Trick or treat! Spooky films suitable for children you can stream right now for Halloween
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 08, 2022 - 05:26PM
There’s plenty available if you and the kids want to settle in with a scary movie in the lead-up to Halloween (Picture: Rex)

Pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and trick or treating is on the horizon – the countdown to is on.

One of our favourite ways to mark the season is to indulge in something spooky, namely sitting in front of the TV with a pillow ready to hide behind as we enjoy

For fans of all-things spooky with little ghostlings at home, you may find yourself counting down the minutes until you can tuck them into their beds and get ready for a night of frights.

However, there are plenty of family-friendly flicks to watch with the little ones to get you in the mood for Halloween.

From creepy classics to brand new releases, these are the top child-friendly Halloween films you can stream right now:



RL Stine’s Goosebumps has been entertaining and terrifying children for decades.

The novelist’s award-winning books spawned a new generation of readers, and the Fox Kids TV series had us all watching from behind the couch.

A whole new generation was introduced to Goosebumps with the 2015 film starring Jack Black, which sees some of the creepiest creations unleashed on an unsuspecting town – and has plenty of laughs thrown in to balance out the terror.

Monster House

A star-studded cast, brilliant animation and a compelling storyline – Monster House is one both adults and kids will be enamoured by.

With the voice talents of Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal and more, the genuinely unsettling film tells the story of three teens who learn their neighbour’s creepy house is actually a living, breathing monster.

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Studio Ghibli is renowned for telling stories that both children and adults adore, and Kiki’s Delivery Service is no exception.

The beautifully animated film is not scary, but centres around a brave and friendly witch who goes on an adventure all on her own.

Perfect for the kids who might not like to feel scared but want to get into the Halloween spirit!

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

If Kiki’s Delivery Service is for the kids who don’t particularly want to feel scared, this is for the ones who thrive on it.

Not exactly one for younger children easily susceptible to nightmares, but if you’ve got an older child – or a younger one who is already avidly into horror – this could be just what you’re looking for.

The PG-13 film is full of jump-scares and ominous horror, and comes from director Guillermo Del Toro, known for his horrifying monsters – you’ve been warned…

Spirited Away

A little girl accidentally finds herself trapped alone in the spirit world after her parents are turned into pigs, and it’s up to her to save them.

Spirited Away is Studi Ghibli’s most famous film, and for good reason – it’s full to bursting with larger-than-life characters, an action-packed bright plotline and gorgeous music.

There’s nothing to be ‘scared’ of in this film, and older and younger kids should both be able to enjoy it for different reasons – as even the tense moments are a joy to look at.

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An absolute classic of the genre, Beetlejuice has been thrilling kids and adults since the 1980s and is set to do so for decades more to come.

The film puts a twist on the haunted house genre as it revolves around a ghost couple who want to get rid of the living inhabitants who have just moved into their old home, which they are still currently haunting.

Starring Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, Cathrine O’Hara and more.


Is it even Halloween if you don’t watch Ghostbusters?

Sure, certain scenes of this 1984 movie may not have aged super-well and might not be entirely suitable for children, but overall it’s a Halloween classic that’s perfect for parents and kids to watch together.

The Little Vampire

It’s creepy, it’s funny, it’s adorable – The Little Vampire is the perfect Halloween movie to watch with your kids.

Nine-year-old Tony moves from the US to Scotland, where he’s bullied by his new schoolmates – until he befriends a real-life family of vampires who live in the grounds of his new home.

The Witches

Roald Dahl’s acclaimed children’s book The Witches has been a childhood favourite for generations of kids, and the 1990 film delivered on high expectations

A little boy raised by his grandmother has grown up hearing horrifying stories of Witches, who disguise themselves as normal women and make terrifying plots to rid the world of children.

He then finds himself trapped in a room with hundreds of them as they attend their Witches Convention.

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Disney’s Coco was released in 2017, and has already cemented itself as a Halloween favourite.

Set in Mexico during the Day of the Dead festival, it follows 12-year-old Miguel who is transported to the Land of the Dead where he meets his long-dead relatives and learns what family is really all about.

Coco is action-packed, funny and sweet – and will likely have you bawling by the end.

Edward Scissorhands

The film that helped make Johnny Depp a household name, Edward Scissorhands tells the story of a boy who, well, has scissors for hands.

Released in 1990, the film remains extremely popular, with adults who have grown up with the film now introducing it to their own children.

An off-centred cult classic, Scissorhands isn’t exactly scary but will thrill children who love all things weird and wonderful.


A little boy’s beloved pet dog meets its sudden and unexpected end – and he’s determined to bring him back by any means necessary.

Frankenweenie is a brilliant spooky children’s movie in that it’s not too scary but doesn’t treat younger viewers with kiddie gloves either.

Of course, the subject matter is sad – so if the child you plan to watch with has recently lost a pet, it might be one to steer clear of for now.

The Haunted Mansion

Comedy and horror go so well together when it’s done right, and The Haunted Mansion does it brilliantly.

Eddie Murphy’s 2003 film was so popular it boasts its own ride at Disneyland Paris, ad the movie itself is an absolute rollercoaster.

Genuinely jumpy moments combined with laugh-out-loud scenes make this a great watch for the family.

Hocus Pocus

Another absolute classic, Hocus Pocus sees three evil witches come up with dastardly deeds in their fight to become immortal.

After they’re inadvertently awakened from their slumber by a teenage boy new to Salem, the witches – played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy – are as scary as they are funny as they terrorise the town.

Fans of the film have also been treated to an extra gift this Halloween , 29 years after the original.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is yet another cult classic, beloved by fans of all ages almost 30 years on from its release.

Tim Burton’s spooky and festive musical sees Jack Skellington decide he wants to move on from the terror of Halloween and bring Christmas to the children of Earth instead.

The trouble is, the king of Halloween Town and his cronies only know how to do scary – so Christmas ends up being unlike any other.


The Monster Squad

This kid-friendly horror features some of the most famous horror icons ever conceived – headed up by none other than Count Dracula himself.

Dracula and his cronies are plotting to take over the world, and only a group of savvy kids stands between them ad world domination.


Animation studio Laika has introduced some breathtaking children’s films to the world in recent years, and ParaNorman is among the best.

Likeable characters, non-stop action, genuine scares and laugh-out-loud comedy means ParaNorman is guaranteed to be a hit for the whole family, young or old.

It follows a young boy with the ability to communicate with ghosts, who, along with his friends, has to stop a witch’s curse on his town as the dead begin rising from their graves.

ParaNorman is available on the Sky Store.

Sleepy Hollow

King of Halloween Tim Burton was the gift that kept on giving in the 1990s, as Sleepy Hollow arrived five years after Nightmare Before Christmas.

The 1990 film is based on the gothic story by US author Washington Irving, d while it may have been penned in 1820 the story remains utterly engrossing to this day.

Starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, the film follows police constable Ichabod Crane who’s sent to investigate a series of murders in a quiet village where rumours of a headless horseman abound.

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The Addams Family

You’ve already got the theme song in your head, don’t you?

The Addams Family is one of the most iconic and unique children’s films to be released in the 20th century, and deserves a watch year-round – it doesn’t have to be Halloween.

A gothic family who love nothing better than all things dark and creepy navigate a world filled with, well, normal people, leaving destruction and horror in their wake.

Who knew horror could be so funny?

Monster High: The Movie

Monster High was absolutely massive when the cartoon aired on Nickelodeon in 2010, and the live-action film is just as fun.

The musical fantasy film has a whole host of unique and original characters, and will be a great watch for younger viewers in particular – there’s no fear of nightmares when the monsters are the good guys.