The 17 best family-friendly Halloween movies now on Netflix and other streamers

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  • Netflix, Hulu, and other streamers have some great spooky movies even the kids will love.

  • Throwbacks featuring '90s icons like Melissa Joan Hart and the Olsen twins are available now.

  • No one should miss out on scary (but not too scary) classics like "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

ParaNorman is a more recent animated hit.

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"ParaNorman" was directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler. Focus Features

Norman appears to be a totally normal boy who lives in an equally normal town. He also has a completely normal family (even though they're annoying) and totally normal friends (though they can be a little bit strange sometimes). But the truth is Norman has a very abnormal ability — he can see and speak to the dead.

So, when he finds out his town is under a centuries-old curse, it's up to him to save everyone from all of the ghosts and zombies. And all of the adults getting in the way.

Anna Kendrick lends her voice to this creepy adventure that is available to stream now on Netflix.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a classic.

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"The Nightmare Before Christmas." Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

What better way to celebrate Halloween than by combining it with another festive holiday? Disney's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" follows "Pumpkin King" Jack Skellington as he tries to combat the boredom of scaring residents of Halloween Town.

When he discovers Christmas Town one day, he decides to kidnap Santa and take over his job for him, inadvertently scaring a new set of residents and adding some excitement to his life.

The 1993 film features the voice of comedy great Catherine O'Hara as Sally. It's written by Tim Burton.

You can stream "The Nightmare Before Christmas" now on Disney+.

Have a spellbinding Halloween with "Hocus Pocus."

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"Hocus Pocus" will surely get you in the Halloween spirit. Walt Disney

A group of kids accidentally releases a coven of centuries-old, children-devouring witches and havoc quickly ensues.

"Hocus Pocus" stars a magical trio of women — Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker. You can stream it now on Disney+.

Spend Halloween with Captain Underpants.

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Captain Underpants. DreamWorks

Captain Underpants fans have their very own Halloween movie. In the Netflix special "The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-Ween," when Melvin cancels Halloween, George and Harold do what any best friends would do — they put their heads together and create a brand-new holiday with the same amounts of tricks, treats, and fun.

"The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-Ween" is available to stream now on Netflix.

All creatures are welcome in"Halloweentown."

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"Halloweentown" is a classic Disney Channel Original Movie. Disney Channel

This Disney original centers around Marnie, a 13-year-old who learns she is a witch and visits her grandmother in Halloweentown. While acclimating to a place that "lets creepy creatures lead very normal lives" according to its official description, she finds herself tasked with saving the town from an "evil force." But she has to learn how to drive a broomstick first.

You can stream "Halloweentown" now on Disney+.

"Teen Witch" is pure '80s Halloween fun.

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"Teen Witch" stars Robyn Lively - Blake Lively's older sister. YouTube

If you love '80s movies, you must trick your kids into the treat that is 1989's "Teen Witch."

In the cult-classic, Louise (Robyn Lively) learns she is a witch on her 16th birthday and uses her newfound powers to secure popularity for herself and her friends. But every witch should know that magic has consequences, and Louise's magic is not the exception to that rule.

You can stream "Teen Witch" on The Roku Channel or Pluto TV.

Spend Halloween on "Monster Island."

"Monster Island."
"Monster Island." YouTube

Lucas is an average teenager until his dad reveals the family secret to him — he comes from a family of monsters from the island of Calvera. He goes there to visit his grandmother in "Monster Island" and learn about his late mother's past. But as often happens in magical movies, he ends up having to rid the island of evil during his vacation.

"Monster Island" is available to stream now on Netflix.

Creepy wedding bells are ringing in "Corpse Bride."

"Corpse Bride."
"Corpse Bride" is another Tim Burton classic. YouTube

In 2005, Tim Burton struck again — this time with "Corpse Bride," which tells the tale of an arranged marriage gone completely wrong.

Victor (Johnny Depp) is meant to marry Victoria (Emily Watson) until he is mysteriously dragged to a land of the dead by a tree that has transformed into a hand. The hand belongs to Emily, who was murdered on her wedding day and has decided she wants to marry Victor.

She's out of luck, though, because Victor wants to marry Victoria. So, he begins a quest to get back to the land of the living before she ends up marrying a very bad man in his absence.

Don't worry, despite the morbid name, "Corpse Bride" is rated PG and available to stream on HBO Max.

2019's "The Addams Family" is an animated twist on a classic.

