Halloween is just around the corner and you probably already have all your plans together for the scariest night of the year. Whether attending one of the many terror block parties or taking the little ones out for some door to door chills there still lies the question of what to do after all ghouls and goblins retire home for the night. One great idea is to hunker down on the couch with a great big bowl of the night’s rewards and pop in some scream-inducing, bed wetting, nightmare having DVD. However, for those of you that has little ghouls and goblins of their own to deal with, bed wetting horror might night be the way to go. So, before we get to naming some of the best horror flicks to watch on the big night, we have here some great titles to enjoy with the whole family.
First on the list is the 1984 classic, Gremlins! Gremlins is a great film to be enjoyed by movie fans of all ages. Whether you saw it in theaters on its original release or you’re seeing it for the first time ever, all can agree that Gremlins brings a lot to the table. From cheap thrills, to laugh out loud comedy, Gremlins is a fun treat for the whole family and all with a family friendly PG rating.
Next up has got to be none other than Gremlins 2: The New Batch. This fun title features the return of the little green monstrosities and of course our fuzzy little hero, Gizmo! This second title brings much of the same as the first but with a new location and some fun little twists. However this title does get a bit darker and has a rating of PG-13.
Of course, what would be a kid friendly Halloween movie list without Tim Burton’s animated master piece The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is a great movie for the little monsters of the house as it contains a PG rating and plenty of fun kid friendly laughs and thrills. Yet, despite being directed at younger audiences is still done with masterful artistry and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. It can also be swapped out as a fun Christmas movie as well.
Another fun Halloween spirited movie, funnily enough, from the same year is Hocus Pocus. This great title takes place on all Hallows eve and involves the accidental raising of three bumbling sisters who just so happen to be witches. Watching the young protagonists go up against these scary yet oddly entertaining witches is plenty of fun for the whole family. Throw in a talking cat and a friendly Frankenstein-esque zombie and the never ceases. This film also has a PG rating.
For the tiniest of little devils you might want to opt for something G rated and there’s nothing better for G rated Halloween fun than It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This film can get everyone in the mood for the holiday without the nightmares after. Even better is that it can appeal to audiences of all ages.
Lastly, but certainly not least on the list, is none other than the 1987 classic The Monster Squad. This particular film is among the greats for child friendly spooks. What could be better than a rag-tag group of kids bonding together to stop the greatest horror legends of all time, led by Count Dracula himself, from taking over the world? Nothing! This awesome piece of ghoulish cinema has a PG-13 rating and few profanities in it, might want to save this one for some of the older ones.
Although all the ratings for each film are given only the parents can decide what’s appropriate for their children to watch! For additional info on any of the above for mentioned films please check out imdb.com and view the parental advisory section for details on what’s in the film and have a spooky Halloween.