Halloween Movies on Netflix For Kids: Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without the movies that go along with it, just as Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the music and Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without the chocolates. Without a doubt, the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and candy apples are delightful. But how do you truly set the tone? Nothing beats a movie night filled with all the best chainsaw-wielding, spell-binding, hair-raising films to get you in the mood for the spooky season. You don’t have to be a horror lover to enjoy a good Halloween film–in fact, some aren’t even scary! They’re just brimming with October sweetness, which we only have 31 days to enjoy.
So get the extra candy out, turn off all the lights, lock all the doors, and settle down for the finest of the best Halloween flicks. We’ve compiled a list of 17 that we think you won’t want to miss.
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1. Alpha and Omega (film)
Two young wolves from different ends of their pack’s social structure are thrown together in a strange world and must rely on one another to get home, but love complicates things.
Ben Gluck and Anthony Bell directed Alpha and Omega, a 2010 American 3D computer-animated adventure romance comedy-drama film. The film was written by Christopher Denk and Steve Moore, based on a scenario by Moore and Gluck, and stars Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, and Christina Ricci. Kate and Humphrey, two young Rocky Mountain wolves who fall in love but are on different ends of their pack, are the stars of this picture. When Kate and Humphrey find that they have been transferred to Idaho for repopulation, they must band together to return to Jasper Park before a conflict breaks out between the two packs.
On September 8, 2010, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Lionsgate Films released it nationwide in 2-D and 3-D on September 17, 2010. The film was dedicated to Dennis Hopper’s memory because he died of prostate cancer four months before it was released, and this was his final performance before he died.
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Prepare for a hilarious adventure as Alvin and the Chipmunks face off against Dr. Frankenstein and his monster in a world-famous studio’s theme park.
Bagdasarian Productions, LLC. and Universal Cartoon Studios produced and distributed Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein in 1999. It is directed by Kathi Castillo, written by John Loy, and based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks and Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818. This is the first of two Alvin and the Chipmunks direct-to-video features, as well as the first of three Universal Cartoon Studios projects to be animated outside of the United States by Tama Production in Tokyo.
A year later, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman was released, which serves as a spiritual sequel as it makes no reference of the events of this film.
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
When Alvin discovers that his next-door neighbour is a werewolf, he embarks on a thrilling race against the clock before the full moon. The true dread will strike when Theodore begins to act strangely as well.
The Chipmunks’ Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is a 2000 American animated horror musical comedy-themed direct-to-video film based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks, created by Bagdasarian Productions and Universal Cartoon Studios. It’s the second Alvin and the Chipmunks direct-to-video picture, and the second of three Universal Cartoon Studios films to be created in Japan by Tama Productions.
As part of their “Haunted House of Fun” campaign, Universal Studios Home Video released it on VHS alongside Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, Monster Mash, and four episodes of Archie’s Weird Mysteries (combined into one feature, Archie and the Riverdale Vampires). The four animated features were then published together on a “Monster Bash Fun Pack” DVD package on September 7, 2004, a two-disc DVD set featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, which was released on September 4, 2007.
4. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
A babysitter sets out on a rescue expedition for a toddler who has been kidnapped by monsters.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is a Netflix-distributed American family horror film directed by Rachel Talalay. Joe Ballarini wrote the screenplay, which is based on his three-part novel trilogy of the same name. Tom Felton, Indya Moore, Tamara Smart, and Oona Laurence feature in the film.
Kelly Ferguson is a babysitter on a mission to find the child in her care who was abducted on Halloween night by the Boogeyman. She discovers a secret network of child-protecting babysitters, as well as a whole planet of monsters to combat.
5. Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem
Solomon Grundy, Silver Banshee, Clayface, and Scarecrow join the Joker in his Halloween mission to render contemporary technology useless and take over Gotham City.
The second instalment of the Batman Unlimited series, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, is a direct-to-video animated superhero film. It was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on August 18, 2015. It’s the second instalment of Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts.
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6. Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh
Pooh and the company are set for Halloween on Halloween night, but Piglet is too terrified to join part.
You, too, get a boo! Winnie the Pooh is a Walt Disney Television Animation Halloween television special, with animation by Toon City Animation, Inc. in Manila, Philippines, and additional production by Thai Wang Film Productions in Bangkok, Thailand. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, based on the Disney television series, premiered on ABC on October 25, 1996.
For his work on this picture, Phil Spencer earned the 1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.
