Since Halloween is a holiday that traditionally focuses on death and the supernatural, it’s no surprise that many of the films about Halloween fall under the horror genre. While a few of these horror flicks may be appropriate for kids, most of them are probably not. Fortunately, there are also many non-horror movies and television specials about Halloween that won’t risk turning your living room into a psychological trauma ward for your kids.
So if you’re planning on spending the evening of October 31 curled up in front of the TV with your family, here are 10 great Halloween-themed movies and television specials that you can watch together. While the films and shows featured on this list were selected on the basis of personal taste, all of the selections are ordered according to their critical ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, from lowest to highest.
10. Halloween is Grinch Night (1977)
This largely-forgotten Halloween TV special was a prequel to the better known Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! In the film, the Grinch attempts to bring his mysterious and frightening “Paraphernalia Wagon” into Whoville on Halloween, which as the title indicates, is known by the Whos as “Grinch Night.” However, the Grinch’s plans to terrify the town are thwarted by one brave little Who.
Produced by Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) himself, Halloween is Grinch Night features fantastic animation and songs about the holiday. Although Halloween is Grinch Night currently has no rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes, it does have a 56 percent audience approval rating.