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Classic Halloween Movies for Your Family Party

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When Trick-or-Treating is over and your candy bags are full, gather the family together for some spooky fun. Don’t worry if you have younger kiddies, these not-so-scary movies are kid-safe, and fun for everyone! The littlest ghouls and ghosties love Linus, older kids adore Ichabod, and everyone will enjoy going ‘Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!’ with the ditzy witches of Hocus Pocus. Pop a batch of popcorn to go with your candy corn and snuggle up on the sofa with these family movies this Halloween.

Halloween Movie for Families With Very Young Children

Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Photographer: Roger Higgins

The hands-down best Halloween movie ever made for little kids is, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Faithful Linus waits in the pumpkin patch every year, hoping against hope for the fabled Great Pumpkin to arrive. Meanwhile, the other kids roam the neighborhood for candy (or in Charlie Brown’s case, a rock) as usual. This television classic has been around since 1966, but its cuteness still resonates with young and old alike.

Halloween Movie for Families with School-age Kids

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a combination of The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Although Mole and Mr. Toad aren’t very Halloween-ey, so skip right over to Ichabod, a short Halloween feature suitable for school-age kids and older. The Headless Horseman is just scary enough to give delicious chills, without adding nightmares to the gastronomic distress that follows too much candy.

Halloween Movie for Families with Pre-Teens and Teenagers

Hocus-Pocus, a Disney movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler, is a Halloween laugh-marathon. This movie is rated PG, has a little language, witchcraft, and some slightly more mature themes (A very young boy is teased for being a virgin), but this comedy is pretty tame overall.

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