One of the best things about Halloween — after all of the candy, of course — is watching as many scary movies as your heart can take. But if you have children, The Exorcist and A Nightmare on Elm Street aren't exactly appropriate for viewing anymore. But that doesn't have to mean that you can't watch anything. If you want to have a scary movie night the entire family can enjoy, you need to know the best family Halloween movies on Netflix right now.
Once your kids have filled their bellies with all of the trick-or-treat loot they can handle, you're definitely going to want to do something to help them come down from their candy buzz. Watching a movie together is a great way to let everyone unwind, and have a few laughs in the process. Classic characters like Curious George, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Shrek are featured in some of these Halloween-themed movies that even parents will love.
These family-friendly films are in keeping with the spirit of Halloween, but won't have you up all night responding to your kids' nightmares and claims of monsters lurking in the closet. So put that Netflix subscription to good use and round up the entire family to watch one (or all) of these Halloween movies.
1. 'Room On The Broom'
Room on the Broom is the story of a good witch and her cat, who gets a little jealous when the witch invites a group of animals to join them on their nighttime journey to find some of the witch's lost belongings. The film is based on a picture book of the same name.
2. 'Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein'
The always mischievous chipmunk brothers get locked inside of a theme park after a performance in Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein. In the park, the chipmunks find their way to Frankenstein's castle and encounter a real-life Dr. Frankenstein working on his monster. What happens next can only be described as hilariously spooky.
3. 'Dreamworks Spooky Stories: Volume 2'
Characters from Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens return to bring you scary stories that are fit for the entire family in Dreamworks Spooky Stories: Volume 2.
4. 'The Addams Family'
In The Addams Family, a man comes to the Addams home claiming to be Gomez' long lost brother, Fester. But the family soon finds out that the man is not who he claims to be, and is actually trying to steal the family's fortune.
5. 'Scared Shrekless'
If you have little ones who can't sit through a full-length film, Scared Shrekless is the perfect solution. In the 20-minute short, Shrek and his family have a contest to see who can tell the scariest story on Halloween night. But will anyone's story be scary enough to scare Shrek?
6. 'Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest'
In Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest, George is spending Halloween in the country. While he and his friends Allie and Bill are busy getting their costumes ready, they try to get to the bottom of a mysterious scarecrow who has been stealing hats from the people in town.
When Jim Henson and George Lucas get together, you can expect the film is going to be pretty awesome. In Labyrinth, a young girl is trying to rescue her younger brother who has been kidnapped by the Goblin King (played by David Bowie). Even though the film was made in the '80s, kids will love Jim Henson's puppets, and adults will love the music by David Bowie.
8. 'James And The Giant Peach'
In James and the Giant Peach, a young boy goes to live with his evil aunts after losing his parents in an accident. When he discovers a giant magic peach, James decides to leave his unhappy life and set sail for New York City.
9. 'Hotel Transylvania'
Monsters come to Count Dracula's Hotel Transylvania to relax. But when they are celebrating his daughter's birthday, a human loses his way and manages to find his way inside the monster's sacred space and fall in love with Dracula's daughter in the process.