kid-friendly "Halloween" movies & TV shows

by myheartisyourweapon | created - 05 Oct 2011 | updated - 02 Nov 2011 | Public

These aren't all exactly "Halloween" orientated, but they involve things that could be scary, but are still kid safe.

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1. Goosebumps (1995–1998)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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A series of horror anthology stories based on the children's books by R.L. Stine.

Stars: R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones, Scott Wickware

Votes: 9,094

2. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.3
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A group of kids get together in the woods, and tell ghost stories.

Stars: Ross Hull, Daniel DeSanto, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Votes: 10,720

3. Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz

Votes: 70,549 | Gross: $39.51M

4. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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70 Metascore

When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 210,491 | Gross: $73.71M

5. Corpse Bride (2005)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.4
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83 Metascore

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 208,110 | Gross: $53.36M

6. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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74 Metascore

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 388,524 | Gross: $56.36M

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 246,765 | Gross: $75.08M

8. Casper (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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49 Metascore

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Votes: 96,304 | Gross: $100.33M

9. The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.8
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57 Metascore

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 106,307 | Gross: $113.50M

10. Addams Family Values (1993)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.6
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62 Metascore

The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 63,568 | Gross: $48.92M

11. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Special)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.2
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The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Kathy Steinberg

Votes: 12,427

12. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.9
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91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 309,419 | Gross: $435.11M

13. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 299,165 | Gross: $238.63M

14. Ghostbusters II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

6.5
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56 Metascore

The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 154,457 | Gross: $112.49M

15. When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Family

6.3
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In October of 1981, Curtis Danko, the creepy kid from the small town of Walker Falls, was killed in a mysterious accident. He left behind a warning to the town: "If you ever have another ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Tom Amandes, Roy Billing, Brittany Byrnes

Votes: 959

16. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Tower of Terror (1997)

Unrated | 89 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.3
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A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.

Director: D.J. MacHale | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Kirsten Dunst, Nia Peeples, Michael McShane

Votes: 2,837

17. Phantom of the Megaplex (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Family

6.6
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A young man working at a cinema on a special premiere night, finds that the films being shown are full of strange and eerie occurrences.

Director: Blair Treu | Stars: Taylor Handley, Corinne Bohrer, Caitlin Wachs, Jacob Smith

Votes: 2,109

18. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

G | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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87 Metascore

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.

Directors: Steve Box, Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay

Votes: 106,628 | Gross: $56.11M

19. The Little Vampire (2000)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.7
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45 Metascore

A lonely boy becomes best friends with a vampire.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Jonathan Lipnicki, Rollo Weeks, Richard E. Grant, Jim Carter

Votes: 7,995 | Gross: $13.56M

20. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 320,695 | Gross: $22.20M

21. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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An animated adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, John McLeish

Votes: 9,656

22. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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80 Metascore

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 163,834 | Gross: $75.29M

23. Vincent (1982)

G | 6 min | Short, Animation, Family

8.4
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Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams which annoys his mother.

Director: Tim Burton | Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 19,249

24. Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999–2002)

TV-Y7 | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.3
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The offbeat adventures of Courage, a cowardly dog who must overcome his own fears to heroically defend his unknowing farmer owners from all kinds of dangers, paranormal events and menaces that appear around their land.

Stars: Marty Grabstein, Thea White, Peter Fernandez, Simon Prebble

Votes: 28,899

25. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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The show takes us through the struggles of life as a child monster. Three monster friends are studying how to scare humans in school. Often, their attempts don't work out as planned.

Stars: Charlie Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, David Eccles, Gregg Berger

Votes: 7,906

26. Beetlejuice (1989–1991)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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Adventures of the ghostly con-artist and his 12-year-old pal, Lydia.

Stars: Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain, Elizabeth Hanna

Votes: 5,698

27. Bump in the Night (1994–1995)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.2
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The misadventures of a small green monster named Mr. Bumpy, a blue monster named Squishington, and a rag doll named Molly Coddle in a bedroom of a 10 year old boy.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Gail Matthius, Scott McAfee

Votes: 455

28. Frankenweenie (1984)

PG | 29 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A young boy sets out to revive his dead pet using the monstrous power of science.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Barret Oliver, Joseph Maher

Votes: 9,968

29. Frankenweenie (2012)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.0
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74 Metascore

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau

Votes: 82,101 | Gross: $35.29M

30. 9 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 79 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.1
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60 Metascore

A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.

Director: Shane Acker | Stars: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 118,586 | Gross: $31.74M

31. Igor (2008)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.0
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40 Metascore

Animated fable about a cliché hunchbacked evil scientist's assistant who aspires to become a scientist himself, much to the displeasure of the rest of the evil science community.

Director: Tony Leondis | Stars: John Cusack, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Myleene Klass

Votes: 20,613 | Gross: $19.53M

32. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.7
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An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow

Votes: 53,012 | Gross: $28.93M

33. Alice in Wonderland (I) (2010)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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53 Metascore

Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Votes: 334,575 | Gross: $334.19M

34. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.4
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Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 106,058

35. The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper (1996–1998)

Animation, Comedy, Family

5.9
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The continuing adventures of Casper, The Trio, and the Harveys, based on the popular 1995 film.

Stars: Malachi Pearson, Joe Alaskey, Dan Castellaneta, Rob Paulsen

Votes: 807

36. Casper Meets Wendy (1998 Video)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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Casper, a ghost, teams up with Wendy, a witch, against an evil warlock.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Cathy Moriarty, Shelley Duvall, Teri Garr, George Hamilton

Votes: 5,408

37. Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997 Video)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

4.5
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Casper tells the story of how he became such a good-natured ghost.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Michael McKean

Votes: 2,912

38. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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78 Metascore

In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.

Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 660,859 | Gross: $289.92M

39. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

4.9
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34 Metascore

A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp

Votes: 35,138 | Gross: $75.85M

40. Monster House (2006)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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68 Metascore

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Ryan Newman

Votes: 80,822 | Gross: $73.66M

41. Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.9
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The Hansen kids are in a jam. Adam and his best friend Duffy have gotten their hands on some tickets for the Headless Horseman concert, and his sister Chelsea has a date with her dreamy ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Matt O'Leary, Laura Vandervoort, Myles Jeffrey, Caroline Rhea

Votes: 2,583

42. My Favorite Martian (1999)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

5.0
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A Martian lands on Earth and makes friends with a reporter.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Daniels, Elizabeth Hurley, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 11,483 | Gross: $36.83M

43. Trick or Treat (1952)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.3
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After Donald plays a cruel Halloween prank on his nephews, the 3 team-up with a witch and her broom to teach him a lesson about 'tricks and treats.'

Director: Jack Hannah | Stars: June Foray, Clarence Nash, Thurl Ravenscroft

Votes: 731

44. Monsters University (2013)

G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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65 Metascore

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Votes: 262,686 | Gross: $268.49M

45. Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.5
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56 Metascore

A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

Directors: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Seth Rogen

Votes: 125,196 | Gross: $198.35M

46. Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, David Cross, Jay Mohr

Votes: 81,767 | Gross: $54.68M