Halloween Favorites

All of my favorite Halloween movies sorted by kid-friendly, mixed audience and R-Rated. Definitely influenced by my status as a 90s kid and by my general dislike of scary movies.
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1.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
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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 the witches' reign of terror once and for all. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenny Ortega
“ PG. An absolute classic and go-to for anyone (especially if you were a kid in the early 90s). Can be a wee bit scary to very young children. Who wouldn't want to see a movie that makes it believable for Bette Midler to be related to Sarah Jessica Parker. Side note: If you want your mind blown just remember that Thackery Binks grew up to be Tim McGee on NCIS and Dani grew into an American Beauty. ” - piper-pan
 
2.
Double, Double Toil and Trouble (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Farmer family is in big debts; they might lose their house soon. The seven year old Farmer twins... (96 mins.)
Director: Stuart Margolin
“ G? I will take all the eye-rolling you can dish out over this one. As someone who owned a few too many Olsen Twins VHS's I think this one is still a classic, especially to watch with kids. ” - piper-pan
 
3.
The Addams Family (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. (99 mins.)
“ PG13. Though I didn't specifically include Addams Family Values, that is also a great pick. This movie is hilarious, morbid and just what the witch doctor ordered for Halloween viewers to enjoy. Still my favorite Anjelica Huston role and an adorable Christina Ricci (who you will see again on this list). ” - piper-pan
 
4.
Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After learning she is a witch, a girl (Kimberly J. Brown) helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures. (84 mins.)
Director: Duwayne Dunham
“ G. I can't speak much to the sequels (I barely remember the first sequel and didn't bother to see the others). However, the original is awesome and should be viewed by anyone who loves Halloween! ” - piper-pan
 
5.
Casper (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
“ PG. If you were a pre-teen in the 90s, chances are that you will swoon at the reminder of Casper dancing with Kat. If you're human, then chances are your heart broke a little when.... Well I won't give it away. No matter how old you are this is a great movie and you should definitely watch it! Even if just to see a vintage Cristina Ricci! ” - piper-pan
 
6.
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Casper tells the story of how he became such a good-natured ghost. (90 mins.)
Director: Sean McNamara
“ PG. Don't worry, I didn't include all of the titles for every franchise on this list (and not all of the Caspers) but this one does have its own charm. To start with, it features Steve Guttenburg and Lori Laughlin, making it a 90s classic anyway. Also the plot is cute and interesting and bound to keep you interested (even if you pretend it doesn't). ” - piper-pan
 
7.
Casper Meets Wendy (1998 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Casper, a ghost, teams up with Wendy, a witch, against an evil warlock. (90 mins.)
Director: Sean McNamara
“ PG. Last Casper, I swear! Look past Hillary Duff, I swear it's worth watching. The cast is actually pretty awesome and includes Cathy Moriarty in her second Casper film. (You probably don't know who that is by name but look her up she has definitely been in something you loved). A very cute story about friendship and standing up for yourself. ” - piper-pan
 
8.
Labyrinth (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ PG. May lose the interest of younger viewers but definitely a memorable one for adults and teens. If you can look past or be amused by the awesome 80s styles then you can be entranced by this classic Bowie film and sucked in to a fantastical world that made pretty good use of the currently available special effect technology. A Classic... With puppets. ” - piper-pan
 
9.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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, two monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
“ G. Definitely more a kid flick but cute none-the-less. ” - piper-pan
 
10.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. (96 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
 
11.
Jumanji (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. (104 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ PG. Robin Williams.... That is pretty much all that need be said. Throw in a young Kirsten Dunst and a classic storyline and I am sold! ” - piper-pan
 
12.
The Pagemaster (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A cowardly boy who buries himself in accident statistics enters a library to escape a storm only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real life. (80 mins.)
 
13.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A girl, sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts, finds out on her sixteenth birthday that she is a witch. (91 mins.)
Director: Tibor Takacs
 
14.
Matilda (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. (98 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
15.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune. (108 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
 
16.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
 
17.
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home? (97 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
18.
Escape to Witch Mountain (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The twins, named Danny and Anna, are found by Zoe Moon (Perrey Reeves), a young waitress. She notices when the children's hands touch... (87 mins.)
Director: Peter Rader
 
19.
Tower of Terror (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier. (89 mins.)
Director: D.J. MacHale
 
20.
Corpse Bride (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (77 mins.)
 
21.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
22.
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
23.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
24.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (152 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
25.
Penelope (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will love her faithfully." (104 mins.)
Director: Mark Palansky
 
26.
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
27.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. (100 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
28.
Practical Magic (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian, as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love. (104 mins.)
Director: Griffin Dunne
 
29.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires. (86 mins.)
 
30.
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
31.
Beetlejuice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
32.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
33.
The Craft (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
 
34.
Idle Hands (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent. (92 mins.)
Director: Rodman Flender
 
35.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
 
36.
The Lost Boys (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
37.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
38.
Bless the Child (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe... (107 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
39.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
40.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
 
41.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
 
42.
Hide and Seek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace -- at first -- in her imaginary friend. (101 mins.)
Director: John Polson
 
43.
The Skeleton Key (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past. (104 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley