Halloween is a time for frightening scenes and costumes, scary stories, and, of course, scary films. Scary films are a fixture of this time of year and there are many horror films that have become classics over the years. These include films such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street. However, while these films are great for those adults and older teens who want to be scared out of their wits, they are not appropriate for younger children. Instead, kids need Halloween films that are not so scary and fortunately there are plenty of those.
For the pre-teens and teens there are some films that are ideal for Halloween. Tim Burton is the genius behind a number of these. There is his famous 1980s film Beetlejuice, which is one of his best films. Beetlejuice is the creepy dead guy who has to be stopped before he gets let out of the world of the dead. Another of Tim Burton’s wonderful films is the Nightmare Before Christmas, which, despite its title, is a wonderful Halloween film. Yet another Burton film is the Corpse Bride, in which a shy young man accidentally marries a dead woman. Aside from the genius of Tim Burton, there are the ever popular Harry Potter films, which are ideal for the Halloween season even if people watch them the year through. Another 1980s classic that is set at the time of Halloween is E.T. This cute little alien warmed the hearts of millions as he formed a bond with the boy Elliott.
Now, the above films are great for older kids who are not yet ready for the slasher and horror films that adults like to watch, but what about the young kids? Tim Burton films, Harry Potter, and even E.T. may be too scary for children who are very young. For these kids there is a wonderful collection of films that are suitable and that are totally fun. Disney along with Pixar created the fabulous film Monsters, Inc. This is a monster film that makes all monsters lovable – well almost all of them. Another fantastic Disney film that is perfect for Halloween is called Halloweentown and tells the story of three kids going to Halloweentown with their grandmother in order to learn witchcraft and beat the bad guy.
Finally, there is a round of fabulous films for really young children, although people of all ages truly love them. First of all, where would Halloween be without Charlie Brown and friends? It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a must to watch every year. There is also the wonderful Winnie the Pooh Heffalump Halloween, which features all the fun loving Winnie the Pooh characters that have been adored for generations. Then there are the films which are based on past television series, including good old Scooby Doo. Scooby and his gang of friends were always solving mysteries and catching nasty villains that liked to dress up as scary creatures. The film lives up to the show’s reputation. Another classic is the Addams Family, with a creepy yet eccentric family that is sure to liven up any Halloween.
There are plenty of fabulous Halloween films out there that are ideal for young children and older kids, kids who are too old for Winnie the Pooh, but too young for the adult films. Many of these films are classics that have stood the test of time. That means that they will be the perfect non-frightening films that will be sure to entertain your kids this coming Halloween. A night of trick-or-treating followed by some good Halloween films is the ideal way to spend the haunting season so choose your films today and have the best Halloween ever.