7. The Book of Life
Manolo, a young man divided between his family’s expectations and following his heart, embarks on an odyssey that takes him across three amazing worlds and forces him to confront his biggest fears.
The Book of Life is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film produced and released by 20th Century Fox Animation and Reel FX Animation Studios. Jorge R. Gutierrez co-wrote and directed the film, which was co-produced by Aaron Berger, Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro, and Carina Schulze. Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum star in the picture, which also features Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Kate del Castillo in supporting roles. The plot depicts a bullfighter who, on the Day of the Dead, embarks on an afterlife quest to fulfil the expectations of his family and friends, based on an original idea by Gutierrez.
On October 12, 2014, the film premiered in Los Angeles, and on October 17, 2014, it was distributed theatrically in the United States. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. On a $50 million budget, the film grossed $99 million.
When an afterlife therapist and his daughter move into a decrepit mansion to rid it of evil spirits, they meet a nice child ghost.
Casper is a 1995 American supernatural dark fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Brad Silberling, based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo. Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, and Eric Idle star in the picture, which also features the voices of Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey, Brad Garrett, and Malachi Pearson as the titular role.
The ghosts in the film are created entirely with computer-generated imagery, and it is the first feature film to include a wholly CGI lead character. In comparison to prior years’ comics, cartoons, and films, it takes a considerably darker approach to the Friendly Ghost, especially when it comes to the concept of death, giving the figure a tragic background that tackles his death.
Universal Pictures released Casper in theatres on May 26, 1995. Critics lauded the picture for its fidelity to its original material (particularly the characterization of the title character), visual effects, music score, and performances, but questioned the grim tale and humor. On a $55 million budget, the picture grossed $287.9 million, spawning two direct-to-video/made-for-TV sequels and an animated television spin-off, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper.
9. Casper Meets Wendy
In order to defeat a wicked warlock, Casper, a ghost, partners up with Wendy, a witch.
Casper Meets Wendy is a family fantasy comedy film released in 1998 based on the Harvey Comics characters Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy the Good Little Witch. The film is the second spin-off/prequel to Casper: A Spirited Beginning, and it is the sequel to Casper: A Spirited Beginning. The project was co-produced by Saban Entertainment. Cathy Moriarty, who played the villainess in the 1995 picture, co-stars in this film for the second time.
This was Hilary Duff’s first major film, and she was ten years old when it was released on September 22, 1998, six days before her eleventh birthday. It received largely unfavorable reviews from critics, but it was thought to be an improvement over its predecessor. It was then broadcast on Fox Family on October 27, 1998, four days before Halloween.
10. A Cinderella Story
Samantha Montgomery, who is routinely used by her evil stepmother, is looking forward to meeting her Internet beau at the school’s Halloween ball.
A Cinderella Story is a 2004 American teen romance comedy film directed by Mark Rosman and written by Leigh Dunlap, starring Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, and Regina King, and directed by Mark Rosman. The film’s narrative centers around two Internet pen pals who aim to meet in person during their high school’s Halloween ball, a reworking of the classic Cinderella legend.
On July 16, 2004, the film was released. Despite scathing reviews from critics, the picture was a box office triumph, grossing $70 million against a $19 million budget and spawning many direct-to-video sequels. It’s become somewhat of a cult favorite throughout the years.
11. Corpse Bride
When a hesitant guy inadvertently practises his wedding vows in front of a deceased young woman, she emerges from the grave believing he has wedded her.
Corpse Bride (also known as Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride) is a 2005 stop-motion animated musical fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton, with a script by John August, Caroline Thompson, and Pamela Pettler based on Burton and Carlos Grangel’s characters. The story takes place in a fictional Victorian-era English village. Victor is voiced by Johnny Depp, and Emily, the titular bride, is spoken by Helena Bonham Carter.
Burton’s third stop-motion feature film, and his first as a director, is Corpse Bride (the previous two films, The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, were directed by Henry Selick). This is also Burton’s debut stop-motion film, which was released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was named after executive producer Joe Ranft, who died in a vehicle accident while filming.
The picture was both critically and financially successful. Despite winning the National Board of Review award for Best Animated Feature, the film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards, but lost to Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which also starred Bonham Carter. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature, Best Character Design, and Best Direction at the Annie Awards in 2006, and won the Ub Iwerks Award for Technical Achievement. Instead of the 35mm film cameras used in Burton’s earlier stop-motion feature The Nightmare Before Christmas, it was shot with Canon EOS-1D Mark II digital SLRs (1993).
