Do you have a child whose birthday falls near Halloween? If so, hosting a party that celebrates both her special day and this spooky holiday can make both events a frightfully good time. But hanging up cobwebs and handing out treats aren’t the only ways to get your birthday party guests in the Halloween spirit.
Putting on an appropriately scary movie can create the creepy ambiance you want. To make sure that your Halloween shindig is one that guests will never forget, Oübly.com has put together a list of the top ten kids Halloween movies that can make an ordinary party into a fantastical one.
1. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
If you’re hosting a celebration for your toddler and her tiny friends, you want to make sure that your movie of choice has a low fear factor.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie has just the right amount of good-natured Halloween entertainment to keep little viewers interested without getting scared.
2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
A classic by any definition, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a wonderful choice for movie lovers of all ages.
Introduce your child and her guests to Snoopy, Linus, and the whole Peanut gang. Oh, and don’t forget the Great Pumpkin!
3. The Witches
When the witching hour arrives, why not pop in The Witches for your party guests?
This entertaining film based on the book of the same name centers on a covert plot by a coven of witches to turn all children into mice. It’s up to a single boy to thwart their plans and save the world’s boys and girls.
Can you still recite the theme song from the classic cartoon Casper the Friendly Ghost? This personable spirit has been an iconic figure for decades, but his popularity resurged with the 1995 theatrical release of Casper. Lighthearted and certainly friendly for young viewers, Casper makes a great choice for any Halloween birthday party.
5. Monsters, Inc
The guest of honor and her friends may already be well acquainted with Sulley and Mike, but this delightful film from Pixar and Disney never gets old.
If the day’s festivities continue after the closing credits scroll, make it a double feature with The Incredibles so that your guests can get their Halloween superhero fix.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton has made a career out of bringing unusual and slightly spooky characters to the big screen. In his The Nightmare Before Christmas, he creates an enjoyable fable mash-up of Halloween and Christmas.
Follow Jack Skellington as he discovers how his scary sensibilities can create holiday cheer.
As a kid, who didn’t spend hour upon hour looking for a secret magical world lurking inside a closet or behind a dresser? Imagine if you had actually found it? In Coraline, that’s exactly what happens with unexpected results. Your birthday party guests will love it.
Yet another classic from a bygone era, E.T. combines the magical with the sentimental.
Sit back and watch a new generation enjoy the beautiful relationship between an adorable extraterrestrial and his new best friend, Elliott.
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
If you want to make your guests squeal from delight instead of fright, put on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
This hugely successful film and the seven movies that followed it have forever cemented the iconic status of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Please note that as the series continues, the themes cater increasingly toward older audiences.
Adolescents and teens may be over Casper and Coraline, but they’re sure to love Beetlejuice.
This wacky tale – yet another Tim Burton classic – of a supernatural couple that enlists the help of an unusual human exterminator is sure to garner new fans the moment they hear “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”