The Best Family Friendly Halloween Movie Night Ideas

Here are some ideas for hosting a fun, family friendly Halloween movie night.

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This post is all about ideas on family friendly Halloween movies and shows to watch during a Halloween movie night.

When it’s too cold to go outside or you would rather beat the crowds and spend Halloween evening at home, a Halloween movie night can be a cozy way to celebrate the holiday.

Now is a good time to make a few tasty Halloween recipes and to curl up to watch a (slightly) scary, spooky, or fun movie.

Few things are more fun than a cozy evening spent indoors eating good food and watching a good movie. There are plenty of movies and shows to choose from that balance spookiness with lighthearted or funny moments.

Whether you are watching an animated movie with the kids or watching a Harry Potter film marathon with friends, a Halloween movie night can be more fun than frightening.

These not so scary Halloween movies are great to watch when you want to have a movie night with family or friends, but you don’t want things to be too scary or spooky.

From animated to live action films, we’ve compiled a list of favorite Halloween movies and shows that are great for all ages. We’ve also included a few tips on how to host a great Halloween movie night.

How to Host a Halloween Movie Night

Here are some tips on how to host a Halloween movie night party. In short, stock up on good food, cozy blankets, and a few good movies.

1—Dress up.

If you have costumes to wear, then it can be fun to dress up for a Halloween movie night. Consider keeping your costume simple and comfortable enough to lounge around or sit in for a few hours while watching a movie.

2—Decorate the room.

Decorate your living room or family room for Halloween to create a mood for the movie night. Here are some ideas on how to decorate for Halloween using unique Halloween decor ideas in this post.

3—Make it cozy.

If it’s cold outside, then stay cozy inside with things like Halloween throw blankets, plush throw pillows and floor pillows, and slippers.

4—Have plenty of good food.

A Halloween movie night is the perfect occasion to make a fall charcuterie board, cheese plate, or a dessert charcuterie board to serve. Add a refreshing veggie tray filled with crisp vegetables and creamy dip, a chip and dip, party meatballs, crescent roll hot dogs, and pizza or a platter of boneless chicken wings, and you’ll have a great food spread to serve. For dessert, make a sweet dessert charcuterie board or serve brownie bites or cookies.

5—Try a spooky punch.

No Halloween party is complete without a spooky punch to serve. Green punch, orange, and purple punch make fun and tasty ways to please a crowd. If you’re worried about stains, then consider serving clear sparkling grape juice instead. Also, be sure to have plenty of bottled water for your guests to drink.

Family Friendly Halloween Movies

Below is a list of some popular family friendly Halloween movies. The movies on this list are generally family friendly movies or shows, and most are rated PG or PG 13. Still, you’ll need to choose a movie or show according to the needs and preferences of the audience that you plan to show it to.

When it comes to selecting a movie or show for kids, it can be a good idea to check these movies out ahead of time, to make sure they are appropriate for the audience that you intend to show them to. Consider things like your child’s age and the amount of scariness that they are able to handle. For very young children, it may be best to stick to animated movies with gentle themes.

For older teens and adults, a Harry Potter movie night can be an easy way to make a fun movie night. Choose one of the films that everyone loves and then plan your menu for great food to munch on while watching the movie. Other popular movies for an older crowd include films like Ghostbusters (1984), The Addams Family (1991), and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

There are plenty of great Halloween movies to choose from. If you’re having trouble deciding on just one, you could always have a vote to decide what movie(s) to watch during a Halloween movie night.

Many Halloween movies and shows are streaming on the popular streaming services in October, so it can be easy to find something good to watch.

Halloween Movie Night—Films & Shows

Here is a list of a few Halloween movies and TV shows to consider for a Halloween movie night.

1—Casper (1995, PG). This movie tells the story of a girl who befriends a ghost, after she and her family movie into a haunted house).

2—Ghostbusters (1984, PG). If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, then the Ghostbusters are who to call. This movie follows the adventures of a team of ghost hunters who travel around New York, ridding the town of various haunts and ghosts. Ghostbusters is both spooky and funny, and—aside from the scenes of a giant Marshmallow Man haunting Manhattan—it features a catchy theme song that is sure to get you and your guests moving and singing along.

3—Ghostbusters (2016, PG 13). A remake of the original movie, here is an updated version of the 1980’s classic film.

4—Goosebumps (2015, PG). Based on the popular book series, Goosebumps follows the adventures of two teens and book author R.L. Stine after the author’s imaginary creatures start to take over their small town.

5—Halloweentown (1998, TV G). A girl joins forces with her grandmother to help save their town from evil.

6—Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13). The fourth installment in the Harry Potter film series takes a darker turn, so it is generally recommended for teens and up.

7—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, PG). The first movie in the Harry Potter film series is a classic tale that is perfect for a family movie night for adults and teens or older children.

8—Hocus Pocus (1993, PG). A classic Halloween film, Hocus Pocus follows the adventures of teen who accidentally resurrects three sisters in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night.

9—Hocus Pocus 2 (2022, PG). In this sequel to the classic movie, the Sanderson sisters are once again resurrected and devise a plan to take revenge, causing mayhem in a small town.

10—Hotel Transylvania (2012, PG). When a human makes his way to an exclusive, “monsters only” hotel during a special weekend, hotel owner Count Dracula must find a way to prevent the other hotel guests from finding out there is a human in their midst. This animated film was the first movie in

11—It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966, NR). In this animated cartoon featuring the famous Peanuts comic characters, Linus misses a Halloween party with his friends to wait in the pumpkin patch to see the mythical Great Pumpkin. His friends make fun of him while on their way to the party, where plenty of hijinks ensue. The film features a few famous scenes, including Snoopy pretending to be World War I fighter pilot and Lucy pulling a football away from Charlie Brown when he tries to kick it.

12—Monsters, Inc. (2001, G). In a world where children are considered toxic and dangerous to monsters, two monsters who work at a plant for scaring children are surprised to encounter a real human child. Nicknamed Boo, the child leads the monsters on adventures and helps

13—Scooby Doo (2002, PG). Zoinks! Here is a live action film that is based on a classic cartoon series featuring mystery solving dog, Scooby Doo, and his friends. When mysterious things start happening at an island resort, the Mystery Inc. group joins forces to investigate.

14—The Addams Family (1991, PG 13). This classic dark comedy film is based on a popular cartoon and TV series, follows the adventures of the Addams, an eccentric family who believe they have reconnected with a long lost family member, Uncle Fester.

15—The Haunted Mansion (2023). The newest version of this movie follows the adventures of a mother and son who seek out expert help to rid their home of haunts.

16—The Muppet’s Haunted Mansion (2021, TV PG). Kermit, Miss Piggy, and other well known Muppets characters star in this Halloween themed film. While Kermit and Miss Piggy host a Halloween party, Gonzo and Pepe take up a challenge to spend the night in a haunted castle.

17—The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008, PG). A field guide to fairies leads a group of children on a series of adventures.

18—Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG). Tired of being the king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington plans to take on a new holiday after stumbling into Christmas Town.

This post was all about ideas on Halloween movies and shows to watch during a Halloween movie night.

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