Your State’s Most Popular Kids Halloween Movie in 2023

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In October, the air is chillier, the sweaters are warmer, and the movies are spookier. What better way to celebrate the season than to watch nostalgic Halloween movies from your childhood?

To help you determine which classic film to start with (perhaps using our satellite TV package), the team at USDish compiled our 2023 report of the most searched spooky kids’ movies in each state. Is your state more into the classics like The Addams Family or Hocus Pocus, or more interested in recent remakes and sequels like Wednesday or Hocus Pocus 2

America’s Most Searched Kids Halloween Movies in 2023

a map of the United States with each state's most popular kids Halloween movie.

Bonus Spooky Stats

  • Despite coming out nearly 40 years ago, Ghostbusters tops our list as the most searched spooky children’s movie in 14 states.
  • In our 2022 report, Scooby-Doo was searched in the most states, but this year it comes in second—it’s the most Googled film in 8 states.
  • The Addams Family was the third most searched, claiming the favor of 7 states. This may have something to do with the extremely popular Wednesday TV series on Netflix. 
  • Halloweentown—which was filmed in St. Helen’s—still remains Oregon’s most searched kids Halloween movie. Who said state pride can’t be spooky?
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, a classic Halloween movie, claimed the top spot in 5 states this year.
  • Shockingly, popular films like Coraline, Hocus Pocus (1993), Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Casper were only the most popular in one state each!


To identify each state’s most searched kid’s spooky movie, we first started with a filtered list of spooky kids movies from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. Then, we used SEMRush to find the movies that were ranked the highest in keyword searches. When we had our final list, we implemented GoogleTrends to find each state’s most-searched movie.

State-by-State Breakdown

StateMovie Title
CaliforniaThe Addams Family
ColoradoE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
ConnecticutIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
DelawareThe Addams Family
District of ColumbiaFrankenstein
FloridaE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
GeorgiaThe Addams Family
HawaiiSpirited Away
IdahoHotel Transylvania
LouisianaE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
MaineE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
MarylandIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
MassachusettsHocus Pocus
MississippiThe Addams Family
NevadaThe Addams Family
New HampshireGhostbusters
New JerseyThe Addams Family
New MexicoThe Nightmare Before Christmas
New YorkGhostbusters
North CarolinaIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
North DakotaScooby-Doo
Rhode IslandFrankenstein
South CarolinaE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
South DakotaGhostbusters
TennesseeIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
TexasThe Addams Family
UtahHotel Transylvania
VirginiaIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
WashingtonSpirited Away
West VirginiaGhostbusters

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