As soon as the Fall months begin, my toddler starts asking for “Halloween themed” movies. Fortunately for him, I also love Halloween movies, so I’m usually excited to watch them with him. Not so fortunately for me, I know these same movies (and shows) will continue to be on repeat until I know Every. Single. Line. by memory — at least until next year.
Our little movie marathons usually go down whenever a holiday or trip is coming up, so that they understand what’s going on and truthfully, Alec, really looks forward it. This time, I actually made it a little extra fun with the Halloween popcorn stand setup and by using some play money to pretend we were at the movies “buying” our popcorn and chocolates before the “show.”
For the “show,” we usually try to keep it “non” scary and kid friendly around here for Halloween, since Alec’s still only 4, and that’s mostly what you will find on the rest of our list for the rest of this month, as well.
So, if this sounds like your house — or even if it doesn’t but you still want to subject yourself to this same torture (kidding), I’m here to help with (hopefully) some new watching material, that you may have forgotten about and as a result hasn’t been burned into your brain…yet.
Here’s a list of what’s on repeat at our house this year, in no particular order (including some notes on some of the movies we’ve been more “careful” about if your kiddos are near our same ages: 1.5 and 4).
- Hotel Transylvannia (all the movies but especially, part 2)
- Pete the Cat – Pumpkin Pageant & Trick or Treating Ghost – Amazon Prime
- Spookley the Magic Pumpkin – Netflix
- Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest -Amazon Prime
- If you give a Mouse a Cookie – Pumpkin – Amazon Prime
- Arthur – Arthur and the Haunted Tree House
- E.T. *(This is surprisingly both Alec and Vera’s favorite right now.)
- The Little Vampire – Netflix
- Mickey’s House of Villains – *This was on Netflix but was taken off this year, so we actually had to buy it.
- Hocus Pocus – Disney+ *We just added Hocus Pocus this year. We were a little hesitant because the beginning shows the witches “sucking the youth” (and killing) the little girl. We sat with him and explained the witches were trying to stay young, but my nephews nearly the same age, were a little scared. I would say definitely tread with caution and I would make my judgement according to your child’s character on whether to watch.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas – Disney+ *We added this on this year as well. Alec, handled it fine after a little explaining of what’s going on, but it’s very dark in typical Tim Burton fashion. I wouldn’t show it when our little one is around and Alec, told me he thought it would be “too scary” for his little sister. I took that as “code” for saying he was also a little scared, so we haven’t repeated this one again. Maybe next year.
- Coco – Disney+
- The Addams Family (New version)
- Room on the Broom – Netflix
- Casper *This is a another one that took a little explaining. We sat with him and explained Casper was a ghost who wanted to be a real boy, but there were definitely times where the subject of Death was little difficult to explain. This is another that I would say to definitely tread with caution and I would make my call on whether to watch or not according to your child’s character.
One last note, our little one, Vera is only 18 months but in order to keep the tradition alive for her too (and because she thinks she’s 1 going on 5), I found her some age appropriate Halloween songs on Youtube that we play on our TV. Here’s a list in case you have babies in the house as well:
- Super Simple Songs – 5 Spooky Pumpkins + More Halloween Songs – Youtube.
- Super Simple Songs- Baby Shark Halloween – YouTube
- Any of the “Boo To You” Disney Not So Scary Parades – Youtube *The quality may not be that good but, Vera LOVES dancing to these.
Thats all I got for now, I hope it at least helps you add some new stuff to the list and some temporary sanity. And if you have any suggestions for me, I would LOVE to hear about them, too. Really. LOL.
XX – G