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Best Halloween movies for kids on Netflix

Boo! The best kids' Halloween movies for kids on Netflix are here to pleasantly haunt your Halloween movie marathons.

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Time Out editors
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Danielle Valente
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No matter what people say, spooky viewing shouldn’t just be reserved for Halloween – and it seems that Netflix agrees. There’s a terrifying amount of frightfully good Halloween-themed movies and freaky films for kids on the streaming service.

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From classics like David Bowie’s Labyrinth to animated favourites such as ParaNorman and Monsters vs Aliens, as well as Netflix Originals like A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting and Nightbooks, these flicks will give you and your little ghouls plenty entertained while snacking on candy (because candy isn’t just for Halloween either, right?).

Be sure to check out other fun scary movies for kids, ghost stories for kids and Halloween books for kids. And of course, stay up-to-date on our favorite fall happenings like The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze and HOLLOW FEST

Need more streaming recs? See the best family movies on Netflix and the best new kids' movies on Netflix.

Best kids' Halloween movies on Netflix in 2022

Nightbooks (2021)
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2. Nightbooks (2021)

This dark fantasy film based on the children's book of the same name by JA White follows Alex Mosher, a boy from Brooklyn who loves to write scary stories. After his parents express concern for his mental health, he swears to never write another one before deciding to burn his self-penned collection of scary yarns, which he calls his ‘Night books’. However, after sneaking out of his apartment to destroy his story collections in the apartment building’s furnace, Alex becomes prisoner to a witch who insists that he must write her scary stories or, you know, she’ll kill him. Together with another captive called Yazmin, Alex must figure out how to escape the evil witch’s clutches and return home.

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Long before Freddie Highmore took on the role of the infamous Norman Bates, he was Jared in The Spiderwick Chronicles. In this 2008 book-turned-film, we watch the young boy and his family move into a relative's former estate. Strange things keep happening in the run-down home, and everyone thinks Jared is to blame. But it seems that the magical happenings aren't too fictitious after all. Rated PG. 

Moving to a new house is not without its challenges, but could you imagine what it would be like if said house is being ambushed by underground beasts? One teen soon finds out that only ones who are able to stop this madness are the gnomes. Talk about an intersting move! Rated PG. 

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Ghost Patrol (2016)
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5. Ghost Patrol (2016)

Gabi and Spencer are ghost hunters who have one problem: they’ve never seen an actual ghost. That could all be about to change, though, when they go to investigate a spooky mansion, Geist Manor. However, together with Spooky the dog, they soon realize that the supernatural isn’t the only thing they’ll have to contend with when they visit this haunted house.

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An oldie but a goodie, this film follows Bastian, who's on the run from bullies. When he ducks into a bookstore to take cover, he stumbles upon a fantasy tale about a land called Fantasia, that is depending on a human child to survive. After he reads more, he begins to wonder if this story is fact or fiction. Rated PG.

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Hubie Halloween (2020)
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7. Hubie Halloween (2020)

This horror comedy starring Adam Sandler is definitely one for older kids given it contains some crude language, sexual references and jokes not suitable for youngsters, but if you’re in the market for an old school comedy then it delivers. Sandler plays kind hearted Hubie, a local busybody who is the victim of bullying in his hometown of Salem in Massachusetts. As the official Halloween Helper, he is responsible for monitoring the city for any weird goings on during trick or treat season. And with a new suspicious neighbor, an escaped convict on the run and people disappearing mysteriously, Hubie has his hands full this Halloween.

Perfect for your teeny monsters this Halloween, Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a story that's more heartwarming than frightening. He and a few pals learn to accept and embrace his different looks from the other pumpkins in the patch. Rated G. 

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After her little brother is kidnapped by the goblin king Jareth (David Bowie), 16-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) must venture off on an epic quest that takes her into the heart of an enormous, mystical maze to rescue him from Jareth’s clutches. Featuring a whole host of memorable characters, most of whom are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, this fantasy musical is a cult classic and will undoubtedly still delight any little ones today.

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Monsters vs Aliens (2009)
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This animated homage to the alien movies from the ‘50s is a total hoot. When Susan (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) is hit by a meteor on her wedding day, she mysteriously becomes a giant, growing 49-feet-11-inches, leading her to be placed in a top-secret government facility with a bunch of other monsters. However, when earth is threatened by extraterrestrials, Susan and her cohort of monsters are given their freedom and are tasked with stopping the aliens and saving humanity.

ParaNorman (2012)
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Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) has a gift: he can speak to the dead. Not that anyone, except for his best friend Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), believes in his abilities. Despite his talents, he has become isolated from his family and is picked on by schoolmates. But when Norman receives a message from his strange and mysterious uncle, he learns of a century-old witch's curse that has been placed on their town and only Norman can stop it. But not everything is as it seems, and Norman must work out the truth in order to save the town before it’s too late. A perfect and poignant Halloween adventure.

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Centaurworld
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Centaurworld

Netflix’s new fantasy comedy combines Bojack Horseman’s visual humour, theater-kid awkwardness and some truly great musical numbers to tell the weird tale of a horse whisked away to a land of centaurs… and not just the horse kind. There are centaur moles, ficuses, cats (who seem to love Andrew Lloyd Webber, natch) and more in this cacophonously odd tale that should keep adults engaged with its sly humour while kids marvel at the silliness. 

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