When the Halloween season arrives, kids usually look forward to thrills and chills. Check out these fun and creepy movies that will please your pre-teen and make for spooky fun.
“Corpse Bride” (2005)
This little gem from Tim Burton features the voices of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as the “corpse bride” who is pursuing Johnny Depp’s character. This bride-in-death wants the living young man to become her dead husband, even though he is pining for his living bride. Creepy fun is the norm in this animated movie.
“Hocus Pocus” (1993)
This great Disney Halloween film featuring the wonderful Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker is a favorite around my house. This is the story of three kids who conjure up three sister witches into the modern day on Halloween night. The kids team up with an immortal cat to defeat the witches and lots of fun ensues.
This is one of those movies that I can watch over and over again, and my kids like it too. It is a Halloween (and during the rest of the year) tradition with me and mine and the line “Amok! Amok! Amok!” can be heard from various members of my household at odd times.
“Haunted Mansion” (2003)
Eddie Murphy learns how important his family is in this movie based upon the Disney ride. Ghosts, zombies, mystery and singing statues make this movie lots of fun.
There is romance, mystery and craziness in “Haunted Mansion” and it is a good choice for a Halloween movie marathon with the kids.
“Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”
If you have a vampire-loving kiddo, you realize that most vampire movies are just not appropriate. Too much blood, too much sex, too much adult content the whole way around. This movie, starring John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek is the perfect choice for your vampire kid–it is a fun story and my kids and I quite enjoyed it.
“The Vampire’s Assistant” is the story of a teenage boy (Chris Massoglia) who becomes a vampire and an assistant to a vampire (Reilly). He does so in order to save the life of his friend and as he learns his new skills, he encounters some strange characters along the way.
“The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (1966)
Starring Don Knotts, “The Ghost and Mr Chicken” was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. The story centers around a cowardly newspaper reporter (rather, aspiring reporter) who investigates a haunted house. The mystery and laughs made this a favorite of my own children when they watched it with me and it is a timeless classic that is perfect for the Halloween season.