Netflix has been a long time host to some of your kids’ favorite shows and movies that are constantly on repeat (I’m looking at you
CoComelon). But it’s also home to some highly underrated and fantastic holiday movies. After watching any of these Halloween movies on Netflix, you’re going to find 20 more reasons to love the streaming service.
Sure, you might have
, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on repeat in your home during the Halloween season. But Netflix can expand your viewing universe by introducing you to a number of new Halloween movies and specials that will become a staple in your home by this time next year. Hocus Pocus
Whether you prefer the Netflix original films, like Adam Sandler’s hi-larious
, or prefer something animated, like Hubie Halloween Spookley the Square Pumpkin, it’s pretty much guaranteed that your kid won’t be scared by what they see on their TV. In fact, they will probably be so happy to not be watching The Nightmare Before Christmas for the fifth time this year.
So, here’s what you should do. Take a look at all of the options on this list, grab some candy corn, pop some popcorn, and sit down to watch these films. Because if you’re watching any of them, you’re certainly in for a treat.
1 Hubie Halloween Adam Sandler stars in Hubie Halloween. Scott Yamano/Netflix
OK, so Hubie is not the most popular guy in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. He’s a super eccentric, overly devoted community volunteer that can be a little too much for people, which causes them to play pranks on the poor guy, played by Adam Sandler. So when he finds himself in the midst of an investigation for a real life murder, it’s up to the townspeople to actually rely on Hubie and to stop treating him like such a joke.
, for crude and suggestive content, mild language, and brief partying. But if your kid is already an Adam Sandler super fan, this might be the movie for them. is rated PG-13 Watch , rated PG-13. Hubie Halloween 2 DreamWorks Spooky Stories DreamWorks Spooky Stories features Shrek and his friends. YouTube Movies
Join Shrek, Donkey, and his friends in
DreamWorks Spooky Stories, a compilation of three Halloween specials that come in at 65 minutes long. In the first one, Shrek challenges Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots, and others to spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle. They tell each other scary stories to pass the time. Then in the next part, the evil ghost of Lord Farquaad captures Fiona, and Donkey and Shrek have to rescue her in this eerie adventure. Finally, the last one features different DreamWorks characters: Susan Murphy (aka Ginormica) and the monsters from Monsters vs Aliens. An alien presence is detected in Susan’s hometown before Halloween, so she and the monsters investigate. Watch rated TV-PG. DreamWorks Spooky Stories, 3 Monster House
As most spooky movies start, no one will believe the stories of three best friends, who claim that there is a living creature, trying to cause them harm, living in a nearby residence. This creature has a very particular appetite for people and a life on its own, which means that it can cause some serious destruction. With Halloween on its way, it is up to the trio of friends to destroy the home and save the trick-or-treaters headed straight to the door.
If you love animated films, then you need to check out
Monster House. Watch , rated PG. Monster House 4 The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
What’s better than a made-for-TV movie? Absolutely nothing.
In this movie, made for Nickelodeon, Victoria Justice stars as a high school girl geek named Jordan who discovers that she has a long lost relative living in Romania. But right before her family moves there, she learns that she has to move because her father has fallen on hard economic times. As it turns out, Jordan turns into a werewolf when she is in Romania, and must do everything in her power to avoid her younger brother, who wants to slay her. Uh oh.
Watch Trated TV-Y. he Boy Who Cried Werewolf, 5 Spookley the Square Pumpkin
Most people know pumpkins to be perfectly round, but Spookley is a square pumpkin. With the help of a super friendly scarecrow and spider, Spookley is able to come to terms with his feelings of inadequacy at the pumpkin patch and prove himself to his fellow gourds.
At just 47 minutes long, this shorter than average film is a quick and easy watch with a really heartwarming and solid message. Your kid will love that it’s about a pumpkin, which is such a ubiquitous Halloween object, while you will love the message that they walk away with once the movie is over.
Watch rated G. Spookley the Square Pumpkin, 6 Ghost Patrol
Two young best friends (and their pet dog) have made it their mission to find all of the ghosts in the world, photograph them, and prove to others that they exist. When they get a call about an old manor, they find that they are investigating their first real haunted house with their first real ghosts. Talk about one exciting adventure!
