Halloween is the time to send your kids out to beg for candy, but a safer option in these dangerous times is to buy them candy and enjoy a family movie night together. There are so many scary movies out at the moment, but not all are fit for kids. I would like to suggest my top 10 of Halloween movies I really enjoyed as a kid, or which have recently become my favourites for the season. Enjoy!
1)Anything animated by Tim Burton. He is a fright genius! I loved Beetlejuice and Mars Attacks as a kid and watched many others later on. Discovering that they all have been created by the same person was one of the greatest revelations of my teen years. Best for the younger kids would be The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride or Frankenweenie
2) Coraline! This is such a freaky stop-motion animation that even grown-ups might get a chill down their spine (the idea of someone kidnapping your child is horrific). Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, this is one of the best stop-motion animations of all times and will be perfect for Halloween.
3) The Addams Family. This twisted family might seem odd and scary at first, but they do know how important the family is. It is a favourite move of my childhood. I was about 8 years old, when I watched it for the first time, and I re-watch it almost every year since.
4)The Witches based on the book with same title by Roald Dahl. It is very close to the book and makes a great treat for the children and parents alike. A good way how to teach your children not to take sweeties form strangers.
5) Casper. This friendly ghost will make you cry for how unfair the life is and why people have to die no matter how good they are. It has some great jokes too. Animation of the ghosts is pretty impressive, considering that this movie is almost 20 years old.
6) Hocus Pocus is another movie about witches and their deeds on the night of all hollows eve. I can’t imagine any Halloween list without this classic of the genre. Great for kids, and adults can enjoy crazy Carrie Bradshaw (aka Sarah Jessica Parker) on the loose.
7)Even though it is not a typical Halloween movie, I would suggest watching Stardust, which is also based on a book by Neil Gaiman. It has witches, ghosts, sky-pirates and many more exciting elements of a great story. It is much more child friendly than the book, but still has this special vibe.
8)Younger children will enjoy the less scary Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. It is funny and sweet, but don’t get too attached to the bunnies as they might turn out much scarier than they seem at first.
9)Harry Potter is good for any occasion. It has plenty of creatures, magic and adventure. You can even make a marathon, or incorporate a candy-eating game (like drinking game only with candy) every time anyone casts a spell, or you see a creature, or Hermione mentions a book, reading or the library.
10) Making this list more complete with book adaptations, I would also suggest The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – a witch, talking animals, adventure and family values. In my opinion, it is a good choice for a family evening.
Some of the movies might lure your children into reading the books, if you tell them that they are even better than the movies or suggest reading the sequels. Who knows, it might work. I hope you found something exciting on this list and Happy Halloween!