Halloween films for the whole family
Whether you're looking to spook your children or scare yourself, there's a classic Halloween film out there for everyone – and we've rounded up the best of the best. So choose your chilling flick and get curled up on the sofa with your family (or hide behind it, whatever works). And don't forget some spooky snacks to accompany your movie night.
Children love to watch scary films, but probably best not to scar them for life. Here are some
not too frightening Mumsnet favourites.
The Addams Family (1991, PG) Creepy enough to be scary, but kooky enough not to give the DC nightmares
Casper (1995, PG) If only all ghosts were as friendly as Casper
Coraline (2009, PG) Those things with the button eyes!
Corpse Bride (2005, PG) Tim Burton can always be relied upon for something good and gothic
Frankenweenie (2012, PG) “Took my 13 and 14-year-olds to see this last Halloween. They both wept uncontrollably, as did I.” Shockers
Hocus Pocus (1993, PG) “Hocus Pocus wins hands down. It's the only good thing about Halloween.” EatShitDerek
Hotel Transylvania (2012, U) Count Dracula runs a hotel for monsters and, to be honest, it all goes pretty well until a clumsy human literally stumbles across it
Paranorman (2012, PG) When his town is overtaken by zombies, schoolboy Norman is the only one who can help
Scooby Doo (2002, PG) The Mystery Inc gang come to life. Zoinks!
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, U) Our favourite plasticine pals get spooked by a mysterious monster
Let's face it, Halloween is fun – but it's generally nicer to cry with laughter than with fear when watching a spooky film. Here are some more light-hearted suggestions, suitable to watch with children of different ages. Do check the certificate first though, as they're not all suitable for the younger little'uns.
Beetlejuice (1988, 15) Tim Burton's ghoulish haunted house film is a cult classic
Evil Dead II (1987, 15) A satirical follow-up to the much scarier original
Ghostbusters (1984, 12A) Who you gonna call?
Gremlins (1984, 12A) Don't feed them after midnight! “I found Gremlins scary as a child, but my friend's four-year-old loves it.” yellowsnownoteatwillyou
Little Shop of Horrors (1986, PG) Camp horror with catchy tunes, what's not to love?
Scary Movie (2000, 18) The first film in this ridiculous parody series was actually quite funny
Shaun of the Dead (2004, 15) A rom-com with zombies, this film really does have it all
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, 12A) Let's do the time warp again. Creepy and camp in equal measure, and maybe one for older children.
Young Frankenstein (1974, PG) This old school black and white flick will still make you LOL
Zombieland (2009, 15) Worth watching for the Bill Murray cameo alone
Really bloody scary
Once the children have gone to bed, maybe you fancy scaring the living daylights out of yourself? We would recommend Rosemary's Baby, but if you're pregnant that may not be the best idea. Instead, let us gently nudge you in the direction of these pant-wetters…
The Exorcist (1973, 18) We don't really need to introduce this one, do we?
Halloween (1978, 18) An obvious, but appropriate, choice
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, 18) If you're struggling to sleep at night, Freddy Krueger won't help – just sayin'
Paranormal Activity (2009, 15) You'll never pick up a camcorder again. Mainly because it's not the '90s, but still.
Psycho (1960, 15) An old school classic, it'll have you looking over your shoulder in the shower
The Ring (2002, 15) Good thing nobody watches VHS cassettes anymore
Saw (2004, 18) Before the ridiculous sequels, there was the shocking original in all its gory glory
The Shining (1980, 15) Heeeeeeere's Johnny! Need we say more?
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, 18) So scary, the original uncut version was banned in the UK until 1999
The Thing (1982, 18) Is one of your friends actually a parasitic alien lifeform? Not to be confused with a simple CF.