10 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies Like Hocus Pocus 2 You Need To See

Two years after her second outing as Wednesday in “Addams Family Values,” Ricci returned to the world of the undead with the 1995 family fantasy “Caspe film is one of the first movies to really rely on computer-generated animation in the wake of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 ground-breaker “Jurassic Park,” this time using the new-fangled tech to power its spooky leads instead of just a few bloodthirsty monsters.

Ricci plays Kat, an awkward teen who begrudgingly follows her widower father (Bill Pullman) around the country as he uses his paranormal therapist job to mask his goal of one day making contact with his late wife. When they receive a call from a money-grubbing duo hellbent on getting their hands on a hidden treasure inside the haunted Whipstaff Manor, they move in to rid the house of its ghostly guests. It’s here where Kat befriends Casper (Malachi Pearson), a friendly phantom haunted by his nasty uncles, Stretch (Joe Nipote), Stinkie (Joe Alaskey), and Fatso (Brad Garrett).

“Casper” is one of those early ’90s family comedies that’s unafraid of splicing kids’ humor with something for the adults, too, making movie night enjoyable for everyone. Like a spiritual sibling to “Hocus Pocus,” its seasonal small-town aesthetic gives it Sunday-afternoon viewing vibes, and it also ends with a big costumed Halloween party. “Casper” gets extra points for including a cameo appearance by Dan Aykroyd’s Ghostbuster, Dr. Ray Stanz, who tries — and fails — to bust Casper’s nasty uncles.

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