Editor’s note: This post has been updated for 2020.
As Halloween draws near, our family loves to watch both classic and new family-friendly TV shows and Halloween movies on Netflix.
Looking for some new recommendations to add to your queue? Netflix doesn’t make it super easy to find Halloween-oriented shows, so I did the homework for you and unearthed some real gems.
Here are 33 spooky (but not too scary) Halloween favorites currently available to stream on Netflix. These suggestions are geared toward younger children, ages 3-12. If you’re looking for Halloween movies for teens, check out this post. Click on any of the images or titles for a direct link to watch instantly (if you have a subscription, of course).
KID-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON NETFLIX
Instead of summoning the spirit of her dearly departed mother, a charming teen accidentally awakens a vengeful witch who wants to destroy her town.
When high school girl-geek Jordan becomes a werewolf after moving to Romania, she must elude her own brother, who sets out to slay her.
When he gets a fan letter from a young monster movie buff, Dracula visits him and soon has a new friend helping him to get his confidence back.
Two kids and their pet dog (aka the Ghost Patrol) get a call about an old manor and soon find they are investigating their first real haunted house.
Three teens spend their Halloween trying to stop a magical book, which brings characters from the Goosebumps novels to life. Common Sense Media calls this movie “that rare beast: a fun, scary movie for kids that won’t actually terrify them.”
An American kid obsessed with the undead befriends and offers to help a young vampire whose family is being targeted by a merciless vampire hunter.
On Halloween, the Hulk and Dr. Strange battle monsters wreaking havoc on New York and uncover an evil plot by Nightmare, ruler of the Dream Dimension.
A family’s festive Halloween plans take a spooky turn when an evil witch’s curse transforms the costumed clan into actual monsters.
When their parents head out for the evening, Ethan and his little sister get the babysitter of their nightmares: a fledgling vampire named Sarah.
A gentle witch with a ginger braid offers rides to a variety of animals on her increasingly crowded broom, much to her grumpy cat’s chagrin.
A scarecrow and a spider trio help an odd-shaped pumpkin overcome his feelings of shame and inadequacy. This animated story is based upon a children’s book, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, by Joe Troiano.
The Super Monsters use their powers to get their neighbors in the Halloween spirit, then help a nervous friend see there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Beatrix can’t wait to be inducted as a witch, but an unfortunate incident threatens to take her pending title away if she doesn’t act fast.
A boy and his grandma go on vacation, only to find their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, and the witches are brewing an evil plot!
HALLOWEEN SERIES FOR KIDS
A masked figure known as “The Curious” collects tales of dark magic, otherworldly encounters and twisted technology in this kids anthology series.
R.L. Stine’s tales take on a life of their own in a series that combines original stories with adaptations drawn from the popular books.
With her dad away, Mavis is so ready for adventure — if strict Aunt Lydia doesn’t stop her first. This series is set four years before the Hotel Transylvania film. She’s Dracula’s teen daughter, and she’s totally going to rule this awesome hotel. Things are about to get spooky fun!
Little Masha shares tales of common childhood fears like ghosts and monsters. She playfully explains why these creatures are nothing to worry about.
The kids of famous monsters come together at a special preschool. As a group, they must train the skills they inherited from their parents and have them good-to-go for kindergarten.
Scooby-Doo and the gang enter the 21st century with this updated edition of the original series with more ghoulish mysteries to solve. Stream three seasons of Scooby-filled shenanigans!
After stumbling into a school for witches, a bumbling heroine comes to realize that she just might belong there. Based on Jill Murphy’s beloved books. (Season 4 will be out on October 1!)
HALLOWEEN TV SPECIALS FOR KIDS
In three Halloween tales, Shrek and his friends tell scary stories, Ginormica and the Monsters fight mutant alien pumpkins, and Shrek battles a ghost.
The Shrek characters parody the music video “Thriller”; B.O.B. and pals battle zombie carrots; and Megamind faces the effects of the Button of Doom.
In this “Sofia the First” Halloween special, a ghost is scaring everyone away from Sofia’s big Halloween bash, but she soon discovers that he just wants to host a party of his own.
In this “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” episode, the Nightmare Night macabre celebrations are in full swing when Luna herself shows up in Ponyville, determined to change her frightening public image.
The class is thrilled about its concert at the Sound Museum—until they discover the spooky mansion is more of a thrill than they bargained for.
In this Halloween special from the “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures” series, sinister Dr. Pacenstein schemes to swap bodies with Pac during a Halloween party. Spiral, Cyli and Count Pacula scramble to save their pal.
Pocoyo and his friends have a costume contest to celebrate Halloween and learn new things about planets and stars in space.
Pocoyo finds a special toy and plays new games with his friends, then they’re spooked by a scary box and try to find out who’s inside.
On Halloween, the scariest night of the year, the Rangers have a strange encounter with a mysterious medium who conjures “visions” of monsters past.
On Halloween night, the creepiest creatures from the Netherworld trade war stories about their battles with the Samurai Power Rangers.
When Melvin tries to cancel Halloween, clever best friends Harold and George create their own spooky holiday — and it’s a huge success. (This Captain Underpants special episode happens to one of my son James’ FAVE Halloween shows of all time.)
In this special Halloween episode of the “True and the Rainbow Kingdom” series, it’s up to True and her friends to save the day when a hungry Yeti sneaks a forbidden treat and fills the kingdom with Howling Greenies.
Did I miss anything? Leave a comment if there’s a kid’s Halloween (or just spooky-themed) TV special or movie on Netflix that you’d recommend.
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