Every year, I find myself looking for a backup plan if the Halloween festivities don’t go to plan. Sometimes it is a freak snowstorm, sometimes a toddler meltdown and sometimes it’s a late meeting. But if this year Covid has you questioning whether to go the traditional route or celebrate the holiday another way, I give you my top five movies for Halloween at home.

Halloween MoviesSo make up a big bowl of popcorn, grab that candy bowl and settle in for some awesome, safe and socially distanced Halloween memories.

My Top 5:

Number 5. Hocus Pocus. I don’t care if this one is for the parents, kids will enjoy it, too. Nothing like bringing back those fond memories of some good ole witches brew.

Number 4. The Nightmare Before Christmas. This might be a better choice for slightly older kids, but is nonetheless a great and scary pick for a Halloween at home.

Number 3. Monster House. Animated, funny and full of entertainment. This one is great for kids, but with good jokes for parents, too.

Number 2. ParaNorman. A good pick for the older kids, (with plenty of adult humor), this fun story is a little scary, but with a good message.

Number 1. Hotel Transylvania. The Hotel Transylvania series are hands-down my favorite “scary” movies to watch with my kids. The jokes are great and clean, the music is top notch and it holds their attention through the very end.

A few other family-friendly Halloween movies:  

    • ET
    • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
    • Beetlejuice
    • Goonies
    • Goosebumps
    • Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Some of our City Mom Collective Sister Sites have assembled great lists, too: 

So what’s it going to be? Are you going to venture out this Halloween? Or hit the “easy” button on Saturday night entertainment and cuddle down this Oct. 31st?

Let us know in the comments!

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Rachel is a native Coloradoan, though originally from the Western Slope. She followed her husband Chris to his hometown of Colorado Springs after having met in engineering school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Together they have four beautiful children, Tommy (2011), Tazzy (2014), Zach (2015) and Zinny (2018). Having a young and active family keeps Rachel on her toes trying to find ways to keep the ship sailing while still meeting all the demands of motherhood. Though Rachel loves her most important role as Mommy most, she also works full time outside the home as a Water Resources Engineer for the Colorado Division of Water Resources. This role helps keep her life centered, bouncing from detailed and complex discussions relating to Colorado Water Law with her husband ( a mechanical engineer) to daycare and preschool drop off and pick up schedules, while being constantly interrupted by the equally complex musings of her 4 year.