12 Family Friendly Horror Movies on Netflix to Celebrate Halloween In October 2023

It’s finally October, the month where everyone should be watching spooky movies for Halloween! These Netflix recommendations appeal to the whole family, so everyone can enjoy the best holiday season of the year together!

Nightbooks is a sort-of scary, but not too scary, movie great for viewers of just about any age. (pictured: Krysten Ritter)

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It’s October, and that means it’s officially the spooky season even for the people out there who don’t start celebrating Halloween in August and September like the rest of us. This month’s Netflix recommendations are all horror-themed movies that can be enjoyed by the whole family as you get in the mood for Halloween throughout October. Of course, any movie can be “family friendly” depending on you and your family’s standards. But this list specifically highlights slightly spooky movies with ratings that don’t go above PG-13 or TV-14, and most of them are suitable for even younger viewers.

13 Family Friendly Movies (and a series) Streaming on Netflix in October 2023

1. Goosebumps (2015)

Slappy the ventriloquist dummy in Goosebumps (2015).
Slappy the Dummy is the most recognizable character across all iterations of Goosebumps, including movies, television, books, and video games.

Rating: PG | Director: Rob Letterman | Runtime: 103 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: ventriloquist dummies, monsters, Jack Black

Goosebumps is fun story about a fictionalized version of author R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black) whose literary creations escape into the real world. The movie has tons of great monsters including a werewolf, zombies, aliens, scary clowns, and more.

2. Wendell & Wild (2022)

Wendell & Wild (2022)
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and are the voices of the characters Wendell and Wild.

Rating: PG-13 | Director: Henry Selick | Runtime: 106 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: stop-motion animation, movies like Coraline, dark comedies

Henry Selick, the director of classic animated films including Coraline (2009) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), directed this story about a young woman who is forced to deal with a couple of demons who want to join the land of the living. Wendell & Wild might be too mature for younger children, but it is still suitable for a broad audience.

3. Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020)

Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020)

Rating: PG-13 | Director: Oz Rodriguez | Runtime: 85 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: vampires, teen horror

A trio of friends discover vampires are invading their home in the Bronx, but since no one believes them, they take defending their neighborhood into their own hands. Vampires vs. The Bronx is a fun horror comedy in the vein of movies like Monster Squad (1987) where young heroes battle classical monsters.

4. Hubie Halloween (2020)

Hubie Halloween (2020)
Adam Sandler (pictured) co-wrote Hubie Halloween with longtime filmmaking collaborator Tim Herlihy.

Rating: PG-13 | Director: Steven Brill | Runtime: 103 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: Adam Sandler, underdog stories, light mysteries

Hubie Halloween is a typical Adam Sandler comedy through and through. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing depends on your tastes, but at least you know what to expect: goofy jokes, lots of cameos, and general silliness. It is one of the better Adam Sandler comedies, and its Halloween setting makes it a good choice for October viewing.

5. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010)

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010)
The monster effects are good, especially for a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie.

Rating: TV-Y | Director: Eric Bross | Runtime: 86 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: werewolves, vampires, made-for-TV movies

17-year-old Jordan (Victoria Justice) moves to Romania with her father and brother after they inherent a castle. Unknowingly, she literally steps into an ongoing struggle between werewolves and vampires when she cuts her foot on a broken vial of blood in her new home. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf is nicely campy fun with some genuinely good werewolf action.

6. Liar, Liar, Vampire (2015)

Liar, Liar, Vampire (2015)
The director of Liar, Liar, Vampire, Vince Marcello, also directed The Kissing Booth (2018) for Netflix. (pictured: Rahart Adams as Davis Pell)

Rating: TV-PG | Director: Vince Marcello | Runtime: 68 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: vampires (sort of), high school drama

Liar, Liar, Vampire isn’t actually about vampires, so it might be good for family members who really don’t enjoy horror movies (since this isn’t a horror movie, but it draws from horror/vampire tropes). The story is about a teenager in high school who decides to go along with rumors that he is a vampire.

