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The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando Blog The Top 10 Halloween Movies for a Family Movie Night

Halloween is the perfect time for family bonding, and what better way to create lasting memories than with a cozy movie night in your Bear’s Den Resort Home? From spooky classics to heartwarming tales, there’s a Halloween movie for every age group that will leave you and your loved ones entertained and maybe just a little spooked. In this blog, we’ll guide you through a carefully curated list of Halloween movies that are perfect for a family-friendly movie night.

1. "Hocus Pocus" (1993)

No Halloween movie night is complete without the Sanderson Sisters! “Hocus Pocus” is a beloved family favorite that combines comedy, magic, and mischief. When a young boy accidentally brings three witches back to life, it’s up to him and his friends to stop their nefarious plans before they become immortal. With witty humor and memorable performances by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, this film is a timeless Halloween classic.
Hocus Pocus movie poster
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Nightmare Before Christmas movie poster
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2. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993)

Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” is a captivating blend of Halloween and Christmas, making it a perfect choice for fall festivities. Follow Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, as he discovers Christmas and attempts to bring it to his spooky hometown. With its stunning visuals, catchy songs, and a heartwarming message, this film is a must-watch for the entire family.

3. "Casper" (1995)

“Casper” is a heartwarming ghost story about a friendly young ghost named Casper who befriends a young girl named Kat and her father, a ghost therapist. As the trio navigates the ups and downs of friendship and acceptance, the film delivers a charming blend of humor and touching moments. Casper’s lovable nature and the film’s positive messages make it an excellent choice for a family movie night.
Casper movie poster
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Hotel Transylvania movie poster
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4. "Hotel Transylvania" (2012)

“Hotel Transylvania” takes a hilarious spin on classic monster lore. Dracula, the owner of a lavish resort for monsters, plans a special celebration for his daughter’s 118th birthday. However, his world is turned upside down when a human accidentally stumbles upon the hotel. Packed with laughs and heartwarming moments, this animated film is a delightful choice for a family Halloween movie night.

5. "Coraline" (2009)

“Coraline” is a visually stunning stop-motion film that tells the eerie and captivating story of a young girl who discovers a hidden world behind a mysterious door in her new home. As Coraline becomes more enchanted by the alternate reality, she realizes that it may not be as magical as it seems. With its enchanting visuals and a captivating narrative, “Coraline” is a darkly enchanting choice for older kids and teenagers.
Coraline movie poster
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The Addams Family movie poster
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6. “The Addams Family” (1991)

“The Addams Family” is a dark, comedic film based on the iconic cartoon created by Charles Addams. This macabre and eccentric family, led by Gomez and Morticia Addams, lives in a spooky mansion filled with peculiar characters, from the butler Lurch to the disembodied hand, Thing. The film offers a satirical and amusing look at their unconventional lifestyle and their interactions with the normal, mundane world. With its blend of humor, gothic aesthetics, and a celebration of the bizarre, “The Addams Family” has become a beloved classic that continues to captivate audiences, making it a timeless and spooky delight.

7. "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)

While not a traditional Halloween movie, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” has an iconic Halloween scene that makes it a perfect choice for the season. Follow the heartwarming journey of Elliott, a young boy who befriends an alien stranded on Earth. The film’s themes of friendship and the wonder of childhood adventures make it an enduring family classic.
ET the Extra-Terrestrial movie poster
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Corpse Bride movie poster
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8. "Corpse Bride" (2005)

Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” is a darkly romantic and visually stunning stop-motion tale. The story follows Victor, a young man who accidentally proposes to a deceased bride while rehearsing his wedding vows in the woods. He finds himself in the Land of the Dead, torn between two worlds. With its unique artistry and themes of love and self-discovery, this film is a captivating choice for older kids and teenagers.

9. "Coco" (2017)

“Coco” is a heartwarming and visually spectacular animated film that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Follow Miguel, a young boy who embarks on a journey to the Land of the Dead to uncover his family’s long-lost secrets. The film beautifully explores themes of family, tradition, and remembrance, making it a touching choice for a Halloween movie night that’s rich in culture.
Coco movie poster
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Ghostbusters movie poster
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10. "Ghostbusters" (1984)

“Ghostbusters” is a classic supernatural comedy that combines scares with humor. Join a group of eccentric scientists as they embark on a ghost-hunting adventure in New York City. With its iconic characters, memorable catchphrases, and a catchy theme song, this film is a perfect choice for a fun and spooky family movie night.
Whether you’re in the mood for spooks, laughs, or heartwarming tales, these Halloween movies are perfect for a family movie night filled with Halloween spirit. So, gather your loved ones, make some popcorn, and get ready to enjoy a frightfully fun evening of cinematic delights!

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