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Halloween is just around the corner and everyone has their favorite scary movie they watch each year, but maybe that film isn't suitable for the whole family. Don't worry, there are plenty of entertaining films that the entire family will enjoy. Here are the top 31 spooktacular movies to watch with your family this Halloween.

31. The Hollow (2004)

About the Film: The Hollow is a more modern take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It follows a descendant of Ichabod Crane, Ian Cranston in Sleepy Hollow during Halloween night when the Horseman makes his return. The film stars Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), Kevin Zegers (Adam Green's Frozen) and Nick Carter (The Backstreet Boys).

Rating: R for scary images and sexuality. The Hollow is not an overly gory sex romp, but it does have its moments, so it is best suited for teenagers.

30. Monster, INC (2001)

About the Film: While it does not have a Halloween theme, Monsters, INC is still a film the whole family can enjoy. The monsters power their city with the screams of children (that sounds way more terrifying that it really is). The children are toxic to the monsters, so when one child, Boo, follows Sulley back through the door, a mission to hide the child from the rest of the monsters and return her home safely unfolds. During their time with Boo, Mike and Sulley realize that things aren't exactly as they've been told.

Rating: G- This film is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

29. Gremlins (1984)

About the film: If you have any love of the horror genre, you have probably seen Gremlins and you probably know the 3 rules that come with owing a Mogwai. Find out what happens when you accidentally break a rule and your adorable new pet starts madness around a small town. It is a classic for sure and a great film to use to introduce a younger person to horror.

Rating: PG- The film is suitable for almost everyone. Use your best judgement.

28. Coraline (2009)

About the Film: An adventurous girl named Coraline finds another world that is an oddly perfect version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor.

27. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

About the Film: Just like all of the other Ernest films, Ernest Scared Stupid is hilarious. Ernest unwittingly awakens a troll that wants to turn the children of Briarville into wooden statues.

Rating: PG

26. Corpse Bride (2005)

About the Film: When Victor Van Dort, a shy merchant's son and is set to marry Victoria Everglot, things don't go according to plan. When the nervous groom sneaks away for a moonlit stroll to practice his vows, he nails them. But when places the ring on what he thinks is just a tree branch sticking from the snow, he gets the surprise of his life. He awakens the corpse of Emily, a woman betrayed by her love. It's a tale of love, betrayal, heartbreak and friendship.

Rating: PG for some scary images and action, and brief mild language.

25. Halloweentown High (2004)

About the Film: The third installment of the Halloweentown series, Marnie and her family are back and this time they have house guests. In an attempt to show the citizens of Halloweentown and the council that humans are not dangerous and can live side by side with monsters, Marnie and her grandmother bring teenage monsters back to their town to go undercover and attend a human high school. If they fail, Marnie and her family will lose their powers forever.

Rating: TV-G, suitable for all ages.

24. Wallace and Gromit: The Cures of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

About the Film: Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.

Rating: G- suitable for all ages.

23. Little Monsters (1989)

About the Film: Fred Savage stars alongside Howie Mandel as Brian. Brian finds a portal to the world of monsters under his bed. When they team up, hilarity ensues.

Rating: PG- suitable for most.

22. The Monster Squad (1987)

About the Film: Count Dracula and an army of monsters terrorize a small town, but who can stop them? A boy and his friends band together to become The Monster Squad.

Rating: PG-13, suitable for ages 13 and up.

21. Casper (1995)

About the Film: Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci star as a father-daughter duo that move into an old house. What they don't know is that the house is already inhabited by 3 mischievous ghosts and a friendly ghost named Casper.

Rating: PG

20. The Witches (1990)

About the Film: A young boy named Luke accidentally becomes the witness of a witch convention. When he is discovered, the grand witch (played by Anjelica Huston) turns him into a mouse. Luke must find a way to stop the witches.

Rating: PG

19. Beetlejuice (1988)

About the Film: Grab your Handbook for the Recently Deceased and enjoy a classic horror comedy. When a recently deceased couple are desperate to rid their home of a family that has moved in and completely changed everything, they call on a bio-exorcist named Betelgeuse.

Rating: PG, the f-word is used once and there is quite a bit of crude humor.

18. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

About the Film: The Pumpkin King Jack Skellington finds himself depressed and wandering the woods when he stumbles across a tree with an odd door. When he enters the door, he finds himself in Christmas Town. Jack decides that he wants to take over Christmas, but things go terribly wrong.

Rating: PG for some scary images.

