Movie night should be fun for the whole family. The good news is there are some great family movies out there. With fall just around the corner—pumpkin spice whatever; fall doesn’t start until the Autumn Equinox!—you’ll want to get the kids ready.
This is the season for pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and Halloween. There are some great movies out there that will bring some light-scares and fun for children of all ages.
Not sure what to start watching? There are a lot out there, but we’re narrowing down the list to help you this fall.
3 must-watch family movies in fall 2023
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Where would we be without the Charlie Brown movies and specials? There are some excellent options available, but to mark the start of fall, we need It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Linus heads to the pumpkin pathc. He’s ready for the elusive Halloween symbol to appear. Will he be left on his own, or will his friends arrive? It’s a fun adventure, suitable for all ages. The younger kids will adore it, and you’ll notice things you never did before now that you’re an adult.
Disney has some excellent movies. One of the most overlooked is Coco. It’s actually a favorite in our house, and I’m not sure why it’s been so overlooked.
Like all Disney movies, there is some sort of lesson to learn. This one is about death. Yes, there is some wonderful music and the animation is vibrant, but the story is a little darker as you start watching it. Even adults have something to learn when it comes to this story about loss and death. It’s perfect as children start to get into the Halloween spirit.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
How about the first Harry Potter movie? While the later ones aren’t that suitable for the younger members of the family, the first one is this intriguing introduction into the magical world. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone brings us a few scares here and there, but the magic, the graphics, and the fun moments are going to help space out the action for the younger viewers.
I’d recommend going into the books after watching the first movie. Let the kids delve into the world of Harry Potter and let their imaginations run wild. Of course, then they’ll want to go to Universal Studios to see Diagon Alley and Gringots in all their glory.