Ghost Patrol is a made-for-TV movie, which first aired on the Disney Channel, so you know that it is appropriate for kids and has a number of laugh-out-loud moments that will make any viewer enthralled. Watch , rated TV-Y7. Ghost Patrol 7 A Baby Sitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting A Baby Sitter's Guide to Monster Hunting is streaming on Netflix. Justina Mintz/NETFLIX
After being recruited by a super secret society of babysitters, a high school girl named Kelly must fight the bogeyman and a number of his super scary monster friends when they kidnap the child that she is watching on Halloween night. Not only does she discover that there is a secret society of babysitters, but also a secret group of monsters that prey on children. Sounds spooky!!!! While this film might cause your little ones to jump more than usual, it is one of those realistic, scary stories that will entertain your hidden horror enthusiast.
Watch A Baby Sitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, rated TV-PG. 8 The Little Vampire
This Dutch animated film, based on a best selling children’s book, is more than just the title lets on. When an American kid who is obsessed with all things undead befriends a 13-year-old boy named Rudolph, they team up to fight against a notorious vampire and become unlikely friends in this not-so-scary, adorable animated film. This is one of those movies that you’ll want to put on if you want to teach your kids about the lore surrounding Halloween without scaring them
too much. Hey, it’s a more kid-appropriate introduction to vampires than Twilight. Watch , rated TV-G. The Little Vampire 9 A Witches’ Ball
What’s better than one witch? A gathering of witches! Each and every Halloween, witches from all over the world gather to celebrate such a super special evening in time. Beatrix is a young girl who can’t wait to be inducted to become a witch, but when an incident threatens to take her title away from her before she even has it, she must act fast to save the day with whatever powers she has.
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly way to introduce witches and powers to your little ones,
A Witches Ball is the film to do so. Watch , rated PG. A Witches’ Ball 10 The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants Hack-a-Ween
If you were a fan of the
Captain Underpants book series as a kid, and if your kids can’t get enough of the hilarious stories now, then you’ll want to put on this 46-minute-long short film starring your favorite Captain Underpants characters during Halloween.
The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants Hack-a-Ween, Melvin is attempting to cancel Halloween, but Harold and George use their smarts to create their own similar holiday called Hack-a-Ween. Much to their surprise, the holiday is a huge success. But be warned — this might inspire your kids to want to invent their own fun holiday. Uh oh. Watch , rated TV-Y7. The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants Hack-a-Ween 11 Pac’s Scary Halloween
If you’ve ever played a Pac-Man game at your local arcade, or if you have kids looking for a quirky alternative to their average Halloween film, then you will probably love this hilarious Halloween cartoon short starring the characters from that classic video game.
Pac’s Scary Halloween, Dr. Pacenstein conspires to swap bodies with Pac-Man during a Halloween party. But it’s up to Pac’s friends, like Spiral, Cyli, and Count Pacula to help save their friend from irreparable damage. I mean, it’s a Pac-Man film about Halloween. What isn’t there to love about it? Watch , rated TV-Y7. Pac’s Scary Halloween 12 Liar, Liar, Vampire
Davis is a shy, introverted 17-year-old, who is the new kid in his school. But when the most popular girl in school mistakes him for a vampire, he decides to play along — especially since no one knows who he is in this new space. As the rumor gains him some popularity, he decides to play along with it. That is, until, the truth becomes harder to hide and Davis has to fess up to his real identity.
If you’ve ever had to deal with the inner workings of high school or being the new kid in town, then this film with a Halloween twist will be oh so relatable.
Watch , rated TV-PG. Liar, Liar, Vampire 13 Monster Island
This super fun animated film from Mexico puts a super fun turn on your average school story by including one epic travel adventure, with some supernatural monsters, too. When Lucas discovers at his school dance that he is actually the descendant of a long line of monsters, he travels to the remote island of Calvera to search for his family and explore his roots. But while he is there, he discovers a series of challenges that he could have never expected to happen to him. But what can you expect from an island filled with monsters?