7. The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022)

The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022)
Jeff Wadlow, the director of The Curse of Bridge Hollow, also directed 2018’s Truth or Dare. (pictured: Kelly Rowland and a jack-o’-lantern monster)

Rating: TV-14 | Director: Jeff Wadlow | Runtime: 91 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: Halloween comedies, supernatural shenanigans

City-girl Sydney (Priah Ferguson) isn’t happy with the idea of moving to the small town of Bridge Hollow, but she is intrigued by the town’s zeal for Halloween. Sydney accidentally unleashes a spirit that brings the town’s many spooky decorations to life, and it’s up to her and her science-loving father (Marlon Wayans) to save the day (or rather, the night).

8. We Have a Ghost (2023)

We Have a Ghost (2023)
David Harbour (pictured in the background) is a ghost haunting the house of a family played by Anthony Mackie, Erica Ash (pictured in the foreground), Niles Fitch, and Jahi Winston.

Rating: PG-13 | Director: Christopher Landon | Runtime: 127 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: ghosts, haunted houses, family comedies

Quiet teenager Kevin discovers a ghost in the attic of his family’s new house, but instead of being scared, Kevin thinks the ghost, whom he calls Ernest, is funny. Kevin records a video of Ernest that goes viral thanks to Kevin’s father, and that drags the family into an adventure involving the CIA. We Have a Ghost isn’t really horror, it’s more of a comedic adventure, but it is good for family viewing.

9. Nightbooks (2021)

Nightbooks (2021)
In Nightbooks, Krysten Ritter plays a witch who kidnaps children and keeps them if they are useful.

Rating: TV-PG | Director: David Yarovesky | Runtime: 103 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: dark fantasy, movies about storytellers, witches

Young Alex loves horror and writes scary stories, but his parents are worried about him. Distressed, Alex plans to burn his stories when he is magically abducted by a witch. Now Alex must write a new story for the witch every night if he wants to live to see the next day. Nightbooks can get emotional and a bit scary, and it’s a great story about telling stories.

10. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
In Hotel Transylvania 2, Selena Gomez voices Dracula’s daughter Mavis, and Adam Sandler voices Dracula.

Rating: PG | Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Runtime: 89 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: classic monsters, family drama, slapstick comedy

Dracula’s daughter has a son, and Dracula is concerned that his grandson might not be a vampire. Wacky hijinks ensue. Hotel Transylvania 2 is equal parts silly and endearing.

11. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)
The director of A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, Rachel Talalay, also directed Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991). (pictured: Tom Felton as the character Grand Guignol)

Rating: TV-PG | Director: Rachel Talalay | Runtime: 98 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: fantasy films, teen dramedy, colorful visuals

Intelligent teen outcast Kelly (Tamara Smart) has her Halloween plans ruined when she is manipulated into babysitting. The kid in her care, Jacob, is taken by a magical man who comes out of Jacob’s closet. Now Tamara embarks on a monster-hunting adventure to get Jacob back.

12. The Haunted House (2016)

The Haunted House (2016)
The Haunted House is also known as Shinbi Apartment.

Rating: TV-Y7 | Number of Episodes: 24 | Runtime: 23-27 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: South Korean animation, spooky mysteries

Okay, so The Haunted House isn’t a movie. It’s an animated series from South Korea. But it’s being recommended here because, for one thing, it’s good, and because it’s something you can watch over the entire month of October. The Haunted House is about a brother and sister who help a goblin get rid of ghosts in a haunted apartment complex.

13. Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
As of this writing, Curse of the Were-Rabbit is the only feature-length Wallace and Gromit film (not including the Shaun the Sheep spinoffs).

Rating: G | Director: Steve Box & Nick Park | Runtime: 84 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: Wallace & Gromit (obviously), British humor, giant rabbits

Working in pest control, humble inventor Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit attempt to stop rabbits from pilfering vegetables using a mind-control invention. Soon after, a giant were-rabbit is spotted, and the duo work to track the creature down. Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a delightful stop-motion-animated movie that everyone, of any age, can enjoy.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.