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12 Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Movies for the Whole Family
Halloween is always a night of creative costumes, delicious candy and fun frights. Of course, kids love the opportunity to challenge their courage by entering haunted houses, swapping spine-chilling stories and watching scary movies . That’s a lot of spookiness for one day, though, and with the wrong film, they may be too frightened to fall asleep at bedtime. (And of course, getting them to bed in time for you to enjoy a proper horror film , like a Stephen King adaptation or classic vampire flick might be an important part of your grown-up Halloween experience!)
Fortunately, there are lots of wonderfully fun — and only slightly creepy — movies out there that kids will enjoy this year. From oldies like Hocus Pocus to newer films like a stellar remake of The Witches , this list has plenty of options that’ll delight much more than they’ll scare. Check out 12 of the best kid-friendly Halloween flicks that make not-too-spooky treats for the entire family!
The Goosebumps book series by R.L. Stine has thrilled kids across the world since the 1990s. The series has been adapted for both TV and film, including a newer franchise for younger generations who aren’t familiar with these classics.
The 2015 flick, aptly titled Goosebumps , stars Jack Black as a fictionalized version of Stine alongside Dylan Minnette, who plays his teenage neighbor. The two team up to take down monsters from the Goosebumps series that have managed to escape from the books and cause chaos in the real world. The film is frightening fun for kids, and there’s enough action to keep parents entertained — especially if they’re former fans of the series.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
A trio of 300-year-old witches (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker) conjures up a little bit of hocus pocus in this Halloween classic. The 1993 film centers on what happens when the Sanderson sisters are accidentally brought back from the dead on All Hallow’s Eve.
Attempting to recapture their youth, the witches plan to steal the souls of the children of Salem, Massachusetts, so they can live for eternity. Three kids, a talking black cat and, eventually, a friendly zombie have to work together to stop the sinister sisters before it’s too late. Hocus Pocus is certain to put a spell on you this Halloween.
Spirited Away (2001)
If you’re new to the world of Miyazaki , Spirited Away is a great place to start. This classic film from Studio Ghibli follows our protagonist Chihiro, just as she and her parents move to a new town. As they explore, they find what appears to be an abandoned theme park, but Chihiro quickly realizes that she has somehow crossed into the realm of spirits. Oh, and her parents have been turned into pigs. As she learns to navigate the spirit world, and ultimately free herself and her parents, she meets many memorable characters along the way.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and became the top-grossing film in Japanese history. Don’t let the strange plot deter you. This film has won the hearts of many, and is a perfect addition to a Halloween lineup for the whole family.
These guys ain’t afraid of no ghosts, probably because the ghosts in this film aren’t too scary. This family-friendly comedy-horror was a smash at the box office in the 80s and has retained its appeal in the decades to follow. Sequels and remakes have attempted to capitalize on the success of the original, but have repeatedly fallen short.
Pop some popcorn and prepare to be entertained as a trio of paranormal exterminators face off against a gluttonous ghost, a pack of demonic dogs, and the iconic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monsters, Inc . is a fun comedy about — what else? — two monsters, Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), who are the number-one scare team at the scream-processing factory in the town of Monstropolis. The film, released in 2001, follows their misadventures after a human girl named Boo makes her way into their world.
Together, the two have to figure out a way to get Boo home before anyone discovers this unimaginable mistake. Despite their best efforts, which include dressing Boo up as a baby monster, they run into plenty of roadblocks along the way. Kids will probably fall in love with the cuddly Sulley before they feel an ounce of fear during this film!
The Witches (2020)
The Witches (2020) is a fantasy-comedy film based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. This reimagining of the original 1990 film follows an orphaned boy who goes to live with his grandmother in Alabama. After coming across a witch, the boy and his grandmother flee to a hotel to escape her evil clutches. However, the world’s Grand High Witch happens to be staying there — along with disguised, diabolical witches from all over the world who are helping her turn children into mice.
This remake of The Witches is an HBO Max original starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci — and it’s certainly a top choice for your family’s Halloween movie marathon.
The 2009 animated film Coraline is based on a dark fantasy novella of the same name. With Dakota Fanning voicing the titular character, the movie follows a young girl who discovers an alternate world that closely mirrors her own — but seemingly much happier. It’s complete with a parallel family that appears, at first sight, to be much better than the one she has.
However, when Coraline’s Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of this parallel family try to keep her in their new world forever, she has to fight to make it back home. Kids are sure to find the stop-motion animation and colorful sets of Coraline enchanting.
