By Steven D. Greydanus

With Halloween parties becoming increasingly popular either as an alternative to or in addition to trick-or-treating, many parents are looking for acceptably spooky Halloween entertainment that isn’t too scary for or otherwise unacceptable for kids. Below are a few movie titles that may fit the bill. Please note, however, that — with the exception of The Nightmare Before Christmas — these films haven’t been rated by the Decent Films Guide. If your favorite spooky family film is missing from the list below, please let me know!

Happy Halloween!

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
(1948, VHS)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
(1949, VHS; animated adaptations of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The Wind in the Willows")
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971, VHS; decent Disney)
Blackbeard’s Ghost
(1968, VHS; more decent Disney)
Blondie Has Servant Trouble
(1940, VHS; Bumsteads in haunted house)
Bugs Bunny’s Howl-Oween Special
(1978, VHS; animated; Witch Hazel cartoons, out of print)
Casper Saves Halloween
(1979, VHS; animated)
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
(1965, VHS; OK Don Knotts comedy)
Hold That Ghost
(1941, VHS; also Abbott & Costello)
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
(1966, VHS; funny but cruel)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(1983, VHS; animated; Christmas story with ghosts)
(1993, VHS/DVD; animated)




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