This is Halloween. Everybody SCREAM!

It’s the most…wonderful time… of the yeaaaaarrrrrr!

And by this I mean HALLOWEEEEEN! 

steven s pumpkins aproves

We are all having to deal with whatever that’s going to look like for trick-or-treating in this, the year of the Great Pandemic Pause, so I’ve been stressing out about to make it a fun experience knowing that we won’t be out and about in usual fashion.

So, I did what any other parent working from home while educating kids also at home would do and put a screen on it.


halloween movies for kids


Well, OK not THAT screen because the kids are only 9 and 6 (though, come to think of it I was probably that age when I saw Poltergeist and had nightmares for weeks, so that’s definitely not on the list for this year.) 

The other thing about the Great Pause is that I’ve had to learn to be more flexible. Ice cream at lunch? Sure thing. Four recess times? You got it. Movie matinee after lunch? That’s uninterrupted work time, pals so IT IS ON.

And because we’re all likely juggling 345345 things on the daily, we could use a plan. So, friends, I present to you my Halloween Movie For Kids list and calendar for 2020.


  1. Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins
  2. The Addams Family (animated)
  3. Monsters Vs Aliens
  4. Coraline
  5. The House With A Clock On The Walls
  6. Scooby Doo & The Goblin King
  7. Ichabod & Mr. Toad
  8. Hotel Transylvania
  9. Corpse Bride
  10. Ghostbusters
  11. Curse of the Were-Rabbit & The Witches
  12. Twitches
  13. Hotel Transylvania 2
  14. Goosebumps
  15. Casper
  16. Sleepy Hollow
  17. Edward Scissorhands
  18. The Black Cauldron
  19. Hotel Transylvania 3
  20. Addams Family Values
  21. Beetlejuice
  22. Hocus Pocus
  23. M.I.B.
  24. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown & Bunnicula
  25. Monster Squad
  26. Paranorman
  27. Frankenweenie
  28. Monster House
  29. Book Of Life
  30. Scared Shrekless
  31. The Nightmare Before Christmas

(*I’m saving Coco for November 1)

Some days will have double features, along with some Halloween episodes of their favorite shows (you can easily do a search in your favorite streaming app!). I, personally, am hoping to bore the kids with some of my personal favorites like My Little Pony, The Magic School Bus, and The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror marathon.

For the Big Day, we’ll be taking a tv out back, setting up snacks and blankets, crack some glow sticks, and make the best of this wild and stressful situation. 

We can’t wait to see what everyone does for the season! Tag us to share at #ACMHalloween2020


Amanda R.
Amanda is a native Texan who spent a few years in the Boston area. Newish to the stay-at-home mom gig, she’s mother to an eight-year-old wilding and a five-year-old diva. When not trying to herd those cats, she runs a doula agency, Journey to Motherhood (@motherhoodsatx), and works as a San Antonio birth doula and childbirth educator. She has been married to her husband for almost nine years, which also means learning the ways of being a military spouse. Upon his return from his first deployment in their relationship, she surprised him by proposing to him when she finished her first half marathon (more like she held up a ring and he said yes). Their honeymoon was a babymoon (ehh) to Italy, followed by another deployment, building a new home, and having another child. Much time at home is spent cultivating a medicinal and vegetable garden (she’s a modern hippie), reading all kinds of books (everyone is a book nerd), crafting cocktails (because yum), documenting shenanigans and social activism on Instagram (@optimisticheathen), and holding spontaneous dance parties in the living room.