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12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The adventures of a 12-year-old who has just graduated from elementary school and is preparing to enter middle school, where he must learn about consequences and responsibility in order to survive the academic year.
Thor Freudenthal directed the 2010 American live-action/animated comedy film Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which is based on Jeff Kinney’s 2007 novel of the same name. Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron star in the picture. Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, and Chloe Grace Moretz are among the cast members. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2013) are the first three films in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series (2017).
20th Century Fox released the picture in theatres on March 19, 2010 in the United States. Critics gave the picture mixed reviews, and it made $75.7 million on a $15 million budget. Freudenthal directed the only film in the series before being replaced by David Bowers for the other chapters.
13. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Two clever small girls struggle to save their parents from their nefarious old capitalist aunt’s greedy grasp on Halloween night. There’s a lot of magic going on, and they meet some strange new companions along the way.
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble is a made-for-television Halloween children’s film released in 1993 in the United States. It stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as two brave little girls who learn that their Great Aunt Sophia has been trapped and cursed by her evil twin sister Agatha. Sophia will be doomed to the netherworld on the seventh year of her imprisonment unless the curse is undone by the magical spell of twins. The title of the film is a play on the three witches’ famous statement from Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Act IV, Scene I): “Double, double toil and pain; Fire burn and cauldron boil.”
14. Ernest Scared Stupid
In the village of Briarville, Missouri, Ernest unintentionally unleashes a hideous troll that plots to turn children into wooden dolls.
Ernest Scared Stupid is a comedic horror film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney that was released in 1991. Ernest P. Worrell appears in this picture for the fifth time. On Halloween night, Ernest unintentionally releases an evil troll onto a tiny town and assists the local children in fighting back. It, like its predecessors Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam, Ernest Goes to Camp, Ernest Saves Christmas, and Ernest Goes to Jail, was shot in Nashville, Tennessee.
Disney cancelled their production relationship with Cherry and Varney due to the film’s low box office gross of $14,143,280, making it the fourth and final Ernest feature released under the Disney banner Touchstone Pictures. Following the financial failure of Ernest Rides Again, all subsequent Ernest films were independently produced, and the films transitioned to a straight-to-video market.
15. Ella Enchanted
Ella is under a spell that requires her to be obedient at all times, a reality she must conceal from her new stepfamily in order to protect the prince of the realm, her friend, whom she is falling in love with.
Ella Enchanted is a fantasy romance comedy film directed by Tommy O’Haver and written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith from 2004. It is partially based on Gail Carson Levine’s 1997 novel of the same name. The film, starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy, is a twist on the traditional fairy tale.
The film was made in collaboration with companies from the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
When a boy’s beloved dog dies unexpectedly, he seeks to resurrect the animal using a sophisticated science experiment.
Frankenweenie is a stop motion animated science fiction comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Walt Disney Pictures that was released in 2012. It’s a feature-length remake of Burton’s short film of the same name from 1984, as well as a satire and homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein, which was based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands), Martin Short (Mars Attacks! ), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Landau (Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow), and Conchata Farrell (Edward Scissorhands) round out the voice cast, which also includes some newcomers like Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer.
In the film, Victor Frankenstein uses electricity to resuscitate his dead Bull Terrier, Sparky, but is coerced by his peers into divulging how they can reanimate their own murdered pets and other creatures, culminating in mayhem. The witty film features several references and parodies to the book, previous cinematic adaptations of the novel, other literary masterpieces, and other Burton-directed films.
Frankenweenie was released in the United States on October 5, 2012, to positive reviews and moderate box office results. It was the first black-and-white feature-length film and the first stop-motion film to be distributed in IMAX 3D. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Annie Award for Best Animated Film in each category, and won the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film.
17. Fun Size
When Wren is forced to watch her brother, who vanishes in a sea of trick-or-treaters, her Halloween plans go haywire. She needs to find her brother before her mother finds out he’s missing, so she enlists the help of her closest friend and two geeks.
Fun Size (also known as Half Pint in other places) is a 2012 American teen comedy film written and directed by Josh Schwartz.
The film stars Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann, Jane Levy, and Chelsea Handler and tells the storey of a teenage girl’s Halloween plans gone awry when she’s forced to babysit her younger brother, who vanishes in a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friends and two nerds by her side, she must find her brother before her mother realizes he’s gone.
On October 26, 2012, Paramount Pictures released Fun Size in theatres, grossing $11 million against a $14 million budget.