13 Freaky Halloween Movies for Families

Hocus Pocus

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Rated: PG Year: 1993 Cast: Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thora Birch, Omri Katz

Max is a California teen whose family relocates in Salem, Massachusetts, where local lore has it that the three Sanderson sisters will return to wreak havoc. The three witches are intent on getting eternal youth and beauty the old-fashioned way -- by sucking the life force out of children.

What Parents Like: As one character says, "Aren't you broads a little too old to be out trick-or-treating?" Well, yes and no. Midler is a treat as campy, oldest sister Winifred. Too bad there isn't more of the divine diva, or over-the-top musical numbers like "I Put a Spell on You." Parker is fetching as a nymph-like enchantress.

What Kids Like: Twitchy fun that's not too scary, thanks to clever one-liners and diverting subplots involving a zombie, a talking cat, a spellbook, and a cute but bratty kid sister.

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