10 Best Halloween Movies for Kids on Netflix, 2017
Spooky season is upon us. Autumn colours, leaves on the ground and Halloween rapidly approaching. I’ve scoured the UK Netflix catalogue for Halloween 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 2017 – just in time for Halloween!
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So without further ado, here are my 10 best Halloween movies for kids on Netflix:
1. Monsters vs Aliens (2009)
Susan Murphy is struck by a meteor and finds herself 50 feet tall. Captured by the government, she lives in a secret compound where she makes new friends and gets a new mission. When Alien’s attack, they are called upon to save the world! This is a PG rated movie but is animated and suitable for younger audiences, although it does have some explosions and themes that may be scary to young children. It has a running time of 1 hour 35m.
2. Hotel Transylvania (2012) & Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
The Hotel Transylvania series is a laugh out loud slapstick comedy family movie with Hotel Transylvania owner Dracula trying to protect his family. Both are rated Universal and should be suitable for all ages. There are a few explosions and the scary theme of vampires, mummies, ghosts and talking slime. Running times are 1 hour 31m and 1 hour 29m.
3. Dreamworks: Spooky Stories (2009)
Okay it’s not actually a movie, but 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)
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)
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)
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)
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. It has a PG Rating and runs for 1 hour 44m.
8. Vampire Dog (2012)
Fang, a 600 year old vampire dog must team up with his young owner to stop a mad scientist trying to capture Fang for his DNA! This is an endearing tale of a boy and his dog overcoming adversity, albeit in a somewhat spooky way! It’s rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour 31 minutes.
9. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
This animated award winning Wallace & Gromit stop-motion movie finds Wallace and his dog battling a voracious monster that is threatening their vegetable patch! It’s rated Universal and is suitable for all ages, with a 1 hour 25m run time.
10. Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000)
This is a great one to combine the spooky theme of Casper the Ghost as well as build up some excitement for Christmas. Casper’s got himself into a spot of trouble and needs to scare one person before Christmas Day – but can he manage it? This movie is rated Universal, and although some children may find the idea of a ghost a little frightening, it should be suitable for all ages.