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Editor’s note: This post has been updated for 2017.
As Halloween draws near, our family loves to watch both classic and new family-friendly TV shows and Halloween movies on Netflix (streaming only—we don’t do the DVDs by mail anymore).
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 35 spooky (but not too scary) Halloween favorites currently available to stream on Netflix. Click on any of the titles for a direct link to watch instantly (if you have a subscription, of course).
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KID-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN MOVIES ON NETFLIX
Stepping out of the pages of Charles Addams’ cartoons and the 1960s television series, members of the beloved, macabre family take to the big screen.
When friendly ghost Casper decides he needs to toughen up, he goes to scare school, where he ends up in a scandal that could threaten the whole world!
Just as he’s about to be married, Victor is sucked into the underworld by a Corpse Bride who desires him for herself in this Tim Burton tale.
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.
Teenager Skylar Lewis discovers that her parents have a secret avocation when she innocently releases a cache of monsters in the family basement.
After Mavis weds Jonathan and baby Dennis arrives, Dracula looks for proof that his grandson is a vampire and needs to remain in Transylvania.
Every night at midnight, the Little Ghost gets an hour of freedom. But he’s never seen the light of day until a fateful meeting alters his perspective.
Akko’s unconventional ideas don’t go over well at the Magical Academy, but when a dragon is unleashed, she may be the only witch who can save the day.
Molly decides to plan a surprise for her best friend, Adam. She casts a magic spell, but it goes awry and turns his mother’s boyfriend into a dog.
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.
Emile and Raoul join forces with a singer and an eccentric scientist and his monkey to save a misunderstood monster from the city’s police chief.
When a traveling horror show comes to town, Danville’s high schoolers can’t wait to check it out. But the sinister showman has an evil agenda.
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.
At Halloween, the Buddies, Air Bud’s adventure-seeking pups, investigate mysterious happenings at a mansion reportedly haunted by the Halloween Hound.
An abandoned cat looking for shelter finds a mystical house owned by an old magician and inhabited by an array of wondrous automatons and gizmos.
Ace’s new pal is cute, cuddly, and 600 years old. So naturally, he tends to attract some real oddballs.
HALLOWEEN SERIES FOR KIDS
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.
Little Masha shares tales of common childhood fears like ghosts and monsters. She playfully explains why these creatures are nothing to worry about.
Max, Lily and Goo love to put their minds together and use their math skills to overcome any obstacle, even ones with two left feet or ten thumbs.
R.L. Stine leads young viewers on a creepy tour of tales featuring life-sized dolls, werewolves and carnival clowns that are stalking children.
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.
HALLOWEEN TV SPECIALS FOR KIDS
Beloved characters teach little ones how to share in the excitement and fun of Halloween in this scare-free collection of shows. Includes six Halloween-themed episodes of “Angelina Ballerina,” “Bob the Builder,” “Barney,” “Rubbadubbers,” “Kipper,” and “Pingu.”
In this “Clifford the Big Red Dog” episode, when Mac tears one of Jetta’s sweaters, he feels terrible about it and runs away. Jetta learns that it’s OK to have fears and admit them.
Hang on to your hats and get ready for a spook-tacular good time, with Curious George. Autumn is here, bringing colorful leaves, hay rides, pumpkin patches, and the annual Boo Festival.
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 their bid to win the Skulltimate Roller Maze championship, Monster High loses its star players, Clawd and Deuce, to injury.
In this “Super Why” episode, it’s Halloween in Storybrook Village, and Pig is so frightened that he won’t go trick-or-treating with his friends!
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.
The nefarious Jafar has assembled a team of Disney baddies to take over Mickey’s House of Mouse and turn it into the House of Villains.
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.
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.
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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