17. Monster House (2006)

About the Film: Three kids think that their neighbor is scary, but he is nowhere near as bad as his house. When the old man is taken away by paramedics, the kids still notice strange things happening at the house. What do they discover? The house is the real monster.

Rating: PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language.

16. Tower of Terror (1997)

About the Film: Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst star in this fun Disney horror tale that was originally made for TV. A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.

Rating: TV-PG

15. Ghostbusters II (1989)

About the film: The Ghostbusters get back together to take on a river of ectoplasm and the villain Vigo (who wants Dana's baby for his sinister plot). Just as much fun as the first film.

Rating: PG

14. The Addams Family (1991)

About the Film: Everyone's favorite spooky family become the target of con artists. Using a decoy that looks just like Uncle Fester, the con artists infiltrate the family. But the "new" Fester can't fool the family.

Rating: PG-13

13. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

About the Film: In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk. This may be Disney's most terrifying film. While it is for the family, there are a few disturbing images.

Rating: PG

12. Garfield's Halloween Adventure (1985)

About the Film: Originally titled Garfield in Disguise. Garfield and Odie set out for an innocent night of trick-or-treating, but they end up at a haunted house.

Rating: Unable to find one.

11. Ghostbusters (1984)

About the Film: A true classic, three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. The film has stood the test of time and has continued to be a family favorite year round. There are some scenes that may be a little scary for a younger audience.

Rating: PG

10. ParaNorman (2012)

About the Film: A young boy named Norman with a gift to see and speak to the dead takes on zombies and a witch to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Through a series of events, Norman's family begins to believe in his gift.

Rating: PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language.

9. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

About the Film: A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted. While they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected. It's funny and a film that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Rating: PG for frightening images, thematic elements and language.

8. Frankenweenie (2012)

About the film: Victor and his dog Sparky were inseperable until a tragic accident took Sparky from him. Victor found a way to bring his faithful companion back in this modern Frankenstein story. When Victor's friends find out what he is done, they come to him to bring back their beloved, deceased pets. When he does, chaos ensues.

There is also a live-action version of this film that came out in 1984 by the same name.

Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images and action.

7. Mad Monster Party (1967)

About the film: When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there including Dracula, The Werewolf, The Creature, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and many more. But Frankenstein's title is not all that is at stake. The famous doctor has also discovered the secret of total destruction that must not fall into the wrong hands. Another true classic.

Rating: Unrated

6. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

About the film: Dracula runs a hotel that only monsters are allowed to visit because he thinks that humans hate monsters and he wants to keep them separate. He hosts a huge party for his daughter Mavis, but one of the guests does not belong- he is a human. Mavis falls for the human and Dracula and his friends must do the impossible to get him back to her after he is chased away.

Rating: PG for some rude humor, action and scary images.

5. Halloweentown (1998)

About the Film: A girl named Marnie felt like she was never quite normal. As it turns out, she is right- her grandmother, mom, sister, brother and herself all have magical powers. On her grandmother's yearly Halloween visit, Marnie and her siblings follow their grandmother to the "bus stop" and discover a whole new world called Halloweentown. While they are there, something awful happens to the citizens of Halloweentown and Marnie and her family must band together to stop the dark force.

Rating: TV-PG

4. Scared Shrekless (2010)

About the Film: Shrek gets in the Halloween spirit by challenging his fairytale friends to come up with scary stories for a contest. But the gang learn that they'll have to spend the night in Lord Farquaad's haunted castle before the winner is named.

Rating: TV-PG

3. Hocus Pocus (1993)

About the film: The Sanderson sisters are hanged for their crimes, but they are not gone forever. On Halloween night 300 years later, while trying to impress a girl, a virgin lights the black flamed candle and brings them back from the dead. Now Max, his sister and potential girlfriend must work together with a talking cat and a zombie to stop the sisters' devious plan to suck the lives out of all of the children in Salem.

Rating: PG for some scary sequences and language.

2. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

About the Film: Two animated adaptions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Wind in the Willows. A true Disney classic. This film is fun for all ages- I still enjoy it.

Rating: No rating could be found. Does contain a few scary images.

1. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)

About the Film: While the rest of the Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween, Linus and Sally wait in a pumpkin patch awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. This is a Halloween tradition in my family and it is a timeless classic for all ages. I have watched this every year around Halloween and it never gets old. You can't lose showing your family this true classic.

Rating: No rating could be found, but from experience, this film is suitable for all ages.

Grab your family, some apple cider or hot chocolate, cuddle up and enjoy one, two or all of these films (since Halloween is on a Saturday this year) this Halloween. You may make a new family tradition.


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