Make it a Fright Night! 13 Spooky Films that are Fun for the Whole Family

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It’s October and you know what that means, it’s time for all the thrills and chills Halloween brings!

While corn mazes and pumpkin patches are great activities to get us in the mood for fall, there’s nothing quite like a scary movie to get our blood pumping and our pulses jumping just in time for Halloween!

So cozy up with your little ghosts and goblins, dim the lights, and make it a family fright night with 13 of the best scary movies for kids – after the jump!

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    Corpse Bride

    What it's about: After a failed wedding rehearsal, a nervous groom goes deep into the woods to practice his wedding vows and accidently finds himself married to the corpse bride!

    Why it's a scary family favorite: From the twisted and magical mind of Tim Burton comes this visually stunning, creeptastic film filled with music, humor, and as always, playful horror.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $5.97

  • Ghostbusters 2 of 13

    What it's about: When three unemployed parapsychology professors join forces and create a ghost extermination business, they never thought they'd have to save New York!

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Your family will be rooting for this unlikely team of heroes as they attempt to conquer ancient forces of evil with plenty of laughs and harmless innuendo.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $7.57

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 3 of 13
    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    What it's about: When the bored pumpkin king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington discovers Christmas Town, he enlists the help of his ghostly goblinly friends to put on Christmas instead.

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Tim Burton's wildly wonderful visuals and "killer" musical numbers will have your family falling in love with Jack, the pumpkin king who can't quite get Christmas right.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $16.53

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles 4 of 13
    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    What it's about: Three children and their mother move into Spiderwick Estate and strange things begin to happen. When the children set off to investigate the mysterious happenings, they're pulled into another world inhabited by mythical creatures.

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Fantasy and suspense collide in this edge-of-your-seat adventure!

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $6.97

  • Monster Squad 5 of 13
    Monster Squad

    What it's about: Three legendary wax figures, Dracula, The Werewolf, and Frankenstein come alive and fight the forces of evil in their quest for redemption.

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Cheesy special effects and a corny premise makes this hokey 70s television series an instant family favorite.

    Rating: NR

    Get it from Amazon, $14.99

  • Little Monsters 6 of 13
    Little Monsters

    What it's about: Eleven-year-old Brian meets and befriends a monster living under his bed and soon discovers a whole new world of monsters and mayhem.

    Why it's a scary family favorite: With monster-sized laughs and loads of heart, this film will keep your little monsters smiling.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $5.52

  • Monster House 7 of 13
    Monster House

    What it's about: Three teenage friends discover the unimaginable their neighbor's house is actually a living monster!

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Filled with suspense and spooky visuals, this film will have the whole family jumping at every squeak and creak they hear in their own family room!

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $8.72

  • Arachnophobia 8 of 13

    What it's about: A South American killer spider finds its way to the United States and starts to breed and kill residents in a small town. Eeks!

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Because there's at least one person in every family who's deathly afraid of spiders!

    Rating: PG-13

    Get it from Amazon, $8.93

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    Young Frankenstein

    What it's about: When Frederick Frankenstein decides to pick up experiments where his late father, Dr. Frankenstein left off, things go horribly and hilariously awry.

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Comedic genius Mel Brooks' notable one-liners in this irreverent spoof of classic horror movies will keep your family in "stitches".

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $8.15

  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 10 of 13
    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

    What it's about: This DVD contains two classic animated short films: The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Wind in the Willows takes us on a wild animal adventure with Mr. Toad, while The Legend of Sleepy Hollow takes us on a frightening ride in the name of romance.

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Both animated features offer classic Disney charm and imaginative spirit.

    Rating: G

    Get it from Amazon, $10.54

  • Beetlejuice 11 of 13

    What it's about: Young, deceased newlyweds enlist the help of Beetlejuice, a "bio-exorcist" to help them remove the new, living owners of their home.

    Why it's a scary family favorite: This wacky black comedy is filled with mischievous humor and loads of dark heart.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $5.97

  • The Goonies 12 of 13
    The Goonies

    What it's about: A group of kids who call themselves "The Goonies" discover a treasure map to pirate One-Eyed Willie's fortune. In an effort to save their neighborhood from developers, the eclectic cast of characters embark on a real-life treasure hunt.

    Why it's a scary family favorite: Spooky underground caverns, villainous crooks, booby traps, skeletons, and monsters create the magic of this family favorite.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $8.93

  • The Witches 13 of 13
    The Witches

    What it's about: A young orphan stumbles upon a group of witches who develop a plot to turn all children into mice!

    Why it's a scary family favorite: This adventure, adapted from Roald Dahl's book combines animation with the live-action magic of Jim Henson's studio to create a stirring tale of adventure and suspense.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $5.97

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