This Is Halloween: The Top 5 Halloween-Themed Movies to Watch With the Family

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* Watching a Halloween-themed movie is fun for the entire family
* Channel your inner child by watching these classic Halloween movies
* Avoid scary titles with our list of PG-13 & under films

Finding a good Halloween movie to watch with the family shouldn’t be scary or difficult. Here’s a list of Halloween-themed movies that you can thoroughly enjoy alongside your loved ones.

1.  Beetlejuice (1988)

After a family moves into a deceased couple’s former home, a foul-mouthed ghost named Beetlejuice (played by Michael Keaton) is hired to scare away the new residents. Before the rise of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice was the Tim Burton spectacular everyone had to watch. The movie makes a spooky, quirky choice for the whole family to enjoy, and will otherwise revamp your inner child after hearing Beetlejuice’s name said three times.

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2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Five years after the advent of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas is released and history is made, forever changing how people watch stop-motion. This movie is one of the most famous, if not best, stop-motion films ever created. It follows the misadventures of Jack the Skellington–the beloved pumpkin king of Halloween Town–who after becoming bored of routinely celebrating Halloween, discovers Christmas Town and spirals into trouble when he cannot fulfill Santa Clause’s role.

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3. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Based on the popular comic strip, Peanuts, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 25-minute American Prime-Time Special released in 1966. With a runtime of 25-minutes, it makes a worthy Halloween-themed movie to watch with the whole family. With characters such as Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy, the Peanuts gang displays a silly group of friends that anyone can adore.

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4. Coraline (2009)

After moving into her new home, Coraline discovers a secret door which opens into an alternate world that reflects her own, but is better. Her discovery makes her happy until her alternate family tries to keep her from returning to the real world.

The movie makes a valuable Halloween movie choice as the plot dances with gothic-fantasy and popular Halloween symbols. Also, it’s difficult not to appreciate Coraline’s movie excellence given its great storyline and stop-motion production.

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5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Not only did this movie manifest one of Johnny Depp’s most beloved character roles, but it also displays one of the most versatile holiday movies to own by Tim Burton. The story is established around a grandmother telling her grandchild why it snows every Christmas. However, the duration of the film is set in a flashback when the grandmother, Kim, is in her youth and meets the gentle Edward Scissorhands.

Their relationship grows and although Edward has scissors for hands, he almost learns to exist with Kim’s suburban life–but fails after realizing his hands are too dangerous to be a part of society. The movie’s gothic elements and warm spirit, exhibited by Edward Scissorhands, makes a great Halloween-themed movie for everyone to watch.

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