Five for Families: Animated Halloween films for the holiday

Posted October 24, 2016

"Hotel Transylvania" (Deseret Photo)

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider, as recommended by Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

As ghosts, monsters and superheroes converge on Halloween night, keep a look out for some of these characters featured in the following animated films. Here are five Halloween-friendly films for families to consider.

iTunes: 'Hotel Transylvania'

A hotel run by Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and made exclusively for monsters, gets an unwanted visit from a human musician, who also takes interest in Dracula’s daughter (voiced by Selena Gomez). The Dove Foundation awarded "Hotel Transylvania" its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages, stating that the "entertaining, animated film" includes characters that are "actually quite loveable and funny" with a story that is "full of slapstick humor." states that the film’s “great visuals and punchy comedy … are designed for families” but provides warning about the film's “soft horror theme.” The website notes that the film "confronts the concept of fearing those who are different." recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Amazon Video: 'The Black Cauldron'

Taran, a pig herder, must protect his piglet with special abilities from an evil king who wants to find an enchanted cauldron. Common Sense Media calls it the "spookiest animated feature in the Disney collection" and says it will appeal to those who enjoy ghost stories and war epics. The website referred to Taran as a compelling hero who is ready to sacrifice his life to save others. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

DVD: 'Monster House'

Three teens seek to protect the neighborhood trick-or-treaters from a nearby house, which is actually a living creature. Although the film is rated PG, Common Sense Media cautions parents that the film is “a pretty scary movie” as the children are in “constant peril.” The websites notes the motion-capture animation gives the film a real life feel. recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.

iTunes: 'Frankenweenie'

A young Victor Frankenstein performs an experiment to bring his dog back to life in Tim Burton's 2012 black-and-white, stop-motion animated film. Common Sense Media says that although the film “will likely scare kids who are sensitive to the macabre,” it would be appropriate for “older kids and tweens who are ready for some scares.” recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

Amazon Video: 'ParaNorman'

A young boy who can speak to the dead must save his town from a curse. Common Sense Media labeled the film “a great pick for brave older tweens and middle-schoolers,” citing its themes of tolerance and teamwork as positive elements. The website warns parents, however, that the film “is, above all else, a monster movie, and it will scare little kids.” recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.



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