For me, Halloween always brings with it some of my fondest childhood memories of dressing up and running the streets trick or treating. But even better than that is the thought of all my favorite childhood movies. Remember back then; you had to wait for the networks to play them or rent them. And we weren’t cool enough to have a VHS only Beta and NO ONE had Beta rentals. So now that we can access movies just about anywhere, I wondered what movies everyone else loved growing up. Not surprisingly, we share some of the same, there were a few that I have never seen. But I will definitely add them to the list.
So grab your kiddos make your watch list and whip up some spooky snacks and prepare for a fun night in with your little ghouls. Here is a list of the best vintage Halloween movies to watch with your kiddos.
Salem, Massachusetts is a source of national folklore with its vivid history of witch trials that took place during the 1600s. This remarkable film follows the story of three witches who steal the lives of children to maintain their youthful radiance. When a modern-day teenager accidentally awakens them from their ancient graves, he and his sister must save the town of Salem from their wicked spells.
Nightmare Before Christmas
This visually astonishing animation comes to us from the twisted genius of Tim Burton. The king of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington, has decided they will celebrate Christmas this year. He goes about playing Santa Claus is a delightfully macabre way that the human world is not ready for.
The Monster Squad
After finding an old diary that belonged to a famous vampire hunter, a group of nerdy monster movie fans discovers an evil plot being put into action by Count Dracula. This ancient vampire and his monster pals are conspiring to take over the world unless these misfit kids can stop him.
Marnie Piper’s grandmother comes to pay a visit on Halloween. She unveils that she is a witch (the good kind) and that she must begin Marnie’s witch training before her 13th birthday, or else the girl will lose her powers forever.
A young girl and her single father move to a new town and take up residence in an abandoned mansion. Being the new girl isn’t easy, particularly when your mother is dead, but Kat Harvey discovers a friend in her ghostly buddy, Casper.
After a tragic accident claims the lives of Adam and Barbara, the newly dead couple must work to scare the annoying living residents out of their former home. They summon a “bio-exterminator” by the name of Beetlejuice to help stop these pests from destroying their peace in the afterlife.
When their jobs as parapsychology professors at a university get terminated, three scientists examining the occult decide to use their knowledge to open their own business abolishing unwelcome spirits. Things get serious when they discover a giant paranormal threat that could wreak havoc on New York City.
A morbidly eccentric family celebrates the dark side of life and death, much to the dismay of their neighbors. The wealth that keeps them in a luxurious lifestyle becomes imperiled when a tricky outsider cons his way into the family under false pretenses.
Based on a book by the superior Roald Dahl, this film follows the story of a boy who comes upon a witch convention taking place in the London hotel he is staying. After they transform him into a mouse, this brave young lad must do everything in his power to stop them from achieving their evil schemes.
A picturesque small town is overrun with a horde of little demons. These mean little critters are the result of neglected pet care rules regarding their exotic breed. After they change from cuddly to evil, the gremlins wreak havoc wherever they go.
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