It’s cold outside. You snuggle down with a hot chocolate and some candy, now it is time to choose what to watch! With so many choices of what to watch this Halloween, I thought I would give you my top 5 spooky films to watch this Halloween. These Halloween films are perfect for the whole family. There’s a mix of new releases and films from my own childhood. Grab your remote and let’s get started. Each film will also be matched with its own toy, so you know exactly what treats to go for this Halloween!
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were last seen in the 17th century.
This is, of course, Hocus Pocus! Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson are ready to put a spell on you with this Disney film from 1993. Follow Max and his little sister, Dani, as they try to outsmart these witches with the help of a black cat called Thackery Binx. The kids are out to stop this trio of witches from gaining immortality as they try to suck the life from all of the children in town! Hocus Pocus will have you laughing all night long and might even give you some amazing costume inspiration.
If you liked Hocus Pocus, then the Witches Tower game might be for you! The little witches all race on their brooms to be the first to reach the magic ball that sits upon a sloping tower. Beware though, you’ll all be riding a magical broom and he is rather troublesome. Take turns rolling the die to see how far your witch will move. Get ready for some magnetic fun.
After Mystery Inc breaks up, Scooby and the gang are all summoned to a mysterious island resort to investigate some rather strange goings-on.
This live-action adaption of Scooby-Doo was released in 2002 but is bundles of fun! Join Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo as they explore the tropical Spooky Island and reunite to solve their biggest mystery yet! Zoinks! The film will have you solving a fantastic mystery whilst also laughing along with Shaggy and Scooby. If there are enough of you in your house, why not try dressing up as the gang whilst you watch? You could even get your dog (or cat) involved! Be sure to use the hashtag #ToyStreet if you want to show off your costumes!
If you liked Scooby-Doo, why not go on another mystery with the Dinner with Shaggy and Scooby Playmobil Set? This set includes Shaggy and Scooby in a chef’s outfit so you can recreate one of the scenes from the Scooby-Doo film.
R.L. Stine, the author of Goosebumps, is shocked when the monsters from his book begin terrorising his hometown.
Based upon the books of the same name, 2015’s Goosebumps follows R.L. Stine, his daughter, and new kid on the block Zach, as they try to return all of his monsters back to the pages from which they came. Zach accidentally releases these monsters, so we join him on a fun-filled quest around Madison to make sure that they don’t cause too much trouble. The film combines a few legendary Goosebumps stories and monsters. From werewolves to Slappy the ventriloquist dummy, Goosebumps will take you on a wild ride this Halloween.
If you liked Goosebumps, get stuck into more scary stories with Ghost Stories. A cooperative game, Ghost Stories sees you working together to protect your village from spells and ghosts.
Marnie and her younger siblings must protect Halloweentown from evil with the help of their good witch grandmother.
A coming of age story from Disney, Halloweentown is a great family film that will show you a lighter side to many monsters. Discover the joys of Halloweentown, a place where witches, goblins, vampires and the like can lead normal lives. On her 13th birthday, Marnie learns that she comes from a family of witches and they must all work together to beat an evil force trying to take over the town.
If you liked Halloweentown, Seeds the Pumpkin might be your perfect companion. As a ty Puffle, Seeds has big, blue, sparkling eyes that will put you under this adorable pumpkin’s spell.
An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion.
Join Casper the Friendly Ghost in this action-packed family adventure. All Casper wants is a friend, so when Kat moves into his haunted home, the kind-hearted spirit is beyond excited. Casper and Kat team up to deal with his ghostly uncles who are the troublesome sort of spirits. This ghostly tale from 1995 will have you wishing that you could be Casper’s friend too!
If you liked Casper, then Ghost Castle will let you meet another, not-so-friendly ghost. In Ghost Castle, you are paranormal investigators hired to investigate the legend of “Ghost Castle.” Trouble is… it’s all true. Now you’ve woken the mean-spirited ghost of Count Spooksalot, and he is determined to get revenge by trapping you in his castle FOREVER! Race down the stairs and through the trap-filled rooms, where danger lurks at every turn.
Don’t forget to share your Halloween experiences with Toy Street by using the hashtag #ToyStreet on Instagram and Twitter!
Editors note: This blog was originally published on October 27th, 2020. Updated on October 13th, 2021 to improve the information available.