Nik's Piks: Halloween Movie Favorites for Families

Happy Halloween-EVE!  

In case you missed my month-long series of Halloween family movies, I am going to recap them for you again today.  AND, I am throwing in some others that I've previously reviewed.  I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween.  Happy Haunting! PG)

If you've ever wondered what it would be like if monsters escaped their books and became real, you are about to find out. The small, quiet town becomes overtaken by R. L. Stine's fictitious monsters and the characters must write their way out of the mess. From the Abominable Snowman to a giant praying mantis, from a werewolf to zombies - the film is filled with intense monsters that will have you holding on to the arms of your chair. It will also, ironically, have you laughing aloud as the cast delivers one humorous line after another. Read my complete review here. (Rated PG)

The film centers around Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, and the other ghoulish residents of Halloweentown. As yet another Halloween comes to an end, Jack realizes that he is bored with the same old Halloween traditions. Tomorrow he and the mayor of the town will begin preparations for next year's Halloween. Distraught with the realization that this is all there is to life, Jack walks all night through the forest and in the morning stumbles upon a secret passage to another place - Christmastown! Read my complete review here. 
(Rated PG)

Holy rabies!  I completely forgot how laugh-out-loud funny Hotel Transylvania is. The screenplay is just brilliant, filled with more one-liners than viewers can possible catch in a single sitting. Any "inappropriate" lines will go right over the heads of younger viewers, but will keep older kids and adults enthralled. Read my complete review here.
(Rated PG-13)

Dracula Untold is a historical look at how Dracula became one of the most notorious monsters in the fictitious world. And, like I discussed in my review of Maleficent, in Dracula Untold the viewers will without question be routing for this infamous villain. Now I am not going to sit here and say this film is movie-making at its finest, but I will say it was entertaining and definitely presented a new twist in the story of Dracula and vampire mythology. Read my complete review here.

 (Rated PG)

Ghostbusters remains a classic that is fun to share with your children of appropriate age. Peter (Murray), Egon (Ramis), and Ray (Aykroyd) are parapsychologists teaching at a university. They lose their grant, but with the increase in supernatural activity being reported in NYC, they decide to open up their own business and profit from the epidemic of ghosts plaguing the city. After their first successful capture of a ghost, they become instant heroes and are in high demand.  Read my complete review here.

(Rated PG)

Frankenweenie is in black and white and, frankly, I can't imagine it any other way. It is a spoof of old (I mean really old) horror movies and will make you laugh and probably shed a tear or two. I know because it gets me every time. In fact, halfway through the movie my older son called from the other room, "Is she crying yet?" UGH! I was. Read my complete review here.

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