Everyone knows that Halloween is the perfect time to grab some hot apple cider, curl up in a blanket and watch a scary movie. From the classics like The Shining to last year’s zombie craze, there are a plethora of options that’ll have you sleeping with a nightlight.
But what about those who already sleep with the light on?
If you're planning a community movie night or creating new traditions with your family, we suggest opting for a spooky Halloween flick that might make everyone laugh a little. Here are some of IKO Community Management’s favorite Halloween movies for your next neighborhood movie night:
- Casper, the Friendly Ghost (PG): What happens when true love is in two different dimensions? Kat and her father, a paranormal expert, move into an abandoned haunted house to get rid of the ghosts when she meets someone rather special named Casper, but there’s just one problem: He’s a ghost.
You can continue following Casper the Friendly Ghost’s wonderful adventures with new friends in Casper: A Spirited Beginning (PG) and Casper Meets Wendy (PG).
- Frankenweenie (PG): This remake follows young Victor as he conducts an unruly science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back from the dead. This resurrection may get a little monstrous though.
See more of Victor in Corpse Bride (PG), where his marriage takes “Until death do us part” literally.
- Halloweentown (G): In this Disney Channel original movie, Marnie learns that she’s the newest witch in her family. However, she must control her powers quickly as she already has to save the entire town from supernatural creatures.
You can also catch the bewitching Cromwell family in Halloweentown II: Kalaber’s Revenge (PG), Halloweentown High (G), and Return to Halloweentown (PG).
- Hocus Pocus (PG): Three witch sisters are accidentally resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night after 300 years. Now, it’s up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to stop the witches from stealing the souls of youthful trick-or-treaters before it’s too late.
- Hotel Transylvania (PG): In this animated comedy, Dracula hangs up his fangs and operates a high-end resort for monsters to stay safe from the human world. However, one curious human boy stumbles across the hotel and falls in love with the Count’s daughter, Mavis, causing the vampire to go into “Dad mode”.
You can follow Mavis and the gang in Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG), where the Count finally opens his hotel doors to humans, including his daughter’s new bundle of joy.
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (G): This 1966 television movie is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Based on the comic strip, the Peanuts crew celebrates Halloween while blanket-toting Linus decides to write a letter to the legendary Great Pumpkin. Will this be the year he makes an appearance?
- Monsters, Inc. (G): One brave little girl is not so afraid of the monsters under her bed -- or in her closet, rather. Watch as adorable Boo follows Sulley and one-eyed Mike into their monster world and flips everything upside down with her giggles in this 2001 Pixar film.
- ParaNorman (PG): A centuries-old curse rocks a small town in this animated adventure, and it’s up to misunderstood Norman, who can speak to the dead (and often prefers their company), to save everyone from ghosts, zombies and the scariest of them all: Grown-ups.
- Twitches (PG): Twin witches Camryn and Alex, who were separated at birth, fatefully meet again on their 21st birthday to save the alternate universe that their birth mother is trapped in.
Catch former Disney stars Tia and Tamara Mowry in the sequel, Twitches Too (PG), where the New York-based twins discover that their biological father may still be alive.
The best part is that there are no tricks because these movies are a real treat.
Whether your neighborhood children love sassy witches, not-so-scary monsters, or friendly ghosts and ghouls, make your community movie night one to remember with any of these Halloween flicks that’ll leave everyone howling for more. For more Halloween fun, like spooktacular kid-friendly recipes, download IKO’s latest white paper: