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Halloween Movies for Movie Night

Are you and your family looking for a great movie to watch together this Halloween after all the trick-or-treating? We a great list that you will want to check out before planning a movie night. From movies for the littlest Halloween fans to movies that the older kids will want to watch we have a great list that will be invaluable to you this Halloween. Thank you to Parenting Magazine for some of these fabulous ideas! Check out their full list here.

10 Best Family Halloween Movies

1. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

Who doesn’t love Pooh? It’s Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and everyone is excited to trick or treat. But Pooh eats all of the candy (oh, Pooh Bear!), so Roo and Lumpy set off on a quest to capture a scary Gobloon who will grant their wish for more. Sweet and not scary, this film is perfect for the pre-school set.

Recommended Age: 3 and Up

2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This Disney classic is what Mary Poppins would be if it had witches, wizards and magic bedknobs that make your bed fly. The theme involves World War II and Nazi invasions, but is handled with kid gloves. Bonus points if your kiddo starts using “bedknobs” in regular conversation!

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

3. Labyrinth (1986)

Dealing with sibling rivalry? Labyrinth is a must-watch for anyone who has ever felt fed-up with a younger sib. When Sarah wishes that Goblins would take her baby brother, the King of the Goblins comes and whisks the boy away to a Labyrinth. Sarah must venture inside and solve it within thirteen hours to get her little brother back. Filled with fantastical Jim Henson puppets, this movie has magic enough to enchant the kiddos. Plus, David Bowie is perfect as the brooding, discontent Jareth.

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

4. Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (or, okay, Mogwai) are the original Furbies. Thankfully, Furby never multiplied after getting wet or turned into a trouble-causing reptile. While the film doesn’t revolve around Halloween, watching these little monsters cause chaos is totally in the spirit of this trick-or-treating holiday.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

5. Casper (1995)

The iconic cartoon character stars in this sweet film. Poor Casper has always struggled with being lonely and when he finally finds a friend, he tries to bring himself back to life. But things do not go according to plan. At its heart, this is a tender ghost-meets-girl story. And Casper whispering “can I keep you” never fails to make us tear up!

Recommended Age: 6 and Up

6. Halloweentown (1998)

Marnie Piper has always been obsessed with Halloween, much to her mother’s despair. But it turns out there is something her mom is keeping from her—she’s a witch! When grandmother Aggie arrives for her annual Halloween visit, Marnie follows her to a strange place called Halloweentown. This installment is the first of a magical trilogy—the two sequels will be better appreciated by kids 8 and up.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

7. Harry Potter

While you should watch Harry Potter at any time of the year (can you tell we’re fans?), Halloween seems especially appropriate. There is something about Harry boarding the Hogwarts Express that really evokes that start-of-the-school-year, fall feeling. Oh…and there’s magic and witches, too! The first few movies are aimed at younger children while the later ones are better suited to their older, tween siblings.

Recommended Age: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 7 and Up; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 8 and Up; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 10 and Up; all movies after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 12 and Up

8. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Dreamed up by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington—the “King of Halloween”—who, tired with staging Halloween festivities year after year, finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to try his hand at that holiday, instead. We dare you not to have the songs from this musical flick stuck in your head for days after watching. “This is Halloween” should be the unofficial theme song of October! Best of all, it also makes a great Christmas movie.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

9. Beetlejuice (1988)

A newly-dead husband and wife discover that a family of the living has moved into their house, so they hire a crude “bio-exorcist” to scare them off. The friendship between the deceased couple and Lydia—the epitome of a neglected and gloomy teenager—is heart-warming and the rockin’ 80’s styling will give you a good chuckle. But really…Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Do we need to say more?

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

10. Corpse Bride (2005)

This is another gem from Tim Burton’s twisted imagination. Victor, a nervous and clumsy young man, accidentally marries a dead bride. He is taken to the Land of the Dead and must somehow escape in order to be reunited with his true fiancée in time for their wedding.

Recommended Age: 10 and Up

Family Movie Night: Big Hero 6

Are you looking for a fun movie night for some much needed family time? We recently watched Big Hero 6 and the kids loved it. It can be difficult to pick a movie that appeals to everyone. But Disney did great with this movie. It has a great family dynamic amongst the main characters, it offers incredible laughs, and it has some pretty awesome special effects. It keeps you laughing, excited, worried, and touched up until the very end. What is also great is that it has a deeper meaning. Don’t give up, live up to your potential, and always remember your family is there for you. These are some pretty simple paradigms, but they mean a lot, in the movie, and in real life.

We live in such a fast paced world and our kids seem to grow up so much faster than before that it can be difficult to slow down and enjoy it all. We try to do family night at least once a week but there are weeks that it does not include everyone, either Dad has to work late, Mom has to work late, or someone has a game or practice.but we don’t let that’s stop us. We just plan an even better family night for the next week. We know that our time together is short but we don’t want to just let it pass by. So we take the time.

So why not try family night yourself this week? Spice it up with some fun. Rent or buy Big Hero 6 and you can try this fun popcorn mix. You will be glad you took the time.

big hero 6

What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter M&Ms
  • 1 cup chocolate minis
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup Quaker Squares Cereal
  • 1 cup Muddy Buddies
  • Gourmet Black Marker

What You Will Do:

1. Draw Baymax face on mini marshmallows.

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Summer Family Movies

Summer is the perfect time to go out together as a family and enjoy some time together. While it may be too hot to play outside unless there is water nearby you can still find fun summer activities inside. There are some great summer blockbusters out this year that are perfect not only for kids but will captivate the whole family. Check out some of this summer’s greatest hits so far and those coming soon!

Cars 2 G: Disney and Pixar have done it again. Cars 2 is just as funny and family oriented as the first movie, with the added bonus of some more racing scenes that will keep parents and kids on the edge of their seats, and laughing till it is over. Lightning McQueen and all of Radiator Springs are back. Mater is back, and this time, he has some new tricks! If you loved the first one you will love this one. Just remember it is now available in 3D, and the movie is absolutely made for it. Your kids will love seeing their favorite characters come to life.

Winnie-The-Pooh G: Pooh Bear is back with a whole new story. Pooh and his friends at the Hundred Acre wood have captivated families for decades, and now you can introduce their fun and crazy adventures to a whole new generation.  The movie starts today and will definitely become an instant classic as Winnie-The-Pooh has been for decades. Who can help but love that sill old bear.

The Smurfs [Not Yet Rated]: The Smurfs are back, and they are coming in 3D. They have escaped from their magical little Smurf Village and are emerging in the Big Apple. All sorts of crazy shenanigans will ensue as they try to make their way through the wild terrain of NYC. After all, who expects little blue people to be wondering down 5th avenue?

Spy Kids All the Time in the World PG: Spy Kids are a very popular series amongst kids. Who wouldn’t want to be a spy and have all the cool gadgets they could ever want at their disposal. This August Spy Kids return for an all-new mind-blowing adventure that just might bring out some new little agents!

With all these great options to choose from you and your kids will love the movies, just don’t forget the popcorn!