There are plenty of great Halloween cartoons that come on every year, with just about every series having its own Halloween special. But if you’re looking for something longer to keep your kids entertained, check out some of the animated Halloween movies on this list. Many of them are still a bit spooky, but at least these animated Halloween movies will keep your kids from becoming sticky Halloween candy monster messes for a little while:
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – This is one of my favorite animated movies for kids and adults alike on Halloween. It takes something harmless (a rabbit) and turns it into a vegetable-inhaling monster. It’s one of the funniest animated Halloween movies on this list, and you can’t help but love Wallace and Gromit for trying to take on a humane pest control venture and ending up to their necks in bunnies.
Kiki’s Delivery Service – For kids that can’t get enough of the world of witches for Halloween, this might be one of the best animated movies for them. It’s one of master animator Hayao Miyazaki’s lesser-known movies, but it’s still full of the magical charm of those that are considered his best. The movie focuses on Kiki, a witch who uses her broom to start a delivery service, and the adventures she has while trying to make it in the world on her own as a somewhat accident-prone sorceress. It’s actually one of the few animated Halloween movies on this list that was made using traditional animation, but you’ll still find yourself lost in Kiki’s world.
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island – You can’t have a list of Halloween movies without the star of some of the most-beloved cartoons of all time! Scooby and his friends head out on a different kind of mystery adventure in one of the few instances where the gang ever encounters real monsters on an island inhabited by the usual masked men/monsters and something a lot more frightening. It’s quite a bit darker than the original cartoons, but a lot more entertaining and less predictable.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – This is perhaps one of the most well-known and beloved of animated movies with a Halloween theme, and kids can enjoy it from Halloween all the way until Christmas, since it focuses on two holidays. When resident of Halloween Town, skeletal Jack Skellington, hijacks Christmas, he believes that he can make the holiday better, but the results are more macabre than merry. This is one of the most visually stunning animated movies on this list, and definitely worth watching just for the amazing character and set design (although it might be a little too creepy for some kids).
Corpse Bride – As impossible as it seems to make a dead bride loveable and beautiful, somehow Tim Burton and his amazing team of animators manage to do it in what is probably the darkest of the animated movies on this list. A man becomes torn between two worlds, that of the living and that of the dead, when he accidentally becomes engaged to a dead bride. If this movie weren’t animated, it would be incredibly terrifying, but it’s surprisingly entertaining and another visually beautiful dark work. However, this is definitely not a movie that very young kids would likely enjoy.
Monster House – In this fun twist on your typical Halloween haunted house movie, children encounter a whole different kind of haunted house: one that seems to be a real living, breathing (and extremely evil) being. It actually has a pretty good plot as far as animated movies aimed at kids go, and the haunted house is pretty spooky.
Mad Monster Party – If you want to see where Tim Burton may have gotten some of his stop-motion animation inspiration from, check out this movie that looks like ‘Monster Mash’ brought to life. Baron Von Frankenstein is retiring from the monster business and invites some of his frightening friends, including the Werewolf, the Invisible Man, and the Mummy, to his retirement party. Boris Karloff lends his voice to the film, and although it resembles a Rankin-Bass Christmas special, there’s a bit more adult humor involved (although kids probably won’t get most of the jokes). You can’t be a Halloween fan without seeing this classic!
Monsters, Inc. – If your child is afraid of monsters in the closet, then this is probably one of the best animated movies on this for them. The spooks that lurk among socks and shoes are transformed into a loveable, shaggy giant and a wise-cracking goofball in this entertaining and creative kids’ movie. It’s a fun look into the lives of different monsters than those that inhabit the typical horror movies of Halloween.
Monsters vs. Aliens – Two groups of favorite Halloween spooks face off in one of the best animated movies for young sci-fi fans. In this movie, however, the monsters are the good guys, victims kept in captivity by the government until their help is needed to fend off an alien attack. It’s a fun spin on classic sci-fi movies, and one that adults and kids alike should enjoy watching on Halloween. (Added bonus: Stephen Colbert is the voice of the President.)
Coraline – This is another dark story similar to some of Tim Burton’s tales. It’s about a young girl named Coraline who stumbles across an alternate world that’s both alluring and disturbing, where her “Other Mother” and “Other Father” have buttons for eyes. It’s a unique and interesting movie full of interesting characters, but, once again, it maybe a little too dark of a Halloween movie for very young kids.
So if you’re looking for family-friendly Halloween movies that are visually stunning, any of the movies on this list make great companions to the slew of special cartoons about the howl-iday, and they’ll keep your kids preoccupied for a lot longer.