12 best family Halloween movies on Netflix and Disney Plus this autumn – Buzz.ie

Here are our top spooky season film picks for kids and big kids alike on Ireland’s two biggest streamers this October
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Whether it's with your own kids or fellow grown ups, one of the best things about Halloween is an excuse to watch nostalgic, family-friendly flicks.
We've combed the collections of Ireland's most popular streamers – Netflix and Disney Plus – to bring you the best in brand new and classic fright night movies the entire family can enjoy.
From quirky Tim Burton stop-motion flicks to comedy horrors featuring the likes of Jack Black, Eddie Murphy, Charlize Theron and Gonzo of the Muppets fame, here's the lowdown on the top Halloween flicks streaming on Netflix and Disney Plus this autumn.
All of these highlights are available to watch right now, unless otherwise specified.
The School for Good and Evil
Released on 19 October, this big budget, starry affair features Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington and Laurence Fishburne among its adult cast.
Best friends Sophie and Agatha end up at the wrong magical schools, but 'only true love’s kiss' can allow them to swap places.
Directed by veteran filmmaker Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) and based on the bestselling children's book of the same name, this is a solid Halloween choice for kids and adults alike.
The Curse of Bridge Hollow
Marlon Wayans is a father who teams up with his teen daughter to save their town in new Netflix movie The Curse of Bridge Hollow.
When an ancient, mischievous spirit causes Halloween decorations in their neighbourhood to come to life, it's up to the pair to come to the rescue.
We personally cannot think of anything scarier than a carved pumpkin or a giant witch decoration come to life, even if this one is suitable for kids.
Also featuring Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame.
Goosebumps
Viewer beware, you're in for a scare!
Retro nineties franchise Goosebumps gets a makeover in this 2015 flick starring Jack Black and Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why).
This update received surprisingly good reviews upon release, and has that warm, fuzzy nostalgia factor for those old enough to remember the books and original TV series. Win win.
Labyrinth
Labyrinth stars musical icon David Bowie as a scary, child-snatching Goblin King surrounded by colourful, fluffy muppets.
A memorable moment in any nineties childhood, it also introduced the world to a teen Jennifer Connelly, and is a cult classic for a reason.
Mr Harrigan's Phone
Suitable for tweens aged 12 and up, Mr Harrigan's Phone is based on a short story by horror maestro Stephen King.
A boy befriends an ageing recluse (Donald Sutherland), only to discover he can communicate with him from beyond the grave once he passes away. Via the iPhone the old man was buried with, of course.
Wendell & Wild (available 28 October)
It's not out til later this month, but Wendell & Wild is one of Netflix's biggest releases this Halloween.
The stop-motion animated flick, co-written by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Nope), centres on two conniving demon brothers Wendell and Wild (voiced by Peele) who convince a teenager to summon them to the Land of the Living.
It's directed and co-written by Coraline's Henry Selick, and is his first feature film in over a decade.
Hocus Pocus / Hocus Pocus 2
The witchy Sanderson sisters are back in the sequel to cult classic Hocus Pocus, which first debuted in 1993.
Both the look and story have been updated for this new instalment, and Disney Plus also has the original Hocus Pocus in its library too, should you want to make it a double bill or brush up first.
Muppets Haunted Mansion
Whether it's Christmas, the summer holidays or Halloween, you can always rely on the Muppets to come through with the family-friendly entertainment.
Muppets Haunted Mansion sees The Great Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn spend Halloween night in a crumbling old stately home, based on the famous Disneyland ride.
Will Arnett, Darren Criss and Taraji P. Henson also star as the humans, and appear to be having a ball in the process in this 2021 release.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton's classic stop-motion animated movie is now available on Disney Plus.
Directed by Henry Selick from a script based on Burton's original idea, it tells the tale of the 'King of Halloween Town' who happens upon Christmas Town and plots to take over the festivities for good.
The Haunted Mansion
Eddie Murphy stars in this classic 2003 horror comedy for tweens about an estate agent trapped in a haunted mansion with his family.
Worth a look, if only to compare it to a forthcoming 2023 reboot, starring Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Winona Ryder, Jamie Lee Curtis, plus a host of other famous faces.
Frankenweenie
The type of cute Halloween film that's hard to resist, Frankenweenie is a family-friendly update of the classic Frankenstein story by Mary Shelley.
Directed by king of kid-orientated scares Tim Burton, it's the tale of a boy who resurrects his beloved deceased dog – a bull terrier named Sparky – only for complete chaos to ensue.
Maleficent
Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie as one of Disney's biggest villains: the evil sorceress from Sleeping Beauty.
The popular live action flick has plenty to offer kids and grown-ups alike, with a stellar performance from Jolie as the wicked fairy queen.
It may not be a classic Halloween film in every sense, but it's definitely worth a look this pumpkin carving season.
Plus its 2019 follow-up, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, is also available on the streamer, should you fancy a wee Disney marathon.
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