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October 12, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween: The Best Kids’ Movies for the Spooky Season

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The nights are chillier, the leaves are changing, and Halloween is right around the corner: It's officially fall. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a family-friendly Halloween movie?

Thanks to Xfinity On Demand, you can get into the spirit any night this month with our 31 Nights of Halloween. This carefully curated lineup lists the best kids’ TV, movies, music, and streaming stations throughout October. Check out the viewing calendar for every day of October, to find options to get you into the spooky spirit, including Halloween Screensavers!  With one press of a button (or voice command), you can easily find the top Halloween movies for kids. So, get a big bowl of popcorn ready (and of candy, of course), because there are no tricks with these flicks — they're cinematic treats for all ages.

Best kids’ Halloween movies & more available On Demand

From standby scary options to funny seasonal favorites, here are some of the Halloween movies and specials your kids will love:

Nightmare Before Christmas  

What could be better than a Halloween movie with a Christmas theme? This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tim Burton classic, which tells the tale of the Pumpkin King in his quest to convince the citizens in Halloween Town of the virtues of Christmas. The lovable stop-motion characters and haunting musical numbers deliver just the right amount of spook for young audiences.

Where to watch: Freeform

Hocus Pocus   

This campy cult classic, starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. The rollicking narrative weaves references to 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts, (home of the witch trials) with modern-day high school mischief, rendering it the perfect Halloween movie for tweens and up. Watch Hocus Pocus if you like your fright mixed with hilarious humor. 

Where to watch: Freeform

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

For little ones who want in on the season fun but aren't up for a scarier cinematic experience, the loveable monster family we’ve all come to know from the Transylvania films offers the perfect solution. This sequel has Dracula and his crew facing adventure together on the high seas, during a summer vacation cruise. See how they fare on their spookily silly voyage.

Where to watch: Rent or Buy on Xfinity X1 or Xfinity Stream

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

What would Halloween be without our favorite Peanuts gang, their trick-or-treating shenanigans, and an iconic outing to the pumpkin patch? Charlie Brown’s Halloween story is a tale that will delight kids and bring parents back to their own childhood. This vintage classic (it premiered in 1965) has music and lighthearted dialogue to tickle every funny bone in the family.

Where to watch: ABC

Harry Potter franchise

The movie adaptions of this legendary children’s book series follow Harry and his friends through seven years at Hogwarts as he battles Lord Voldemort. With all eight movies available, get ready for some serious binge-watching — perfect for Halloween and beyond!

Where to watch: SYFY

How to find kids’ movies On Demand

If you’re an Xfinity customer, here’s how to find your favorite Halloween movies and shows on Xfinity On Demand.

Step 1
Use the On Demand menu to start your search for kids’ programming to watch, rent, or buy.

Step 2
Find a movie or show by selecting the Search button from the On Demand main menu. Enter a program title, actor, director, keyword, or channel name.

Step 3
Review the motion picture rating listed on the Xfinity On Demand screen. Every movie includes the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) content rating that classifies films based on “sex, violence, substance abuse, profanity, impudence, or other types of mature content.” You can use Xfinity’s Movie Locks to set parental controls, with a lock PIN to keep film choices appropriate for your children.

Be sure to read Xfinity’s Common Sense Media section listed under every kids’ movie. To make sure parents have the best information on programming, Xfinity partners with Common Sense Media to give age-appropriate ratings in addition to the MPAA content rating. That way, you can make the most informed decision on what your children watch.

Step 4
Choose to rent or buy. You can either rent or buy an Xfinity On Demand movie by pressing the OK button — and don’t forget to check the rental period. A new screen will appear indicating the rental period available for the program.

Step 5
Select high definition or standard definition. You will be shown the price for either choice when you scroll over using the right or left arrow.

Step 6
Just hit play. With dozens of kids’ programs and movies to choose from, the real challenge will be getting your little ones to agree on a favorite. Luckily, your kids have the whole month to enjoy them all! Happy Halloween!

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