In the 1988 film, Beetlejuice , a couple dies in a car accident and finds themselves stuck in their former country home instead of a pleasant afterlife. When a new family moves in to the farmhouse, the dead couple tries to scare them away, but to no avail. They enlist the help of the troublemaking poltergeist Beetlejuice, who turns out to be a hazard to everyone involved.
The classic film has an all-star cast that includes Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie offers a comedic twist on a supernatural tale that families will enjoy. Just don’t be surprised if the film’s soundtrack sparks an impromptu dance party.
Starring Kimberly J. Brown and the late, great Debbie Reynolds, Halloweentown is a Disney Channel original movie that premiered in 1998. Today, it’s revered as a classic Halloween film among the now-adults who grew up watching it every year decades ago.
On her 13th birthday, Marnie Cromwell discovers that she’s a witch, as is everyone else in her family. She and her younger siblings sneak off to Halloweentown, where her grandmother lives, to learn more about their family’s history and so Marnie can begin her witch training before it’s too late. The visit goes awry when they discover that an evil force is attempting to take over the town — but with a little magic, Marnie and her siblings can save the day.
The Addams Family (2019)
There have been several reimaginings of the original Addams Family over the years — did you know the first cartoons were created in 1938? — but this animated film from 2019 is an especially fun version for kids. In the movie, Gomez, Morticia and the rest of the Addams clan prepare to welcome relatives for a visit. But when a TV personality attempts to get rid of them, the family has to prove that their creepy and kooky ways are no threat to their idyllic neighborhood.
The Addams Family features the voiceover talents of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Alison Janney, Chloë Grace Moretz and others. If your family can’t get enough of this endearingly macabre group, you’ll be happy to know a sequel was just released — and it’s available to rent on streaming .
It’s time to pass this cornerstone of Halloween weirdness to a new generation! The 1986 film Labyrinth is a cult classic for so many reasons, from its fantastical setting to its magical plot to the fact that it stars the one and only David Bowie — and includes danceworthy original songs from the Starman himself.
The story follows teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) as she travels through an otherworldly maze, solving riddles to rescue her baby brother from Bowie’s Jareth the Goblin King. Most of the film’s main characters are played by puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which is sure to delight kids (and deliver you an enjoyable dose of nostalgia).
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
You can’t have a kid-approved Halloween movie fest without watching 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas . The story follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who’s grown bored with the same old scare routine of Halloween each year. When he stumbles upon a door to Christmas Town, he decides to put his own twist on the holiday, causing complete havoc in the process.
The spooky-but-fun Tim Burton film stars Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page. What’s even better about this classic is that it doubles as a Halloween and Christmas movie — and there’s no better time of year to get into the holiday spirit!
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This homemade costume for men entered our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest .
A word from Anton, the 'Spooky Space Kook' costume creator:
I got my idea from watching Scooby Doo as a young kid, I was terrified by the Spooky Space Kook. He glowed in the dark and everytime the let out that evil laugh the inside of his helmet would flashing in red. I started with the basics - white work gloves, white sweat pants, white sweat shirt and white rubber work boots. I custom built the helmet using a 14" plastic globe for a street lamp and a piece of 12" PVC drain pipe. Cut and trimmed the 2 pieces so they would fit together nicely and fit over my head. The skull mask I used was from an earlier Halloween costume from years ago. I then painted everything that was white with blue glow in the dark paint. Then after it all dried, I glued the globe to the PVC pipe and installed battery powered red Christmas lights, an old cassette style walkman with a amplified MP3 player accessory speaker and a push button switch to operate them at the same time. I think it came out nice, I tried to look on the internet and appearently nobody has ever done this character before and I am the first. I hope I got it right.
Rating: 4.4 of 5 . Votes: 11
#1 comment by Tony September 12, 2015
I would like to buy the space kook costume. If interested please email me.
#2 comment by Kevin Dougherty October 22, 2016
Do you still have you space look costume?
