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LIST: Kid-friendly Halloween shows and films to binge-watch online

By Jim Bea Sampaga Published Oct 30, 2023 6:31 pm

Time to get spooky! 

Aside from dressing up as your favorite characters (or monsters!) and collecting candies from the neighborhood, Halloween is not complete without watching a scary movie or show with your family to keep the spookiness lingering throughout the night. 

Since adult horror films might be too much for the little ones, PhilSTAR L!fe rounded up seven kid-friendly Halloween movies and shows you can enjoy together.

Ranging from fantastical dreams, and monster hunting to ghosts and supernatural, prepare your streaming platform accounts for a trick-or-treat night of binge-watching. 

A Tale Dark & Grimm (2021) on Netflix

This animated show is based on the children's book of the same name. A Tale Dark & Grimm is a modern retelling of the original tale of Hansel and Gretel. In the series, three talking ravens narrate the siblings' adventure of staying alive in the woods while searching for a family.

Finding 'Ohana (2021) on Netflix 

'Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind. The film follows a Brooklyn, New York-raised Native Hawaiian 'ohana adjusting to their new life in O'ahu, Hawaii to take care of their grandfather Kimo. Starring dancer Kea Peahu as Pili, singer Alex Aiono as Ioane "E," and actress Kelly Hu as Leilani, Finding 'Ohana is a family adventure film that champions Hawaiian family, culture and folklore in a reminiscent style of Indiana Jones. The cast also includes Ke Huy Quan and Ryan Higa.

Slumberland (2022) on Netflix 

Starring Aquaman star Jason Momoa as eccentric goat-humanoid outlaw Flip and Single Parents child-actress Marlow Barkley as young girl Nemo, the two embark on a journey in the world between dreams called Slumberland. In the film, Nemo travels the mystical world with Flip to retrieve a special pearl in hopes of reuniting with her father who is lost at sea.

Chupa (2023) on Netflix

A chupacabra is a mythical folklore creature in the Americas and in this film, its relationship with humans is highlighted through a young boy named Alex played by Ahsoka's Evan Whitten. Born and raised in the United States, Alex visits Mexico for the first time where he meets his extended family. In his grandfather's barn, he found a small strange creature which he named Chupa, short for chupacabra.

Haunted Mansion (2023) on Disney+ 

Based on the iconic Disney theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion follows a woman and her son's attempt to expel their house of supernatural creatures with the help of their neighborhood's spiritual experts. The film features a star-studded cast with Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Hadih, Danny DeVito, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jared Leto. Other minor roles are starred by Jo Koy, Hasan Minhaj, Daniel Levy, and Winona Ryder. Multiple references to the Disney attraction ride are incorporated throughout the film. 

Goosebumps (2023) on Disney+

Although it shares the same title as the films, the Goosebumps series is a homage to the classic R. L. Stine books and the 1995 children’s horror anthology show. The first season explores the adventures of five high schoolers as they investigate the tragic passing of Harold Biddle, who died three decades earlier. The first five episodes of the show premiered on Friday the 13th this month, with the latter five episodes premiering once a week until Nov. 17.