Must-Stream Movies: 3 Scares For The Fam

Since Halloween may be more of a trick than a treat this year, we have 3 spooktacular classics that you and your fam can watch while you Monster Mash.

By Jesse Conner

Dylan Minnette in "Goosebumps."

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Fair warning to families: this Tuesday's movie must-streams are definitely in the realm of PG, but they still contain some scary scenes and themes that kids aged 7 and younger could have nightmares about.

The list is one that we want you to enjoy with the whole family, but that doesn't mean we're going to go too easy (it's called "3 scares for the fam" for a reason).

  • Halloweentown

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    This one brings all of the Halloween magic and mystery you can imagine, all packed into one secret community known as Halloweentown, where witches, vampires and monsters of all kinds live in harmony. If we had to choose a movie on our list to be cautious about, this is it. Sure, it starts off with a light-hearted trip to a supernatural place where pleasant, otherworldly creatures abound, but audiences quickly find out that when the tides shift, these beings turn into very real monsters.

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    Children / 1998

    After learning she is a witch, a girl (Kimberly J. Brown) helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures.

  • Goosebumps

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    This movie's the most family-friendly amongst our trio, mainly because the CGI used to create these larger-than-life characters is so evident that kids probably won't be too too scared. The movie's more of an action/comedy, based on the popular series of children's fiction books, "Goosebumps." If the stories from author R. L. Stine's work did come to life, this adventure provides a great, entertaining sense of what that looks like.

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    Comedy / 2015 / PG

    Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush). The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah's mysterious father is R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the famous author of the best-selling "Goosebumps" series. When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it's up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper to return the beasts back to the books where they belong.

  • Hocus Pocus

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    If you’re not careful, this film -- currently a retro theatrical hit, too -- might put a spell on you. Three witches who once roamed the Earth freely were taken and executed, but after 300 years...they're back. The film's a perfect mix of spooky and silly. There certainly are some sinister moments that might be comparable to a story like Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel, but it's a flick that the whole family can enjoy.

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    Hocus Pocus

    Comedy / 1993 / PG

    After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

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