Spooky season is upon us. Autumn colours, leaves on the ground and Halloween rapidly approaching. I’ve scoured the UK Netflix catalogue for family Halloween movies and shows and brought you my firm favourites for family viewing, with a spooky twist! Netflix is constantly removing and adding titles to the catalogue, so you might be disappointed if you’re looking up older guides, especially as they often favour the USA – that has a different catalogue to the UK. All of these titles are available in the UK, October 2020 – just in time for Halloween!
I’ve also compiled a separate list of family-friendly Halloween movies and shows that are on Amazon Prime Video – so free to watch if you have Amazon Prime!
Best Halloween Movies and shows for Kids on Netflix UK in 2020
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So without further ado, here are my 10 best Halloween movies for kids on Netflix:
1. Corpse Bride (2005), PG
Running Time: 1 hour 17 minutes
This is the classic Tim Burton movie about a man who is sucked into the underworld by a Corpse Bride, just as he’s about to get married. It is PG rated and has some spooky themes such as skeletons and the underworld, portrayed in Tim Burton’s iconic art style, but the actual content is family friendly.
2. Hotel Transylvania (2012), U
Running Time: 1 hour 31 minutes
The Hotel Transylvania series is a laugh out loud slapstick comedy family movie with Hotel Transylvania owner Dracula trying to protect his family. Rated Universal, Hotel Transylvania should be suitable for most ages but it does have a few spooky moments. There are a few explosions and the scary theme of vampires, mummies, ghosts and talking slime.
3. Dreamworks: Spooky Stories (2009), U
This is a set of three short stories by Dreamworks in one spooky bundle of family favourites. It includes Scared Shrekless, The Ghost of Lord Farquaad and Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins. This is a great set to watch on Halloween itself and a bit of animated fun suitable for all ages.
4. All Hallow’s Eve (2016), PG
A teenage witch wants to summon the spirit of her departed mother, but instead awakens a witch who wants to destroy the town. She needs to work with her friends to battle the evil magic and set things back to right! Although this film is rated PG, it is more likely to appeal to tweens or older.
5. Nine Lives (2016), PG
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
A workaholic dad finds himself trapped in the body of the cat he gifted his daughter in Nine Lives, which has a 1 hour 27m run time.. Although there’s no direct Halloween reference, there’s a bit of spooky magic at play here that’s theme appropriate. PG Rated, this is suitable for any kids old enough to understand the family dynamic, so will most likely appeal to those 6-7+.
6. Ghostbusters 2 (1989), PG
Running Time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Only the second movie in the series is currently available on Netflix, which is a bit of shame – but it’s a great movie and it’s not essential to have seen the first one. This 1989 classic has a running time of 1 hour 48m and is rated PG. The ghostbusting team must save New York from a spirits and slime!
7. Jumanji (1995), PG
Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes
An old classic, but still a good one that offers timeless family entertainment. Whilst not directly Halloween related, there’s some spooky magical goings on as a brother and sister discover an enchanted board game that acts as a portal to a different world. There they meet a man who has been trapped for years and have to do their best to escape.
8. Goosebumps (2015), PG
Running Time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Goosebumps is PG rated and is more suitable for older children and teenagers, as demon’s from a horror writers mind come to life, and teenagers must team up to defeat them and save the town.
9. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), U
Running Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
This animated award winning Wallace & Gromit stop-motion movie finds Wallace and his dog battling a voracious monster that is threatening their vegetable patch!
10. Ghost Patrol (2016), U
Running Time: 47 minutes
Two kids and their pet dog – the Ghost Patrol – get a call about a haunted manor and investigate! This short film is suitable for all ages.
11. The Addams Family (1991), PG
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
The Addam’s Family is a true family classic and now it’s available on Netflix!
12. The Addams Family (2019), PG
Running Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
In 2019 there was a reboot of the original Classic in animation. For children who find live action a little more scary, this is an ideal alternative whilst still bringing you the original family and story.
13. True: Tricky Treat Day (2019)
Running Time: 23 minutes
This installment of True and the Rainbow Kingdom is perfect for the younger audience, and True: Tricky Treat Day is a good bite size watch at 23 minutes. This follows the much loved characters of True and Bartleby in the Rainbow Kingdom on Tricky Treat Day. Rated Universal.
14. Super Monsters: Vida’s First Halloween (2019), U
Running Time: 24 minutes
There’s are three seasons (6 episodes per seasons) of Super Monsters to watch, as well as a standalone Halloween special, Super Monsters: Vida’s First Halloween.This is great for little ones and follows the adventures of a rambuctious group of young monsters who have super powers.
15. The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween (2019), PG
Running Time: 46 minutes
This one will appeal to any fans of Captain Underpants, or funny, silly shows! It’s rated PG and has toilet humour as well as spooky skeletons, but is family friendly.