Katrina Makayan


Top 11 Halloween Movies for Kids

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Entering the month of October not only means fall foliage and apple picking, but Halloween is just around the corner. While trick or treating plans may be pushed to next year, there are still ways you and your kids in the spooky spirit. You can follow along with Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween or feel free to check out these Halloween movies for kids on your own time.

Twitches – TV-PG

Follow Alex and Camryn, played by twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. Separated at birth in the magical kingdom Coventry, they were sent to (spoiler alert!) Earth to escape evil forces’ dangers. Reunited on their 21st birthday, their powers start to form. Follow their adventure while watching Twitches.

Matilda – PG

Based on the great Roald Dahl’s novel, the adaptation follows a gifted young girl’s story. Matilda Wormwood dealing with distant parents and a crude school principal, she realizes her power of telekinesis. Airing in 1996, Matilda has remained one of the many Halloween classics and a fun movie to introduce to your kids.

Halloweentown – TV-G

This 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie has remained as a Halloween favorite by all. Follow Marnie and her friends where their town is a safe haven for supernatural beings to lead a “normal” life. But on Marnie’s 13th birthday, her discovery of her powers must be used to fight the evil that is threatening to take over the world. Yes!

Hocus Pocus-PG

This movie is back in the theatres because, well, COVID, and who doesn’t need a spooky Halloween movie that is frightening but in a good fun way these days? Teenager Max with his sister and friends, explore an abandoned house accidentally releasing three evil witches. Follow the kids and a pretty cool magical cat as they try to steal their book of spells and outmaneuver the witches. Note to parents: Although not gorry, this movie can be frightening for little kids, it is more appropriate for kids 10 and up.

The Nightmare Before Christmas  – PG

Join the misadventures of Jack Skellington, the beloved pumpkin king of Halloweentown. Bored of the same annual routine of frightening people in the real world, he discovers a new life when stumbling across Christmastown.

Casper – PG

Kids may know this cute and not so scary ghost from only commercials these days, but as parents know, Casper is a well-known friendly ghost. He peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine, causing specialists to arrive to communicate with him and his fellow spirits. In light of this, he develops a budding yet complicated relationship with teenage girl, Kat.

The Addams Family – PG-13

Choose between the 1991 film or the 2019 animated adaptation, the story follows a bizarre yet beloved family who reconnects with who they believe is a long-lost relative. Get into the Halloween spirit by following this family’s rollercoaster of a story.

Ghostbusters – PG

This ’80s film is an all-time favorite and perfect for the entire family. Follow this well-known team of scientists who, after losing their positions at a university in New York City, make moves to become “ghostbusters” to fight a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. Join them in saving New York from complete chaos and absolute destruction.

Hotel Transylvania – PG

This 2012 animation starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez features all sorts of monsters. Hotel Transylvania serves as a resort where these monsters can be themselves without any humans bothering them. During one special weekend, all are invited for Mavis’ birthday, but a complication unfolds when an ordinary human crashes the party.

E.T. – PG

Yet another ’80s classic film, the story unravels when a gentle alien ends up stranded on Earth. Elliot and his sister Gertie take in E.T. and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. When E.T. falls ill, government intervention becomes a problem and creates trouble for both the children and the alien.

Coco – PG

Recently released in 2017, Coco quickly became the new favorite children’s movie. Follow Miguel and his dreams of becoming an accomplished musician when he stumbles across the Land of the Dead. After meeting a new friend, they go on a journey to discover the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Food Subscriptions

If you’re running out of appetizing ideas to whip up for meals or trying to teach your kids some culinary skills during these times, you are not alone.

These family-friendly companies are here to help you with kid-friendly food subscriptions.

Whether you have a newborn looking for healthy options or older children who want to control the kitchen, this list will make mealtime a little easier and more fun.

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Little Spoon

Little Spoon is a baby food based company that serves to promote the health of your young one. They provide quality nutrition through their various options of fresh organic baby food, natural remedies and vitamins. Their featured baby blends contain over 100 organic ingredients, catered to be perfect for your child’s first bite and beyond. There are more than 100 flavors that can be selected on their rotating menu. The vitamins and natural remedies are made to build stronger immune systems and get your child ahead. If you choose to subscribe to their service, finding the perfect products for your child will be easy. Take an introductory quiz indicating allergies your child may have and their favorite foods, and Little Spoon will create a suggested meal plan. Once subscribed, you have the ability to control what will come in your monthly deliveries.

Pricing: Three meal plans available (1 meal per day, 2 meals per day, 3 meals per day), dependent on location in combination with the meal plan. Check their website for a specific quote. 


This company is here to take the stress off of mealtime prep for you and your family. First, you can choose from three different meals plans, depending on how many meals you would like per week. Your family can choose from their weekly menu, even with curated boxes to make your life even easier! Then, your order is delivered fresh right to your doorstep in sustainable packaging. Additionally, activities are in the box to connect family members during mealtimes. Most importantly, the food comes fully cooked. Put it in the microwave and you and your kids are set for any meal of the day. 

Pricing: 6 meals per week ($7.99/meal), 8 meals per week ($6.99/meal), 12 meals per week ($5.99/meal), free shipping


Yumi features various products for a wide age range for younger children. They highlight four different stages that target specific ages. Stage 1 is their smooth single-ingredient purees for four to six-month-old children. The second stage is a series of smooth multi-ingredient purees catered for children seven months and older. Stage 3 has multi-ingredient purees containing seeds or grains for children nine months and older. In the last stage, the food contains a chunky mix of multiple ingredients for kids ten months and older. All of their products incorporate fresh, organic ingredients, as well as vitamins to promote brain development. 

Pricing: 1 meal a day ($4.30/meal or $35/week), 2 meals a day ($4.06/meal or $65/week), 3 meals a day ($3.75/meal or $90/week), free shipping

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