The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)This film is technically a Christmas movie, but I stretch it out for Halloween, too, and pretty much every day of the year! This film is good for children and adults alike. The major theme of the film is that one should accept his or her uniqueness and embrace it even. I give this one million stars and recommend it for everyone from preppies to goths, infants to geriatrics. It is rated PG and is available on DVD and Blu-ray. Watch and enjoy!
Hocus Pocus (1993)
This is a family comedy that is campy yet spooky for small kids. I've been watching this one every Halloween since it premiered. Hocus Pocus is the story of Max, a teenage boy who accidentally brings back the Sanderson sisters, who are evil witches, from the dead. He must destroy them before sunrise, lest they suck the lifeforce out of an unsuspecting child and are brought back to life for good! It stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters. It's rated PG and is available on DVD only.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
This film is based on true, documented events and that's what makes it genuinely frightening. When a family moves into a new home to be closer to a cancer treatment center for the eldest son, a series of supernatural events reveal the family's new home to be a former mortuary with a sinister past. It stars Virginia Madsen and Elias Koteas. The film is rated PG-13, but I would recommend it for older kids and it is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.
You still have time to get a few of these from Netflix or Blockbuster (if you can find one) and many of these movies show up in the bargain bin at Walmart. Happy watching!