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Need something to watch with the kids this Halloween?

We have gathered some of our past movie recommendations — and added some new ones — that families can find on Netflix, Amazon, and TV this Halloween season.

Each review includes age recommendations from Ok.com or Common Sense Media. However, as every child is different, we recommend that parents not rely solely on these age recommendations. Not all of the movies may be appropriate for every family. The movies in this list range from not-so-scary to quite frightening.

Enjoy.

This list was last updated on October 12, 2017.

'Corpse Bride' (2005)
Warner Bros. Pictures

Practicing his wedding vows in the forest, the nebbish Victor (Johnny Depp) finds himself accidentally married to a corpse (Helena Bonham Carter). While it never hits the same highs as "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Tim Burton’s gothic love story is still a fantastic Halloween movie that makes the most of its Victorian setting.

Rating: PG

Ages: Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older. Common Sense Media says the movie does contain decay and death, but it is "all in good fun."

This review was originally published here in 2012.

'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993)
Disney Enterprises Inc.

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, discovers Christmastown and plots to take control.

Rating: PG

Ages: Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older. MovieGuide.org refers to the film as "eye-popping, jaw-dropping entertainment" but cautions that "intense visions of spooks, bogeymen, bats, bugs and spiders" may be too scary for young viewers.

Where can you find it?
- Stream on Netflix
- Rent on Amazon Video or iTunes

This review was originally published here in 2015.

'Scared Shrekless' (2010)
YouTube screenshot

Shrek invites his friends to spend Halloween night in Lord Farquaad's haunted castle.

You can find "Scared Shrekless" as part of DreamWorks' "Spooky Stories" streaming on Netflix. The bundle also includes "The Ghost of Lord Farquaad" and "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space."

Rating: TV-PG

Ages: Common Sense Media recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Where can you find it?
- Stream on Netflix
- Rent on Amazon Video or iTunes

A shorter version of this review was originally published here in 2001.

'Coraline' (2009)
Focus Features

A unique animated movie in a realm all its own, "Coraline" boasts brilliant animation and a one-of-a-kind story. It's a creepy cautionary tale about the perils of things that are too good to be true.

Dakota Fanning provides the voice for Coraline Jones.

Rating: PG

Ages: Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 11 and older.

Where can you find it?
- Rent on Amazon Video or iTunes

This review was originally published here in 2010.

'Pac's Scary Halloween' (2016)
Common Sense Media

Pacman's friends try to save him when he spends a chilling Halloween in Dr. Pacenstein’s castle.

Rating: TV-Y7

Ages: Netflix suggests the film for ages 5-7. Common Sense Media says the film has a simplistic plot and some potty humor.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

'My Babysitter’s a Vampire' (2010)
IMDb

A high school boy discovers that his younger sister’s babysitter is a vampire.

Rating: TV-PG

Age: Common Sense Media suggests the movie for ages 12 and up. There is mild vampire violence, though not much is visible to viewers.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix
-Disney Channel

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (2005)
IMDb

Charlie Bucket finds one of five golden tickets in the world and joins four other children on a tour of the mysterious and eccentric Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Not to be confused with the Gene Wilder version

Rating: PG

Age: Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages 8 and up. Common Sense media says that the film includes some intense scenes such as a when a girl turns into a blueberry and another one is pulled into a garbage chute by squirrels.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

Deseret News published a review here in 2005.

'Ghost Patrol' (2016)
IMDb

Two kids and their dog make up their town’s Ghost Patrol. They receive a call to investigate Geist Manor for paranormal activity.

Rating: TV-Y7-FV (Fantasy Violence)

Age: Netflix suggests the movie for ages 7 and up. A user review on IMDb calls the film a “fun movie for the family.”

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

'The Real Ghostbusters' (1986-1991)
IMDb

A cartoon series loosely based on the original movie — a group of supernatural sleuths chase down ghosts.

Rating: TV-Y7

Age: Common Sense Media suggests the show for ages 7 and up. It goes on to say that the show is aimed towards younger kids and, therefore, excludes the swearing and sexual innuendos found in the original movie.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

'Good Witch' (2015-)
IMDb

A charming witch raising her young daughter alone catches the eye of a handsome doctor who lives next door.

Rating: TV-PG

Age: Common Sense Media suggests the series for ages 8 and up. It says the show has uplifting, if sometimes heavy, messages about empathy and family.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix
-Hallmark Channel

'Gremlins' (1984)
IMDb.com

Tiny gremlins cause mischief across a small town after a bank teller violates two of the three rules of taking care of his new "pet."

Rating: PG

Ages: Ok.com suggests this movie for kids 11 and up.

