Welcome, October! It's finally the kickoff from the holidays (Halloween is now included, ok?), and we're busting out our coziest sweaters, fall nail colors, and enjoying all the festive flavors the growing season provides. Before you put onto your costumes and go out to trick or treat, there are some must-see movies that require a viewing (or two.)
So grab your coziest jammies, blankets, and yummiest snacks, then snuggle up with the family to look at these family-friendly Halloween movies that are sure to get you into spooky season spirit.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Could it be a Halloween movie? Or is it a Christmas movie? The great thing about The Nightmare Before Christmas is the fact that it is the perfect movie for both, a meeting from the extended Halloween-to-Christmas holiday season. Tim Burton's story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, and the eye-opening adventure to the land of Christmas are the heart of this entertaining, spooky classic. And in these days of overused CGI, the Claymation is even extra impressive, a wonder to take in.
For all those of a certain age (say, the mid-to-elder millennial), there's one film you think of when you think Halloween: Hocus Pocus. Released in 1993, it tells the story of three witches (played through the incredible cast of Bette Midler, Nicole kidman, and Kathy Najimy) who are resurrected with a teenage boy and cut back alive in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts- on Halloween night, believe it or not.
One of the first-ever Disney Channel original films, Halloweentown became an immediate classic which has spawned three sequels. The film tells the storyline of two teenage girls whose mothers carry a secret – they're both witches. Part a family drama, medicare part a transitional phase tale, along with a fun Halloween adventure, the same, Halloweentown has withstood the test of time and it is a perfect family watch out for this time around of the year.
The story of Frankenstein is a Halloween staple, but many versions of it can be a bit creepy for that children. Enter Frankeweenie, Tim Burton's animated re-telling of the classic Frankenstein tale. This time around, Dr. Frankenstein is a young lad who wishes to resurrect his pet Bull Terrier, Sparky. But all of Dr. Frankenstein's friends want to know how he made it happen, resulting in hijinks and chaos. With fun black-and-white animation and memorable voice performances from Catherin O'Hara, Martin Short, and Winona Ryder, Frankenweenie is really a fun watch for any age. And, it pairs nicely like a double feature using the Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton's other Halloween classic.
The protagonist of ParaNorman offers quite a bit on his shoulders. Just 11 years old, Norman can communicate with ghosts, and the powers lead him to a pretty big assignment – to finish the 300-year curse placed on his Massachusetts hometown by an evil witch. Although this all may appear just a little heavy, below in ParaNorman is an exhilarating adventure that children will enjoy nearly as much as adults. The film is made through the renowned Laika animation studio, which has also made well-regarded animated films like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings.
Hotel Transylvania series
This year, Hotel Transylvania was launched, the storyline of the Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) who isn't quite the vampire you'd expect. That one manages expensive hotels, which provides monsters, zombies, and ghouls a place to relax and relax. Dracula throws mothering sunday party at the hotel for his daughter (Selena Gomez), but an unexpected guest somehow arrives – a 21-year-old human being. The film would be a big success with family audiences, spawning a franchise to come track of Hotel Transylvania 2 (2022), Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2022), and an upcoming entry going to be out this year.
The Addams Family (2022)
The Addams Family – the story of the family that lives a macabre and ghoulish lifestyle among “regular” people – goes back so far as cartoons from the 1930s. After a popular 1960s television series and two live-action films in the 1990s, the franchise was revived to see relatives audiences in 2022 by having an animated movie starring the voices of Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as the famous parents Gomez and Morticia Addams. In this modern re-telling, the family becomes the scorn of a reality TV host who wants to eliminate the otherwise idyllic town of the Addams clan. The enjoyment, fast, and quirky comedy spurred a sequel which is due out later this season.
Coco isn't a Halloween movie, nevertheless its setting is definitely the perfect aesthetic for a fall family movie night. Coco tells the storyline of Miguel, a 12-year-old boy residing in a world where music has been banned by his family. But music runs deep in Miguel's family legacy, as his great-great-grandfather was Ernesto en Cruz, Mexico's most famous musician. Miguel is surprisingly swept in to the Land of the Dead, where he or she must find Ernesto and return the beauty of music to his family. The storyline is dependant on the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), that takes place on November 1-2.