#3 comment by Mike July 17, 2019
I'd like to either buy that costume from you or I'd like for you to make me a brand new one for me to buy off you and I'll even offer a higher price from the new one. Email me if interested
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- Thread starter Storm360
- Start date Sep 11, 2019
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- Sep 11, 2019
Hi, I still pretty much a novice at costuming, but I have taken on a seemingly daunting task for a community event in my home town. My coworkers and I are doing a Trunk or Treat Halloween in our town and we decided to all go as characters from Scooby-Doo. We have a fairly large group, so a few of us are going as famous villians. The one I chose for myself is Space Kook. I have a good foundation on how I want to build everything except the helmet. I wanted to get some feedback from everyone: is there a cheap alternative for making the helmet versus buying an acrylic hemisphere? Thanks for any help or tips you can provide. I'll be posting pictures over the next few weeks of my progress and/or make a YouTube video series on the process.
- Sep 12, 2019
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The Spooky Space Kook was the costume and alias of Henry Bascombe. The ghost was well known for its high pitched haunting laugh as well as its ability to levitate. He was using the identity of the Spooky Space Kook to haunt an abandoned old airfield in a "UFO" which turned out to be a customized plane. Scooby and the Gang defeat the Spooky Space Kook when they trap him in an air tunnel blowing off his costume.
Later in Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated, the Spooky Space Kook costume is seen on display in the Crystal Cove Spook Museum.
Appearance [ ]
It is a blue skull-faced alien which seems to do nonstop giggling. It also wears a strange spacesuit with clawed hands.
Gallery [ ]
- 1 Purple Minions
- 2 Dragon Maleficent
- Mentioned-only characters
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated recurring characters
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated season 1 characters
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated season 1 monsters
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated season 2 characters
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Space Kook ( Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated )
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The Space Kook is an exhibit at the Crystal Cove Spook Museum .
- 1 Physical appearance
- 2 Powers and abilities
- 3.1 Early life
- 3.2.1 Season one
- 3.2.2 Season two
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Notes/Trivia
- 6 References
Physical appearance [ ]
Its skull is green with glowing red-orange eyes. It is wearing a blue metallic suit.
Powers and abilities [ ]
- Super strength 
History [ ]
Early life [ ].
The Space Kook costume was worn by a crook who Mystery Incorporated brought to justice. The costume was eventually donated to the Crystal Cove Spook Museum where it was put on display as one of Crystal Cove's famous monsters and ghosts.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated [ ]
Season one [ ].
Velma Dinkley showed the Space Kook costume to a group of tourists. Even though she was supposed to say that Space Kook and other Crystal Cove ghosts were real, Velma deviated from the tour script to reveal that they were only disguises used by the town's criminals. 
Season two [ ]
Sheela O'Flaherty , disguised as the Nordic alien , stole it from the museum. While fighting the gang with the suit, she demonstrated super strength. 
Appearances [ ]
- 101. Beware the Beast from Below (exhibit)
- 116. Where Walks Aphrodite (exhibit)
- 216. Aliens Among Us
Notes/Trivia [ ]
- It is based on Spooky Space Kook from the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode Spooky Space Kook .
References [ ]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Aliens Among Us , season 2 , episode 16.
- ↑ Beware the Beast from Below , season 1 , episode 1.
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Spooky Space Kook
- Post author: Professor Joel
- Post published: July 3, 2021
- Post category: Scooby Doo Where Are You! - Season 1
Spooky Space Kook is episode fifteen of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! It originally aired on December 20, 1969, just five days before Christmas and features the legendary Scooby-Doo monster, the Spooky Space Kook.
Very popular among Scooby fans, the Spooky Space Kook’s costume makes an appearance in the live-action film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. This episode was also re-imagined in the Be Cool Scooby-Doo episode entitled In Space. While the Be Cool Scooby-Doo episode does not feature the same monster exactly, there is a resemblance.
Enough of the trivia jibber-jabber, Beam Me Up Scotty!
Sp0oky Space Kook – Episode Review
The episode begins with a UFO flying over a countryside road and landing. The Spooky Space Kook emerges from the UFO and walks down a desolate road before letting out out a sinister laugh.
Driving in the Mystery Machine down an old country road, the gang run out of gasoline. Fortunately, they’re near an old farmhouse, so they head over to see if they could buy some. At the farmhouse, they meet a grizzled farmer who initially mistakes them for reporters and confronts the gang with a shotgun. This might be the first and last time we see a gun in the Scooby-Doo series (I still need to look into this)
The Farmer explains to the gang that he’s been pestered by reporters ever since a UFO and a Ghost Astronaut have been sighted. As Scooby and the Gang get up to date on this newest mystery, they spot the Spooky Space Kook’s glow in the dark footprints off to the side. Daphne exclaims that she’s never seen footprints like that before and the Farmer explains that he sees them all the time.
