Entertain the kids this Halloween

Choose family-oriented but spine-tingling fare―they’ll be begging for more.


The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
Seven gross but giggle-worthy children made of trash-can slime, such as Valerie Vomit and Foul Phil, defy their master in this icky horror-comedy. (Rated PG)

Arthur’s Scary Stories
Barely scare little ones who love Arthur, the popular character from Marc Brown’s best-selling children’s books. The three animated adventures on this DVD feature Arthur, D.W. and the rest of the gang. (Unrated)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Sure, it’s about a flying, floating car and Dick Van Dyke plays the lovable dad, but there are some seriously unnerving scenes woven into this 1968 classic, which takesplace in Vulgaria, a land where children are illegal. (Rated G)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The 6th installment of the Harry Potter series, this movie wis the scariest of the series thus far. (Rated PG)

Favorite Scary Stories of American Children
by Richard and Judy Dockrey Young
Tempt readers ages 8 through 11 with this collection of tales―some familiar, some new, all scary... or sort of scary, at least.

The Night Before Halloween
by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Cynthia Fisher
A houseful of goblins, witches and monsters gets ready for their big night in this book, for readers ages 5 through 8.

Scooby-Doo and the Groovy Ghost
by James Gelsey
In this story, for kids ages 6 to 10, the gang chases a guitar-playing poltergeist who haunts a theater.

Halloween Party
Treat the kids to the oldies but ghoulies on this disc, which includes “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “I Put a Spell on You,” “Purple People Eater” and “Thriller.” It’s the sonic equivalent of a sugar rush from eating too much candy.

Spooky Favorites
Let the littlest devils―ages 4 and under―groove to tunes such as “If You’re Scary and You Know It,” “5 Little Pumpkins,” “The Green Gremlins” and “Stirring Our Brew.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire soundtrack
Jarvis Cocker of the British pop band Pulp is among the composers on this Harry Potter flick’s disc.