixing their mom up on a date, except, the mysterious man turns out to be a vampire. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 23 mins (TV-PG, Ages 8+)

Casper

The live-action version of the classic cartoon follows Casper, a friendly ghost, who becomes best friends with a human girl. It’s up to Casper to save his friend’s dad after his ghost uncles target him and his creation designed to bring ghosts back to life. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 39 mins (PG, Ages 8+)

Frankenweenie

Director Tim Burton once again offers us an immaculate stop-motion movie reminiscent of “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” Chaos ensues when a young boy named Victor tries to reanimate his dog. Trust me, it’s one of the best supernatural horror comedies out there and is perfect for a family movie night! (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 27 mins (PG, Ages 9+)

Monster House

Young children will love this film about three friends who learn that a house in their neighborhood is actually a living monster. The kids have to figure out how to handle it and save the neighborhood before it’s too late. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 30 mins (PG, Ages 10+)

ParaNorman

In this stop-motion animated movie, a boy named Norman Babcock can talk to the dead. He must use his power to figure out the secret behind a deadly curse that’s plaguing a town before the residents are toast. (Amazon and Amazon DVD)

Run time: 1 hr 32 mins (PG, Ages 10+)

Beetlejuice

Michael Keaton is pretty hilarious as the demented demon, Beetlejuice, who takes it upon himself to scare anyone who moves into his house by haunting them. But there are so many hilarious moments that your kids won’t break a sweat. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 32 mins (PG, Ages 13+ recommended)

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

In this family-friendly film, Eddie Murphy plays Edward Gracey, a real estate agent who is desperately trying to sell a home to a couple. But it’s not long before they realize that evil spirits are haunting the property- Did they just buy a haunted house? (Amazon)

NOTE: There is a new 2023 Haunted Mansion movie that is rated PG-13, so check which movie you select.

Run time: 1 hr 27 mins (PG, Ages 10+)

Hotel Transylvania

Count Dracula’s monster resort in Transylvania is turned upside down when humans discover its location. But neither Dracula nor the monsters are actually really scary (and they’re voiced by actors they love like Selena Gomez). And if your kids love this film, follow it with sequels 2 and 3. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 31 mins (PG, Ages 7+)

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are recent orphans who are forced to go live with their distant relative, Count Olaf. But they soon realize that his sole motivation for taking them is because of their money. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 47 mins (PG, Ages 10+)

Coraline

In this stop-motion film, Coraline discovers a door in her new home to a parallel world where dimensional duplicates of her family and the realm she’s in contains a dark and terrible secret. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 40 mins (PG, Ages 9+)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

In this classic film, Jack Skellington from Halloween Town stumbles on Christmas Town and falls in love with Christmas. In fact, he gets so obsessed with the concept that he abducts Santa Claus so can take over Christmas. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 13 mins (PG, Ages 7+)

Corpse Bride

A man named Victor accidentally finds himself married to a skeleton-like woman named Emily after practicing his wedding vows in the forest. And it’s up to his living fiancée to face the corpse bride and get Victor back. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 17 mins (PG, Ages 10+)

Goosebumps

R.L. Stine, the author of the beloved “Goosebumps” books, discovers that demons from the pages he’s written have come to life. Played by Jack Black, he must join forces with his daughter and her friends to get them back into the books. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 43 mins (PG, Ages 9+)

Labyrinth

A teen named Sarah cruises through a mysterious labyrinth to get her baby brother back from the realm of the Goblin King, played by none other than the iconic David Bowie. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 41 mins (PG, Ages 8+)

Ghostbusters

Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, and Egon Spengler established a business called Ghostbusters to help fight the evil ghosts that have been unleashed in New York City. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 45 mins (PG, Ages 11+)

Coco

Learn about Dia de los Muertos as you journey with a young boy on a mission to celebrate his love of music as he connects with his ancestors and heritage. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 45 mins (PG, Ages 7+)

Dreamworks Spooky Stories

Join your friends from Shrek and Monsters vs Aliens for a series of 4 spooky stories. Shrek and his friends tell stories in a haunted castle, and Ginormica and the Monsters fight mutant alien pumpkins! (Amazon DVD or Netflix)

Run time: 1 hr 34 mins (TV-PG, Ages 6+)

Gremlins

The film follows a young man who gets a creature called a mogwai as a pet. But things go terrifyingly wrong and at times hilariously bad when the mogwai spawns other creatures who are destructive and evil. NOTE: It is rated PG, but also TV-14, so this might fit better as a PG-13 movie option. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 46 mins (PG, Ages 12+)

PG-13 Halloween Movies for Tweens & Teens

The Haunted Mansion (2023)

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Based on the classic Disney attraction, a woman and her son enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters. (Disney+)

Run time: 2 hr 4 mins (PG-13, Ages 11+)

Practical Magic

This 1998 romantic comedy stars Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock as two sister witches who must deal with the Owens family curse. Any man who falls in love with someone from the Owens family line perishes. A bad relationship lands one sister in trouble and the sisters must team up to fight evil. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 24 mins (PG-13, Ages 14+)

Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp stars as the iconic Edward Scissorhands, a man with scissor blades instead of fingers. Edward is a social outcast, but the takeaway for this film is about learning to accept oneself. (Amazon DVD and Max)

Run time: 1 hr 45 mins (PG-13, Ages 13+)

Teen Witch

A psychic tells Louise Miller, a socially awkward teen that she’s really a witch with magical abilities that will start to manifest when she turns 16. When the big day arrives, Miller uses magic to become the popular girl in school. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 33 mins (PG-13, Ages 13+)

The Addams Family (1991)

A wicked doctor uses her son to pose as Fester, the long-lost brother of “The Addams Family,” so she can steal their fortune. But all is not what it appears to be in this ghoulishly fun film. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 39 mins (PG-13, Ages 12+)

My Boyfriend’s Back (1991)

Johnny loves Missy, but he dies before he gets to tell her, so he comes back from the dead with a hunger to win her heart. (Amazon)

Run time: 1 hr 24 mins (PG-13)


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Shawn

Thursday 28th of October 2021

Ugh, Casper is NOT G. I showed it to my elementary class and at the "Bitch is back" scene I had 17 horrified little eyes looking at me. I should have checked the rating closer my self but please move it to the PG section of this really good list.

Kim

Sunday 7th of November 2021

Hi Shawn, thanks for letting me know! I wonder if I somehow mixed up the animated Casper with the live movie. I am sorry for the mistake and will get this fixed for the future.