Top 10 Spooky Movies for the Whole Family

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As the weather cools and the end of October approaches, why not watch a Halloween movie with your family?  I’ve compiled a list of ten movies you can enjoy with your loved ones.  You can also make homemade popcorn and healthy Halloween drinks!

Animated Movies

Coraline standing on a driveway in front of a haunted house.

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1. Coraline (2009)

Not for the faint of heart, Coraline is one of my top picks for family-friendly movies.  It has just enough scary moments without being overwhelming, and also teaches kids the important lesson of being happy with what they have.




Casper the Friendly Ghost sitting on a plane.

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2. Casper the Friendly Ghost (1995)

He’s my old neighbourhood spooky friend, and he’s one of the kindest ghosts out there!  Not only does he want to do the right thing, but Casper will always try his best until the end.  If you and your family are looking for a heart-warming and inspiring movie, I would definitely recommend giving Casper a try!




3. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)

If you’ve watched Scooby-Doo in the past, you know how the gang often solves some spooky mysteries.  But this time around, they will be looking for clues on a dark and remote island.




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4. The Corpse Bride (2005)

The Corpse Bride is about a boy who is whisked to the Land of the Dead after a series of misunderstandings.  Although it’s creepy in its atmosphere and music, this movie teaches kids the power of love and sacrifice.  If you or your family enjoy action-packed movies, The Corpse Bride will keep everyone guessing until the end!



Non-Animated Movies 

If you have older children or children who think they can take another level of spooky, check out these movies:


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5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s) Stone (2001) 

Most of you have heard of Harry Potter, but if you haven’t, or if you want to re-watch this family-friendly movie, there’s no better time to do it than at Halloween!  With its magic, the fight against the Dark Forces, and the threat of He-Who-Most-Not-Be-Named, you and your family can enjoy this spooky movie together!



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6. The Sixth Sense (1999) 

The Sixth Sense has a deceptively straightforward plotline, but be careful or you’ll be tricked before you know it!  Remember: what appears real isn’t always what you think.




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7. Ghostbusters (1984)

“Who are you going to call?” “Ghostbusters!” If you’re concerned about ghosts haunting your house (not friendly ghosts like Casper), call the Ghostbusters and they’ll take care of the situation for you.  For a more recent, all-female cast with ghost-busting power, you can check out Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016).



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8. Wizards of Waverly Place: Halloween Episode (2009) 

The Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place has a Halloween episode, where the Russos will go to extraordinary lengths to keep their status as the official haunted house.  This is a great pick for children who struggle to sit through a lengthy movie! ­



Scarier Movies

Here are a couple of scarier movies you can rent online or borrow at your nearest library:


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9. Don’t Breathe (2016) 

When people break into the house of a blind man, they expect to grab what they want and leave before he can call the police. However, the man these three delinquents choose to rob isn’t helpless at all. In fact, they may find themselves stuck in his trap, and fearing for their lives.



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10. It (2017) 

Clowns. We’ve all seen them in carnivals, at birthday parties, in popular children’s books. But this shape-shifting clown feeds off children’s fear, and he knows exactly what will scare them the most.




Did you discover a new movie or show?  Which scary films do you recommend to other families? Let us know in the comments below!