Not-too-scary Halloween month TV shows and movies

October and Halloween is here and Showmax has it all: mummies and monsters, ghosts and ghouls… Get ready for 31 days of (not so) scaries for the whole family because Showmax has tricks and treats for the kids, too.

Showmax has grouped its spooky stories into gangs for your little bats, along with a suitable age rating for each show:

Ghoul school

• The Monster High Collection: Monster High: Haunted (PGH) Best for tweens, Monster High Boo York, Boo York (PG) Best for tweens, Monster High: Great Scarrier Reef (PGV) Best for tweens.

Spookiz S1-4 and Spookiz the Movie (PG) Best for ages 4–8.

Monsterville: The Cabinet of Souls (10-12 PG) Best for tweens. Live action.

Cranston Academy: Monster Zone (PGH) Best for tweens.

The Academy of Magic (7-9 PGL) Best for ages 7–10.

Spook hunters

• The Scooby Doo collection: Scooby-Doo (7-9 PGVH) Best for ages 8 and up. Live action, Trick Or Treat Scooby-Doo! (PGH) Best for ages 8 and up, Scooby-Doo2: Monsters Unleashed Best for ages 8 and up. Live action.

Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (10-12 PGVH) Best for tweens. Live action.

• Monster House (from 23 October) (PG) Best for ages 10 and up.

Families with fangs

• The Addams Family collection: The Addams Family (10-12 PGVH) Best for ages 10 and up, The Addams Family 2 (PGV) Best for ages 10 and up.

• Shrek Collection: Shrek (PG) Best for ages 10 and up, Shrek 2 (PG) Best for ages 10 and up, Shrek the Third (PG) Best for ages 10 and up, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PGLV) Best for ages 10 and up.

• Hotel Transylvania collection: Hotel Transylvania (PG) Best for ages 8 and up, Hotel Transylvania 2 (PGV) Best for ages 8 and up, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (from 19 October) (PGV) Best for ages 8 and up.

Monster Family 2 (PGV) Best for ages 7 and up.

Bigfoot Family (PGV) Best for ages 7 and up.

Witches & wizards

• Harry Potter collection: Ratings change by movie but they’re ideally suited to ages 12 and up: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (PG), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PGV), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (10-12 PGV), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (7-9 PGV), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7-9 PGV), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (12-12 PGV), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (10-12 PGV).

• Fantastic Beasts collection: Fantastic Beasts (10-12 PGV), Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (10-12 PGV),

Silly monsters

• Abominable collection: Abominable (PGV) Best for ages 6 and up, Abominable: Invisible City (PG) Best for ages 6 and up.

• The Julia Donaldson collection: Room on the Broom (A) suitable for all ages, The Gruffalo (A) suitable for all ages, The Gruffalo’s Child (A) suitable for all ages.

Rumble (PG) Best for ages 6 and up.

Welcome To Earth S1 (PG) Best for ages 6 and up.

Revolting Rhymes S1 (PGV) Best for ages 6 and up.

Mummies and curses

Tad, the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet

Get ready to journey across the world with the most ambitious (and clumsy) adventurer of all time in the award-winning Spanish-made animated movie. When a slight blunder destroys a rare sarcophagus, an ancient spell is unleashed. Now, Chicago bricklayer-turned-archaeologist Tad Jones must team up with his friends Sara and his ‘oldest pal’ Mummy to race across the far corners of the Earth and stop the curse of the Emerald Tablet before things get really out of hand.

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