The Farmer gives the gang some gas, and they drive off to look for the Spooky Space Kook. They don’t have to drive too far before they see the UFO in the evening sky.
The UFO lands behind a hill and the gang drive to where they think it landed. What they find instead is an abandoned airfield, which is a graveyard for old planes. On the ground they spot more of the glow in the dark footprints. Following the tracks to an old shed, they hear an electronic noise within. Opening the door, they find a generator, and it’s still warm from use. The gang split up, and it doesn’t take long for Scooby and Shaggy to run into the Spooky Space Kook.
The ghost alien chases them into an airplane where they evade the monster with some clever thinking. Meanwhile, Fred, Daphne and Velma inspect the Airport\’s ruined Machine Shop. Daphne comments that everything is extremely greasy, and Freddy realizes that this is a clue as it means the tools have been recently used.
Unbeknown to Freddy, the Space Kook has released a hoist, and it snags Freddy, lifting him high in the air. Velma and Daphne can’t figure out how to get him down, so they run off looking for Scooby and Shaggy.
Scooby & Shaggy soon meet up with Daphne and Velma, and they release Freddy from his hoist. The reunion is soon interrupted as the Spooky Space Kook makes his entrance. Terrified, the gang quickly split up and scram.
Scooby and Shaggy end up at the Mess Hall where they discover some fresh Ham and Chicken. Realizing that an Alien shouldn’t have groceries in the fridge, they head off to find Freddy to tell him about their clue. Before they get too far, they run into the Space Kook and find somewhere to hide. Meanwhile, Freddy, Daphne and Velma, who are outside by an old hanger, find a newspaper in an old barrel. The newspaper is from the day before, and it’s covered in glow in the dark fingerprints. It’s also an article about the UFO sightings near the abandoned Airport.
After several more terrifying encounters with the Space Kook, the entire gang gets back together in a motor pool. Underneath a busted down Jeep, Scooby finds the scent of gasoline overpowering. Velma smells the jeep and declares that it has been running recently. The jeep looks like it has four flat tires, but looking underneath, they find an extra set of wheels.
The jeep fires up and drives off on its own. If that isn’t enough to startle the gang, the Spooky Space Kook leaps out of an abandoned military van. Even more bad news! An army of Space Kooks emerge from additional bays.
This is more than enough to frighten Scooby and Shaggy off, so they run up a tower ladder, where they find a control room with a microphone and a projector. Figuring out that they’ve been bamboozled, Shaggy signals for Freddy and the girls to come up to the tower.
The Ghost Alien beats Freddy and the girls up so Shaggy and Scooby parachute off the tower to safety.
Landing at the base of the tower safely, Shaggy is greeted by the Farmer, along with a sheriff. The Farmer explains he got worried about the gang and called the police.
The Space Kook makes a dash for it by hiding in a wind tunnel but is foiled by a clever Freddy who fires up the tunnel and sends the Space Kook’s costume flying off.
Inside they find their culprit, wearing just his street clothes. The Farmer identifies him as Henry Bascomb, his next-door neighbour.
Back in the tower, Shaggy reveals how Henry was using a projector to emulate a UFO, and all the creepy voices were a speeded up laugh over a loudspeaker. The army of Space Kooks were all stuffed dummies, and the self-driving jeep was run by remote control.
It turns out Henry figured out the Airport would be reopening and would be expanding. So his goal was to scare off all the neighbouring farms, where he could buy the land cheap, and sell it to the Airport for a mint.
If I had a complaint, it’s that this episode doesn’t let you piece together the mystery as you are only introduced to Henry at the very end. The remote control jeep didn’t make much sense either. But that’s just nitpicking, as this is a kids cartoon after all.
How would you rate this episode?
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Don Messick: Scooby-Doo, Spooky Space Kook, Henry Bascomb Casey Kasem: Shaggy Rogers, Sheriff Frank Welker: Freddy Jones Stefanianna Christopherson: Daphne Blake Nicole Jaffe: Velma Dinkley Hal Smith: Farmer
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My ranking for this episode is 10/10 as you. Space Kook is obviously one of the best Scooby Doo villians ever. The episode has a creepy atmosfere because of the space kook and the abandoned airport. It has a very good plot and a scary and fast rhythm. Amazing review!
Thanks so much Bruno! Yes, love the creepy atmosphere and the Space Kook. You are so right about the fast rhythm!
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