And by Halloween movies to watch with kids, I really mean tweens and teens.
Do yourself a favor and do not get your under middle school age kids excited about any of the below films, none of these are super apporpiate for the 10 and under set.
Now, to the movies…
I think we can all agree that Halloween 2020 is probably going to be a little different for all of us. With a global pandemic snatching away most of our traditions, Trick-or-Treat might not be a thing you and your family can do safely this year.
Regardless of what your plans are for October 31st, one thing you can do easily is enjoy some spooky, fun Halloween movies on Netflix!
We have spent most of October enjoying some of the new options on the streaming service and here are a few your tweens and teens are sure to enjoy. Bonus: they won’t be super cringey for mom and dad either.
Best Netflix Halloween Movies to Watch with Kids
Starring: Malin Akerman and Joe Manganiello
Synopsis: When two siblings discover their seemingly normal mom is a former thief in witness protection who has been forced to pull one last job, they team up to rescue her over the course of an action-packed night.
The Sleepover Trailer
Our Take on The Sleepover
My 12-year old was initially intrigued because a friend of one of his favorite TikTokers is a major character in the flick, but he wound up enjoying it for its action sequences, fun, quirky characters and engaging plot.
I thought it was cute enough to watch while multitasking and I’ve always enjoyed watchin Joe Manganiello in action.
If you’re a fan of the Spy Kids series or, an even cooler throwback, Adventures in Babysitting, this film will definitely make you think of those.
Starring: Adam Sandler and a whole bunch of other celebs you’re bound to recognize
Synopsis: Salem resident Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) is Halloween’s biggest fan, but his efforts go largely unappreciated. He’s a little bit on the odd side, and over the years, he has become the town’s biggest joke. His constant complaints to the police have made him unwelcome there and he’s become like “the boy who cried wolf.”
When Hubie discovers a man tied up and gagged in a cornfield, as soon as he calls the police to report the crime, they hang up on him as soon as he starts talking. As the events of Halloween get more chaotic and dangerous, Hubie believes he’s the only one who can save the town. – via Showtimes.com
Hubie Halloween Trailer
Our Take on Hubie Halloween
Starring Adam Sandler and an all-star cast of old school movie favorites, Hubie Halloween was a much anticipated release this Halloween season. For me, the best part of the entire film was just wondering who was going to make an appearance next.
My kids, however, were totally invested in the murder-mystery being investigated by Hubie, Sandler’s character. They felt badly for how picked on he was, but they thought he was a pretty brave and thick skinned guy who remained committed to his crime solving and community even though they shunned him.
Plus, they’re hardcore, full time Adam Sandler fans and if you, or your kids, fall into this category, Hubie Halloween is probably going to give you a few chuckles and some entertainment this Halloween.
A Babysitters Guide to Monster Hunting
Starring: Tom Felton, Tamara Smart, Oona Laurence,and Indya Moore
Synopsis: ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ tells the story of Kelly Ferguson, a seemingly ordinary teenager, who reluctantly agrees to babysit her mother’s boss’ son. When the boy is taken by the same monster that traumatized her when she was a child, she embarks on an incredible journey to rescue him discovering, in the process, not only that monsters are real, but so is a secret society of babysitters that fights them to protect the gifted children they seek to abduct.
A Babysitters Guide to Monster Hunting Trailer
Our Take On A Babysitters Guide to Monster Hunting Trailer
To be honest, my 12-year old found this one a teeny bit creepy (his got a weak stomach for scary stuff). He thought it was entertaining and action packed, but he did find the whole idea of the Boogeyman taking you while you sleep to be off putting.
I found the movie to be standard sci-fi kid fare, but was wholly underwhelmed by the creatures in this film: they looked kinda silly and didn’t really fit in with the creep factor of the actual Boogeyman.
Vampires vs. The Bronx
Starring: Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Chris Redd, and Zoe Saldaña.
Synopsis: When vampires begin buying up businesses under the guise of gentrification and move into the Bronx, three young teens are the first to notice something is fishy. As the toll of missing people continues to tick up, the three have to band together to beat them.
Vampires vs. The Bronx Trailer
Our Take On Vampires vs. The Bronx
I loved this film because it was a little spooky, a little funny and a little social justice-y all at the same time. It was also cool to see some brown kid heroes take over the screen in a scary flick where usually they’re the first casualties of an errant killer. The kids were super related, independent, witty, ingenious and funny making them a break from the wholly stereotypical black youngsters one might expect in a movie about vampires in the hood.
My kids enjoyed this one as well. They thought it was scary enough to feel like Halloween, but not so scary they couldn’t laugh. They too found the main characters relatable and believable, as much as one can be believed in a film about vampires.