A lot might be different about Halloween this year, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: family movie nights are still the best way to get everyone in the mood for the season. Whether you’ve got young kids bouncing off of the walls, a house full of teenagers or your grown children back at home to ride out the pandemic, there are always scary movies that everyone will enjoy.
Zombieland – If the kids have moved in again for a while, you can remind yourselves that things could always be worse: we COULD be living through the zombie apocalypse! Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin lay out the rules we’d all need to know in order to survive. Pay close attention, this stuff might actually be more relevant than we ever realized…
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween and Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – If you’ve got teenagers, they’ll likely enjoy a double-feature of Madea’s trademarked tough-love humor. Boo 2 is a little more mature, but still has the same kind of goofy, family-focused fun at its heart.
The House with a Clock in its Walls – Scarier than you might assume, this adaptation of the 1970s best-selling novel of the same name is from horror director Eli Roth, so if you are raising your kids to be fans of the genre, this might be a great starter film for tweens or early teens. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett play a warlock and witch who take in the warlock’s orphaned nephew, and—you guessed it—weird stuff happens!
Ghostbusters (2016) – This female-led remake of the ‘80s classic mixes a hefty dose of girl power with a lot of ghost-battling. Your kids might not fully appreciate its cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth, but you will!
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – Now we’re moving into younger child territory, with this mostly-funny-but-also-creepy sequel inspired by the Goosebumps book series. It revolves around spooky monsters from those very books coming to life when two boys accidentally release them in their hometown on Halloween night.
Hocus Pocus – This is one of those movies that has taken on a whole new life recently—I literally have not gone a day in the past 2 weeks without seeing an article about this Disney Halloween favorite! If you’ve never watched it, check out what all the fuss is about while enjoying Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as hilarious witches who come back to life one Halloween night.
Lego Scooby Doo! Haunted Hollywood and Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! – And finally … Zoinks! What’s better for the youngest movie fans than their pal Scooby-Doo and his friends, solving spooky mysteries? N-n-n-nothing!