Top 5 Halloween Films for Kids by Children’s Author Gemma Paul

Children’s Author Gemma Paul knows a thing or two about scaring and entertaining kids having penned two brilliant and creepy children books The Little Bat That Could and The Mummy Walks At Midnight. Thats why she is the perfect person to take us through her Top 5 Halloween Films for Kids.

Published by Red Cape Publishing both books, available on paperback and ebook now, are great reads for little ones who love horror or parents keen to get their kids started on all things spooky.

“Halloween is the perfect time to delve into all things scary” says Gemma “and just like my children’s books, there are plenty of films to choose from out there that indulge in the scary but are child friendly. Check out 5 of my favourite family friendly Halloween movies that are worth watching this spooky season.”

Paranorman (2012)
Gemma Says: “I am a big fan of animation, especially stop-motion animation, and ghosts of course. Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Paranormal tells the tale of a boy, called Norman, who can see and speak to ghosts, a gift that soon comes in handy when he and his friends must battle a curse placed on the town. There are some great spooky elements as well as comedy elements to really make your little monster have a giggle this Halloween.”

Casper (1995)
Gemma Says: “Sticking with ghosts and jumping back to when I was a child in the 90s, Casper is my next pick. This film has some great gothic and haunted house style elements but at the heart of it comes a lesson of friendship and acceptance. Casper is a friendly ghost who is lonely, and in need of a friend, one he finds in a girl who moves into the mansion in which he ‘haunts’ with her paranormal investigator father. Comedy definitely ensues in this classic and may even shed a small tear or two, but in a good way of course.”

The Addams Family (1991)
Gemma Says: “Another 90s film from childhood and an all-time family favourite The Addams Family is a must watch every Halloween. They’re creepy and cooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re an eccentric and downright odd family who welcome home a long-lost family member, but all may not be as it seems, as this imposter seeks to steal the Addams Family fortunes. Another fun family spooky film with memorable characters that adds a bit of cooky to your Halloween.”

Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Gemma Says: “If you’re looking for something a little monster-packed then Hotel Transylvania is your pick. A comedy animation, Hotel Transylvania is a hotel for monsters run by Dracula who attempts to keep is daughter from falling in love with a human who stumbles into the hotel by accident one day. Vampires, werewolves, mummies, Frankenstein’s monster, this animation family film has them all and will likely leave your child a little monster mad.”

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Gemma Says: “Yep, we’re back in the 90s for my final pick. This one is one of my all-time favourites and a must watch for me every Halloween. It tells the tale of 3 sister witches known as the Sanderson sisters who are accidentally resurrected 300 years after their death and they seek to find a way to stay alive forever, even if it means consuming the souls of children. Another great Halloween classic full of classic Halloween icons and tropes, a black cat, witches, broomsticks, a haunted house, and even the undead. Save this joy of cinema for Halloween day itself, you won’t regret it.”

The Mummy Walks At Midnight is available on Amazon now –
The Little Bat That Could is available on ebook and paperback –


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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