Snickers, Almond Joy, toothbrush...wait, what? Yep, we all know that a kid’s trick-or-treating haul can be a mixed bag. It just so happens that Halloween festivities in general can be equally fraught with clear wins and dismal failures—like when your three-year-old starts talking about his costume in June and then realizes he’s terrified of everything come October.
Don’t get us wrong, we love to dress up, carve pumpkins and eat candy—but when it comes to getting kids into the spooky holiday spirit, a family-friendly movie night selection is an excellent way to set the right mood. Provided that it’s age-appropriate, of course. Good news: We scoured all our favorite streaming services—Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime—for the best Halloween movies for kids. The end result? A roundup that includes PG-13 horror flicks, cutesy cartoons (like Spookley the Square Pumpkin), dark comedies (oh hi, Addams Family) and eerie stop-motion animated films (think: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas). In other words, read on and you’ll be treated to the specific spook that you (or your offspring) are seeking.