Halloween movies to enjoy at home

By Lynn Trimble

Whether you’re looking for a good scare or a bit of comedy with a Halloween flair, there are plenty of movies to choose from on DVD. Here’s our start to a list for October family movie nights.

Movies featuring familiar characters

“Arthur’s Scary Stories.” Stories address common childhood fears (bedtime fears of the dark and outdoor fears of wild animal noises) with humor and sensitivity. 2002. 40 minutes. Not rated.

“Barney’s Halloween Party.” Barney, B.J. and Baby Bop enjoy games, crafts and trick-or-treating while emphasizing sharing and Halloween safety. 2003. 52 minutes. Not rated.

“Mickey’s House of Villains.” Mickey Mouse and pals battle a House of Mouse takeover by Disney villains on Halloween night. 2002. 70 minutes. Not rated.

“Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie.” Roo and Heffalump Lumpy are eager to trick-or-treat until Tigger warns of a “Gobloon” haunting the Hundred Acre Wood. 2005. 67 minutes. Rated G.

“Spongebob Squarepants—Halloween.” Includes 10 episodes varying in length. Not rated. Includes the “Scaredy Pants” music video. 2003. Not rated.

Movies featuring monsters

“Igor.” Hunchback falls in love with female monster he created to enter in an evil invention contest. 2009. 87 minutes. Rated PG.

“Little Monsters.” Young boy dreams of monsters under his bed, only to learn that they are really there. 2004. 100 min. Rated PG.

“Monster House.” House that swallows children and toys battles three young neighbors who save the day on Halloween. 2006. 91 min. Rated PG (though some critics felt it should be PG-13).

“Monsters, Inc.” Little girl named Boo terrifies monsters when she visits their “scare factory” in monster world. 2006. 92 min. Rated G.

Movies featuring more mature fare

“Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.” Man who runs out on his bride-to-be accidentally resurrects a murdered girl who claims to be his wedded wife. 2006. 77 min. Rated PG.

“Ghostbusters.” Goblins haunting New York City are chased by three unemployed parapsychology professors. 2003. 107 min. Rated PG.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Pumpkin ruler of Halloweentown tires of the creepy holiday and decides to put on a joyful Christmas holiday instead. 2004. 76 min. Rated PG.

Movies featuring classic stories

“The Addams Family.” Eccentric family is visited by fake long-lost uncle as an evil doctor tries to swindle them out of their fortune. 2006. 99 min. Rated PG-13.

“The Phantom of the Opera.” Opera house ghost wreaks havoc as he watches the opera singer he loves fall for another man. 2005. 143 min. Rated PG-13.

“The Wizard of Oz.” Young girl who enters a strange land after her house is uprooted by a tornado seeks a way home again. 2005. 101 min. Rated G (though flying monkeys,  a booming wizard and the wicked witch may frighten young children).

Tell us your favorite Halloween movies! Comment below to add to the list.

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3 responses to “Halloween movies to enjoy at home

  1. Our family’s all-time favorite Halloween movie is Disney’s Hocus Pocus (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker & Kathy Najimy) … a tad spooky for the youngest viewers, but my hubby, my children (4, 7 & 9) and I LOVE it!!

  2. Disney’s Halloween Town is another fave with my kiddos!

  3. … and of course, the timeless classic, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!!

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