Spooky season is upon us! Halloween is a great time to cuddle up in some blankets with some popcorn and get ready to scare yourself silly with horror movies after the kids are asleep, but if you’re looking for something safe and not too spooky to watch with your younger children I’ve found some good options for the whole family.
And don’t forget to check out our Guide to Halloween Events Around Charleston for all of the haunted houses, corn mazes, and Halloween happenings!
10 Not So Spooky Halloween Movies
- Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest– My kids are at the age where they’ve grown out of Curious George, but when they were younger this would play on repeat almost all year long. Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are getting ready to celebrate the Halloween Festival, but George has to find a costume first, and maybe find out if an old spooky tale is real. It has mystery, fun songs, and just a very tiny bit of a ghost story that isn’t scary enough to keep anyone up at night.
- Room on the Broom– Room on the Broom has been on our bookshelf for years and is always a favorite at bedtime, so we were really excited when we found the video rendition of it. The witch and her cat are going for a ride on their broom, and they have to make room for new friends they meet along the way. This movie is on the shorter side, which is great for your littles who can’t sit for full-length movies. There is a dragon that can be a little scary if you don’t know how the story ends, but for fans of the book, this is a great way to see it come to life.
- Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie– Winnie the Pooh is always a sure bet if you’re looking for something that is kid-friendly for any age. Everyone in the Hundred Acre would is making plans to go trick-or-treating when Tigger tells them he saw a goblin in the woods. There are songs, and lessons about being brave, and they really emphasize the pretend and make-believe of Halloween which is great for kids who need a little help with the scary parts of the holiday.
- It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown– I don’t know about you guys, but holidays don’t happen without some sort of Charlie Brown special in my opinion. Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang as they try to stay up and see if The Great Pumpkin really comes to life on Halloween. This is a great classic that you can take a walk with your kids down memory lane with.
- Hotel Transylvania Series -For the slightly bigger kids, the Hotel Transylvania series is fun for any time of year, but it’s great to pop in with the funny antics of the classic movie monsters around Halloween the most. My kids love these movies at ages four and seven and I can hear them laughing at all the slapstick animated comedy throughout the house.
- Toy Story of Terror – This is great for any of those Toy Story obsessed kids (or parents) out there. The Toys are on yet another adventure, but Mr. Potatohead has gone missing! Can the rest of the toys find him before they all disappear too? Spoiler alert, they can. This is a great kid-friendly take on a spooky haunted hotel story that hopefully won’t keep them up all night.
- Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Wererabbit – This one is great for kids who can sit through a slightly longer movie. The story can be a bit slow, but the characters are endearing and fun to watch in this Claymation style story. Wallace and his dog Gromit run a pest control truck, when they find out rabbits have been eating everyone’s veggie gardens it’s time to get to work and find the real culprit.
- Super Monsters Save Halloween and Super Monsters: Vida’s First Halloween For those of you who don’t know anything about Netflix’s Super Monsters cartoon, they’re a group of preschool-aged monsters who go to school at night to learn lessons about inclusiveness and sharing that all kids can pretty much relate to. Since they are “monsters” they love Halloween, and in the first movie, they help the town get into the spirit by decorating and doing nice things. The second is great for preschool-aged kids as it explains Halloween to a child who has never celebrated it and talks about celebrating Día de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.
- True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Tricky Treat Day – If you have a child who loves rainbows, magical kingdoms, and fun adventures True and the Rainbow Kingdom is something you need to check out. And the Tricky Treat Day Special does not disappoint as True and her cat Bartelby try to help the people of the Rainbow Kingdom from eating the tricky treats!
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin – Like Room on the Broom this was originally a book turned into a movie, so it would be great to read first and then enjoy this special. Spookley is a square pumpkin who is friendly and nice but is being bullied by some of the other round pumpkins on the farm. Watch as they navigate being different, and why our differences make all of us special.