Here are my top five films that I enjoy this spooky season. Not only are they child friendly, they’re engaging and fun for the adults too! No feeling like your brain is turning into to zombie goo, at the mercy of the children’s Tv!
So, in no particular order here they are:
1 - Hocus Pocus – I loved this film as kid and I still really enjoy it now,. You just try not to sing along with Bette Midler, “I put a spell on you!” And don’t forget the fantastic Binx; the immortal black cat who helps the heroes battle the three wicked witches. I don't think I'll ever forget seeing Binx re-inflate himself after being squashed by a truck!
2 - Coco the 2017 Pixar film is a feast for the eyes and inspired by the Mexican holiday the day of the dead. A really heart warming story with lots of music and a great message without being too in your face about it. The main character in this film is accompaned to the land of the dead by a stray dog Dante. He’s a Xolo dog which is the national dog of Mexico!
3 - Corpse Bride Tim Burtons 2005 corpse bride might not seem like an obvious family choice but with great music, a sinister villain and great visual effects by London’s Moving Picture Company, including the use of puppets it’s really enjoyable. This film also features a host of bizarre animal characters, including Scratch the skeleton dog, a sarcastic green maggot that lives inside the Corpse bride, who kind of acts like a conscience and black widow spider dress maker.
4 - Walace and Gromit the curse of the were rabbit. Utterly hilarious and loads of humour that adults will enjoy that flies straight over the heads of kids. A host of famous actors voicing this epic stop motion with more than just Gromit in that animal cast. This film is a fantastic child friendly re-imaging of the ware wolf horror story, that's entertaining even if you don't have kids!
5 - Scooby Doo. No list of family friendly Halloween films would be complete without Scooby Doo! The campy quirks are well translated into the live action outing and both films are an easy watch on a cold dark evening!