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Five for Families: Check out these animated Halloween films for families
Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) and Dracula (Adam Sandler) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations' Hotel Transylvania 2. - photo by Deseret Connect
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

The release of "Hotel Transylvania 2" kicked off this year's Halloween movie season. With the barrage of trick-or-treating, caramel apples and costumes less than a month away, here are five animated Halloween films for families to consider:

In theaters: 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

Dracula returns to the big screen in Hotel Transylvania 2, and this time hes trying to bring out the vampire in his half-human grandson. The Dove Foundation calls the film a visual feast for the eyes and states that it is even funnier than the first one. The website also points out that the film has a good moral, stating, Dracula comes to realize that he will love his grandson no matter if he is a vampire, a human or even a unicorn! ... It is worth the trip and will provide some kicks and giggles. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'Frankenweenie'

A young Victor Frankenstein performs an experiment to bring his dog back to life. Common Sense Media says that although the film will likely scare kids who are sensitive to the macabre, it would be appropriate for older kids and tweens who are ready for some scares. recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

Netflix: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, discovers Christmastown and plots to take control. refers to the film as eye-popping, jaw-dropping entertainment but cautions that intense visions of spooks, bogeymen, bats, bugs and spiders may be too scary for young viewers. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Redbox: 'The Boxtrolls'

Based on the childrens book Here Be Monsters, a young orphaned boy fights to protect the underground trash collectors who raised him. Catholic News Services John Mulderig called the film a charmingly bizarre urban fable about rich and poor and things that go bump in the night. recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

iTunes: 'Monster House'

Three teens seek to protect the neighborhood trick-or-treaters from a nearby house, which is actually a living creature. Although the film is rated PG, Common Sense Media cautions parents that the film is a pretty scary movie as the children are in constant peril. recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.