FAMILY HALLOWEEN MOVIES!
With Halloween almost upon us, you’re choice of activities could go either way – hitting the streets, bucket in hand, craving chocolate, or settling in for a night of horror films and excessive snacking.
Now, we’re not recommending that you introduce your newborn to the delights of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or crack out the Friday the 13th boxset – but there are still some great family Halloween movies you can enjoy with your little terror. We’ve picked out top five favourites, now all you have to do is provide the snacks!
POOH’S HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE
A good one to start with, bringing a splash of the Hundred Acre Wood to Halloween, this follows the adventures of Roo, Lumpy, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Eyore, and of course, Pooh. That loveable bear has eaten all the Trick of Treat candy (we think he might have a serious problem with comfort eating) and it’s up to Roo and Lumpy to get some more, with a little help from the scary Gobloon. Light on scares but big on heart, this is a great first film for little ones.
An instant classic, and one of Pixar’s finest films, Monsters Inc spins the horror genre on it’s head as we find out that scary monsters are just trying to make a living. Mike and Sully are two high-flying scarers but all that changes when they come into contact with Boo – a young girl who isn’t very afraid. A great story, with characters you can’t help but root for, Monsters Inc manages to do the impossible and make monsters loveable.
WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
For a long time now, Wallace & Gromit have been a British Institution, so it seems only fair that they had a stab at the big time – and their first film doesn’t disappoint. It sees our Cheese-loving duo tracking down the monstrous Were-Rabbit that’s destroying the local vegetables. Fast, funny and with the same warmth that made the TV specials so iconic.
A bit of an underappreciated gem, this. Monster House should be better known, as it combines a hilarious script with some genuine (child-friendly) spooky moments. DJ, Chowder and Jenny are friends that are convinced a house on their street is eating people – with good reason, to be fair. With so many great people behind it, like Steven Spielberg, Back to the Future’s Robert Zemekis and Community’s Dan Harmon – this is a brilliant kids film that recalls classics like The Goonies and Gremlins. And it’s got Steve Buscemi in it – you can’t argue with that.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Tough one this – is it a Halloween film or a Christmas film? If you’re like us, you’ll watch it on November 28th as it’s equidistant from the two holidays. However, with Tim Burton involved, there’s definitely a bigger slice of Halloween to this classic. With great songs, greater characters and an undiluted slice of the gothic – this is as good as Halloween gets on the big screen! Plus it gets you in the mood for Christmas…
What are your favourite spooky films? Share them with us!