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This recent animated film is a great take on the classic "Addams Family" movies. United Artists Releasing

An eccentric and dark family moves to the suburbs of New Jersey in this animated twist on an American classic. No one would expect the Addamses to blend into suburbia, so of course a war begins between them and a local reality-show host.

Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron voice Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively. Chloë Grace Moretz, Midler, Allison Janney, O'Hara, and Snoop Dogg also star.

You can stream "The Addams Family" now on Paramount Plus.

Sibling rivalry takes on a new meaning in "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf."

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
"The Boy Who Cried Werewolf." Netflix

"The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" is a 2010 Nickelodeon movie about a nerdy girl who moves to Romania and learns she's a werewolf. It's just a cool magical secret until she learns that her brother is obsessed with slaying them and she must out-run and out-smart him to save her own life.

"The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" is available to stream on Netflix.

You may not know "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" was a movie before it was a beloved TV show, and you'll never guess who stars in it.

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Melissa Joan Hart in 1996. Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Believe it or not, millennials' favorite teen witch was introduced to the world via a TV movie in 1996 produced by Hallmark Home Entertainment before finding a home on ABC's "TGIF" lineup as a comedy that same year.

Melissa Joan Hart still stars as the title character in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" the movie, but her name in the TV film is actually Sabrina Sawyer, not Sabrina Spellman. Her aunts Zelda and Hilda still help her navigate the shock of learning she has magical powers, but they are played by different actors than on the show — Charlene Fernetz and Sherry Miller respectively.

Michelle Beaudoin plays Sabrina's best friend Marnie in the movie and starred as Jenny for one season on the ABC sitcom. Probably most notably, Sabrina pines after a guy named Seth, who is played by Ryan Reynolds. Yep, that Ryan Reynolds.

You can stream "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" on the Roku Channel or Vudu.

Introduce your kids to the cutest '90s twins with "Double Double Toil and Trouble."

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble." Warner Home Video

If you grew up in the '90s, you'll probably be delighted to know that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen can join your holiday celebrations again via streaming.

In "Double Double Toil and Trouble," twins Kelly and Lynn encounter magic, curses, and a mean old Aunt Agatha who trapped her own twin sister in a mirror.

"Double Double Toil and Trouble" is available on Hulu.

"Monster House" proves we should be wary of our neighbors. Or at least their houses.

"Monster House."
"Monster House." Netflix

"Monster House" follows a group of kids who investigate a creepy house next door when it tries to eat one of them. They soon learn it's an actual, living monster, hence the title.

"Monster House" is available to stream now on Netflix.

"Coco" is a worthy choice for Halloween.

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"Coco" is available to stream on Disney+. Disney/Pixar

If you love Disney and are looking for an unconventional movie for the kids to watch on Halloween, we suggest "Coco."

The film takes the audience on a journey with Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), whose dream to become a musician is stifled by the fact that his family has imposed a ban on music. To figure out why, he travels to the Land of the Dead to meet his great-great-grandfather, Ernesto de la Cruz, who was a famous singer.

"Coco" also stars Benjamin Bratt and Jaime Camil. You can stream it on Disney+ now.

"The Little Vampire" is a cute movie about unexpected best friends.

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"The Little Vampire." Netflix

In this 2017 animated film, Tony is an American boy living in Scotland who is obsessed with vampires, to his family's dismay. He soon befriends one and works hard to hide an entire family of them from vampire hunters. If this story sounds familiar, it's because it was also made into a 2000 live-action film starring Jonathan Lipnicki (which itself is available on Tubi). Both movies are based on a famous German children's book series of the same name.

"The Little Vampire" is available to stream now on Netflix.

Have a sleepover with the Muppets on Halloween night.

"Muppets Haunted Mansion."
Spend a night with everyone's favorite puppets in "Muppets Haunted Mansion." YouTube

There is no age limit on loving The Muppets. So, everyone in the family will love spending a night with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the crew when they are dared to stay in a haunted mansion.

It's a musical that also stars human actors like Taraji P. Henson, Will Arnett, Darren Criss, and Yvette Nicole Brown. So what's not to love?

The brand-new Disney+ original "Muppets Haunted Mansion" is now streaming.

"A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting" puts a creepy twist on an age-old job.

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"A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting." Justina Mintz/Netflix

An innocent job on Halloween night turns into a rescue mission when a babysitter has to rescue a little boy who has been snatched by monsters and the Boogeyman. Be warned, this one might make it hard to have a parent's night out ever again. But it is rated PG, and it stars Tom Felton of "Harry Potter" fame.

"A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting" is available to stream now on Netflix.

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