8 movies based on books of Halloween6 min read

Activities for Kids Nov 7, 2021



8 movies based on books of Halloween6 min read

Halloween is here and if you are done trick and treating, if you have decorated your home with those spooky looking pumpkins, if you have petrified everyone with your scary costume and if you are looking for something more fun to do on this day, then don’t worry as we’ve got you. Halloween is all about chills and thrills and if you want to do something adventurous then there could be no better option than watching a good horror movie. So, to give you a jump scare on this Halloween we bring to you a list of the best horror movies that are based out of books. You can see these movies with your kids and make your Halloween more enjoyable and scary.

1. Goosebumps

If your child is an avid reader and enjoys reading scary stories then there is no chance that they would skip Goosebumps. R.L. Stine is an amazing writer and his books are bound to make you curious. The Goosebumps movies will make your Halloween spookier. You can watch the movie on Netflix with your kids and make their Halloween night more enjoyable.

2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

A perfect Halloween movie starring Johnny Depp that you can watch with your children on Halloween night. This movie is based on a short story written by Washington Irving that you can enjoy with your kids. It has an animated version as well that is best suited for small kids. According to the age group, you can select from the Johnny Depp version or the Disney one and make your Halloween scarier than ever.

3. Nightbooks

Based on the book with the same name, Nightbooks is one of the most amazing horror movies available on Netflix that you can watch with your kid this Halloween. The book is written by J. A. White and the story is inspired by the good old Hansel and Gretel and thus your kid is bound to love it. It is not the typical horror movie with ghosts and jumpscares but something that has witches, magic and all the Halloween vibe that your child would surely enjoy. So check it out if you are looking for something that is spooky, unique and won’t give your child nightmares.

4. The Witches

Another movie about witches that can be an amazing addition to your Halloween night. You can watch it with your family and younger kids. This movie is not too intense and you might find it silly but the kids will love it for sure. So if you like movies that are a combination of suspense and horror then you should add them to your list without a doubt.

5. Harry Potter Series

You must have seen the Harry Potter series and if not then there could be no better movie that you should watch this Halloween. The Harry Potter movies are based on the Harry Potter book series written by J.K. Rowling. The books talk about a boy named Harry and a wicked magician called Voldemort. There are eight parts that are made into eight movies. So if you’re planning to have a fun Halloween night then the Harry Potter movies can be a great addition to your list for sure.

6. The Nightmare before Christmas

Another great movie recommendation that you can add to your list for Halloween. This is a movie based on a poem written by Tim Burton. It is a perfect package for the younger kids and would scare them for sure. Check it if you want to watch something that has monsters and a lot of action.

7. Coraline

It is an animated movie that will make your Halloween night more interesting. If you want to watch something full of adventure and suspense then Coraline is something you can choose without any doubt. You can watch it with the older kids or teens and it will surely give you a great time. You can find it on Amazon Prime and make your Halloween more spooky.

8. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The modern version of this movie goes by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it features Johnny Depp. Though it is not a scary movie, it has lots of candy and there’s no Halloween without it. You can rent the original movie on Youtube while the new version is available on Netflix. So watch this movie with your kids and make your Halloween scarier.


Books are a great companion but movies aren’t any less. You can always read a book, watch the movie and compare them. It is fun and helps the children learn a lot. There are several fun movies that you can enjoy with your children on several occasions. There are movies that can make your kids learn and you can even have some really interesting discussions about them as well. So this Halloween enjoy a scary movie based on a book and compare it with the novel. You can make a Venn diagram about it along with your child and talk about the differences in both the movie and the book.


Movies are fun, no matter what occasion, a good movie with your loved ones can brighten the day for sure. So this Halloween, if you are looking for some spine chilling and scary movie suggestions to try with your children then there are eight great movies based on novels that you can surely try. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine is a good option for any age. Your child is bound to love the movies as they are interesting and strangely spooky. You can also watch The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow. It is a movie based on a short story by Washington Irving. It will give you and your child a spine chilling experience. Apart from these two options, you can also watch Harry Potter. It is based on the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling and revolves around the world of witchcraft. It is a great option for Halloween and you can watch it with children of all ages. There are several other movies like The Nightbooks. It is a movie based on a book with the same name and it is inspired by the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel. It has a magical element and a lot of classic horror for your child to enjoy. There are many other movies like Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and many more to watch this Halloween. You can select the movie depending on the age group of your child. Do not forget to read the books before watching these movies. It is always good to read the book first and then you can compare the book and the movie, find what’s different and talk about it with your child. Have a spooky and scary Halloween!


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