Here are some lovely Halloween movie suggestions for you. The movies suggested consist of titles rated G, PG, or NR. Pick from any of these and celebrate the spirit of Halloween in a fun way.
1. Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
It's a haunted Halloween and Roo's new Heffalump pal, Lumpy, joins Pooh and his friends for Halloween in the 100 Acre Wood. Lumpy, is excited to be trick-or-treating for the first time. But the gang's Halloween seems to be getting scarier than ever after Tigger warns his friends about the dreaded Gobloon, who can turn them into "Jaggedy Lanterns" if he catches them. But, if they catch him first they get to make a wish. Roo and Lumpy set out to catch the dreaded Gobloon, and end up learning what it means to be a real friend. A film easy to follow, this one is less scary and more fun.
For ages 3 and above. Rated G. Running Time: 67 min. Released on DVD Sept. 13, 2005.
2. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang and rock your Halloween! This fun film centres around the classic tale of the Great Pumpkin. Determined to prove that the legend of the Great Pumpkin is real, Linus spends the night in a pumpkin patch waiting for the mysterious Great Pumpkin to appear. While Linus and Sally sit in the pumpkin patch, the rest of the gang celebrates Halloween in the usual traditions. This timeless classic shows the influence of faith, failure and hope in our lives.
For ages 4 and above. Rated G. Running Time: 25 min. Released on DVD Sept. 13, 2005.
3. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) was training to become a witch. But her preparation gets interrupted when she is asked to care for three orphans - three sibling refugees from London. The kids soon discover her secret and with the help of a magical flying bed, track down her deceitful headmaster (David Tomlinson) to find the spell that will aid the Allies. Set during World War II, the story follows Eglantine and the children as they set out on a magical adventure to find a missing page from the old book her teacher had used to create his lessons. This wonderful family movie with its interesting storyline and funny characters, appeals to people of all ages.
For ages 4 and above. Rated G. Running Time: 139 min. Released on DVD March 20, 2001 (30 th Anniversary Edition).
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Each holiday has a town after its name in this fabulous film. And so has Halloween. Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown, is bored and depressed about living in the dreary surroundings of his native place. So he embarks on a search for something more than the dreariness that Halloween Town offers. When he stumbles through a magical door leading to Christmastown, a joyful, happy place he is overjoyed and brings a little Christmas spirit back home. He tries to convince the bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloweentown to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween. Some of the characters may be scary for very young children.
For ages 8 and above. Rated PG. Running Time: 76 min. Released on DVD March 2, 2004.
5. Hocus Pocus (1993)
300 hundred years after they were hung, the Sanderson Sisters - three 17th century witches (played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker), are conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters in present-day Salem, Massachusetts. Alive again, they suck the life force out of a child to rejuvenate themselves and wreak havoc on Salem. The key to their immortality involves three children and a talking cat, who also turn out to be their biggest obstacles. A hilarious movie, "Hocus Pocus" has a good mix of humor, acting, special effects, music, and a fun plotline. Rated PG for some scary sequences, and for language.
For ages 8 and above. Rated PG. Running Time: 96 min. Released on DVD Aug. 5, 2003.
6. Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)
Upon turning 13, Marnie learns that she is a witch. With advice from her grandmother Aggie Cromwell (Debbie Reynolds), a powerful witch, Marnie finds herself swept into a world known as Halloweentown. Halloweentown is an alternative world to our own where ghosts, witches and werewolves co-exist. Marnie feels at home in this place filled with sorcery, witches, and ghosts, until some evil warlocks and other shrewd characters start giving her trouble. Together with her family, Marnie battles all these evil forces and saves the world. A Disney Channel production, this entertaining and imaginative film is filled with family values that modern kids can identify with.
For ages 6 and above. Not Rated. Released on DVD Sept. 13, 2005.
This Steven Spielberg produced feature film is based on the antics of Casper the Friendly Ghost from the comic strip of the same name created in 1940 by Joe Orolio. The ghosts featured in the film were created through computer-generated imagery. The film tales the tale of a greedy heiress Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) who inherits the haunted Whipstaff Manor and discovers that the house contains a treasure, which is guarded by three nasty ghosts. And so, Ghost therapist Dr. James Harvey, and his daughter Kat, move into the mansion to get rid of the supernatural creatures. Kat makes friends with a ghost named Casper, the nephew of the 3 nasty ghosts. And the rest is nothing short of a joyride, for casper and his gang as well as for us. This fantastic film has become a must-watch for all children and has been widely dubbed as a modern classic. Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.
For ages 3 and above. Rated PG. Running time: 100 min. Released on DVD Sept. 23, 2003.
8. Mickey's House of Villains (2002)
Mickey (voiced by Wayne Allwine) and his pals, Donald Duck (voice of Tony Anselmo), Goofy (voice of Bill Farmer), and Minnie (voice of Russi Taylor) are relaxing at Mickey's house, looking back at some of their past exploits, when some of cartoonland's biggest bad guys, whom they've battled before, show up. Watch Mickey and his pals(Minnie, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy) fight with some of Disney's biggest villains like Captain Hook (voice of Corey Burton), Cruella De Ville (voice of Susan Blakeslee), Jafar (voice of Jonathan Freeman), Hades (voice of James Woods) as the bad guys attempt to take over the House of Mouse and turn it into the House of Villains. An entertaining movie with loads of action, this one is for one and all. Mickey's House of Villains contains many clips from classic Disney cartoons of the past, re-edited to fit the film's new storyline.
For all ages. Not Rated. Running time: 70 minutes. Released on DVD 2002.
9. The Black Cauldron (1985)
A Walt Disney Pictures production, this ambitious, animated tale of sorcery and swordfighting revolves around Taran (voice of Grant Bardsley), a young boy who is an assistant to Dallben (voice of Freddie Jones), a pigkeeper in the mythical land of Prydain. Taran dreams of a future as an invincible warrior, finds himself leading a real-life quest. Taran longs to be a knight, and soon he finds a chance to become one when he is sent out in search of a magical black cauldron which gives magical powers to whoever gets it. Taran must defeat the Horned King (voice of John Hurt) who wants the cauldron to raise an army of the dead and take over the world. In a race against time, Taran must be the first one to find the mysterious Black Cauldron or the Horned King will unleash its power. This film contains some scary images and scenes that may be frightening to young children.
For kids 8 and above. Rated PG. Running time: 82 minutes. Released on DVD 2000.
10. Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
We all love Wallace and his loyal dog Gromit, don't we? In their first feature-length adventure from animator Nick Park, Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and his loyal dog, Gromit are hired by Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) to stop a massive tribe of rabbits from attacking the town's sacred vegetable plots. But her snobby suitor, Lord Victor Quartermaine (voiced by Ralph Fiennes), wants to win Lady Tottington's hand (and fortune) by showing her that he can do a better job capturing the rabbits than Wallace. Due to his evil schemes, Wallace has to deal with a beastly bunny as well as a heavily-armed Quartermaine. You can find out the rest when you watch the film. With gentle, colorful characters, lots of action and cheeky tributes to movies like King Kong, this is one movie to watch with your family on Halloween. A little slow to start, the plot rolls along quickly in the second half of the movie.
For all ages. Rated G. 85 minutes. Released on DVD Feb. 7, 2006.
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