Kids love bits of spookiness without the terrifying nightmares, and British cinema offers just that for our little ones! For Halloween, why not grab the delicious candy gathered by your kids in the neighbourhood and have a fun and spooky movie night with them?
We selected movies made by famous British directors that are a mixture of captivating, magical, and, most importantly, suitable for young audiences. Here are some great British spooky films for kids to watch together.
Coraline (2009), Henry Selick
While not a British director, Henry Selick’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novella “Coraline” is a fantastic pick. The film is a stunning stop-motion masterpiece that tells the story of Coraline, a young girl who discovers a hidden door to an alternate world. This eerie yet enchanting adventure is perfect for children who love tales of curiosity and courage.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Henry Selick and Tim Burton
Another piece of art from Henry Selick, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, is a collaboration with Tim Burton and tells the story around Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who stumbles upon Christmas Town. The result is a delightful blend of Halloween and Christmas, making it a timeless and beloved classic.
Corpse Bride (2005), Tim Burton
We know Tim Burton for his whimsical and dark style, who directed “Corpse Bride,” a macabre and charming stop-motion tale. Victor accidentally proposes to a deceased bride, Emily, and finds himself in the Land of the Dead. This movie captures the essence of Tim Burton’s unique signature, balancing the spooky with the heartwarming.
The Boxtrolls (2014), Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, “The Boxtrolls” is an animated film that tells the story of Eggs, a boy raised by underground-dwelling creatures known as Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls have a terrible reputation in the town above, and it’s up to Eggs to clear their name and protect his friends. The film blends adventure, humour, and a touch of spookiness for a fun family viewing experience.
ParaNorman (2012), Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Released in 2012, “ParaNorman” is a delightful stop-motion film with a mix of comedy and spookiness. The movie centres on Norman, a young boy who can see and communicate with ghosts. When his town faces a zombie uprising, it’s up to Norman to save the day, teaching important lessons about acceptance and courage.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt
While not a traditional spooky film, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is an amusing take on the high seas. The film follows a group of misfit pirates led by the Pirate Captain as they compete in a Pirate of the Year competition. With quirky humour and eccentric characters, this movie is an adventure that your kids will adore.
From the enchanting world of “Coraline” to the spirited “Pirates! Band of Misfits,” we hope you’ll enjoy watching these films, perfect for Halloween and the entire family.
We offer a selection of spooky Halloween tours in London and beyond which we hope will make a nice addition to your special family time.