Last week I posted about the five not too scary Halloween movies you can enjoy with your teen. This week I am sharing the top five Halloween Movies the whole family can view together. Each title is a link that will take you to the parental guide on IMDb. These films are vintage and lack the visual effects that can make a movie frightening. The dated look adds to the charm. Many of these films you you may have seen as a child. So you will love them too.
Hocus Pocus was on last week's list too and for good reason, Hocus Pocus is a classic. Planned as a Disney Channel Original movie. It ended up being released in the theaters and I am forever grateful. This is one of the best family movies out there. This movie is spooky but not scary. It’s also hilarious. Bette Midler steals all the scenes as Winifred Sanderson because she is amazing. Bette said shooting Hocus Pocus was the most fun she ever had on a movie set. That Hocus Pocus was her favorite movie she’s ever made and I can’t blame her for it.
Mr Boogedy by Disney. I remember watching this as a kid and bought it when I found it on Amazon so my kids could see it too. The Movie follows the Davis family whose father sells novelty products. They move into a house haunted by the titular Mr. Boogedy. Mr Boogedy is one of the Sunday Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color movies. As a parent, you can rest assured its family friendly and filled with 80s goodness. Richard Masur from My Girl, IT, and The Thing stars as Mr Davis the father. David Faustino from Married With Children co-stars. Kristy Swanson the original Buffy also headlines this 1986 classic that is hard to find on DVD. You can find it on Amazon Prime Streaming.
The Worst Witch the classic 1986 version is magical. Mildred Hubble is played by Fairuza Balk. Tim Curry also stars as the Grand Wizzard. The Worst Witch special effects are laughable now. But I find it adds to the films charm. Tim Curry's music video for anything can happen on Halloween is amazing. The Worst Witch is fun and not scary at all. It also features the late and wonderful Charlotte Rae.
Halloweentown stars the late Debbie Reynolds and Kimberly J. Brown. This beloved family classic is wholesome and cheesy yet entertaining. It’s low budget (well for Disney at 4 million) and campy but still a fun movie. Halloweeentown is one of those films you think is cheesy yet you can’t turn Halloweentown off. Children love this movie. Since the Disney Channel shows this every Halloween most kids have seen this. So chances are your older kids will watch it for nostalgic reasons. Either way you cannot go wrong by picking this movie.
Last but not least, we have Casper. Cute and friendly this ghost won't scare most children. The 1995 classic stars Bill Pullman as Dr. Harvey a paranormal investigator. Dr Harvey who moves into Casper's mansion with his daughter. Christina Ricci plays his daughter Kat who befriends Casper. Casper also features a few great cameos. If you have not seen Casper yet, rent Casper soon.
Next week I will list my top 13 horror movies from the 80s.