In the build-up to Halloween, sitting down with the family to watch a scary movie is a great way to get into the festive spirit. Here are a few spooky flicks the whole family will enjoy:
This classic 80s movie has definitely stood the test of time when it comes to scares and laughs. The film follows the adventures of four haphazard parapsychologists as they aim to rid New York City of its paranormal activity. Bill Murray steals the show as wise talking Peter Venkman.
Sulley and Mike are two monsters working in a city whose energy supplies are generated by scaring children. Their world is turned upside down when a two-year-old child accidentally crosses over into their world. A wonderful film that can be enjoyed by all ages from the always impressive Pixar Studios.
Three sisters (who happen to be wicked witches) are resurrected on Halloween night. Their impending reign of terror has to be stopped and the only people for the job are three youngsters and an immortal cat.
An eccentric, spooky family who seem to do everything the wrong way round are being deceived by con artists who use an accomplice to lead them into believing he is a long lost relative – Uncle Fester.
A dad and his daughter move into an abandoned mansion only to find that it is not so empty after all… Casper the ghost desperately tries to make friends with the new occupants but three other mischievous ghosts living there are making it very difficult!
In this classic Tim Burton film, a couple who die in a car crash return to their home in ghost form only to find obnoxious new owners living there. They have no other choice but to contact a “bio-exorcist” called Beetle Juice.
In this full length feature, Wallace and Gromit set out to solve the mystery of a mysterious creature that is ruining the gardens in the village and threatening to sabotage the annual giant vegetable growing contest. A modern animated classic from the wonderful Aardman Studio.
When an unhappy little girl stumbles across a door to a parallel world she crawls into what she thinks is an ideal version of her home. Little does she know that this strange idealised version has some very dark secrets…
Another spooky family film from the macabre mind of Tim Burton. The story follows Jack Skeleton who leaves his hometown of “Halloween Town” and ventures into “Christmas Town”, which makes it a great movie to watch at both Halloween and Christmas.
Based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, The Witches tells the story of young orphan boy who is turned into a mouse after stumbling upon a witch convention. He must act quickly to stop their plot to rid the world of children. Anjelica Huston is superb as the terrifying head witch. Be warned that this film may be too scary for small children!
Honourable mentions include The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949), The Corpse Bride (2005), and Monster House (2006).
What’s your favourite spooky movie?
Kris Bannister writes for Baker Ross where there are lots of great Halloween craft ideas