The Halloween Family

DVD Release: September 10, 2019
The Halloween Family


Itʼs Mischief Night, and Larry the Zombie and Fred the Mummy are down in the dumps. Larry wants to be alive,
and Fred wants his mummyʼs curse lifted. Boo the boogeyman tells them to meet up with a magical tree named
Goul, and they set off—meeting a crazy cast of characters on the way!

Dove Review

Many journey on Halloween, travelling from house to house, trick-or-treating on sidewalks haunted by phony phantoms and dense cobwebs. We dress up and go on a spooky stroll. But what’s the goal of the journey? Probably candy, maybe nice time with family and friends, potentially a fun fright.

Then we go home, send costumes to storage (with ghastly cobwebs) and return to life on November 1st.

For Larry and Fred, Halloween is more of a lifestyle. On the first day of November, Larry will remain a zombie, and Fred a mummy. But that might change this Halloween, when they journey to meet Goul, a mysterious tree which may grant them what they wish.

The Halloween Family has a colorful aesthetic that seems right at home in the season of spooky spectacle. Larry, with his cotton-candy pink zombie brain, and Fred, with his intense, cloth-wrapped jawline (seriously, this mummy’s jawline is so sharp it could cut a jack-o-lantern) journey on something of a trick-or-treat flavored travelogue.

Some families may like the film’s spooky-fun vibe, but there are references to dark topics—including the occult, a séance, and demons. Different sensitivities may have different opinions regarding the content, with potential questions ranging from “Mommy, can we make a Halloween costume?” to “Mommy, what’s a séance?” For certain viewers, the references may not sour The Halloween Family’s flavor very much. Others may not want to deal with the references at all.

The Halloween Family is Dove-Approved for All Ages.

The Dove Take:

This Halloween cartoon with spooky and goofy vibes has some references to be aware of.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Emphasis on self-love and appreciation.
Sex: Some potential flirting
Language: “Oh my gosh”; “Oh my ghoul”; “heck”; 2 “sucks”; “suck”; “shut up”; name calling; “idiots”; ‘big lug”; “jerks”
Violence: Halloween-style images and dialogue, including characters with spooky appearances, such as a cartoonish zombie with a cartoonish brain; threatening; “ … tear you guys limb from limb."
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Spooky and potentially scary talk; “Thank Hades for Mischief Night”; some dark talk; mention of a séance; demons mentioned; mention of summoning spirits; “black magic”; “ … neurotic mess … ”; “Hades” is mentioned.


Company: WowNow Entertainment
Writer: BC Furtney
Director: James Snider
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 82 min.
Starring: Maria Petrano, Jacob Tyler, Thomas Carr, Chen Tsung and Carmen Piroli
Reviewer: John P.