According to Common Sense Media, even though “Gremlins” is somewhat of a comedy, the movie still contains some disturbing scenes such as a mom chopping up a Gremlin with a kitchen knife as well as a Gremlin in a blender. There is also “more profanity than you may remember.”

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

'Goosebumps' (2015)
IMDb.com

Teenager Zach Cooper moves to a small town where he meets a pretty girl named Hannah. Cooper soon discovers that Hannah’s father is none other than R.L. Stine, the creator of the “Goosebumps” series. Cooper finds himself on a wild adventure involving monsters and mayhem with his new neighbors.

Rating: PG

Ages: According to Common Sense Media, the film is rated for ages 9 and up. Goosebumps contains frightening monsters and moments of peril, but “it will likely appeal to fans of the books." OK.com suggests the movie for ages 11 and up.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

This review was originally published here in 2015.

'Mickey's House of Villains' (2001)
IMDb.com

Mickey and his friends are kicked out of House of Mouse by some of the popular Disney villains, such as Captain Hook, Jafar, and Cruella. Mickey and his friends try to return the house to normal.

Rating: NR

Ages: Common Sense Media recommends this movie for kids 5 and up. Some younger kids might be frightened by some of the scary scenes.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

'The Worst Witch' (2017-)
IMDb.com

A young girl is recruited to witches school, where no matter how hard she tries, her magic always seems to run amuck.

Rating: NR

Ages: According to Common Sense Media, the movie is rated for ages 6 and up. The film is “mild and family friendly.” Positive values are encouraged.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

'The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!' (2016)
IMDb.com

The Cat in the Hat is back and is taking Nick and Sally on an adventure to find the best Halloween costumes.

Rating: G

Ages: According to Common Sense Media, things such as violence and scariness are not present in this animated show. It promotes good values such as overcoming your fears. The film is rated for ages 3 and up.

Where can you find it?
-Amazon (free viewing with Amazon Prime Membership)

'The Dog Who Saved Halloween' (2011)
IMDb.com

Upon moving to a new house, the Bannisters start to notice strange lights and sounds coming from their neighbor’s home. After they are trapped in the scary house, it is up to their dog Zeus to save the day.

Rating: PG

Ages: This show is a comedy with minimal violence and scariness. There is a lot of potty humor, according to Common Sense Media. Common Sense rates the film for ages 6 and up.

Where can you find it?
-Amazon, rent or buy

'E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial' (1982)
Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures

"E.T." tells the story of Elliot, a boy who harbors an alien stranded on Earth and helps to return the creature home. Elliot must protect E.T. from his mother and government agents while learning about the values of compassion and friendship.

The film is a classic by Stephen Spielberg and is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Rating: PG

Ages: Common Sense Media notes that "E.T." is best for children 7 and up, and notes the movie contains some strong language, as well as intense moments.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix
-Amazon

This review was originally published here in 2002.

'Room on the Broom' (2013)
Magic Light Pictures

"Room on the Broom" is a short film about a witch and her cat who invite others to ride on their broomstick. The film features performances from Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Mission Impossible) and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and is available for streaming on Netflix.

Rating: G

Ages: The short film is appropriate for kids 3 and up and doesn’t feature any objectionable material, according to Common Sense Media.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix
-Amazon

'A Monster in Paris' (2011)
EuropaCorp Distribution

“A Monster in Paris” follows a projectionist, an inventor, and a cabaret dancer as they attempt to save a misunderstood monster from a corrupt police chief in 1910 Paris. The 3D animated film is produced by Luc Besson and is loosely based on “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Rating: PG

Ages: The film is best for audiences 8 and up, and contains some violence, according to Common Sense Media.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix
-Amazon

'The Twilight Zone' (1959-1963)
CBS

Rod Serlings’s 1950s anthology series tackles a number of creepy, weird, and existential topics. Some episodes tackle social issues of the era, and Walt Disney World’s Tower of Terror attraction is portrayed as a “lost episode” of the classic series.

Rating: PG

Ages: Common Sense Media says the series is best for kids 10 and up, and features some alcohol use, as well as a slower pace that may leave younger audiences bored.

Where can you find it?
-Netflix

'Ghostbusters' (1983)
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Digital Productions


Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis star as the titular ghost hunters in this horror comedy. After a run-in with a malicious ghost, three parapsychologists set up shop as the Ghostbusters to defend New York City from paranormal threats.

Rating: PG

Ages: “Ghostbusters” is best for audiences 11 and up and contains some light language, violence and sexual innuendo, as well as a few frightening scenes, according to Common Sense Media.

Where can you find it?
-Amazon

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