Watch rated TV-Y7. Monster Island, 14 Nightbooks
Alex is a huge fan of scary stories, a great hobby to have around Halloween. He’s so good at telling them that an evil witch decides to trap him in her magical apartment — and she forces him to tell a scary story every night to stay alive! He is trapped in the ultimate scary story, so he teams up with another prisoner named Yasmin to attempt their escape together. Krysten Ritter (
Jessica Jones) stars as the evil witch in this cute and suspenseful Netflix original film from 2021. It’s based on a horror-fantasy children’s book of the same name by J.A. White. Watch rated TV-PG. Nightbooks, 15 Gnome Alone
What do you get when you combine talking garden gnomes and colorful animation? Netflix’s original animated film from 2018,
Gnome Alone. When a teenager moves into a new home in a new town with her mom, she discovers that her brand new home is under attack from a group of beasts living underneath it. It’s up to her and a group of talking garden gnomes to help save her town and also the world. While this film might not be super spooky, it does involve talking garden gnomes saving the world, which is pretty darn supernatural. Watch Gnome Alone , rated PG. 16 StarBeam Halloween Hero
When it comes to defeating evil super villains, 8-year-old Zoey is able to transform into StarBeam, a superhero ready to save the day. In her own Halloween short film, StarBeam and her trusty sidekick, Boost, have to save the day from the super greedy Captain Fishbeard, who is looking to steal everyone’s Halloween treats for himself. Bum bum bummm. And every single parent knows that nothing comes between a kid and their candy.
StarBeam Halloween Hero is a great program for little ones to learn more about trick-or-treating while still being very entertained. And it’s short enough to keep even the youngest kids happy. Watch rated TV-Y. StarBeam Halloween Hero, 17 Sharkdog’s Fintastic Halloween
Kids will love
Sharkdog’s Fintastic Halloween, which premiered in 2021. This 25-minute short film (perfect for little attention spans!) focuses on the Sharkpack as they get ready for Halloween. They tell the scary story of “Fearsome Fog,” which seems like just a spooky legend…at first. But then, a slimy sea monster appears and threatens to ruin the friends’ fun trick-or-treating plans! Can Sharkdog save the holiday from the monster or will the Sharkpack have to suffer a horrible fate of no candy this Halloween? You’ll have to watch this cute special to find out! Watch TV-Y. Sharkdog’s Fintastic Halloween, rated 18 A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween
Dressed like a train, an alien, and a cute little ghost, Cory, Freddie, and Chrissy are all set for Halloween! Even Cory and Chrissy’s parents, Mama Carson and Papa Carson are in the spooky spirit, as they are dressed up like a witch and a unicorn, respectively. As the kids search for king-sized candy bars during trick-or-treating, they come across a scary part of town with a haunted house!
A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween is just 21-minutes long and not too scary, perfect for kids who are begging to watch a Halloween movie before bed. Watch rated TV-Y. A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween, 19 Super Monsters Vida’s First Halloween
Navigating your first few Halloweens as a kid can be complicated and a little scary. But kids have nothing to be fearful of, especially if they watch
Super Monsters Vida’s First Halloween. This super short film focuses on the Super Monsters as they introduce their super unique Halloween traditions to Vida and then attend a Día de los Muertos party, which stands for Day of the Dead, which is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico right after Halloween. Sounds super wholesome and interesting, right?
This is a great way for your kid to learn about American traditions
and Mexican traditions that happen this time of the year. Watch , rated TV-Y. Super Monsters Vida’s First Halloween 20 True Tricky Treat Day
Trick-or-treating is a blast, and there’s nothing more fun as a kid than getting home and dumping your bag of goodies on the carpet. So much sugary deliciousness in one spot! In
True Tricky Treat Day, True is looking at her candy on the carpet, when a hungry Yeti sneaks a forbidden treat. Suddenly, the whole Rainbow Kingdom is filled with Howling Greenies! True and her friends must work together to save the day. This 23-minute special is adorable and just the right amount of Halloween fun for little ones who don’t want to watch anything too scary. Watch rated TV-Y. True Tricky Treat Day,
From short kids’ specials to full-length, family friendly films, Netflix has a spooky and scary selection of Halloween movies for kids.
This article was originally published on
Sep. 28, 2021