Top 10 kid-friendly Halloween movies

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10. “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” (1971). This may have been the first ever magical flying bed. A witch for hire, three young children and the bed manage to make a family friendly adventure including witches and warlocks.

9. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993). The only way this wouldn’t be included on the list is if it were considered a Christmas movie. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, is bored of his life preparing for Halloween, so he decides to have the ghosts and ghouls help him put on Christmas instead. This one might be for slightly older kids as some of the characters might be a bit scary for the real young ones among the family.

8. “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2006). This one has bits for the whole family, references to older movies for the adults, action for the teens and lots of colorful characters for the youngest members of the family.

7. “Casper” (1995). About as family friendly as you can get for a film filled with ghosts. This one is fun for everyone, and includes a cameo from Dan Akroyd as a Ghostbuster.

6. “Halloweentown” (2001). A Disney made-for- TV film that spawned two sequels about a young witch and a warlock first discovering their powers and a secret dimension where it is always Halloween. Beware the follow-up movies as they suffer from the law of diminishing returns.

5. “Hocus Pocus” (1993). The Sanderson sisters return after 300 years of being trapped in another dimension to run amok in Salem, Mass., where they break out in song occasionally as well as attempt to kidnap the parents of all the children in town.

4. “Ghostbusters” (1984). So it’s not technically set at Halloween, but it is all about ghosts and ghouls. Outside of the opening scene with the ghost in the New York public library, there shouldn’t be anything too scary for the young ones in this flick, and it’s a can’t miss for the comedy fans with Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd leading the way.

3. “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie” (2005). All the fun and family friendliness of any other Winnie the Pooh film, but set at Halloween time.

2. “The Corpse Bride” (2006). A man is goofing around with his wedding ring before the ceremony and accidentally brings a woman back from the dead who claims to be his rightful wife. Fun for the whole family with very little to no scary moments in this one.

1. “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” (1966). The Peanuts gang has always had a special spot in my heart, and this is one of the best specials that were made featuring the Peanuts gang.

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