SmartFeed’s top 10 Halloween Movies+Shows+Apps+Books for your Kids!

Ronnie's Awesome List presents a guest post by Linsly Donnelly of SmartFeed, offering media tips for families this Halloween.

Boo! My favorite season – Halloween –  has arrived. The air crackles with pumpkin spiced fall flavor and crooked candle lit grins.

A family favorite tradition – costume consideration. 

Last night we sunk into the couch, orange skeleton blanket draped around huddled shoulders, and commenced… online costume recon. One and half hot chocolates later we emerged with:

  • A football player (1st grader),
  • A girl Pikachu (2nd grader…)
  • and – with much parental angst – a “gore-free” ….headless horseman. 

Our 5th grader: “Come oooonn, Mom, I want to be scary. super scary. Ok, not too bloody – but scary -  that’s what Halloween’s about right?

Mmmmm - I’m not so sure. Young Kids + Super Spooky does not often = a good night’s sleep – for any of us.

With costumes in check, it’s time to queue up fantastic Halloween tales – movies, shows, apps and books – to get “just the right amount” of spooky underway.

And, for that, we dive into SmartFeed. 

On SmartFeed – we make it easy for users to dial up – or dial down – the topics and themes in kids’ media titles to build customized media playlists – “just right”  for each child

Like all parents, we know every child is unique. Their interests, maturity, sensitivities vary by child by age and…often by topic. What delights and engages one child, sends another child into a tail spin - especially when it comes to spooky Halloween themesWe highlight the good stuff and give you links to all the information you need to make the best media choices with your kids.  

To savor the Halloween season - check out our collection of fun kid-friendly Halloween content movies + TV shows + apps and books - some silly, some spooky.


Grinning Movie: Curious George BooFest Pre K, A spook-tacular good time with Curious George - in his first-ever Halloween movie.

Grinning Movie: Curious George BooFest Pre K, A spook-tacular good time with Curious George - in his first-ever Halloween movie.

Brain Building Fun App: Mask Jumble PreK, Fun creativity – if it’s a hit – check out the animals version on 11/1 .

Brain Building Fun App: Mask Jumble PreK, Fun creativity – if it’s a hit – check out the animals version on 11/1 .

Book: Ghost in The House! 2-6, At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! 

Book: Ghost in The House! 2-6, At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! 


Crowd Pleaser Show: Spooky Stories 8+, Disney’s Shrek and Monster vs. Aliens characters a la Halloween.

Crowd Pleaser Show: Spooky Stories 8+, Disney’s Shrek and Monster vs. Aliens characters a la Halloween.

Cool Adventure Apps: Costume Quest 8+, In this charming role-playing game, choose your hero and trick-or-treat through three beautiful environments full of Double Fine humor and story.

Cool Adventure Apps: Costume Quest 8+, In this charming role-playing game, choose your hero and trick-or-treat through three beautiful environments full of Double Fine humor and story.

Spooky Fun Book: Encyclopedia Horrifica 9+, Bursting with eerie photos and Special Investigations, a nonfiction compendium of all things ghoulish and ghastly--from Aliens to Zombies!

Spooky Fun Book: Encyclopedia Horrifica 9+, Bursting with eerie photos and Special Investigations, a nonfiction compendium of all things ghoulish and ghastly--from Aliens to Zombies!


Fun Films: When Good Ghouls go Bad 10+, A 12-year-old boy moves to a small Minnesota town that is haunted by a curse preventing its citizens from celebrating Halloween.

Fun Films: When Good Ghouls go Bad 10+, A 12-year-old boy moves to a small Minnesota town that is haunted by a curse preventing its citizens from celebrating Halloween.

Mysterious Books: The House with A Clock In It’s Walls 8-12 years Old

Mysterious Books: The House with A Clock In It’s Walls 8-12 years Old

FUN FILMS: Paranorman 10+, the story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

FUN FILMS: Paranorman 10+, the story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

MYSTERIOUS BOOKS: The Halloween Tree 11, Ray Bradbury – 8 boys

MYSTERIOUS BOOKS: The Halloween Tree 11, Ray Bradbury – 8 boys


Our Halloween collection focuses on kids 1-13+. For scarier content - it's a great time to use SmartFeed’ filtering tools to find "just right" titles for your family. 

Remember: you can filter our entire database of 30,000 movies, TV shows, apps and books for whatever topics, age and media sources - Netflix, Xfinity, Apple TV, Amazon, and more.

Have a favorite Halloween media title or list for your family? Share them with me – Linsly@thesmartfeed.com!

And, please, email me with any questions about how SmartFeed can help. I'm personally available to make custom lists for your families needs.

Cheers to your Halloween play- and finding just the right amount of spooky for your kids!

Cackles and grins to you!

Linsly Donnelly, mom of three, is a start-up veteran. Aside from being co-founder and C.O.O. of Joann.com and C.M.O. of Wine.com, she is now the founder and CEO of SmartFeed, which offers parents better control over what their kids watch, play and share. Connect with SmartFeed on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube and LinkedIn.