6 days left until Halloween! Pop some popcorn, and put on one of these great, family-friendly Halloween movies.
10/25/15: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The plucky characters from a series of animated shorts, Wallace (Peter Sallis) and his dog, Gromit, make their feature debut here. After starting a pest control business, the duo soon lands a job from the alluring Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) to stop a giant rabbit from destroying the town‘s crops. Both Wallace and the stuffy Victor (Ralph Fiennes) vie for the lady’s affections. If Wallace wants to please his pretty client, and best Victor, he needs to capture that pesky bunny.
Wallace and Gromit is an eccentric, stop-motion film filled with laughs and gags, as well as some scary moments. It uses a bit of dry, British humor, but kids will be sure to love it!
10/26/15: The Nightmare Before Christmas
The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.
This is one of the more scary movies on this list; it’s creepiness might unnerve the youngest viewers. However, the movie does have good messages, and is visually and musically spectacular. It is another stop-motion movie, and the effects are fantastic.
While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.
While not specifically a Halloween movie, Coraline will captivate both the youngest and oldest members of your family. It is similar to Alice in Wonderland, but has a more creepy vibe. Plus, the stop-motion imagery is once again wonderful!
10/28/15: Halloween Town
Marnie, Dylan, and Sophie Piper have their first out of many adventures! On Halloween, while Marnie is arguing with her mother Gwen, the kids’ grandmother Aggie comes to visit. Aggie wants to start Marnie’s witch training before her 13th birthday or Marnie will lose her powers forever. But there is another reason for Aggie’s visit. Something dark & evil is growing in Halloweentown & Aggie wants help to defeat it. While Aggie & Gwen are arguing, Aggie uses magic which Marnie observes. After Aggie leaves to return to Halloweentown, Marnie, Dylan and, unknown to Marnie and Dylan, Sophie follow her onto the return bus. Soon afterwards, Gwen follows the children to Halloweentown. While there, Aggie & Gwen are attacked by the dark force in a movie theater. Marnie, Dylan & Sophie race to get the ingredients to activate Merlin’s Wand to stop the evil.
This will become an instant hit with the kids! I remember watching this for the first time when I was 7, and absolutely loving it. I looked forward to watching it every year! It’s a fun family movie, that’s good any time of the year.
10/29/15: Hocus Pocus
After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
This movie is filled with laughs; it may be very cheesy, but it’s great fun. If you watch it, it’s likely to become a Halloween tradition at your house!
10/30/15: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin; while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party.
This is by far my favorite Halloween movie. You just can’t beat the good feelings some Peanuts gives you! This is great for children of all ages; it does have a few spooky parts, but everything is done in a comical way. It’s truly a Halloween and a Charlie Brown classic for all ages.
10/31/15: You made it! It’s Halloween! Go have some fun. 🙂
Plot summaries from IMDB