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15 Halloween movies for kids and where to stream them in 2021

From Disney hits and the Charlie Brown classic to the spooky "Goosebumps" thrillers and more, here’s where to find some of the best kids Halloween movies to stream this year.

It’s an unwritten rule. When October draws nigh, there needs to be at least one night where you dim the lights, hunker down on the couch and watch a few family-friendly Halloween flicks with the kids. (Popcorn is mandatory, not optional, in this scenario.) But what are the best kids Halloween movies to stream at home this year? (You know, the PG- and G-rated Halloween movies that will hold adults’ interest while not scaring the pants off of little ones.) 

From animated Disney classics to Halloween films that are just scary enough for older kiddos, here are 15 of the best kids Halloween movies and where they’re available for streaming. Time to light that jack-o’-lantern and snuggle up!  

1. “The Addams Family”

A little spooky, a lot kooky. This animated take on the classic film is sure to get a few laughs from kids — without freaking them out too much. According to Common Sense Media, this Halloween classic has a few scares, but generally is fine for kids age 7 and up. 

Rating: PG

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

Cost: Included with Prime or can be rented through EPIX on Amazon for $3.99, which also costs $5.99/month. 

2. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

If you’re not having a Charlie Brown Halloween, are you even having a Halloween? This year, families can stream the Charles M. Schulz classic, which, arguably, is one of the top kids Halloween movies of all time, on Apple TV.

Rating: G

Where to watch it: Apple TV

Cost: $4.99/month 

3. “Hotel Transylvania”

One of the best kids Halloween movies out there! Even though Count Dracula is raising his daughter, Mavis, in the lovely “five-stake” monsters-only hotel he’s built in Transylvania, he allows her to explore the human world on her 118th birthday. When it’s time to head back to the hotel, though, a human accidentally comes back with Mavis, sparking an unusual-but-perfect relationship. 

Rating: PG

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

Cost: HD rental for $3.99

4. “The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-Ween”

If your kids love Captain Underpants (or Dog Man or general potty humor), they’ll love this 45-minute movie Halloween movie, where Captain Underpants and his friends invent a new holiday after Melvin makes Halloween illegal. 

Rating: TV Y-7

Where to watch it: Netflix

Cost: $13.99/month for the standard package

5. “The Spiderwick Chronicles”

Based on the book of the same name, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” follows the Grace family after they move to a relative’s run-down estate. When weird things keep occurring at the home, the Graces assume it’s at the hand of Jared, the family troublemaker. Ultimately, though, the unusual activity is due to magical creatures that are roaming the property, hoping to get a mysterious book that’s in Jared’s possession.

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Netflix

Cost: $13.99/month for the standard package

6. “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

A Tim Burton classic! While “The Nightmare Before Christmas” does have some spooky characters, it’s a wacky, twisted story that older kids will likely love (with a great soundtrack to boot!). The movie follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown, as he becomes bored with the usual Halloween activities and tries to overtake another holiday: Christmas. 

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Disney Plus; Vudu

Cost: $7.99/month for Disney Plus; $3.99 to rent on Vudu (no subscription needed)

7. “Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket”

Not your average holiday. While vacationing in idyllic Nantucket, teenage mystery writer Annabelle Hooper finds herself having to outwit two thieves with her friends in order to get the truth on a legendary ghost story. Never underestimate a determined teen!

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Netflix

Cost: $12.99/month for the standard package

8. “Beetlejuice”

While there definitely are some scenes (and characters) that may freak out the younger set a bit, older kids will get a kick out of this wacky flick that stars Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice — AKA, “The Ghost With the Most.” Another weird and wonderful Tim Burton classic. (Note: Though the movie is rated PG, most parents think “Beetlejuice” is best suited for kids 13 and up.)

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Cost: $3.99 to rent 

Read more: 25 best kids movies streaming

9. “Toy Story of Terror!”

A great — quick! — film for younger kids or anyone who loves “Toy Story,” which, let’s face it, is everyone. Starring Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and the rest of the toys, “Toy Story of Terror!” follows the gang as they embark on a road trip that winds up leading them to mysterious and creepy places, along with spooky conspiracies. 

Rating: G

Where to watch: Disney Plus

Cost: $7.99/month 

10. “Harvie and the Magic Museum”

A mischievous 10-year-old boy accidentally brings puppets to life, along with an evil puppeteer, who wants to take over the whole city. Sounds like a good Halloween movie for kids to us!

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Hulu

Cost: Hulu Basic is $6/month; Hulu Premium is $12/month

11. “Goosebumps”

Zach Cooper isn’t happy when he has to move from the city to a small town — however, his mood perks up when he meets his attractive neighbor, Hannah. Zach and Hannah’s relationship takes an unusual turn once he accidentally releases the fantastical creatures that normally reside inside the books of Hannah’s famous author father — R.L. Stine. 

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Vudu

Cost: $3.99 to rent HD (no subscription required)

12. “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

Whether the kids are fans of the original “Goosebumps” movie or not, they’ll still enjoy the sequel, which features a completely different cast, but a similar premise. After a group of teens happen upon a book, one of the characters from it — a ventriloquist’s dummy (um, creepy!) — comes to life. 

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video 

Cost: $3.99 to rent

13. “Coco”

Arguably one of Disney’s best animated films to date, “Coco” follows Miguel as he embarks on a quest to become a musician — a quest that lands him in the colorful and fantastical Land of the Dead. There, he learns the meaning and importance of culture and family. 

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Disney Plus; Vudu

Cost: Disney Plus: $7.99/month; Vudu: $3.99 to rent HD (no subscription required)

14. “Monster House”

Even though no adults believe three friends when they tell them that a house on the block is actually a living creature trying to cause people harm, the kids determine the house needs to be destroyed before trick-or-treaters visit it on Halloween. 

Rating: PG

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Cost: $3.99 for rent 

15. “Spookley the Square Pumpkin”

In the vein of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Spookley” follows a pumpkin who just doesn’t fit in — because he’s not round like the other pumpkins. However, when a storm hits the pumpkin patch, Spookley, using his smarts, steps up to save the day. One of the best Halloween movies on Netflix for small fries who frighten easily. 

Rating: G

Where to watch: Netflix

Cost: $13.99/month for the standard package