Spook-Flix: family-friendly movies to watch this Halloween

Is it just us, or did Halloween films peak in the ’90s and noughties? Scrolling through various streaming sites, it is easy to find gem after gem of Halloween favourites made at what was apparently a flourishing time for on-screen spookiness.

Family movie night is pretty much standard in every household during spooky season, so why not watch some of these Halloween classics this weekend? Here are eight brilliant options to get everyone in the spooky mood:

1. The Adams Family (1991)

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If you were a teenager in the 90s you probably thought of Morticia Addams as a terrifying eccentric woman. As an adult, you will be surprised at how much you can relate to Anjelica Houston's portrayal of this incredible character, her black clothes and her love of all things dark. The Addams family is the perfect movie to revisit with your own unique family.

2. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

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An old haunted Manor? Check. A family on a mission? Check. Eddie Murphy being hilarious? check and check.

This spooky sensation is full of the magic of Disney and will have your kids in stitches. Eddie Murphy plays a real estate agent whose family must break the curse of Gracey Manor while on holidays nearby. With cemeteries, spiders, ghosts and crystal balls, this movie contains all the haunted ingredients of a perfect Halloween night in. 

3. Corpse Bride (2005)

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You cannot do a Halloween movie marathon without including at Tim Burton original. It is also good to throw an animated film into the mix especially one created at the hands of a genius.

A morbid young man named Victor is about to be wed when he is sucked into the underworld and confronted by the corpse of a bride who wishes to marry him herself. Your kids will be enthralled in the beautiful graphics of this fantasy world and the gorgeous music. 

4. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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It is finally that time on the run-up to Halloween to visit Bette Milder and Sarah Jessica Parker in their classic Halloween blockbuster.

A trio of hilarious witches are brought back from the past at Halloween and intend to cast a spell over an unassuming little town. Three kids and a talking cat must try and stop them, resulting in suspense and chaos. This amazing movie is considered one of the most popular flicks of the spooky season and is definitely a must-watch for all families. 

5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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If your kids are a bit older and need more of a spooky ‘90s fix, why not try them out on an old cult classic starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder?

Edward was created by a genius inventor but before he could finish him the inventor died leaving Edward with sharp metal shears for hands. He is alone and misunderstood until a suburban family adopts. Their kind and understanding daughter shows Edward what real human connection is and he teaches her about life in return. 

6. Casper (1995)

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If you harboured a desire to be Christina Ricci in this movie, join the club. Kat is a preteen who's dad specialises in the supernatural. When he is hired to get rid of some spirits in an old mansion, Kat becomes best friends with none other than Casper the friendly ghost. This hilarious and adorable movie will give you all those 90s vibes to share with your family on movie night. 

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Another beautiful animation by Tim Burton, this movie is spooky and quirky all at the same time. Pumpkin king Jack Skellington wants to leave behind his old routine scaring to spread the joy of Christmas. However, this turns out to be a Christmassy nightmare for children all over the world. 

8. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

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Okay, we know this one is more modern but it is definitely up there with the old classics.

Mayhem ensues when Dracula is found to be running a holiday resort for monsters and other creepy creatures. This hilarious movie is great for the younger ones as characters who are normally villains are shown in a fun and friendly light. The great thing about this movie is that there are two sequels – perfect for your kid’s next obsession.

With her daughter Evie as her muse, Anna writes about mumhood and all its intersections from mental health to movies, social issues to pop culture. Anna lives in Dublin with her daughter, partner, three younger sisters and parents. She is a dreadful cook, a fair guitar player and thinks caffeine should be given as a yearly vaccine to parents - courtesy of the HSE.

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