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Our top five family Halloween movies

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s nothing like getting into the spirit with a five day movie marathon in the lead up to the big day.

Once you’ve made your kids Halloween costumes and got your decorations in place, why not start the count down with a week of these Halloween classics?

The Corpse Bride

Directed by the wonderfully weird Tim Burton, this Halloween favourite features the voices of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter as an unconventional couple, who will not let anything get in the way of their love, not even death, as the title suggests. This animated modern classic is based on a piece of 16th Century Russian-Jewish folklore called ‘The Finger’ and with its traditional stop-motion animation, is set to keep the whole family happy.

Hokus Pokus

Set on the 31st October, this Halloween fantasy comedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as the evil spirits of 17th century witches – The Sanderson Sisters. The witches are accidentally resurrected by a group of kids, and as a thank you, the witches attempt to eat the children. Pointy hats, brooms, warts and cauldrons… this Halloween family comedy has it all.

The Addams Family

Trying to fit in to the suburbs in America is tough for even the most normal of families, but this is magnified when your whole family all looks dead. Based on the 1960s’ Addams Family TV show, this quirky dark comedy offers a mix of slapstick family humour and a Halloween style pantomime to create a movie that has stood the test of time.


Who you gonna call? This 1984 comedy classic is the perfect Halloween family film as it will put your kids in the spirit of the holiday, without giving them nightmares before the 31st October. With a catchy theme tune and four middle aged scientists driving a crazy car as they capture ghosts with vacuum cleaners, this classic will go down a treat as part of your Halloween movie marathon.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

We’ve saved the best for last. The Nightmare Before Christmas is quite possibly the most famous children’s Halloween movie and one that only seems to get more popular as time passes. This Tim Burton classic suffers a slight identity crisis, as it mixes Halloween and Christmas, but with Jack Skellington living in Halloweentown, we’re going to put it in the Halloween category!

With five great movies listed above, it’s time to get the popcorn out and get the family sitting comfortably on the sofa for a Halloween movie marathon!

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