The Best Halloween Movies for Preschoolers! Plus, Halloween Specials of Their Favorite Shows
Halloween can be scary for small children, but it can also be fun! These Halloween movies for preschoolers are age-appropriate spooky fun! Plus, I included 10 fun Halloween-themed episodes from some favorite preschool shows!
Halloween is such a fun time for kids! They get to wear fun costumes and eat tons of candy! I could probably list almost all of the costumes that I had as a kid. But I also remember Halloween being pretty scary. There were a lot of scary things on TV and I hated spooky stories and shows. When I had kids I took a lot of time to screen movies that were appropriate for Halloween. Here’s a list of our ten favorite Halloween movies for preschoolers!
10 Halloween Movies for Preschoolers
Monster’s Inc. (2001)
Mike and Sulley are two monsters that work at Monster’s Inc. scaring children and collecting their screams to power the monster world. They are about to break the all-time scare record when a little girl winds up in their world. Now they have to get her home before she ruins their lives. (Maybe scary for some little kids, but my kids loved it!) (Watch on Disney Plus)
Monster’s University (2013)
Travel back in time and discover how Mike and Sulley became best friends in college. This prequel is just as fun as the original. It’s also a little less scary! (Watch on Disney Plus)
Miguel loves music, but his family has banned music of all kinds. He sets out on Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) to track down a family member that can help his family change their mind. The music and visuals of this movie are stunning! Plus, it provides an opportunity to teach children about the holidays of other cultures. (Watch on Disney Plus)
While Dia de Los Muertos is not equivalent to Halloween, Coco is full of mystical creatures and skeletons. These elements make it a great Halloween movie for preschoolers.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
The Halloween-themed sequel to Pooh’s Heffalump Movie! Lumpy and Roo team up for an adventure to catch the dreaded Gobloon and wish for Halloween candy. But what they find instead is much more special. (Rent on Amazon Prime Video)
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Follow the Peanuts Gang as they prepare for Halloween festivities like Trick or Treating, costume parties, and waiting for the Great Pumpkin. I watched this every year as a kid and it’s so fun to share that tradition with my little ones! (Watch on Apple TV)
Room on the Broom (2012)
Based on the popular children’s book, Room on the Broom is the story of a witch that invites a variety of animals to join her on her broom. But what happens when the witch is threatened by a fearsome dragon?! This is such a fun story! And it’s great to read the book and watch the movie. (Rent on Apple TV)
Wiggly Halloween (2013)
Hands down one of our favorite Halloween movies for preschoolers! Wiggly Halloween takes the songs from The Wiggle’s Pumpkin Face album and creates music videos for Halloween! We listen to the album on repeat in the car during October, in addition to watching the movie! (Rent on Amazon Prime Video)
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)
George visits a farm on Halloween. He hears a story about a spooky scarecrow that kicks hats and sets off to investigate. This movie is full of silly fun! (Purchase on Amazon Prime Video)
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween (2016)
The Cat in the Hat shows up to take Nick and Sally on a ride full of Halloween fun and adventure. (Watch on Amazon Prime Video)
The Gruffalo (2009)
Never set foot in the deep dark wood, unless you want The Gruffalo to come after you! This is a fun film adaptation of another beloved children’s book. While it’s not necessarily Halloween, The Gruffalo is a big hairy beast that lives in the woods. That seems spooky-themed enough for the occasion. (Rent on Google Play)
10 of the Best Halloween Episodes of Popular Preschool Shows
In addition to fun movies, there are so many great Halloween episodes from popular preschool shows! I will often times just play a few of these during October instead of turning on a full movie. Here’s a list of fun Halloween episodes from ten of our favorite shows!
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: “Katerina’s Costume/Dress Up Day” (Season 4, Ep. 1)
Daniel and his friends help Katerina pick her costume for the Neighborhood Dress Up Day. Then they parade around to all the neighbors to show off their costumes and collect treats. (Watch with Amazon PBS Kids Subscription)
Pinkalicious & Peterrific: “Pink or Treat/Berry Scary” (Season 3, Ep. 6)
Pinkalicious and Peter are so excited for Halloween but have to come up with a different way to celebrate when the whole town loses electricity. Then Peter and Pinkalicious hear some scary noises in their house. What could it be?! (Watch with Amazon PBS Kids Subscription)
Wild Kratts: “Creepy Creatures”
To celebrate Halloween the Kratt Brothers go out in search of some “creepy cool creatures.” Along the way, they learn that Zach and the other villains are trying to ruin Halloween. It’s up to the Kratt Brothers and their creature powers to save the day! (Watch on Amazon Prime Video)
Super Why: “The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween” (Season 4, Ep. 1)
It’s Halloween in Storybook Village, but Pig is too scared to go Trick or Treating with his friends. The Super Readers also have to help Little Ghost overcomes his fears too. (Watch with Amazon PBS Kids Subscription)
Basically, the entire series of Vampirina is perfect for littles at Halloween! Vampirina Hauntly is a friendly vampire that helps her family run a Bed and Breakfast for ghouls and goblins. She deals with the struggles of being the new girl in a town of humans. (Watch on Disney Plus)
Sofia the First: “Princess Butterfly” (Season 1, Ep. 19); “Ghostly Gala” (Season 2, Ep. 13); “Too Cute To Spook” (Season 4, Ep. 12)
The Halloween episodes of Sofia the First are some my kids’ favorites! In “Princess Butterfly” Sofia’s sister Amber cheats at creating a Halloween costume using magic. But the costume turns out to be more real than she expected.
In “Ghostly Gala” Sofia meets a ghost named Sir Dax that is determined to scare everyone out of the castle during the Halloween ball.
Sofia and her witch friends end up babysitting Mr. Cedric’s niece on Halloween in “Too Cute To Spook.” She is determined to show the bigger kids how scary. But she ends up getting them into trouble instead. (Watch on Netflix)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: “Mickey’s Treat” (Season 1, Ep. 17); “Monster Musical” (Season 5, Ep. 7+8)
In “Mickey’s Treat” Mickey and his friends have to get ready for the big Halloween party at Trick or Treat Tower. But can they get there in time?
“Monster Musical” is about Mickey and his pals getting stranded at a spooky castle. They offer to help Count Mikula find out what’s been haunting his home. (Watch on Disney Plus)
Doc McStuffins: “Boo-hoo to You” (Season 1, Ep. 23); “Hallie Halloween” (Season 3, Ep. 11)
Doc and her friends help a ghost toy named Sebastian to no longer be afraid of Halloween in “Boo-hoo to You.”
In “Hallie Halloween” Doc teaches the toys how to be safe on Halloween. This includes important lessons, like not wandering off alone. (Watch on Disney Plus)
PJ Masks: “Halloween Tricksters” (Season 2, Ep. 19)
Luna Girl, Night Ninja, and the Wolfies team up to steal Halloween treat bags. It’s up to the PJ Masks to save Halloween from being ruined! PJ Masks is currently my kids’ favorite show, and their Halloween costumes, so this episode is on constant repeat. (Watch on Disney Plus)
Elena of Avalor: “A Day to Remember” (Season 1, Ep. 9)
Elena of Avalor is full of all sorts of different Latin holidays and traditions. “A Day to Remember” focus on Dia de Los Muertos. Elena discovers that she has the power to see ghosts on Dia de Los Muertos. She decides to help the spirit of an elderly woman mend the rift between her and her grandchildren. (Watch on Disney Plus)